Pour out your heart in prayer

Gratitude is a feeling of appreciation and thankfulness for blessings or benefits we have received. The Lord wants us to have a spirit of gratitude in all we say and do.

Live with a spirit of thanksgiving and you will have greater happiness and satisfaction in life.

An example of gratitude in the New Testament is the story of the 10 lepers. They each were healed by Jesus, but only one thanked Jesus for healing him. (Luke 17:11-19).

Gratitude will turn your heart to the Lord and help you recognize His influence and blessings in your life.

Even in our most difficult times we can find much to be grateful for.

A grateful heart is the beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It helps us develop such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love and well-being. Said the Lord, “And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.”

Showing our gratitude to the Lord allows Him to strengthen and bless us. It’s a never-ending circle of gratitude and blessings from the Lord.

We also express our gratitude to the Lord by the way live. When we keep His commandments and serve others, we show that we love Him and are grateful to Him.

We should also express our gratitude to others for the many ways they bless our life.

In your prayers, pour out your heart to your Father in Heaven in thanks for the blessings you have received. Be specific in thanking Him for His goodness. We can also thank Him for our family, our friends, for leaders and teachers, for the Gospel, and for our Savior, Jesus Christ.

-- Wallace Price, Anniston Ward, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints


Slow down, express thanks

We focus on thankfulness during this time of year. There are opportunities to slow down and reflect on all that we have been blessed with in our lives during the holiday season.

But from the perspective of the Bible, we are called to thankfulness every day.

Paul says in Philippians 4:4-7, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

This well-known passage commands that we rejoice, pray and make request to God from a heart of thanksgiving, and then our hearts and minds will be guarded by the peace of God.

The point of this text is that when we spend our time talking to God out of a heart and mind filled with thankfulness, our anxieties, complaints and desires will melt away.

We feel more gratitude by slowing down and expressing our thankfulness to God. When our hearts are thankful, there is no room for complaint or disappointment.

 -- Carlton Weathers, Grace Fellowship, Anniston