1 Timothy 2:1-2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
Thanksgiving is one of the “power-keys” of prayer!
When you study the prayers of Jesus, one word that is common to all of His prayers is “thanksgiving”.
Jesus would often say: “I thank you, Father, that you hear me”. Paul was the same and often opened his letters with thanksgiving.
In 1 Corinthians 1:4 he says “I always thank my God for you…”. In Colossians 1:3 he says “We always thank God…when we pray for you”. In Philippians 1:3 he says “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you…”.
Thanksgiving is at the heart and center of prayer in the Scriptures.
In 1 Timothy 2, Paul is teaching his chief disciple, Timothy, about the significance and importance of prayer. He says “first of all”… and then lists several different forms of prayer.
What Paul lists is a “framework of prayer” for the believer’s life – Petitions, Prayer, Intercession, and Thanksgiving.
“Petitions” – Quite simply are requests of the Lord. It is “asking” the Lord for your needs as Jesus instructed us to in Matthew 7:7.
“Prayers” – Is “life” with God. It is “Oxygen” to your spirit.
“Intercession” – Is to carry a ‘burden’ on behalf of other people where you are standing in the place of the one you are praying for.
“Thanksgiving” – Is a form of praise and thanking God for who He is, what He has done and what He will do. It is the power behind the prayer of faith.
This forth prayer – “Thanksgiving” was the key to David’s life. He endured many difficult trials but he would always come before the Lord with thanksgiving.
He says in Psalm 34, “I will extol the Lord at all times, his praise will be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord… let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord and he heard me…”
This psalm is called the Key of David and that “key” is thanksgiving.
Jesus said, “I will give you the keys to the kingdom of Heaven…” (Matthew 16:19).
Well, “Thanksgiving” is one of those important keys. If you can learn to go to a place of thanksgiving in the midst of your darkest hours like David did, you will see the power of God “fighting for you” and delivering you all the time. Every day when you are faced with conflict and chaos, within your heart turn to thanksgiving, let praise be on your lips and see the deliverance of the Lord.