In the past several prayers offered by my husband, he has included something about me for which he is thankful. And I must admit that has helped create a sensation in my heart similar to butter melting on a baked potato. Hearing my spouse be thankful for me is probably one of the sexiest comments he has uttered. Perhaps it’s the direct opposite of the old joke from a fictional husband: “I told you once I loved you, and I’ll let you know if I change my mind.”
So it’s not just having him thank me for something that I cooked or the way I cut his hair—although that is appreciated. Hearing out loud that he is thankful for some aspect of my character or practice, makes him seem stronger and I feel stronger. I wish we had included more of this kind of prayer when our children were still in the home. We still can pray this way during family gatherings.
This morning I was reading Colossians 4:2: “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (NIV). “Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude” (MSG). I can only wonder how God responds to my gratitude since He is the original lover.
I think I will notice more, waiting for little love signs from God. The outcome may result in a greater sense of God’s presence and less dwelling on all the ways that life doesn’t satisfy. Becoming rewired for love.
Questions for personal journaling or group discussion:
1. Do you have mealtime prayers, and what are your practices?
2. If you live with someone else, how could you bless them in prayer today?
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Karen Spruill writes from Florida.© 2002 - 2023, AnswersForMe.org. All rights reserved. Click here for content usage information.