Since most of my prayers are intercessory, I have become more aware of the importance of including prayers of thanksgiving in addition to praise, supplication and confession. Leviticus 7:11-15 gives instruction for the "fellowship offering of thanksgiving" (v13). I'm amazed that the offering includes 4 types of bread (at least I count 4); as I reflected on this I pictured the worshipper making the bread and reflecting on all that he/she had to be thankful for; it was a gift of time & resources. I was reminded of the leper who, after being healed by Jesus, returned to give thanks. And I was challenged to offer a prayer of thanksgiving before offering a prayer of intercession. For example, before I prayed for a friend facing surgery, I gave thanks for the doctors, for the available health care and for the person's faithfulness. I did this for 2 days last week and I found that instead of the prayers of thanksgiving "taking away from" the prayers of intercession, the day was full of prayer. I'm interested in hearing how others balance prayers of intercession with other forms of prayer.