How to Be Grateful When You Don’t Feel Great.

Rivers of Hope

Steve Jones
Matthew 14:13-21

INTRO: The Sunday School Teacher asked little Jimmy if he prayed every night. He said “No Maam. Some nights I don’t need nothing.”

We’re often better at “asking” in prayer than we are at “thanking”.

ILLUSTRATION: A man dreamed he went to heaven and Peter gave him the tour. The first room they stopped at was large and full of bustling activity with angels flitting to and fro. The man asked “What’s going on?” Peter answered “This is RECEIVING where all the prayer requests come in, get processed by angels and forwarded to God.” Then they walked to the next room which was also large, and busy with angels. “What’s this room?” asked the newcomer. Peter answered “This is SHIPPING, where all of the answers and blessings are prepared and shipped out.” Then they came to a third room that was small and cramped, with…

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