Sunday, January 23, 2011

For What are You Thankful?

In 2 Thessalonians 1:3, Paul thanks God for the growing faith in the believers at Thessalonica. In today's quote from A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers by D.A. Carson, he asks the question, "What do we thank God for?"

If what we highly cherish belongs to the realm of heaven, our hearts and minds will incline to heaven and all its values; but if what we highly cherish belongs to the realm of earth and the merely transitory, our hearts and minds will incline to the merely transitory. ...

So what does this have to do with our praying?

If in our prayers we are to develop a mental framework analogous to Paul's, we must look for signs of grace in the lives of Christians, and give God thanks for them. ...

For what have we thanked God recently? Have we gone over a list of members at our local church, say, or over a list of Christian workers, and quietly thanked God for signs of grace in their lives? Do we make it a matter of praise to God when we observe evidence in another of growing conformity to Christ, exemplified in trust, reliability, love, and genuine spiritual stamina?

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