SUBJECT: A PRAYER FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Father, we claim your destiny for every person in this school. Give them wisdom for education and career choices that are in line with your perfect will. Thank you that you have called each of them for a purpose in your kingdom. As the first bell rings we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the words of Romans 8 are true: That if you are for them, who can be against them. It is in your holy name, Jesus, that we pray. Amen!
Thanksgiving is an attitude of the heart, and when a person is unthankful, their heart is not right.
Psalm 100:4 states, “Enter into His gates with THANKSGIVING and into His courts with praise; BE YE THANKFUL UNTO HIM, AND BLESS HIS NAME.”
In Luke 17:11-19, Jesus met ten lepers who cried out for mercy and healing. He healed the ten lepers and only one of them “turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet , giving Him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.” By asking “But where are the nine?”, Jesus incriminates them as ingrates.
Of all the nations in our time, America should be the most thankful to God. We have been blessed beyond comprehension. One of my former Church members who moved away told of an aunt coming to America from Cuba for a visit. The aunt wept and fainted as she walked the isle of the grocery store and saw all that was freely available here in the States.
When was the last time you bowed your head and thanked God for the freedom you have? What about the luxuries you enjoy? What about the food you have? What about the comfort you enjoy? What about the freedom to get an education and the pursuit of happiness? For Christians, have you thanked God for the fact that you can freely carry a Bible and freely go to Church? These are things and privileges many people in the world do not have and cannot do in the normal course of the day. Things we take for granted are so rare in the world and yet we who are so blessed fail to be thankful to God for His goodness to us.
“Every day is a gift that’s why it is called the present.”
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 NIV