What Jesus was thankful for...
Prayer: “So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank You that You have heard me. I know that You always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that You sent Me.'” John 11: 41-42
Wow. Have you ever stopped to think about how amazing it is to be able to pray to God? Through prayer we have a direct connection to build a relationship to the Almighty – the very Creator of the heavens and earth. What a beautiful thing.
Daily Provision: “And He directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He game thanks and broke the loaves…” Matthew 14:19
“Then He took the seven loaves and the fish, and when He had given thanks, He broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people.” Matthew 15:36
We need to follow Jesus’ example and rely on the Lord for His daily provision for our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. We also need to give thanks and praise for all He has given. Remember, it’s not about getting everything we want. It’s about getting what we need. Sustainment from the Lord God, our Father.
The cross: “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to His disciples saying, ‘Take and eat; this is My body.’ Then He took a cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you.'” Matthew 26:26-27
Jesus knew what was about to come. He, however, accepted God’s will and He saw the big picture. His sacrifice would save the world. “For God so loved the world that He sent His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16