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1 Chron. 1–2
Heb. 8
1 Chron. 3–4
Heb. 9
1 Chron. 5–6
Heb. 10
1 Chron. 7–8
Heb. 11
1 Chron. 9–10
Heb. 12
1 Chron. 11–12
Heb. 13
1 Chron. 13–14
James 1

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

I have been struck recently by the prevalence of gratitude in the Bible’s teaching on the Christian life. It is one of the most important things God expects in response to His saving us. This theme shows up as we reach the end of the letter to the Hebrews this week:

Hebrews 12:28: “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe.”

Hebrews 13:15: “Through [Jesus] then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.”

It is impossible to give too much thanks to the God who made us and who saves us. Ultimately, thankfulness is what He desires from us, even more than our money, our time, our attendance at church, our reading of the Bible … All of those things are essential ingredients in our worship of the Lord, but they must be thoroughly mixed with gratitude in order for them to be pleasing to Him.

As we give thanks to God, we bear witness to one another—and to the watching world—that He is truly worthy of our worship.

Make thanksgiving an ever-present aspect of your prayer life. Lead your family in gratitude. 

VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe.
—Hebrews 13:15

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – Praise God for being the “God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord.” (Heb. 13:20)
  • Confession – “If we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries.” (Heb. 10:26–27)
  • Thanksgiving – “Through [Jesus] then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.” (Heb. 13:15)
  • Supplication – Pray for your leaders, “for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account.” (Heb. 13:17)

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This post by Alex McNeilly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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