2020 Thanksgiving Prayer

Photo taken in Kansas.

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to pray about the theme of Thanksgiving. I thank You for all the normal blessings of food, loved ones, friends, health, etc. However, this Thanksgiving, I want to focus my praise and thanksgiving on items that only You have done and are doing. My ultimate praise and thanksgiving is for my salvation from death and the gift eternal life.

All the many wonderful blessings promised in Your Word (the Bible) are only available to me because of my response to John 5:24. Jesus said: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life.

What a blessing it is to know that when I get up in the morning, You are waiting, willing and able to take me through every situation in my life. Lamentations 3:22-23Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

Thank you that as I live this life with its disappointments and struggles, as a child of Yours, none of these things are a waste or a surprise to You. You are loving, sovereign, all powerful, everywhere present, and You have everything work together for my good. Romans 8:28And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Thank you that Your well never runs dry. 2 Corinthians 12:9My grace is sufficient for you.” Thank you for the blessing and peace of forgiveness of sin. 1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Since this is only a fraction of who You are and what You do, I ask You to direct me to practice more of Ephesians 5:20 in the coming year. “Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Amen.

2019 Thanksgiving Prayer

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Photo taken in Kansas.

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name this Thanksgiving to thank You for giving us Your Son and allowing Him to die on the cross for our sins. You resurrected Him from death and left Your Spirit ​with us until all You have planned for here on earth is done.

It is a blessing beyond description to be a child of Yours and have the Holy Spirit dwelling within me. If I allow it, You will direct all phases of my life. As I live in this chaotic world and deal with many personal problems, I thank You for the invitation expressed in Mathew 11:28-29. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Prayer Exercise of Gratitude for the Next Seven Days

Meditate and give thanks each day on the following topics:

Friday: Thank you for giving me salvation and a future home in Heaven. John 3:15 That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

Saturday: Thank you for the blessing of forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Sunday: Thank you for caring for my physical body and emotional health. Philippians 4:19And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Monday: Thank you for the wonder and beauty of Your creation. Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork.

Tuesday: Thank you for the freedom we enjoy in our nation and for the protection ​we receive from our military and our first responders. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.

Wednesday: Thank you for the joy and love provided by my personal and church family. Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.

Thursday: Thank you for the blessing, power, and promises of Your Word, all of which enriches my life. Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Friday: Remember all that God has brought to your mind to be thankful for. Psalm 92:1It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High.

Lord, in Jesus’ Name, guide me to be a thankful person every day as a lifestyle, not only on Thanksgiving Day. Amen.

Thanksgiving Prayer

 

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In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.1 Thessalonians 5:18

Giving Father, I thank You for the items You have listed in Psalm 103:3-5 that remind me of all you do for me: “[He] who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Thank you for the access I have to Your Word which gives me encouragement, joy, peace and the power to defeat the work of the flesh and of Satan.

What a blessing it is to know that “…He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.1 John 4:4

Thank you for the promise of personal guidance that You have laid out for me in Isaiah 48:17 and Isaiah 30:21. You say to me: “…”I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go,”‘ and “your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.

Father, give me the wisdom to know that thankfulness is not just an act, but a life-style and that the peace You put in my heart and mind is much more valuable than all the physical blessings You provide on a daily basis.

I praise You, O Lord, by saying: thank you, thank you, thank you!

I bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.