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Stepping Stones: Special Lens Cleaners: Please and Thank You

Stepping Stones: Special Lens Cleaners: Please and Thank You
November 22, 2010 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Thought

When we were kids, there was a great greasy hamburger joint that we all loved to visit called the Rainbow Inn. The owner, Oliver, ran the place and he took our orders at the front window. Oliver had an annoying habit: he always made the children say “Please” and “Thank You”. No “please”, no “thank you”…no hamburger. It was a quick and easy lesson, pretty straightforward with lots of incentive to learn quickly.

I always thought it was strange…having to say please and thank you to get something I actually had to pay for. But in retrospect, it really was positive reinforcement for the lessons my mother was teaching at home. It showed me that I am not entitled to anything, am dependent on others for the items I need and want, and should always be thankful for everything I get, all accurate and valuable lenses to develop. We could use some more Olivers in the world to reinforce these principles today.

Our prayers should always include “please” and “thank you”. You see, we often view life through very entitled lenses. We deserve no traffic on the way to work, a good job, a nice house, good health, well-behaved kids. No one close to us should be dying. These lenses just propagate the “I am King” and “My kingdom come, my will be done” mentality which virally spreads, infecting all areas of our lives. If we just keep repeating our concerns, we will live in a state of tension.

However, when you follow-up your request by thanking Him for how he is already answering your prayer, your mindset becomes much more positive and in line with His sovereignty and agenda…because you are aware of the reality of His action for you. Thankful prayers keep your focus on Him as the ultimate Authority.

Today, when you bring your prayer requests to God, say “please” and speak clearly and candidly…lay out your concerns…pour out your heart. Then immediately thank Him for the answers that He has already set in motion. When those same requests come to mind again, continue thanking God for the answers that are on their way.

Prayer
Dear Father God, This is Your world, Father. You made it and control it. I relinquish all control into Your hands…I trust You completely. I thank You, Father, for the gift of receptivity that You have planted in my heart. I thank You for the answers to my prayers that are already on their way. I pray in the name of the one in whose name we are called to pray, Christ Jesus; and all God’s children said – AMEN!

The Truth
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.
Colossians 4:2

As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
2 Peter 1:3-4

Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
Psalm 50:14,15

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