Thanksgiving Devotion Nov 23
Written by: Drew Coats
Scripture: Philippians 4:6-7
What a year! I think ahead to the week in which we will celebrate Thanksgiving as I write on election day. The stress and worry today is palpable. A family trip today required several hours of internet-free time. It was a wonderful escape.
Yet, election day seems to be a culmination of the stress and worry which has been such a central part of this year. In this year of stress and worry, what does Scripture offer us?
The Apostle Paul encourages Jesus’ followers in Philippi, “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Paul encourages us not to worry, but instead lean into prayer. He tells us to give thanks to our loving God and to communicate our requests to Him. Paul reassures us that, when we lean into our prayer life, even when faced with fear, tragedy and conflict, when we are intentional and persistent in relying on prayer, and communicating our requests to God, and articulating our thanks for the blessings God has provided for us, something amazing happens. Even in the midst of chaos and uncertainty, the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.
As we enter this week, we focus on giving thanks, I am thankful for our loving God… Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I am thankful for my family, and for the fellowship I cherish with my brothers and sisters in the faith. I am thankful for neighbors and dear friends. I am thankful for the beauty of God’s creation. I am thankful for our church and our church family. I am thankful for you!
Prayer: Dear Loving Father God, we ask you to grant us a respite from worry and stress. We ask you to show us how to let go of worry and instead focus on giving you thanks. We ask that you give us bold hearts to communicate to you the requests we hold most dear and give you thanks for comforting us and providing for us. We ask that you grant us your peace, which surpasses our understanding, and guard our hearts and our minds from worry. We ask all this in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. Amen.