Read with me, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2

Because thanksgiving anchors our hope to the one, it is an essential part of our worship. We need to have a lifestyle of thankfulness. A heart posture of always giving thanks aligns our thoughts with His intentions. Grateful attitudes sets us apart from weariness, sets us up for good perspectives, and sets us in right standing with the One we praise.

I believe that praise and thanksgiving is not a seasonal topic, but eternal. There is a perpetual need for thanksgiving, the season for praise is unending. Will we ever be able to thank God enough for all He has done for us? What is the right amount of praise? The scriptures regularly mention giving thanks, being grateful, and praising God in your heart and with your mouth. The Psalmist goes as far as encouraging us to express our praise and thanksgiving with a tremendous noise! Imagine everyone around you is aware that you are thankful because you just won’t keep it to yourself. Make it known to your heart and others’ that your noise is joyful and thankful.

In the passage above the unction is to be watchful with thanksgiving. It is important for us to look, and choose how we respond. Watch, see, observe, witness, then give thanks. Even when circumstances are dire, even as you look and all you see is desolation, then watch and be thankful. Pray, and also give thanks. Ask, and also praise. Supplicate, make known your requests, but do so with thanksgiving in your heart. Set your heart on hopeful gratefulness, and do not allow hardship to lead to hardness. Praise Him, and pray still. Never let anxiety overtake your thoughts leading your heart into despondency. Even if you are struggling to see, while watching still thank Him for the air in your lungs, for life, for Himself. In all circumstances, give thanks. Not only when it goes well, but in during it all, the chaos, the messes, the smooth sailing and the stormy wave – say it loud!

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”
Colossians 3:15