Did you catch that phrase "with thanksgiving"? Why does God wants us to make our requests known to Him with thanksgiving?
Some years ago, when I was going through one of the deepest trials of my life, I first heard the song "He'll Do It Again":
You may be down and feel like God has somehow forgotten
That you are faced with circumstances you can't get through;
But now it seems that there's no way out and you're going under;
God's proven time and time again He'll take care of you.
And He'll do it again, He'll do it again;
If you'll just take a look at where you are now and where you've been.
Well, hasn't He always come through for you?
He's the same now as then.
You may not know how, you may not know when, but He'll do it again.
God knows the things you're going through, and He knows how you're hurting.
You see, He knows just how your heart has been broken in two;
But He's the God of the stars, of the sun and the sea, and He is your Father;
You see, He can calm the storm, and He'll find some way to fix it for you.
Oh, He's still God, and He will not fail you!
Oh, He's still God, and He will not change!
Know, Know that He's God, and He's fighting for you
Yes, just like Moses, just like Daniel, and just like Shadrach and Meshach, Abednego.
You may not know how, you may not know when, but I know that He'll do it again.
He'll do it again!
I clung to those words, believing that what the God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever had one for me, my friends, and my loved ones in the past, and what He'd done for people in the Bible He'd do again for me.
begin to thank God for all He's done for us? It not only gives us perspective concerning our problems, but it lifts our faith to believe that what He's done for others and what He's done for us in the past, He'll do again in this time of need.
Thanksgiving is not just a day we celebrate once a year. As we give thanks every day, we will discover that a grateful heart is a contented heart. As we count our blessings, it will surprise us what the Lord has done. As we make our requests known to God "with thanksgiving," our faith will be increased to trust Him even more.