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Passport to the Presence of God

Updated: Nov 25, 2020

Thanksgiving is the heavenly passport you need to enter into the Lord’s gates and move deeper into His presence!

I'd like to spend more time in prayer, but I’m never quite sure how to start.

Have you ever felt that way about prayer? You know it’s good for you, and you feel better when you’ve been consistent at it, but getting started can be your biggest obstacle.

The Psalms offer a solution, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise” - Psalm 100:4. What an encouraging passage - thanksgiving is your heavenly passport! It gets you through the good Lord’s gates and begins moving you into His presence.

So what do you have to be thankful for? That’s easy. Create a list of every good thing in your life - and make sure not to overlook those everyday things that would be difficult to do without, but are often taken for granted. If necessary, sit down, thoughtfully work it out, and write it all down. That bit of disciplined effort will pay great dividends; it will provide you with your passport.

The Bible teaches that every good and perfect gift comes down from our heavenly Father (James 1:17). By faith, embrace that and thank God directly for the items on your list. Then take the next step and offer praise, remembering that once you’re through the gates, praise will take you deeper into the good Lord’s presence - it will bring you into His courtyard; a wonderful place for fellowship with God.

Not sure how to offer praise?

The Psalms can help with that too. For example, you can praise the Lord because “He is good, his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endures to all generations” - Psalm 100:5.

Hint: examples of His mercy and His truth can be found throughout the pages of the Bible, and because those characteristics will endure to “all generations,” you can expect they will be available for you!

So... Be prayerful. Be thankful. Praise God for who He is. And do all of that with the expectation that His presence and His goodness will transform your life.

Finally, don’t forget to read the Bible. It will build your faith by helping you better understand who God is, and by helping you understand that God wants good things for you. Not sure where to start? Try the Gospels; they provide wonderful examples of His mercy and His truth.

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