Every year we are reminded that we ought to be thankful; oftentimes we have to be reminded WHO we are thankful towards. Contrary to popular opinion, the oft laughed about prayer that I have actually heard someone pray, “Rub a dub dub, thanks for the grub” is not a prayer, but rather one of the most disgusting displays of arrogance imaginable. Think about it! Who would actually say that to someone who existed and provided that food? The prayer begs the question WHO are you talking to?
Since you don’t pray to other people in the room, the question remains…who are you praying to and what do you think of that person? Additionally, what do you expect to be the result of that prayer?
I am appalled by the lack of thinking that some people exhibit. God is not some fool just waiting for people to throw up, literally, some insipid saying. He is not Homer Simpson! He is the God of the Universe. What would happen if God got insulted by that less than sincere thanks? If He withdrew His “gift” what would be said about His hospitality? Surely the moron that sent up that thanks would blame the giver for not giving more.
THIS Thanksgiving, please engage your BRAIN before stuffing your mouth. Think about people who have nothing but still praise their God. Think about your own selfishness and how you can be less selfish. I know I can be. How can you think of others more than yourself…this is what the Bible calls us to do.
When you think about the person you are praying to, think about who HE IS, not just what He’s done for you. While you are at it, think about what He has done for you and whether or not you really deserved it. Pray as if He matters in your life! Your life, ultimately depends on His response to your prayer…live a lifestyle that shows you really are thankful for that.