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Thanksgiving Prayer – 9 Encouraging and Inspiring Prayers!
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends and reflect on the blessings of the last year. Many of us experience renewed hope and faith during the Thanksgiving holiday because we turn our eyes onto what is most important.
What if we spent time each day in giving thanks and prayer? How could God grow out faith and trust if we lived a life of thanks through all seasons and not just Thanksgiving time? When your heart is filled with gratitude, there is little room to worry or complain.
We would love to encourage and help you along the way toward greater hope and joy! Below are 9 thanksgiving prayers you can use not only for Thanksgiving day but throughout the year. Start living out the promises of God that Jesus came “that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10.
Prayer 1: A Daily Thanksgiving Prayer
“Dear God, Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. Thank you for your great love and care. Thank you for your sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life.
Forgive us for when we don't thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you've given. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. We love you and we need you, this day and every day.
We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy! In Jesus' Name, Amen.”
– Debbie McDaniel, Crosswalk.com Contributor
Prayer 2: A Prayer for a Thankful Heart
“Lord, teach me to offer you a heart of thanksgiving and praise in all my daily experiences of life. Teach me to be joyful always, to pray continually and to give thanks in all my circumstances. I accept them as Your will for my life (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
I long to bring pleasure to Your heart daily. Break the power of the enemy in my life. Defeat Him through my sacrifice of praise. Change my outlook and attitude into one of joyful contentment with my present circumstances.
I thank You for… [Name a difficult circumstance in your life presently and thank God for it.]
Jesus, I want to be You who obeyed the Father without complaint. You embraced the chains of humanity when You walked this earth. Convict me whenever I complain or compare myself with others. Give me Your attitude of humility and thankful acceptance.I want to be the Apostle Paul who learned contentment in every circumstance. I choose to continually offer You a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that give praise to Your name (Hebrews 13:15). I long to bring a smile to Your face. Teach me the power of a thankful heart.
I know that Your truth dwells in a thankful heart.
“I will give thanks to the LORD because of His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens” (Psalm 7:17-18:1). In Jesus’ name, amen.”
– Debbie Przybylski, Intercessors Arise International
Prayer 3: A Short Prayer of Thanks
“God, sometimes life gets me down and I find it hard to see things to be thankful for. Open my eyes to see the gifts you’ve given me in my life. I’m going to start by thanking you for loving me enough to come to earth and die so we can live together forever. Amen.”
– Wendy van Eyck, Contributor
Prayer 4: A Prayer for Thanksgiving Day
Father God, today I thank You for the provisions of my life… I thank You for the people in my life… I thank You for the opportunities You have given to me in my life…
I thank You for the acceptance and forgiveness You have lavished upon me in spite of my sinful actions and choices…
I thank You for the healing You have brought into my life—physical and emotional… I thank You for the way You have brought me back from the darkness that lurks in my soul and the choices I could have made that would have landed me in a pit—or the choices I have made that did land me in a pit…
I thank You for the desires of my heart that You have satisfied with good things…
And the desires that I have not yet seen satisfied. Help me to be confident because of the grace You have given to me in so many others ways, that even my unmet desires would be something I could be grateful for…Amen.
Excerpted with permission from Day 31 of Prayers for Today (Moody Publishers, 2011) by Pastor Kurt Bjorklund.
Prayer 5: A Prayer to Teach Kids Thankfulness
“Lord, I pray that the message of Christ and his sacrifice is the root of gratitude in my heart. That His gracious gift leads me to thankful living, setting an example for my children.
That they will have their own relationship with Jesus one day, and that You would grow gratitude in their hearts the acceptance of Jesus as their Savior.
Lead us to do everything in the name of Jesus and give thanks to You through Him.”
– Marie Osborne, Contributor
Prayer 6: A Thanksgiving Day Prayer
“O Heavenly Father: We thank Thee for food and remember the hungry. We thank Thee for health and remember the sick. We thank Thee for friends and remember the friendless. We thank Thee for freedom and remember the enslaved. May these remembrances stir us to service. That Thy gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.”
– “Dear Abby” Columnist
Prayer 7: Thanksgiving Song (makes a wonderful prayer!)
“Grateful for each hand we hold Gathered round this table. From far and near we travel home, Blessed that we are able. Grateful for this sheltered place With light in every window, Saying welcome, welcome, share this feast Come in away from sorrow.
Father, mother, daughter, son, Neighbor, friend and friendless; All together everyone in the gift of loving-kindness. Grateful for whats understood, And all that is forgiven; We try so hard to be good, To lead a life worth living. Father, mother, daughter, son, Neighbor, friend, and friendless; All together everyone, let grateful days be endless.
Grateful for each hand we hold Gathered round this table.”
– Mary Chapin Carpenter – Thanksgiving Song Lyrics
Prayer 8: A Prayer of Thanks for Our Many Blessings
“Oh God, You are so good. You are faithful and gracious and You have blessed me beyond measure. Thank you for everyday blessings to which I have become accustomed, but never want to take for granted: clean drinking water, electricity, food in my pantry, hot showers, a roof over my head, and a bed to sleep in.
Thank you for legs that carry me where I need to go and hands that enable me to accomplish many things. Thank you for my hearing and my vision and for a sound, healthy mind.
Thank you my family, my friends, my job, my neighbors. Thank you for freedom to attend my church, for my pastors, and for my small group(s) and my many relationships.
Thank you for the things You are doing in my heart and in my life. I’m grateful that by the power of Your Holy Spirit, I am much different today than I was 10 years ago, or a year ago. I am even different that I was at the beginning of this year, and it’s because of Your power at work in me, continually transforming me into Your image.
I love and adore You, Lord, and my heart overflows with gratitude for all these blessings. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.”
excerpt from 3 Grateful Prayers to Prepare Your Heart for Thanksgiving by Julie K. Gillies
Prayer 9: 17 Statements of Gratitude
“Thank you, God for the times You have said “no.” They have helped me depend on You so much more. Thank you, God, for unanswered prayer. It reminds me that You know what's best for me, even when my opinion differs from Yours. Thank You, Lord, for the things you have withheld from me. You have protected me from what I may never realize.
Thank You, God, for the doors You have closed. They have prevented me from going where You would rather not have me go. Thank you, Lord, for the physical pain You've allowed in my life. It has helped me more closely relate to Your sufferings on my behalf. Thank you, Lord, for the alone times in my life.
Those times have forced me to lean in closer to You. Thank you, God, for the uncertainties I've experienced. They have deepened my trust in You. Thank You, Lord, for the times You came through for me when I didn't even know I needed a rescue. Thank You, Lord, for the losses I have experienced.
They have been a reminder that You are my greatest gain. Thank You, God, for the tears I have shed. They have kept my heart soft and mold-able. Thank You, God, for the times I haven't been able to control my circumstances. They have reminded me that You are sovereign and on the throne.
Thank You, God, for those people in my life whom You have called home to be with You. Their absence from this earth keeps my heart longing for heaven.
Thank You, God, that I have an inheritance in the heavenly places…something that this world can never steal from me and I could never selfishly squander. Thank You, God, for the greatest gift You could ever give me: forgiveness through Your perfect Son's death on the cross on my behalf. Thank You, God, for the righteousness You credited toward me, through the death and resurrection of Jesus. It's a righteousness I could never earn or attain on my own. Thank You, Father, that You know me, You hear me, and You see my tears. Remind me through difficult times that You are God, You are on the throne, and You are eternally good. And thank You, Lord, not only for my eternal salvation, but for the salvation You afford every day of my life as You save me from myself, my foolishness, my own limited insights, and my frailties in light of Your power and strength.”
– Cindy McMenamin, Author
Thanksgiving Prayers from Scripture:
Psalm 95 – “Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods…”
Psalm 100 – “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 118:29 – “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
Psalm 103: 1-5 – “Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed the eagle’s.”
Psalm 136:1-5 – “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.
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Thanksgiving Prayers: Thanks For Blessings
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Here you'll find Thanksgiving Prayers for Thanksgiving grace at the dinner table and religious and inspirational Thanksgiving poems for plays, programs, church bulletins.
We thank you for the turkey,
The gravy and the dressing.
Dear Lord, this table overflows
With Thy abundant blessing.
Let us always be aware
That all gifts come from You,
And may we serve Your heavenly will
In everything we do. Amen.
By Joanna Fuchs
Religious Thanksgiving poetry can rhyme…or not. For this free verse thanksgiving to God poem, you can leave out the line about “challenges” if you want, in this religious thanksgiving verse.
Thankful for Each OtherDear Lord,As we gather together around this tableladen with your plentiful gifts to us,we thank You for always providingwhat we really needand for sometimes granting wishesfor things we don't really need.
Today, let us be especially thankfulfor each other–for family and friendswho enrich our lives in wonderful ways,even when they present us with challenges.Let us join together nowin peaceful, loving fellowshipto celebrate Your love for usand our love for each other.
By Joanna Fuchs
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Thanksgiving Prayers for Kids
When I was a young girl, my relatives had my brother and I say a little two-line Thanksgiving Day prayer aloud at the dinner table.
This Thanksgiving grace went this: “Come Lord Jesus, be our guest, and let this food by thee be blessed.
” So here are some little two-line Christian Thanksgiving prayers that kids could say as a poem or prayer for Thanksgiving, or at other dinners. These short Thanksgiving poems are easy to memorize.
Lord, we thank you this Thanksgiving,For the food we eat and the lives we're living. Amen.Lord, we pray You'll bless this food,As we eat it now in gratitude. Amen.We thank You, God, for the food we eat;We thank you for our lives so sweet. Amen.
By Joanna Fuchs
More Thanksgiving Prayers for Kids
Here are some additional two-line Thanksgiving prayers for young children:
Thank you, God for this food so yummy;Thank you for a happy tummy!Thank you, Lord, for this special treat;We'll keep Your blessings in mind, as we eat.Thanks for food and thanks for love;Thanks to our Lord in heaven above.By Joanna Fuchs
Here's a Thanksgiving prayer for kids, not too long, not too short.
Thank You For…Thank You for delicious yummiesTo fill our hungry, grateful tummies.For other things we're thinking ofAnd for Your everlasting love,For all the blessings that You bring,Thank you God, for everything.
By Joanna Fuchs
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Inspirational Thanksgiving poems to be used as Thanksgiving prayers usually include abundant thanks to God for His blessings, as this Thanksgiving blessing poem does.
Thanksgiving prayers can be in the form of Thanksgiving Christian poems. This free verse (non-rhyming) Thanksgiving prayer is a Thanksgiving grace that covers a lot of Thanksgiving blessings. It's Christian Thanksgiving poetry appropriate for a prayer for Thanksgiving dinner. It could also serve as a church Thanksgiving poem.
For All that You Give UsDear Lord,On this Thanksgiving Day,we are thankfulfor all that You give us,for all that You do for us,for all that You teach us.Thank You for guiding usto live our livesin Your will,in Your purpose,in Your plan for us.Thank You for Your protectionfrom worldly influence and danger.
Thank You for bringing us gentlyto a deeper knowledge of Youand what You want from us,with Your love, mercy,compassion and grace.And thank you, Lord,for the blessingswe are experiencing right nowat this very moment–the food,and the precious peoplewho are with usto enjoy this mealand this day.Thank You, Lord. Amen.
By Joanna Fuchs
This religious Thanksgiving poem prayer is a Thanksgiving day prayer that can be used as the traditional Thanksgiving grace before the meal. It's designed as a free Christian Thanksgiving Day poem.
Attitude of GratitudeDear Lord, we come to You todayWith a humble attitude.For all you give, our hearts are fullOf love and gratitude.Thank you for this special timeTo offer our Thanksgiving.Thank you for this food, and forThe blessed lives we're living.In Jesus' name we pray; Amen
By Joanna Fuchs
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Thanksgiving prayers can be rhyming or free verse, as this religious Thanksgiving Christian poem is. When you say Thanksgiving grace, this may be appropriate.
We Are ThankfulDear Lord,we are thankful for this day,set aside to honor all the ways You bless uswith Your goodness, love, and grace.We are thankful for the people at this tablewho add a variety of wonderful things to our livesjust by being who they are.
We are thankful for the food we are about to eat,which You created for our nourishment and pleasure.Most of all, Lord, we thank Youfor always being there for us,guiding us, encouraging us,comforting us and blessing us.In Jesus' name we pray; Amen.
By Joanna FuchsThis Thanksgiving prayer describes how we can show God our appreciation for the blessings we have been given.
Countless BlessingsLord, on this special day of thankfulness,we thank You not only for the delicious food,lovingly prepared and presented,but also for special giftsYou've given to this family—loved ones we cherish dearly,a comfortable place to live,the beauty that surrounds us,material pleasures,health, spiritual wealth,and so much more.How can we show our gratitude forthe countless blessings You've provided?We thank You for giving us clear direction,through Your Holy Wordon how to show our appreciation,by obeying Your commandsand by loving and serving our neighbors.Thank You, Lord.
By Joanna Fuchs
This Thanksgiving prayer can be used for Thanksgiving grace at the dinner table. This Christian Thanksgiving verse is short enough for a child to memorize it.
Another Good YearWe thank you, Lord, for food and friendsAnd for all of the joy this holiday lends;It's Thanksgiving Day and we can seeThe blessings you've provided our family.Thanks to you, Lord, for another good year;When you watch over us, there's nothing to fear.
By Karl Fuchs
There are many things that can be included in a Thanksgiving prayer. This one covers some of the most frequently requested blessings.
Cherished RitualLord, as we pause in our busy livesto gather around the Thanksgiving table,sharing the precious bond among family and friends,let us remember that this abundant harvest,this feast of delicious and nourishing dishesis the fulfillment of our faiththat You will always provide for us.
As we go through this cherished ritual,the Thanksgiving holiday ceremony,let us feel the comfort of Your care for usin every bite we eat and enjoy.
In this tradition,begun by courageous travelers long agoto thank you for their lives and safety,we thank Youfor the joy and happiness you give us, to lift us up,and also for the sometimes difficult lessons and challengesYou give us to make us stronger, better,and more aware of our need for You.
Thank you for the support and courage You give usto get through troubled times.Thank You for answered prayersand also for the times You said “no,”to keep us from stumbling off Your path for us.We know that in all things,You are working for our good.
Now, as we draw together in unityto savor this wonderful dinner,we are thankful for those who prepared it,for those who join us to enjoy it,and most of all, we thank You, Lord,for the many different kinds of blessingsYou continually grant us.We pray that You'll bless this food,and bless all of us as we gather together.In Jesus' name we pray; Amen.
By Joanna Fuchs
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