Reflections on thankfulness – Day 5 – Thank God when you think of people

Philippians 1:3-4 (CEV)

Every time I think of you, I thank my God. And whenever I mention you in my prayers, it makes me happy.


Many people have a friend or a church missionary who they pray for. There’s usually a list of things we can pray for them, including difficult situations in their work. However there’s also often a list of things to thank God for, things which were difficult but have changed, good things that God has done. It’s tempting to overlook the thanks, but this list is a great way to add to our list of things to thank God for – things which God has done for other people.

One way I sense God speaking with me is through seeing people’s names on lorries or seeing cars which are the same make and colour as they have. I use this to remind me to pray for them. I’ve introduced my children to this, and it means that often when we’re out in the car we pray for people who we might otherwise not be thinking of or praying for. A challenge we can all take is when we are reminded of someone, in whatever way, to thank God for them.

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Does anyone find they are reminded of people by seeing people who look similar, or have similar cars? Why not try this when you’re out and about today? Or you could ask God to start bringing people to your mind and pray for them, starting with thanks.

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