“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies” (Psalm23:5).
As we celebrate Thanksgiving many of us will sit down for a feast with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day. Many of you will enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but there is another table prepared and that is the Master’s table. You are invited to sit at the Master’s table, in His presence, and enjoy His blessings daily. Your invitation should read:
COME AS YOU ARE
Others may have tried to discourage a Canaanite woman from coming to Jesus, but she came anyway. She was broken over the condition of her daughter, but because of her faith Jesus said, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” Her daughter was healed!
Today I’m burdened and praying for our LifePoint ministers with health issues. There is healing at the Master’s table for you.
Prayer: Lord, may You heal their brokenness, restoring them to good health and strength.
COME WITH EXPECTATIONS
On another occasion the disciples came to Jesus, encouraging him to send the multitude to the villages, to buy food for themselves. Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary-you feed them.” The disciples’ responded, “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” Jesus prepared a table of abundance, and the five thousand people plus were fed with food left over. The disciples and the multitude received more than expected on that day.
Prayer: Lord, may each minister and his family experience an abundance this Thanksgiving.
COME WITH GRATITUDE
When we come with gratitude, it keeps us from having an attitude. When we have thankfulness, it leaves no room for thanklessness. We have so much to be thankful for, both personally and corporately! Come to the table with thanksgiving!
Prayer: Lord, help us to come into Your presence with thanksgiving for You are good!
COME WITH A FRIEND
In scripture we see where Jesus invited people to sit with Him at the table for a meal. Who will you invite today to sit with you at the Master’s table? Be intentional in inviting others to join you in your place of worship this Thanksgiving.
Prayer: Lord, I pray that we will be intentional to invite and to follow up with our guests.
Go ahead and respond to His invitation today: come as you are, come with expectations, come with gratitude, and come with a friend! I pray that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Counting your blessings is said to be healthy spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Robert A.
Emmons calls gratitude as the “forgotten factor in the science of well-being.” Counting your blessings can lessen stress, slow down the aging clock, and build stronger relationships according to some research. Most importantly, beginning each morning with thanksgiving to God creates a spiritually healthy environment for the day.
In Everything Give Thanks…
With benefits like these, why would we not want to give thanks! But most of all, giving thanks reminds us of God’s goodness and grace. I read a quote recently that said, “If you cannot thank God for what you have, thank Him for what you do not have.”
The Apostle Paul tells us:
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
I Thessalonians 5:18
Count Your Blessings…
I encourage you from now until Christmas journal daily what you are thankful for. Count your blessings and name them one by one. As the song-writer states, “It will surprise you what the Lord has done.”
When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
Give Thanks with Your Whole Heart…
“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.”
Thanksgiving to God has the power to bring joy and to break the power of the enemy. Whenever you give thanks to God, it will change difficult circumstances to doable conditions. Giving thanks will change pain into praise and sadness into happiness. There is power in giving thanks to God with your whole heart!
So as you enter into your place of worship each day,
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalms 100:4
Bishop Tim Lamb combines over 34 years of pastoral and church planting experience to lead LifePoint Ministries. Bishop Tim's unique prophetic insight, forward-thinking leadership, and compassion for people combine to make him an effective leader for our pastors and churches.