Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
-Thanksgiving in Hebrew is written as todah and it means to give praise or thanks offering to God. Few of us are strangers to anxiety. It creeps in over big and little things, gnawing away at our insides. Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind and distracts the heart from the promises of God. Sometimes we are anxious about our finances thinking; how can we make this month’s bills? What if I lose my job? How will we put the kids through college? How can we meet our medical bills? How will we ever save enough for retirement? What if the economy fails? Other times we are anxious about our health especially as we grow older thinking, if I get cancer? What if I’m disabled or have to go into a nursing home? If we’re younger, we may have these same anxieties concerning our aging parents. Some youth are anxious about their future thinking; will I ever get a well paying job? Will I ever get married? Will I ever get children? What if I fail in life? Others are anxious about their children thinking, will they turn out okay? Will they avoid drugs and sexual immorality? Will they be caught up in LGBTQA+ issues? Will they be able to get into college and then get a decent-paying job? Will they marry a godly person and have a happy home? What kind of world will their children have to live in? These are some of the anxieties that go through our minds but it is not a conclusive list. We are called to pray so as to experience God’s peace in His presence through thanksgiving. We are called to give thanks to the Lord in all things, during lack and plenty, sickness and health, brokenness and wholeness, despair and satisfaction, poverty and wealth, delay and prosperity, joy and sorrow, heartbreak and hope, and we will receive our breakthroughs at God’s perfect time.
We give thanks to You Lord for You are good and Your mercies endures forever. Thank You Lord Jesus for the gift of life and the far that You have brought us. Your word reminds us that a live dog is better off than a dead lion, so we have hope in You dear Lord Jesus. Thank You for the plans that You have for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. We thank You dear Lord Jesus and honor You. May You grant us rest in all our anxieties and tribulations. May You grant us Your sure peace our Prince of peace. May You open the flood gates and rain upon us, our families, businesses, jobs, economy and all the nations of the world. We give thanks to You Lord for You have provided for us, protected us, sustained us, comforted us, guided us, journeyed with us and supplied all our needs according to Your unending love. Have mercy on us Lord and cleanse us from all unrighteousness by Your precious blood. May Your peace Father that surpasses all understanding guard our hearts and minds always in You Christ Jesus. Amen
Further reading: Ecclesiastes 9:4, 1 Chronicles 16:34