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 7 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.
Table of contents
- 1 Prayer 1: A Daily Thanksgiving Prayer
- 2 Prayer 2: A Prayer for a Thankful Heart
- 3 Prayer 3: A Short Prayer of Thanks
- 4 Prayer 4: A Prayer to Teach Kids Thankfulness
- 5 Prayer 5: A Thanksgiving Day Prayer
- 6 Prayer 6: Thanksgiving Song (makes a wonderful prayer!)
- 7 Prayer 7: 17 Statements of Gratitude
- 8 Thanksgiving Prayers from Scripture:
- 9 Best Thanksgiving Christmas Eve Prayer & Christmas Dinner Prayer with Friends & Family Members
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…
Jesus, I want to be like 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 like 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 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 out of 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 100Psalm 118:29Philippians 4:6Psalm 103: 1-5Psalm 28:7Psalm 136:1-5
Read more Bible Verses for Thanksgiving at BibleStudyTools.com
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We need to pray about everything and anything so here in this post we’ve added Short Thanksgiving Christmas Eve Prayer & Christian Christmas Dinner Prayer with Beautiful Christmas Wishes Images. People pray for many reasons such as personal benefit, asking for divine grace, spiritual connection, or for the sake of others. Prayer is a communication process that allows us to talk to God or simply conversation with God, for this purpose we’ve collected some beautiful Catholic Christmas Prayers and Poems that’ll surely touch your heart, Christian Christmas Party Prayer for Friends Family etc. Have A Blessed Christmas 🙂
Best Thanksgiving Christmas Eve Prayer & Christmas Dinner Prayer with Friends & Family Members
Say Thanks to God with Beautiful Christmas Eve Prayer
1) Thanksgiving Prayer for Christmas Eve
Most Loving Father,
thank you for this night and for all it represents.
Thank you for the hope you bestow, the peace you bring,
the love you pour out, and the joy you give.
We praise you most of all for Jesus, your Word made flesh.
May he light our way as the holy star lit the way for the wise men.
~Rev. Richard J. Fairchild
2) Opening Prayer for Christmas Eve Service
Gracious, loving and merciful God, on this Christmas Eve,
as the light of your Word penetrates our hearts,
as we are reminded of the gift of life and faith,
as the glories of the heavenly hosts are echoed in our church,
we open ourselves up to your Spirit and give you thanks.
We are grateful, Lord Jesus, that your story has become our story, and we celebrate
Continue, we pray, to instill in us a profound sense of your abiding presence,
and help us to take to heart the wonder of your love,
that we may walk in your ways and delight in your will.
Help us, Lord God, to be the faithful, gracious, loving, giving
and forgiving people you would have us be.
~Rev. Dr. Sean B. Murray
3) Christmas Eve Prayer to God
In a small animal shelter, two young newlyweds came to take refuge.
In candlelight, laying upon straw, the promised one stirred within a nervous young mother.
How we wonder that your Son,
a piece of you sent from heaven could reside in such humble beginnings.
And yet we engage with this picture, with the expectancy,
with the hardship and with the wonder. This is the eve that held such promise,
the eve that would be remembered forever, the eve that changed everything.
We remember this moment now and continue to wonder at your amazing plans, at your unfailing love, and at your amazing grace.
4) Christian Christmas Eve Prayer
in the stillness of this night, you sent your almighty Word, to pierce the darkness with the light of salvation: give to the earth the peace that we long for and fill our hearts with the joy of heaven, through our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
5) A Christmas Eve Prayer
We remember those for whom Christmas will be difficult. Lord Jesus you were laid in a humble manger, because there was no room for you in the inn. Have mercy we pray on all who cannot share our happiness this Christmas time. We are mindful of the poor and the hungry, the sick and those separated from the ones they love. By your love poured out at Bethlehem, guard, guide and comfort those for whom we pray this night.
Heartwarming Merry Christmas Dinner Prayer
1) Christmas Dinner prayer
Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Make thee a bed, soft, undefiled,
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.
My heart for very joy doth leap,
My lips no more can silence keep,
I too must sing, with joyful tongue,
That sweetest ancient song,
Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given
While angels sing with pious mirth.
A glad new year to all the earth!
2) Christmas Eve Dinner Prayer
As we enjoy this festive meal
May we remember to see your truth clearly
May we feel your love completely
May we give your grace freely
And may we taste the promise of heaven,
As we celebrate the birth of our Savior.
3) Merry Christmas Dinner Prayer
Lord of heaven and earth,
We join today with Christians past and present to celebrate your birth.
Bind us together as one family with your love.
Thank you for your sacrifice Lord.
Today we eat and and give thanks your birth, life and resurrection.
We share this food, our lives and our hearts with one another,
In memory of you, our Saviour and Lord.
4) Thanksgiving Christmas Dinner Prayer
Dear Lord of Love and Mercy,
We pray a thankful prayer today.
We are thankful for the Christmas gift of the birth of our Savior.
We are also thankful for the joy of being with our family and the blessings of sharing a festive meal.
Lord, we ask that you bless this food and bless our fellowship.
In Jesus’ name we pray,
5) Christmas Eve Dinner Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father,
Love brought Jesus to the earth, and love brings us to this Christmas table.
Today as we share this holiday feast, may we also share with one another a joyful heart and a warm smile.
May our Christmas dinner be filled with kindness. And may the memories of today warm our hearts for years to come.
6) Prayer Before Christmas Dinner
God of all gifts, we thank you for the many ways you have blessed us this day.
We are grateful each of those who are gathered around this table.
We ask you to bless us and our food and to bless those we love who are not with us today.
In our gratitude and love, we remember your humble birth into our lives and
pray for those who are without enough to eat.
We remember the stable in which you were born and pray for those who have no place to live.
We remember your challenging message of caring and giving and
we pray for peace in families and nations throughout the world.
We bless you and give you thanks in your Spirit
who brings our hearts to life the Christmas Day and forever.
Merry Christmas Party Prayers with Beautiful Thoughts
1) A Christmas Party Prayer
Thank you for the joyful fun of the Christmas season.
Thank you for this special time when we can celebrate together as a work family.We have a wonderful team. Thank you for each one of them.
2) Thanksgiving Christmas Prayer for Party
Christmas is a wonderful season.
Thank you for this time when we can joyously celebrate Christmas together.
This room is filled with people who reach out each day to help one another.
Thank you for this fine group of people that I have the pleasure to work with.
I pray that you would bless each one here with a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
3) Opening Prayer for Christmas Party
Loving heavenly Father we come to you this hour asking for your blessing and help as we are gathered together. We pray for guidance in the matters at hand and ask that you would clearly show us how to conduct our work with a spirit of joy and enthusiasm. Give us the desire to find ways to excel in our work. Help us to work together and encourage each other to excellence. We ask that we would challenge each other to reach higher and farther to be the best we can be. We ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen
4) Thanksgiving Prayer for Xmas Party
Thank you for the joy of the Christmas season.
Thank you for this special time to celebrate together.
We celebrate the love and compassion that was born that first Christmas day.
Thank you, Lord.
And thank you for all the blessings you give us.
Today as we celebrate our blessings, I also want to thank you for the wonderful men and women that I have the pleasure to work beside.
We have an awesome team, and I thank you, Lord, for each one.
5) Prayer for Christmas Party Celebration
Thank you Father God for giving us this opportunity to celebrate life that you have given to us, allow us to share with one another your unfathomable Love. Bless our families, and friends so that as we enjoy this Christmas party, we would also realize that Christmas is not about expensive gifts and grand parties but it is about Love and generosity to everyone, especially to the needy.
6) Prayer Before Christmas Party
Dear Lord Jesus,
thank you so much for the love you showed us by being born as a human baby and being one of us for so long. We thank you for dying on the cross in our place, and love you very much. Please bless this time of fellowship and fun as we celebrate your birth. Make us mindful of your love for us, and let us show your love to each other. In Your Name we pray.
7) Closing Prayer for Christmas Party
Heavenly Father as we come to the end of our time together we thank you for what has been accomplished here today. May the matters discussed serve as a catalyst to move us forward and cause us to advance and see growth in all areas of our lives. May we leave here recognizing You are the God of all wisdom and You are willing to lead us forward. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Thanksgiving Prayer: Is there an official Thanksgiving Prayer?
A Thanksgiving prayer brings to mind a festive table filled with turkey, cranberries, and other traditional dishes. Families surround the table with mouths watering as young cousins eyeball pumpkin pies with whipped cream. Before the turkey is carved, the family joins hands with heads bowed and offers words of thanks for the meal spread before them.
There is no official ‘Thanks to God’ but prayers of gratitude have been offered since long before the 1620 American tradition began. It is the source by which the Pilgrims decided to begin with a prayer of thanks at this historic feast shared with the Wampanoag Indians. Years later, both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving history with their Thanksgiving proclamations.
Thanksgiving Prayer: Where did the idea come from?
For a way to express their thankfulness for survival and the first harvest, the deeply religious Pilgrims looked to the Bible. They found the celebrated Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), or Feast of Ingathering. The ingathering of Israelites (delivered from the desert of Sinai) and their harvest were celebrated in this feast and is the most joyous of all feasts still today (Leviticus 23).
Another reference to giving thanks is found in the account of ‘setting’ what Samuel called the Ebenezer Stone. This was a memorial to remind them to be grateful for God’s help during an attack from the Philistines (1 Samuel 7:10-12). Actually, the Bible speaks of giving thanks nearly from cover to cover. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
All early celebrations had one common theme — God. Thanksgiving was directed toward God, their Creator, Protector, and Provider. They believed that all good things ultimately came from Him as they do today. Other verses that include thanks can be read in Psalm 100:4, Psalm 105:1 and 1 Corinthians 15:57.
Thanksgiving Prayer: How to offer prayers of giving Thanks
Prayers are simply communication to God. They may be a memorized or formal prayer, or they may be words spoken simply but sincerely from the heart. God hears and honors them all (see 1 John 5:14).
A simple children’s prayer goes like this:
Thank you God for all that grows,
Thank you for the sky’s rainbows,
Thank you for the stars that shine,
Thank you for these friends of mine,
Thank you for the moon and sun,
Thank you God for all you’ve done! A Thanksgiving Day prayer, by Brian F. King, says:
O Lord, with humble hearts we pray
Thy blessing this Thanksgiving Day
And ask that at table place,
Where grateful folk say words of grace,
That Thou will come to share the yield
Thy bounty gave to farm and field.
We pray thy love will bless, O Lord,
Each hearth, each home, each festive board;
And that Thy peace will come to stay
Where candles glow, Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving Prayer: Writing your own Thanksgiving prayer
Do you desire to lead your family in a Thanksgiving prayer? Consider these questions as a way of preparing for your prayer:
What were the major events that took place in your family this year?
Did your family grow in number, through weddings or births?
Did your family experience hard times? If so, consider what you learned from each situation.
Who are the members of your family? Name one quality that you’re thankful for in each person.
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