The psalmist wrote: “O give thanks to the Lord, for God is good; for God’s steadfast love endures forever.” When I was growing up, my parents taught me the importance of using the words “Please” and “Thank you.” Occasionally, when I am feeling particularly self-reflective, I think about my prayer life and come to an embarrassing realization: When I pray to God, I say “Please” a lot more than I say “Thank You.” It’s natural to ask God, our Parent, for what we need and even for what we desire. But it is selfish to do only that, failing to thank God for all the blessings we receive (and often take for granted) every single day.
In your summer prayer life, why not remember what your parents told you growing up? Make a special effort to offer God as much thanks as you do requests. And be specific about the blessings you’ve been given. “Count your many blessings, name them one-by-one.” Please and Thank You!