Nancy’s Prayer: Cry Out with Gratitude

Desperate times call for desperate prayers. We don’t have to wilt under the weight of all that is happening in our world. We can rise up in prayer, calling on God to intervene. 

Revive Our Hearts is urging women to set aside the month of October to cry out in desperation together through a 31-day email challenge. Rally your friends, family, and church to join this urgent prayer appeal for such a time as this. Register at ReviveOurHearts.com/CryOut.—Leslie Bennett, Women’s Ministry Initiatives

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! —Psalm 100:4

If we were sitting across the table from each other, you could tell me what’s stealing your peace right now without having to think hard. You may be grieving a loss that never settles far from your conscious thoughts. You may be crying yourself to sleep at night over a situation with a son or daughter that is beyond your ability to control—a failing marriage, a little one undergoing diagnostic medical tests, perhaps open rebellion against God and against your parenting decisions. Maybe you’re facing some health issues of your own (as my dear husband and I are at this time), or your income just isn’t meeting your monthly expenses, or your church is in turmoil over some hot-button issue.

We know that we can and should pray about these matters. But praying is not all that we can and should do. “Do not be anxious about anything,” the apostle Paul wrote, “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6–7, emphasis added).

To put it even more simply: In every situation . . . prayer + thanksgiving = peace.

When prayer teams up with gratitude, when we open our eyes wide enough to see God’s mercies even in the midst of our pain, and when we exercise faith and give Him thanks even when we can’t see those mercies, He meets us with His indescribable peace. It’s a promise.

Robert and I have been experiencing this in a fresh way in recent months. Just before he began undergoing chemo treatments, we talked about the importance of being intentional about giving thanks throughout this ordeal. We decided to take a few minutes each day to record specific blessings of that day on post-it notes. The window frames of our sunroom are fast filling up with those multi-colored notes—this has become our “gratitude room” where we are reminded daily of the Lord’s goodness and mercies toward us. As we make our requests known to God with thanksgiving, He is truly sustaining us with supernatural, unexplainable peace.

Prayer is vital—but to fully experience His peace, we must come to Him with gratitude. Hard gratitude. Costly gratitude. The kind that trusts He is working for our good, even in unpleasant circumstances . . . the kind that garrisons our troubled hearts and minds with His peace. 

Are you facing one or more chaotic, unsettled situations? Is your soul weary from striving, stress, and strain? There is peace, my friend—God’s peace—waiting for you just beyond the doors of deliberate gratitude. But the only way to find it is to go there and see for yourself. God’s peace is one of the many blessings that live on the other side of gratitude.

Editor’s note: Today’s post is adapted from Choosing Gratitude by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth (Moody 2009). Used by permission. 

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Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has touched the lives of millions of women through Revive Our Hearts and the True Woman movement, calling them to heart revival and biblical womanhood. Her love for Christ and His Word is infectious, and permeates her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and two daily nationally syndicated radio programs—Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him.

She has authored twenty-two books, including Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free, Seeking Him (coauthored), Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together, and You Can Trust God to Write Your Story (coauthored with her husband). Her books have sold more than four million copies and are reaching the hearts of women around the world. Nancy and her husband, Robert, live in Michigan.

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