We all have different styles of speaking and praying. For some people, declaring flows more naturally. For others, thanksgiving is more comfortable than declaration. Try the same declarations we’ve looked at the last three weeks, but this time use them as thanksgivings:
1. Thank You, Father, that my prayers are powerful and effective (2 Cor 5:21; James 5:16b)
2. Thank You for making me dead to sin and alive to obeying God (Romans 6:11)
3. Thank You, Father, that through Jesus, I am 100% loved and worthy to receive all of God’s blessings (Gal 3:1-5)
4. Thank You for being on my side today and giving me confidence that I cannot be defeated (Romans 8:37; Psalm 91)
5. Thank You for the wisdom of God for every decision and situation I face (1 Cor 2:16)
6. Thank You for life, health, joy and favor – the abundant satisfaction that I have in You. (Deut. 30:19; Neh 8:10, Psalm 36, Psalm 103:1-3; 2 Tim 1:6, 7)
7. Thank You, Father for ever-increasing health (Isa 53:3-5)
8. Thank You, Father, for supernatural protection (Psalm 91)
9. Thank You for using me to bring God encounters to other people. (Mark 16:17, 18)
10. Thank You for richly supplying my financial needs. (Phil 4:19)
How does it feel this way? Are you more comfortable with declarations or thanksgivings? I personally find thanksgivings easier than declarations, which probably reflects my personality. It actually frustrates my children a little bit because instead of “declaring” what chore they need to do, I will say instead, “Thanks for doing the dishes” even though they haven’t even started doing them. I have confidence that they will do it! In the same way, we have confidence in God even when we don’t see it yet, we know His promise and we thank Him for it.
Because thanksgivings are more natural for me, I try to stretch myself and use the declarations for something different, something fresh. You might be the other way around. Either way, exercise your faith with your mouth as you declare and thank God for what He has done, is doing and will do for you!