1 Thessalonians 5:18 – In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (NASB)
It was an ordinary Sunday morning worship celebration. People had come from all around to praise the Lord. Many a Sunday, I had prayed that God would reveal himself to this congregation in a special way. But nothing seemed to happen. On this Sunday, after the sermon had been preached and the invitation to Christian discipleship had been extended, no one came forward to join the church. As tradition would have it, I asked if anyone would like to come for a special prayer. Before the request was over, a lady from the rear of the church had come down with tears flowing from her eyes. She was ill and had an appointment to have a medical procedure done the following week. Being guided by the Spirit, the congregation was asked to believe that God was going to bring healing to this mother and grandmother. We prayed that all would be well.
Two weeks passed by, and I could not take it any longer, so I called her home to say hello. It was then that she informed me that God had done a special thing in her life. She was completely healed. I was very happy. In response to what the good Lord had done, I asked her if she wanted to give a testimony to the congregation, she said, "No, but I would like to donate some flowers." The next Sunday, I announced that a miracle had taken place in the life of this dear soul and the beautiful flowers on the alter were her way of saying thanks.
Paul says in everything we ought to give thanks to God for what he does for us.
Prayer: O God, how grateful we are for the many blessings you so generously bestow upon us. We thank you for the revelation of your Holy Spirit at special times in our lives. Grant us faith that we might continue to serve you, glorify you and lift up your holy name. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.