Gratitude is that state of being in which you understand the power of God. You know that he has infinite power to accomplish anything. You also know that if you put your trust in him, nothing will be impossible for you to accomplish. So you are at peace, knowing that he has the answer and the solution to every dilemma. You are grateful to be at peace. You are grateful to be surrendered and at peace.
Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday, the day of firstfruits when the Holy Spirit of God was given to the first Gospel harvest, that is, the apostles of Jesus and the 120 disciples praying in an upper room in Jerusalem (Acts 2). On Pentecost Sunday and on every other day of the year, the most magnificent gift we can give to God is a heart full of gratitude. We can be grateful for the resurrection, for the ascension into heaven, for the fact that a human being just like you and me sits at the right hand of God to intervene on our behalf. He was made God by the indwelling power of God, and every time we pray a prayer in Jesus' name, we call on his power to intervene on our behalf.
When we are grateful, we are whole and are lacking in nothing. When we are grateful, we are full of life. And when we are grateful, we desire oneness with God more than anything else in all creation. We have an insatiable desire to commune with God. If your day begins and ends with barely a thought about God, your heart is not full of gratitude. If you spend one hour a day with God in the morning, and you ignore him for the remainder of the day, there is much room for growth in the area of gratitude. Gratitude compels an unbreakable and enduring moment by moment connection to God. You converse with him all day, every day, about anything and everything. You give him the details of your life, good and bad, and allow him to offer advice and guidance, knowing that he always has a solution, and that our part is only to have faith.