I have been racking my brain to come up with some cute Thanksgiving message for almost a month and could not think of anything. Then yesterday it hit me, I do not need some cute message, I need to concentrate on Thanksgiving.
As most of us know, Thanksgiving was started by the Pilgrims to thank God for bringing them through their tough first year in America. Later, George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving Proclamation, as did several other Presidents, for the nation to thank God for all He had done for our nation. But it was Abraham Lincoln who made it an official national holiday.
The heart of the day is to Thank God. You know, it is sad that we have to have a national holiday declared for us to do what God wants us to do daily. We were created for the purpose of worshiping God, and we forget to do this. (Psalm 96:8)
“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.”
This verse tells us to give God the glory, or the praise He is due. We do not do this like we should. Let me ask you; when was the last time you prayed to God? Was the reason you prayed last time just for help? The Lords Prayer, or I like better, The Model Prayer, gives us the model of how we are to pray. (Mat 6:9-13)
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
The first thing this says is; “Hallowed be thy name”, or in English, praise God’s name. What I am saying is that every time you pray, you are to first praise God. It is not until “Give us this day our daily bread” that we are to ask God for our requests. Most people, me included, go straight to making requests and forget about praising God.
My point is this; on this made-man holiday we are to be thanking God. Please take the time that day to thank the Lord and try to make it a habit to start thanking Him in everything.