For This Day

For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day (1 Cor.4:15-16).

A group of teenagers were asked to pray during morning Bible Study at a church. Each one was asked to at least say one sentence as one by one they prayed around the circle they had gathered in. There were probably close to twenty young people, and as each took a turn the prayers took different lengths and shapes according to the comfort of the person doing the praying at the time. But, there was for and instant, an interesting repetition of a single phrase--"Thank you for this day," one youth muttered, and then the next, and the next, and so on for about four or five in all. Though I understood the difficulty that prompted such repetition, I also had to stop a moment and consider the words they spoke--"Thank you for this day."
It seems that in many Christian circles, "Thank you for this day" is tacked on our prayers near the front of the prayers as easily as "In Jesus name" is tacked on to the ending. Both phrases are incredibly common during prayer times, which makes one wonder how much heart is put into either. For we do not often consider the profound qualities of Jesus name, nor do we take much thought to the gift of a single day. For we know that our Lord is there every day, and we expect that each day we will wake up to a new day. Yet, we come before God so often, thanking Him for the day, barely listening to our own words and rarely seeing the day as a gift that it is.
That which is familiar is often taken for granted, and that which is common place is rarely desired. Consider the relationships we have with family members. They are something of such great importance which have great significance and impact on our lives, yet we so often treat those relationships as something cheap that can easily be replaced. But it is not because we necessarily see our relationships as cheap, it is simply that we grow so use to having certain people around. And from within such familiarity, we simply take the gifts from God for granted--not even considering the void it would leave if that certain someone was suddenly gone, or if we woke up and had not one more day left, or if we could not call upon the name of Jesus.
When we thank God for the day, it may do us well to consider what's in a day. With God, all things are possible, and within a day there is much potential. Within the hours of a day, God can completely change the course of our lives, He can give us new direction and new insights. He can turn bad situations around, and He can give us strength to deal with bad things yet to come. He can touch us within a moment and profoundly and radically change our thinking, our living and our relationships. If He could create the world in six days, just think about what He could do in your life in just one day. And next time you say in your prayer, "Thank you for this day," pause for a moment to consider what it means to have a day, when your day is guided by the Creator of the Universe.


Day by Day Devotionals: www.daybyday.org