I know what it’s like to get discouraged by bills. I know what it’s like to panic when you receive an unexpected bill or when your new electric bill is very high. Electricity rates just doubled in my state. I signed up for a cheaper supplier but it will take months for the new rate to kick in. I recently received my new bill and it is double what it used to be. I received the bill in an email that I read early in the morning. I was a bit disheartened and I wasn’t happy to say the least. I didn’t plan on spending that much money and my mind started getting overwhelmed. I knew that God was my saving grace. If I let this overthinking business get the best of me, my day was not going to be good. I started praying. I didn’t start praying to get the money to pay my bill. I prayed differently.
I started praying, thanking the Lord for supplying my needs and for paying my bills. Most of my prayer was a prayer of thanksgiving. Those prayers are what we need to say before we panic and get into fear mode. I thanked the Lord for all I had and I thanked Him for being my Lord and Savior. I thanked Him for being faithful and for keeping His promises. Friend, if you are facing high bills or if you are facing anything that is trying to steal your joy, say a prayer of thanksgiving. Thank the Lord for having your back. Thank the Lord for holding you in the palm of His hand. Thank the Lord for being more than enough. Thank the Lord for taking care of you. Thank Him for paying the bills. Thank Him for footing the bill. Put it all on Him with thanksgiving. Thank Him for the opportunity to demonstrate your faith. Thank God before you discard God!
When things are not going well, it’s easy to discard God and to ignore Him. Our first instinct is to panic and to overthink. We try to find solutions on our own before we turn to the One who has all solutions. We doubt God’s ability to help when we focus too much on the problem. We forget about praise and thanksgiving. We think too much about the consequences of our trials and their impact on our lives. God has an impact on our lives that we shouldn’t underestimate. We should focus on His goodness and remind ourselves that it never goes away. When I read the bill, I didn’t read hope and faith. I read damage and fear but that changed when I said a prayer of thanksgiving. That prayer erased the fear and it removed the doubt. It made me realize that God is good all the time. It reminded me that the Lord provides my needs according to His riches in glory.
The prayer of thanksgiving changed my mind. It blessed my heart. It gave me hope. It gave me a faith boost. It encouraged me. It made me soar above the anxiety and the stress the enemy wanted me to experience. It liberated me. It set me free from confusion and from the lies. Every time we buy into the lies of defeat, lack and failure, we miss the point. The point is that even though we seem to not have enough, we always have a God who is more than enough. My prayer of thanksgiving made me think about the One who is more than enough and that sweet awareness stayed with me during the day. I reverted to that prayer a few times during the day and experienced the peace that surpasses all understanding and the joy of the Lord that is my strength. Friend, say prayers of thanksgiving throughout the day. Say them when all is well and when all is bad. There is tremendous power in the prayer of thanksgiving. Power to change your mood, to change your mind, to change your perspective and to change the atmosphere.
Use the power of the prayer of thanksgiving as often as you can. You will see things differently. You will see things the way the Lord sees them. He doesn’t see lack. He doesn’t see failure. He sees abundance. He sees victory. He sees that anything is possible. The other day, I found out that one kid I had been tutoring didn’t need tutoring anymore. I said a prayer of thanksgiving. I thanked the Lord for her. I thanked Him for allowing me to help her and to have fun along the way. We got along very well and we laughed during every session. I was very proud of how much progress she had made over the past few months. I did lose a client and I tried not to think of it the wrong way.
My mind started going in the wrong direction but then the Holy Spirit brought me back to my senses. My Holy Ghost senses. One of those senses is thanksgiving. An hour after my prayer of thanksgiving, I received an email from a lady who runs a tutoring business. I had worked for her before. She asked me if I had time to take on two new kids. The power of the prayer of thanksgiving is real all the time. God did something very amazing and I thanked Him even more. Friend, thank God today. Thank God tomorrow. Don’t get tired of thanking Him. He will give you more reasons to thank Him. Don’t get discouraged. Stay in thanksgiving mode! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always bless you!
Suggested reading: 1 Samuel 12:24; Ephesians 5:20; Colossians 3:15