Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
As has been discussed earlier, praise and thanksgiving are similar in that they both recognize God for who He is and what He does. Often the two overlap in our worship of God.
Still there are other times that thanks has been removed from worship when it should not. In times of prayer this happens especially. Prayer without thanksgiving is much like a conversation where one person does all of the talking – it is one sided.
We are told that we should go to God with all kinds of prayers and requests – both the big things and little things. But so often we forget to thank God once those prayers have been answered.
God doesn’t ever become overburdened with our prayers but our relationship with God is just like any other relationship; it will suffer if it is one sided. We should never stop taking our prayer requests to the Lord but we should be mindful of the many prayers that have been answered already and thank God for them. Even when God has not answered our prayers in the way that we would like, we should thank God for even hearing our prayers and not being a God who is distant or who ignores our trials.