It’s so easy to start out a prayer with “Dear Lord, thank-you for this day…” and then continue on without much thought about what you’ve just said. Recently I decided to examine that little phrase more closely, and I realized there’s a whole lot of depth there that we routinely miss out on. It can mean so much more than the perfunctory opening it has come to be.
As I was mulling over this one morning, I decided to explore some of the reasons why I would thank God for the day. I decided to turn it around and see what I would not have if God had not given me a new day. Here is what I wrote:
Oh Lord, thank-you for this day, for if you had not given it,
…I would not have had the opportunities that presented themselves for proclaiming you.
…I would not have known the joy of fellowship with You and other believers.
…I would not have had another sunrise to praise You for.
…I would not have another time to soak in Your presence and love for me.
…I would not have been able to open that treasure trove of Your holy Word and glean its riches.
…I would not have to face the challenges of my day – which are really opportunities for Your power to shine forth in my life.
…I would not be able to continue to grow in the talents You’ve given me.
…I would not be able to glorify You.
When I was done, I looked at my list in surprise. Hidden in the depths of a simple praise to God for my day was a wealth of spiritual riches and joys that I could thank God for. Makes me wonder – how much of our existence do we take for granted? Or even are ungrateful about? How much do we acknowledge God’s hand in even giving us a new day? We ought to ponder and pray about such things.
What are you taking for granted?