Gratitude is the most underused spiritual weapon. Often we don’t even realize gratitude or thanksgiving is a spiritual weapon. But it is. A powerful one. Let’s find out why we should use it. And then use it for the rest of our days. Not just for the benefits but because it’s fun and easy and it will bless us more than we can ever know. And the alternative is awful:
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:21, NIV)
Choose your side
If we don’t treat God like God, we are destined to have our hearts darkened and hardened. The exact opposite of what I am hoping. Hence, I choose to worship and honor God for the rest of my days. You see, gratitude guards our hearts against hardening. Isn’t that wonderful? But even that’s not all. Thanksgiving sets the mood for our lives. Either we celebrate the Giver of Life or we submit to the dark side. I think the choice is clear in my mind but why do I so easily succumb to whining? Lord, have mercy. It’s time to guard ourselves with gratitude!
Gratitude is the most underused spiritual weapon
Too often we don’t remember that gratitude is a spiritual weapon. Hence, it is the most underused spiritual weapon. Our enemy doesn’t like our prayers of thanksgiving. Satan doesn’t want us to treat God like God. He doesn’t want us to give thanks and praise. Because then he is powerless. But hey, isn’t that precisely what we want? If thanksgiving gets our enemy to run to the hills, we need to cultivate gratitude like our lives would depend on it. We need to guard our lives with gratitude. We need to purposefully use the most underused spiritual weapon.
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving (Col. 4:2, RSV).
Be watchful in prayer with thanksgiving
This is what God wants from us: to pray without ceasing and be watchful in it with thanksgiving. Prayer should be our first response to anything. And we need to acknowledge our enemy wants to bring us down. Hence, we need to be watchful and alert. We need to guard ourselves with gratitude and give thanks for everything. Sometimes it’s harder than other times. But it protects us from evil. It guards our hearts against hardening. And it elevates us into the presence of God.
Find your own ways to give thanks and praise to God. Dance, laugh, pray. Sing, praise, hug. Shout, boogie, rap. Whatever you do, do it with thanksgiving. Our living God is worthy of our thanksgiving and praise. And, blessedly, it blesses and protects us. Isn’t it time to make it the most used spiritual weapon? I think so.
Thank you for reminding us to be watchful in our prayers.
We want to worship you and praise you all the days of our lives.
You are our awesome God, be praised forever and ever.
Thank you for protecting our hearts and minds with thanksgiving.
We choose you today and always.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Are you faithful on thanksgiving? Does it guard your heart against hardening?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace the attitude of gratitude as your way of life.