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Shield Daily Devotional  

Day 147

We have created a model that includes invocation, adoration, confession, petition, pleading, and profession. Today we add thanksgiving. It is so very important to thank God for the blessings you have received. Psalm 106:1 says: "Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever." In the Treasury of David, Charles Spurgeon wrote of this verse: "We praise the Lord truly when we give him thanks for what we have received from his goodness. Let us never be slow to return unto the Lord our praise; to thank him is the least we can do -- let us not neglect it."

We should be quick to give thanks to God. This aspect of prayer can be divided into two parts:
1. Thank Him for those benefits which God bestowed on you without your asking. You did not ask for a Savior yet He gave you one. You did not ask to be born but He formed you in your Mother's womb. You receive the breath of life without asking. Yes; God has given you much and protected you from dangers you never knew existed.
2. Thank Him for those benefits received as answers to prayers. How many prayers has God answered for you? The number I am sure is substantial and grows daily. It is a good practice to keep a prayer journal to record the specific answers as it will help you to remember them in the future. Their remembrance will help to increase your faith.

Prayer should be meaningful and an desired activity. These steps should give your prayer a focus and a purpose. Today, go to Him in prayer and slowly go over each step. You are becoming a person of prayer.
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