Thanksgiving Prayer Meeting

1.         Q: How many times did Jesus give thanks in Scripture?

a. 4

b. 23

c. 36

d. 12

A: Jesus gave thanks 4 times in Scripture

1.         Jesus Gives Thanks for Revelation (Matthew 11:25–27)

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. (And v.27 says “this Revelation comes to us through Jesus) 

Scripture says: 

First are last; last are first

Proud humbled; lowly exalted.

Wise are foolish; foolish are wise

God gives revelation to the humble and he hides revelation form the wise

Be proud in a good way; be confident

Paul said, “I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength” (Phil 4:13)

But, be humble. The tax collector comes to mind (Luke 18:9-14)

2.         Jesus Gives Thanks for the Loaves (Matthew 15:34-38)

“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.” He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was four thousand men, besides women and children.

Jesus gives thanks for what was provided and it multiplies into way more than was needed. If we give thanks to our Father for what He has provided, it’s blessed. Then, when we try to give what he has provided away it multiplies.

3.         Jesus Gives Thanks for Being Heard by the Father (John 11:41-43)

So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”

Jesus already knows – may we pray for an increase of faith

Our Father hears our prayers.

Give thanks then Pray intercession every day.

Let’s pray intercession 

4.         Jesus Gives Thanks for the Cup and the Bread (Luke 22:14-20

 Jesus took a cup, and after giving thanks to his Father he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves.  For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, and after giving thanks, Jesus broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

The cross was before him yet Jesus gave thanks.

What do we need to be thankful for . . . 

Our community –

Beloved brothers and sisters

Paul said, “Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (Thessalonians 5:16–18)