MFM Daily Devotional July 3, 2022
TOPIC: The Power of Gratitude
“And Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which standby I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.”
Thanksgiving unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have to enough and more.
I pray that the Lord will make you a thankful and grateful believer, in the name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
2 Kings 6:24-8:-15; Acts 22:22-23:1-11; Proverbs 16:8-17
MFM Daily Devotional 3rd July 2022 OUTLINE
Cultivating a grateful heart is good for every believer. The key to attracting more of any good thing heaven has provided or has in stock for you is to offer thanks to God continually. Giving God thanks genuinely and daily is way of acknowledging that He is the Source of every good gift and blessing in your life.
It is a way of according to Him all the glory that are due to Him for being Your Creator and Sustainer, without attempting to share in His glory or giving it to another being. Jesus, our role model practised thanksgiving. At the tomb of Lazarus, He said, “Father, I thank You because You always hear me.” His gratitude honoured God and enabled Him to raise Lazarus to life, a miracle that further announced His ministry and brought glory to the Father (John 11:41-42).
Besides, Jesus condemned ingratitude and encouraged us to be always grateful. In Luke 17: 11- 19, ten lepers had cried to Jesus for mercy and healing and He cleansed all of them. However, only one of the lepers demonstrated a genuine heart of gratitude. The Bible says that he returned to Jesus, glorified God with a loud voice and fell down on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving thanks.
Though this man was a Samaritan, his sincere expression of gratitude was exemplary. What followed? Luke 17:17-19 says, “And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.”
Two important lessons in the incident narrated above is that thanksgiving or gratitude will earn you great things that others have considered you unqualified for or what others cannot access. The man who returned to express gratitude to Jesus was a Samaritan. Jesus called him a stranger.
Yet, while others went, healed of leprosy and never returned to thank the Healer and Cleanser, the man who came back to thank Him was made whole. Thanksgiving made him whole. He got a greater miracle!
1. Father, I thank You because You are good to me and Your mercy endures forever, in the name of Jesus.
2. Father, I thank You for Your faithfulness in my life and family, in the name of Jesus.
3. Father, I thank You for fighting my battles triumphantly, in the name of Jesus.
4. Father, give me the grace to give thanks to you at all times, in the name of Jesus.
5. I acknowledge and proclaim that God is my Source, Provider and Sufficiency, in the name of Jesus.
6. I thank You, Father, for watching over me and my family, in the name of Jesus.
7. I refuse to be an unthankful Christian, in the name of Jesus.