Three Prayers Of Thanksgiving

Brother Wayne Jackson, editor of the Christian Courier, discusses the three “tenses” of thanksgiving here:

1) We pray because of exceeding gratitude with reference to things that have gone by already, i.e., matters that now are history.

2) Quite obviously we likewise speak to God relative to circumstances pertaining to the present.

3) Finally, our prayers of gratitude should focus toward the future as well. We are not without biblical precedent in these past, present, and future time modes in which our appreciation is framed.

On this upcoming Thanksgiving Day, let us reflect upon the inspired words of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16-17), as we offer our thanks to God who provides all things (Acts 17:24-25; James 1:17; cf. John 3:27).

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets