Notice the ellipsis at the end of that verse. It is only half the sentence. Beyond “don’t do this thing that is in human nature and do this thing that you have to consciously do all the time thanksgiving in your heart even if times are really super hard,” there is the promise of a beautiful gift.
I bowed my head and sincerely prayed for God to give me a “word”. Like a voice in my head, I heard the word “POWER”.
I posted a Facebook and Twitter status yesterday and asked, “How can I pray for you today?”
It is amazing the responses I got, publicly and privately. I was blessed all day long with the ability and freedom to pray for my friends and their friends. My asking and people responding blessed others as well, and they were open in sharing how much they appreciated it.