So often I pray in “emergency mode”… begging God for His provision, His protection, His blessing. In that moment, petitioning God is forefront in my mind. I pray without ceasing… or least until the next thing comes along and I’m distracted once again.
Three months ago, I found myself praying fervently during a 3 hour surgery… and I prayed in “emergency mode.”
God, that is my son in there!
God, guide the doctor’s hand.
God, please protect.
He protected, He healed, and today, 3 months later, Eric was totally released from the orthopedic doctor’s care… and, I almost forgot to say “thank You!”
What if I really learned to give thanksgiving in “emergency mode”? What if I gave thanks for His provision, His protection, His blessings ALL the time? What if I gratitude was forefront in my mind and I gave thanks without ceasing?
What if I didn’t need to remember to say “thank You” because thanksgiving was always on my lips?
I question in the “what if?” because this is how I want to live. I want to pray without ceasing and to give thanks without ceasing. I want gratitude to be on my lips… so I don’t forget to say “thank You!”