A Thanksgiving day cannot be celebrated without a proper Thanksgiving prayer. It is that day where all the near and dear family members along with close friends plan for a get together to celebrate this day of gratitude. Americans mainly celebrate this day by remembering all those hardships that they had to face in the past and therefore, call for celebration in order to shower gratitude on one another. A lot of emotions and feelings are expressed on this day through prayers, poems, drawings and many more mediums.
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For getting an effective Thanksgiving prayer, one must consider few questions, and they are:
- What have been the major incidents or events that occurred last year in your family?
- Did your family witness growth in number, possibly through births or marriages?
- Did you and your family go through hard times? If yes, then you must consider all the lessons that have been learned from such difficult circumstances.
- Who are all there in your family? Mention each of their quality for which you are thankful to them.
One of the best ideas for Thanksgiving prayer is to consider the old hymns as many of them articulate deep sentiments. One can let those emotions and sentiments become their prayers. ‘Thanks to God’ is one of the songs from the hymns which are commonly performed on a thanksgiving day.
All the hardships of life that one has experienced in their past years must be remembered so as to let out your sentiments which can yield you an effective thanksgiving prayer. In addition to this, those difficult times should be thanked as they have provided you with great life lessons which has only improved you as a person.
Each one of the member needs special token of gratitude with their best quality that makes them admirable. Following this, one must also point out a negative thing about a person on which he/she can improve.
In this way a thanksgiving day needs to be celebrated with allotted time for thanksgiving prayers. Sharing the incidents on how God has got you out of difficulty, how you acquired growth, what strengthened your faith should be done. Thanksgiving Blessings. Com is a site which offers you various ways of celebrating your thanksgiving day, thereby making it an unforgettable day.
Loving God, Creator of all that has been, all that is, and all that is to come;
You made us human and gave us hearts to love you and follow you.
We thank you for the many blessings you have given us over this past year.
God, we thank you for all of the blessings you have given us throughout our lives:
Food to eat,
Clothes to wear,
Shelter from the storm,
People who love us unconditionally.
We thank you for their love because we recognize that their love for us is a reflection of your love.
We acknowledge that there are times in our lives when we, ourselves, feel unloved and unlovable.
Give us the grace to love others, even when they are difficult.
We trust in your faithfulness to carry us over the rough places of life.
We trust in your love to walk with us through the difficulties of our days.
We trust in your promise of life everlasting and put all of our hope in you.
We thank you for Jesus.
We thank you that he died so that we might have eternal life.
Forgive us for our sins:
The things you asked us to do and we failed to do
As well as the things you told us not to do but we did anyway.
We are sorry and we ask that you will strengthen us
So that we will always follow you.
We pray that your Holy Spirit will be felt by people who are in pain in mind, body or spirit.
elp them to know that you are with them
and you are able to carry them through their trials.
Bless our church family.
Bless our community.
Bless our nation.
Bless our world.
Enable us to live so that your will might be made manifest in the world around us.
We ask all these things in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior who taught us to pray as he taught his disciples:
(The Lord’s Prayer)
Offertory Prayer for Thanksgiving Day or Thanksgiving Eve
How can we thank you enough for all you have given us, Lord?
We have so much, more than enough to supply all our needs.
As we present our tithes and offerings today, make us mindful of the people, especially the children, whose earthly needs we are called to supply.
In deepest gratitude, we offer ourselves back to you,
for your service and your will.
In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
The Rev. Dr. LaGretta Bjorn is the pastor of the United Methodist Church of Spring Valley in Spring Valley, New York, and is a clergy member of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
You may have seen the hall hanging that says, “A family that prays together stays together”. Even though this is not a verse from the Bible, it actually reflects the truth of scripture. Praying together as a family yields tremendous results. And the best part is, you don’t need to pray for hours – you can easily make a short family prayer every now and then. See, God is more interested in the heart of the Christian than in the volume of the prayers offered. When done right, a short family prayer might be more effective than most people think. Here some short evening, morning prayers for family, food blessing, short family thanksgiving prayer.
Examples of short family prayer
1. Short morning prayer for family
Lord, we thank you for watching over us through the night. We are grateful for the blessing of a brand new day. As the Psalmist said, this is the day that you have made. We shall rejoice and be glad in it. Lord, we thank you in advance for the many opportunities to rejoice and be glad today. Guide us as a family throughout the day, in Jesus name, we believe and pray. Amen.
2. Evening prayer
Father in heaven, we come to you with hearts that are full of thanksgiving. You have watched over us all day. God, you have ordered our steps. You have blessed the work of our hands. God, you have protected us from the pestilence that wastes at noonday. And now as we retire to bed, we pray that you will keep us from the arrow that flies at night. We thank you, Lord, because you never sleep nor slumber. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
3. Prayer for food blessing
Lord, thank you for providing us with our daily bread. Your word says that you shall bless our bread and water and take sickness away from us. We believe and we confess that our food is blessed and sickness has been taken away. We receive this food with thanksgiving. Amen.
Scripture places a lot of advantages to corporate prayer. Jesus taught that when two or three people pray together, an answer is almost guaranteed.
“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Mathew 18:19-20).
If two or three family members bow their knee to say a short family prayer, tremendous power is made available immediately. Because whenever we gather in the name of the Lord, He comes to grace the occasion. Notice the scripture above did not say wherever we gather but whenever we gather. The emphasis is not on the venue but on the people meeting. So you don’t have to wait for Sunday morning in order to say a prayer – you can pray together as a family and the good Lord will be right there with you.
In conclusion, the secret of making an effective short family prayer is to pray in line with scripture. It also helps when you are in one spirit as a family before you pray. Try to solve any disagreements before you approach the throne of grace. Then your short prayers will be powerful and effective.
Also read: PRAYER POINTS FOR THE FAMILY