‘And the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great deeds of terror, with signs and wonders. And he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. And behold, now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground, which you, O LORD, have given me.’ And you shall set it down before the LORD your God and worship before the LORD your God.
Too often our prayers are petitions—”God, I want…” “God, I need…. “God, please do this or that.” While petitions are certainly part of talking to the One on whom we are dependent, we need to take the time to thank God for all he has done and all he is doing.
Today’s passage describes a time when the people of Israel brought the first of their harvest to the Lord. The offering acknowledged that the Lord had delivered them from slavery in Egypt and brought them to fertile land where they could enjoy the fruit of the ground. Giving God the first of the harvest was an acknowledgment that he provided it all and all of it belonged to him. As they set their baskets down before the Lord, they worshiped him in thanksgiving.
- Today no requests. Let’s just worship God in thanksgiving. Reflect on all that God has done for you, provided for you, and how he has cared for you. Thank him for using his “mighty hand and an outstretched arm” to work on your behalf.
- As you gather with your children (or grandchildren) guide them in a time of thanksgiving. Remind them that all they have comes from God and lead them in prayers of thanksgiving.
Lord, all things belong to you. Everything I have you have given me. I thank you and worship you for all that you have done and are doing in my life. Thank you for food, clothing, and shelter—things I admittedly take for granted. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
And keep thanking God throughout the day.
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