Father, You are my great Provider. You love to give good things to Your children. You have blessed me with every good thing. Sometimes Your blessings have been answers to my prayers; A lovely wife, kids who love You, a home for my family. The very best gifts from You are the ones I wasn’t wise enough to ask You for – things at the time, I didn’t even know that I needed; Grace, Mercy, Salvation. While I was still a sinner, Christ died for me.
You provide my daily needs, may I not take them for granted. I bless You, Provider, for daily food to sustain me and clothes to warm me. I bless You, Healer, for bringing me and those I love through times of sickness and pain. I bless You, Mighty One, for giving us Your strength and power as we work for the sake of Your gospel. I bless You, Creator, for the beauty You show us in a sunset and in a starry sky. I bless You, Deliverer, for saving me from the death blow of my enemies. I bless You, Prince of Peace, for making a way that I may enter Your presence free from the wrath I deserve. I bless You, Friend of sinners, for Your intimate fellowship that brings me such joy and satisfaction.
And in case I haven’t said it before, I want to thank you for the suffering and hardship You have, in Your wisdom, allowed in my life. Though I am not yet the completed work You have designed, You are shaping me with these trials. If it were not for the trials, I would not have experienced Your Spirit teaching me endurance which builds and shapes my character. And You have shaped that character that my hope would be fixed on Jesus alone. As You say in Your Word;
Romans5:3-5 3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Thank You, Lord, that You have restored friendships that I had broken with harsh words or disagreements. Thank You that Your ways are better than mine. Thank You for Your forgiveness which has allowed me to forgive others who may have wronged me. Thank You for not allowing my sins to devour me and destroy my life. By Your forgiveness You have rescued me.
Your love, oh Lord, reached out to me when I was completely helpless to save myself. I give You thanks. Even now I am completely powerless to do anything outside of Christ living in me. In Christ, I can do all things. Outside of Christ, I can do nothing of any value. Thank You for Jesus, Who is the Christ, Your Son; and YOU ARE ALIVE!
You alone are God. You alone deserve to be God. You dwell in light unapproachable, yet You welcome me in as a child coming home. Bless Your Name!