Luke 17: A Grace-Filled Heart is a Grateful Heart

“Where are the other nine?”  Luke 17:17

This verse convicts me.  Too often I find myself with the nine rather than the one.  Not because I’m intentionally ungrateful.  It’s not a conscious choice.  But I can become so busy and engaged with the very things for which I should be grateful for, that I fail to develop and contemplate and express my gratitude.

With that thought I offer a prayer of gratitude for today:

O Lord, you are the great and mighty King over all that exists.  You are Lord of time, of space, of creation, and the sovereign ruler over our lives.

Today, as I  prepare to exalt and worship you, may your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  May you be exalted in my temporal worship as you are in the eternal worship around your throne.

Forgive us for our failures in gratitude. When we fail to express our thanks for what you have done for us;  When we focus our attention only on the divine attributes that please us most; when we pay lipservice to your glory, but fail to seek it through our daily lives.  Forgive us for isolating our expression of worship to a corporate gathering when it should also fill the worship of our private moments.

Empower us by your Spirit, O Lord, to worship you through daily thanksgiving.  To exalt you with our actions and our attitudes, our words and our deeds, our creed and our conduct. Make us windows through which the world can look to see your glory.  Make us mirrors that reflect your greatness.  Make us channels through which your grace will flow.

Heavenly Father, you have called us to your presence. If we fail to worship you today, or fail by worshipping you only in ways pleasing to ourselves, this world will only see religious people busy about religious things.  We want them to see you.  So fill our hearts with your glory that worship and thankfulness may flow out of our hearts, our minds, and our mouths.

We ask these requests of you our Father in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and through the aid of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

A grace-filled heart is a grateful heart.

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