The Greek word for thanks, eucharisteo, is composed of the two words “good” and “grace.” We often think of grace as kindness or the choice to let a wrong pass without taking an offense. However, grace is more than a simple act of letting something go; it is power-vested and Spirit-filled.
Grace, which comes from the Greek word charis, is the same root word from which we get “charisma.” The gifts of the Spirit, or charismata, are the Spirit-filled empowerments that manifest the Kingdom in our midst. Practicing thankfulness is an open invitation for heaven to invade. It is an active choice to rest and trust in God in all situations.
There is a part of thankfulness that is supernatural. In every Gospel, the miracle is told of how 5,000 were fed from a few barley loaves and a couple of fish. After giving thanks, a miracle manifested through the hands of Jesus and the disciples:
John 6:11 – “Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted.”
When we set our heart into the path of true thankfulness, we release the realm of heaven. Thanks carry the seeds of supernatural provision.