For those who know me fairly well, you know what a full moon means: prayer! In fact, I’ll be speaking on the subject of prayer tomorrow night at youth group too. With this being the month of Thanksgiving and since I am trying to move from simply giving thanks to actually living thanks, I thought it’d be cool to do something in conjunction with all of this together: prayer, full moon, giving thanks. So here’s my proposal and challenge:
1)Fast for a 24 hr period at least. I’ll start tonight at midnight and go through tomorrow midnight (at least). You can choose whatever time period works for you.
“In God we have boasted all day long, And we will give thanks to Your name forever. Selah.” Psalm 44:8
2)During the periods when you would normally eat, take 15 minutes and simply pray a prayer of thanksgiving. No requests. No asking. Just thanks. Thank God for all you have, for the plenty and for the sparse, for the joy and for the pain, for the past and the future.
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.” Psalm 100:4
3)Make a conscious effort to thank as many people as you can during this fast. Thank them for their friendship, faithfulness, love, generosity, service.
“For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.” Ephesians 1:15-17
4)Make a conscious effort to give memorize one of these verse on thankfulness: Psalm 7:17, Psalm 9:1,Psalm 18:49, Psalm 26:7,Psalm 30:4,Psalm 30:12,Psalm 35:18, Psalm 44:8
5) Comment back and let us know how this exercise affected you or how others around you responded to your attitude of thanks.
6) Compose a list of 24 things you are thankful for that God has done for you in the last 24 hours.