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After you have believed God, the next step is to offer thanksgiving again. Recall that step four was also to give thanks. The first time, giving thanks expressed your appreciation for God’s forgiveness and mercy. This step of thanksgiving is the highest form of faith. You thank God for what you don’t yet see because you believe it is already done. “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews11:1).
If you truly believe you have already received your request,you will thank God. We are not to wait until we see the manifestation of our answer before expressing gratitude. Youdon’t show God your belief until you thank Him. Suppose you request a loan from a banker, who approves the loan and says,“Consider it done. The money will be deposited to your account.” You don’t see the money, so you don’t know if hedid it, but you thank him and do business based on his word. God wants us to do the same with Him and give thanks even before we see the answer manifested. If we will believe God, the answer will come.
So all you have to do is to live in expectation. After you pray, continue in a spirit of thanksgiving—living in anticipation of the answer to your prayer. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
Live in expectation. Our Lord is powerful!
Prayer: Father, thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Thank You for Your faithfulness to answer my petition even before I see the manifestation. In You I can live a life of expectation.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: Close all your prayer times with thanksgiving because what you have asked for has already been received.
Reading:Judges 4–6; Luke 4:31–44