Prayers of Thanksgiving

Bob Bouwer

Read: Psalm 100

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! (v. 4)

Last summer, my wife and I had the privilege of attending a Chicago Cubs baseball game. When we got to Wrigley Field, we waited in a long line to go through the gate guarded by metal detectors and bag checkers. I remember feeling excited and even impatient as I anticipated getting through that gate. I couldn’t wait to see my favorite baseball team play!

In Psalm 100, the people of Israel were also excited as they anticipated going to the temple. Once at the temple, they stood at the gate eager to be cleansed, enthusiastic to be in community with one another, and, most importantly, awed to be in the presence of God. Once they made it through the gate, the passage urges them to make a joyful noise, serve the Lord with glad hearts, speak of his attributes, come into his presence with singing, give thanks to him, and bless his name!

It’s not geography that keeps us from God’s presence; it’s our sin, and Jesus is the Gate. John 10:9 says, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture” (NIV). We must take time this Thanksgiving to give thanks to Jesus for being our Gate, our Mediator (1 Tim. 2:5). He alone is the passageway for communication and relationship with our Father (John 14:6). —Bob Bouwer

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for going before us and acting on our behalf. Amen.