Receiving everything with a prayer of thanks
by Shiju Vincent
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ďEverything that God has created is good; nothing is to be rejected, but everything is to be received with a prayer of thanks, because the word of God and the prayer make it acceptable to God.Ē (1 Tim. 4:4, 5 TEV).
God created everything, all which we can see and cannot see, all which are imaginable and unimaginable, all that can be understood and cannot be understood, all which have life and do not have life. The power of God is manifested in the wondrous works that we see, hear, know and experience in and around us. Even a tiny mosquito is a creation of Jesus Christ. Nothing at all came through evolution, there is a Creator who created every bit of the universe. When we see the world around us, how fearfully we must look to God for His marvels. Most of us just gaze around and walk away. But even our eye sight working properly is Godís work. God created and He alone is who holds everything.
Our scripture portion says that everything God created is good. A righteous , holy and perfect God can create only and only good things. We cannot, by our human mind, comprehend the goodness hidden in various aspects of life. But anything that is received with a prayer of thanks is acceptable to God. We must remember here that there is in fact a power of darkness creating wickedness all around the four corners of the world. We cannot call those things as good and acceptable. But what all things are from God, are good.
How do we recognize whether something is from God or not? I mentioned above that a holy God can create only good things. The facts in the universe that help devices like the computer, mobile, television etc. to work efficiently are created by God. But the devil uses these media to insert sin in many lives. Modern and even ancient weapons are made through things God already placed in nature. But many innocent lives are killed because of that. So, we see here that everything God made is good, but the way they are used brings disaster. If we use the web and other media for Godís glory only then can Godís purpose behind creation can be fulfilled perfectly. The powers of darkness cannot create a medium by themselves, they use the already available media for evil, which in fact, are to be used for good things by human beings who have come to know the truth. Every food eaten before prayer and every item in nature used before prayer brings glory to God. When we use and utilize things in this way, we can receive the full benefit of those things.
Friend, how are you benefitting from the good things God has given you? Are you using them for your spiritual growth and for the blessings of those around you? Are you living for Godís glory? Do you pray before your every activity? The world can become a better place if we believers, make it a practice to receive everything with a prayer of thanks. The purpose of God can be manifested only through the practice of prayer. Many problems can be solved, many lives can be built, if people understand the necessity to contact God before anything and everything. It is God who can bring the best out of the smallest thing in creation. Prayer allows the goodness even in the smallest thing to come out and make it beneficial. If we pray, God will work through the smallest thing in our lives and bless us.
Each step that we take in our process of success, are waiting to be stepped upon through the help of God. God is able and willing to bless not just our whole process, but every single step. Whether it is eating certain foods, using the social media or anything, God wants to bless us. The basic requirement here is prayer. Prayer alone can bring the best out of everything.
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