The mystics have always known that gratitude is one of the most powerful spiritual forces there is. Just like a child who asks and takes without ever thanking her parents rarely benefits from what is given, so an adult who never focuses on giving rarely receives. End your prayer time with gratitude. It is the surest way to set yourself up for continuing to invite Jesus to the head of your internal table throughout the day.
Excerpted from "Asphalt Jesus" by Eric Elnes and reprinted at beliefnet.com by permission of Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Imprint.