|If you’re like me, there probably have been times when you’ve prayed for things that you haven’t seen come to pass. But I’ve learned that whenever you’re not seeing answers to your prayers, it’s because you are missing an ingredient to answered prayer.
It’s like wanting to make chocolate chip cookies and you’ve got flour and butter and eggs and sugar and you mix it up and you put the cookie dough on a tray and put it in the oven and bake it for the right amount of time and take the tray out of the oven—but then you ask God, “Why don’t I have chocolate chip cookies?”
“Because you didn’t put any chocolate chips in the batter.”
In the same way, you must include thanksgiving in the batter of your prayers. If you want to open that oven up and find the answer to your prayer, then you better include the chocolate chips of thanksgiving—because only then will you experience the answer to those prayers every time.
Thanksgiving is not just something we sit around once a year and eat turkey over—it is the secret to answered prayer. Let’s look at what thanksgiving really is.
Thanksgiving is the acknowledgement of goods received. It’s the opposite of envy or jealousy. Envy is the acknowledgement of the things that you do not have. So when I acknowledge that I have something, then I have given thanks. Jesus said, “Therefore I say to you what things so ever you desire when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them” (Mark 11:24).
The best translation of this is the New American Standard Version—“believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you”— because it’s a past tense attitude. When we pray for something, we need to believe we have already received it through prayer—and the way we acknowledge that we have received it is by giving thanks.
Thanksgiving is the highest form of faith, because thanksgiving says, “I have it now. I have received it even though I may not see it right now.” The very proof that you believe you have received something is thanksgiving.
The next time you ask God for something, add thanksgiving to prayer—and you’ll discover that this is the ingredient that opens the floodgates of God’s blessing into your life!
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