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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving Message from John Lind of PPT


Thanksgiving is early this year, and if you’re like me you may not quite feel ready to begin the great holiday march toward Christmas! The truth is, it’s never too early to give thanks! Have you ever noticed how gratitude can open your heart to new insights, new hope and new humility?

The Apostle Paul recommends thanksgiving as a positive replacement for negative words. In Ephesians 5:4 he reminds us not to engage in “obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking,” saying that these are simply “out of place” for God’s people. Instead, he says, let your lips form words of thanksgiving! In Philippians 4:6, Paul suggests that thanksgiving, when coupled with prayers of petition, is the perfect antidote to worry. This is great advice as we enter the holiday season, a time that can be pressure-filled and anxiety-producing!

Here at PPT, we love thanksgiving because it is a form of prayer. When we develop the ability to “give thanks in all circumstances” (I Thes. 5:18) we get better at every form of prayer! That is what we desire for you as you engage with the Presidential Prayer Team. We want you to grow in your faith, to be strengthened as an intercessor and to experience the powerful blessing God has in store for you when you return gratitude to Him.
Happy Thanksgiving!