Friday, July 20, 2018

Gratitude Prayer: Thank God for your present reality and see your life change for the better

Gratitude is the most powerful prayer. The open secret of gratitude that not many people are aware of is that, when we genuinely and sincerely thank God for a thing/gift/favour or anything, God increases that favour/blessing even more. 

Allah, God of everything, says in the Quran:


"If you are thankful, I will surely increase you (in favor)" Surah Ibrahim - verse 14:7

Prayer:

"Thank you Lord for making my current reality, present state, present moment not beyond my capability and strength. As I am not entitled to anything, You could have made my situation much worse for being thankless and selfish. But Praise be to You, You didn't make my situation unbearable, miserable and painful. I cannot overpower You and Your natural laws. If You want to harm me, You can do it without any trouble.

"So I am thanking You for Your mercy in every area of my life. My health, food, family, peace, comfort, home and job. God I am sorry for acting like a selfish kid who kind of thinks You are my slave whose job is to be at my beck and call, and when things don't go as I expect, You should do all You can to please me. I am so sorry for being this selfish and egoic. The reality is, You are self-subsisting and self-sufficient. You are not slave to anything. If you decided to impose misery on me, none would be able to stop You from doing it, but Your mercy is bigger than everything. I am sorry for not acknowledging You for Your mercy and kindness. 


"I am sorry for acting selfish and complaining about things not going my way. I am sorry for not valuing Your mercy. I am sorry for appreciating You in good times and only coming to You in bad times. I am so thankful to You for making me say this gratitude prayer because if You willed, I would not be able to even think of praying to You." 

Related articles:
Why is it easy to be thankless and hard to be grateful to God
How gratitude practice changes your life and attitude
How to thank God for His mercy

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