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THOUGHTS ON THANKS: ATTENTIVENESS

And so they removed the stone. And Jesus raised His eyes, and said, “l Father, I thank Thee that Thou heardest Me.”John 11:41
 I have always thought it significant that Jesus the Messiah, who is the second person of the Trinity, and the God-man, felt a need to pray. It would be an interesting study to look at the prayers of Jesus and the circumstances surrounding the times that it is recorded that He prayed. But in this verse, He specifically takes a moment to thank God for hearing His prayer.
 Any time we approach God in prayer, it should be done with reverence and respect. Solomon extolled us not to be too hasty in word or thought about approaching God in prayer, because we are on earth and He is in heaven (Ecclesiastes 5:22). In his book “Crazy Love”, Francis Chan says, “The wise man comes to God without saying a word and stands in awe of Him.”
 It has been estimated that there are between 100,000,000,000 and 400,000,000,000 stars in the milky way galaxy, in which we live. And it is estimated that there are at least 100,000,000,000 galaxies in the universe, with each one containing about as many stars as ours possesses. So by man’s best estimates and guesses, the universe contains over 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! And that is just an estimate!
 Psalm 147:4 tells us that not only does God know the definite number of the stars, but He is on a first name basis with each and every one of them. Yet, this same God who knows how many stars there are and knows them all by name, who keeps all the planets in orbit, and tends to keeping all the universal phenomena in order, still cares to know how many hairs are on my head (Luke 12:7)!
 This is the God whom we approach in prayer.
 Then is it any wonder that Jesus gave us the example that we must thank Him for hearing our prayers?
  “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty!” Psalm 8:3-5

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