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The importance and spiritual benefits of thanksgiving in our prayer life cannot be overemphasized. The Bible tells us God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). Buth the question is, How do you become humble? It is done by being thankful! A good rule is to be careful (worried) for nothing (Phil 4:6), be prayerful in all things (1 Thess 5:18), and be thankful for anything. It was the sink of thanklessness that caused the ancient world to plunge into the terrible depths of sexual depravity (Rom 1:21). In the OT, a special group of priests was appointed to do nothing else but praise and thank the Lord (2 Chron 31:2).
There are two main things we are to thank God for:
a. We are to thank him for his work in creation. David reminds us concerning this area of thanksgiving in Psalm 100. Later, John the apostle tells us we aill thank God for his work in cration thoughout all eternity. Note the words of this song of praise: "You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created." (Rev 4:11)
b. We are to thank him for his work in redemption. John also informs us that our sectond song in heaven will feature thanksgiving for God's work in redemption. "And they sang a new song with these words: You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were killed, and your blood has ransomed people for God!" (Rev 5:9)
Quoted from THE CHRISTIAN'S GUIDE TO THE NEW LIFE, a study help in THE OPEN BIBLE, NEW LIVING TRANSLATION, (c) 1998, Thomas Nelson Inc., page 1583