Paul's statement in 1 Thessalonians 1:2-5 provides a helpful model for Christian thanksgiving. We can note that his thanksgiving . . .
Was directed to God: “We give thanks to God”
Was continual: “always”
Was inclusive: “for all of you"
Was through prayer: “in our prayers”
Joseph Parker once prayed, "O Lord, increase our gratitude. May the rain of Thy love not be lost in the desert of our insensibility."