A. As faithful Christians, we have the privilege of prayer (Proverbs 15:29 and John 9:31).
- We don’t have to beg to be heard like some in the past had to (Psalms 88:1-2 and Psalms 141:1-2).
- Of course, we have to maintain this privilege through continued obedience to God (Proverbs 28:9 and I Peter 3:12).
- We cannot allow this world to rub off on us in this or any other matters (Romans 12:1-2 and Ephesians 4:17-20).
- Becoming ungrateful is part of a formula that leads to all sorts of trouble (Romans 1:18-32).
II. Body: “Let Us Come Before His Presence With Thanksgiving…” (Psalms 95:2).
A. We are supposed to be a thankful people (Colossians 3:15-17).
- Of course, that includes giving thanks to our Father in Heaven (Ephesians 5:20, I Thessalonians 5:16-18, and Hebrews 13:15).
- Think about a state of mind of gratitude that extends beyond just prayer. The word “grace” means, in part, just that - gratitude (cf. Hebrews 12:28).
- Physically (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 8:22, Psalms 65:9-13, Psalms 104:24-26, Psalms 147:7-8, Jeremiah 5:22, Jeremiah 31:35, Acts 14:17, etc.).
- Spiritually (Psalms 119:62, Psalms 136:1, Acts 28:14-15 [cf. Romans 16:1-4 and II Corinthians 7:5-7], Romans 8:24, I Corinthians 15:57, I John 2:25, I John 4:9-10, etc.).
- Through Christ we have access to the Father (Romans 5:1-2 and Ephesians 3:11-12).
- Jesus paid the highest price to give us such access that was not common for God’s people before (Hebrews 9:1-12).
III. Conclusion: “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2).
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