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A thankful attitude helps erase doubt

 

“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6

Our prayers should reflect a grateful attitude toward God for what He has done in our lives and what He gives to us. Our everyday words and thoughts should reflect a positive mindset of hope and joy in thankfulness toward our Heavenly Father for His great plan of salvation.

Thankfulness is a form of contentment, peace of mind, or tranquility. A truly thankful person is usually not an individual who worries a lot. Being thankful puts our thoughts on God, rather than on our problems. In Colossians 3:15, Paul writes encouragingly, “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts to which also you were called in one body and be thankful.” The more we allow God’s peace in our lives, the more settled and more thankful we will become. And in turn, the more thankful we are, the more God’s peace will rule our hearts and minds.

Thankfulness is also a state of mind, an attitude. It is a content and positive perspective, which does not focus on what one does not have, but rather values what one does have, no matter how basic. The apostle Paul expresses this concept in his letter to Timothy, writing: “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (I Timothy 6:6-8).

Supplication with thanksgiving will enliven our prayer life. It will lift us up and give us a more positive perspective. A thankful attitude will help to erase any doubts we may have as we pray, and it will also decrease uncertainty in our lives in general because we know where our help comes from (see Psalm 121:1-8). Proper thankfulness will help us increase our faith in God because we will constantly be relating to and reflecting on Him.

 
 
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