There are times that we feel deeply blessed by the kindness of others, including God our Father. Did you know that these are some of the best times to offer up a prayer of gratitude and thanks to God? However, we sometimes forget in those moments to stop and express thankfulness to God for the blessings we have in our lives. Remember that all we have, and all that we own, has been given to us by our Lord. He wants what’s best for us always. Let us remember to thank Him for these things every day. It is His longing to be there for His children!
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“You are my God, and I will praise you! You are my God, and I will exalt You! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” Psalm 118:28-29
Table of contents
- 1 Prayer for Daily Gratitude and Thankfulness
- 2 Prayer for the Gratitude of God’s Unfailing Love
- 3 Prayer for God’s Thanksgiving
- 4 Prayer for Gratitude Towards Our Heavenly Father
- 5 Prayer for Gratitude and Thanks In the Morning
- 6 Prayer of Thankfulness for Blessings Received
- 7 Prayer of Thankfulness for the Blessing of Jesus Christ
- 8 Verses:
- 9 Prayer for Family and Friends
- 10 Thanksgiving Prayer for Loved Ones
- 11 Prayer 1: A Daily Thanksgiving Prayer
- 12 Prayer 2: A Prayer for a Thankful Heart
- 13 Prayer 3: A Short Prayer of Thanks
- 14 Prayer 4: A Prayer to Teach Kids Thankfulness
- 15 Prayer 5: A Thanksgiving Day Prayer
- 16 Prayer 6: Thanksgiving Song (makes a wonderful prayer!)
- 17 Prayer 7: 17 Statements of Gratitude
- 18 Thanksgiving Prayers from Scripture:
- 19 Thankfulness for the beauty of color
- 20 Thankfulness for everyday blessings
- 21 Thanksgiving for friends and family
- 22 Other works by Evelyn Bence
Prayer for Daily Gratitude and Thankfulness
Heavenly Father, my day-to-day routine is so busy. So much so that I sometimes forget to stop to thank you for all that is good in my life. My blessings are many and my heart is filled with gratefulness for the gift of living, for the ability to love and be loved, for the opportunity to see the everyday wonders of creation. I want to thank you, for those things in my life that are less than I would hope them to be. Sometimes life is very hard, and it’s a struggle to keep my head above water. Things that seem challenging, unfair, or difficult often hurts. When my heart feels stretched and empty, and pools of tears form in my weary eyes, still I will rejoice that You are as near to me as my next breath and that in the midst of turbulence, I am growing and learning. In the silence of my soul, I thank you most of all for Your unconditional love.
Prayer for the Gratitude of God’s Unfailing Love
Lord, I am so thankful for the relationship that I have with You. Precious Lord, You initiated this relationship by what Your Son endeavored to accomplish, paying the price for my sins and those of my brothers and sisters, thus redeeming and reconciling me.
You know the times I have been ungrateful, held ill thoughts toward You and others. You know the times I complain and grumble about life and its circumstances, but You love me regardless even when I’m ungrateful. I am thankful Lord for everything that You allow to cross my path. I am thankful for the decisions that You allow me to make, and the life lessons that come from these decisions. I’m thankful, Lord, that I do not have to live under condemnation anymore, and that You have truly set me free! Amen.
Prayer for God’s Thanksgiving
God of all blessings, source of all life, giver of all grace in all things, I want to thank you for the gift of life, for the breath that sustains life, for the food of this earth that nurtures life, and for the love of family and friends without which there would be little happiness in life. I thank you for the beauty of creation of this great Earth, for the joy that the ear may hear, for the unknown that we cannot behold filling the universe with wonder, and for the expanse of space that draws us beyond the definitions of our selves. Everything in my life, and the life that surrounds me was drawn and created by Your own hand. For this, I am grateful. Amen.
Prayer for Gratitude Towards Our Heavenly Father
I am so grateful for everything that You have given me. Thank you so much for the loved ones in my life, and for the many ways in which I am cared for and supported on a day to day basis. Thank you for the many ways I can serve and give to others. Thank you for the rich tapestry of colors throughout creation, for the beauty that is all around me, and for the skies and the ever-changing environment that surrounds me. My heart is so grateful for all that You have bestowed me within my life. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It is in Your name that I sing my praises!
Prayer for Gratitude and Thanks In the Morning
Lord, thank you for the goodness in my life. When I wake each morning, I praise Your name! You have given me life that is filled with beauty, and the breath in my lungs is a gift from You. I pray that You will fill my day with love and sustenance. And may I remember at the end of each of my day’s, to thank you for all that has been placed in my life. In Your precious name I pray these things!
Prayer of Thankfulness for Blessings Received
My Precious Father, how I praise and thank You for Your many and great blessings that You have showered over us all, despite our foolish ways and sinful pride. How great You are, and what a gracious God that You should care for me despite my manner towards you and others at times. Thank You Father for Your unconditional and everlasting love. May I grow more and more to be like You. I ask that You continue to guide and teach me in all that I say and do, and that I may do all according to Your will. I ask You to continue to pour our Your bountiful blessings and mercy on myself and my whole family. Amen.
Prayer of Thankfulness for the Blessing of Jesus Christ
Our dear heavenly Father, may Your name be glorified for You alone are worthy, for You looked down on our pitiful world and chose to give Your only Beloved Son to be the perfect sacrifice to pay the price for the sins of all of Your people. There are no words that are sufficient enough to praise and bless You for all that You have poured over the heads of Your children, and into the hearts of those that love and trust You. You alone are worthy of our thanksgiving and praise, and we bless Your name forever and ever, amen.
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.” Hebrews 12:28
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“For all of this, Your Excellencey, we are very grateful to you.” Acts 24:3
Prayer for family and friends is one of the best gifts you can present to your loved ones. God has called us not only to pray for ourselves but for people around us too, particularly our friends and family. Romans 12:10 says, “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” One thing is certain about prayer, that it is never done in waste. Thanksgiving for loved ones is always effective. God will answer all prayer points at the time we will need this answer the most.
Prayer for family and friends should be included in our daily prayer time. Every time we pray for ourselves, let us remember every member of our family as well as our friends out there.
Prayer for Family and Friends
O Lord my God, I entrust all my loved ones in your care and I pray you protect and guide them daily. Meet them O lord, at every point of their need and fulfill all their heart desires. Be there keeper and grant them the opportunity to enjoy good health all the days of their lives.
My Lord and my God, keep my family and friends safe. Keep them far away from oppression. I will not receive any bad report concerning any of them. They will not die an untimely death and they shall all live to reap the fruits of their labor.
O Lord, touch the hearts of (…….., you can call the names), that is yet to receive you into their lives. Touch their hearts that they may accept that you alone is the true Savior. Touch them that they may enjoy the joy of salvation in Jesus mighty Name. Amen.
Thanksgiving Prayer for Loved Ones
O Lord my God, I thank you for the loving people you have surrounded me with. I thank you for helping them to overcome trials and tribulations and thank you for being their source of joy. Lord, I thank you for keeping them alive and strengthening them. I thank for blessing them with all the good gifts of life. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
Why do we pray for the family?
The family is the primary place where every individual starts his or her life. The family is the immediate environment where we primarily received love and first life lessons. If a family is bad, individuals of such home turn out badly. Praying for our family is essential for members to enjoy peace that strengthens the family bond.
Why do we pray for the friends and loved ones?
No man is an island. We all need someone to lean on at one time or the other. Just as the family is important, so also are our friends. Although, so many people have got themselves entangled with bad friends, but there are still many people out there who are better friends. The Bible says in Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity”.
Importance of Prayer for Family and Friends, Loved Ones
The most valuable thing we can do for people around us is to pray for them. It is important we do this because the Bible tells us to do so. Devoting yourself in brotherly love is not all about sending gifts only; you also show love when you pray with and for friends and family. Never forget to say thanksgiving prayer for loved ones, for everything God has done to them.
The way our prayers for friends and family is not as important as making it essential to pray for them. It is important we pray for our loved ones because when it is good for them, we also become a beneficiary of the goodness and when things goes wrong with them, we are directly or indirectly affected.
Take for instance; having a family member or friend in the hospital will require your presence which also means your time. And when you find it difficult to be with such a person at the hospital bed, your mind will always be with them. This is to show that, we are directly or indirectly affected by whatever goes wrong with our family and friends.
The health of our family members and friends, having great abundance, divine protection, long life and many more is the responsibility of God, but it is our duty to also present them to God particularly concerning friends and families that are yet to accept Jesus into their lives.
We pray for our friends and family to acknowledge God as being responsible for their soul. There are times when we hide under the excuse that we do not have money to help our families and friends in need. The money isn’t all that matters. Prayer to God is.
Also read: PRAYER FOR FAMILY – bring the needs of your loved ones to God
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.
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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Prayers of thankfulness for the things that enrich our lives expand our hearts and spirits as well. These three prayers of thankfulness by inspirational author Evelyn Bence help us thank God for the gift of color, the many blessings we take for granted and the objects that remind us of the greater gifts behind them of friends and family.
Thankfulness for the beauty of color
God, thank You for painting our world with such a varied palette—from fiery red to deep violet, rainbow hues and shades galore. A wardrobe’s dyes, the evening skies. A springtime forest, an autumn harvest. Though I rarely stop to notice, the wide range of colors brightens the stormiest day, even today. Yes, thank You, Lord, for color. Amen.
Thankfulness for everyday blessings
I will sing of the mercies of the Lord (Ps. 89:1)—water at my faucet, food on my shelf, blankets on my bed, a light at the switch, a sparrow outside my window, a book of prayers to read. I usually take such basics for granted, but today I name these among others, _________, as provisions from Your gracious hand. This is the day You have made. Help me continue to rejoice in Your blessings. Amen.
Thanksgiving for friends and family
I have received a gift that gives me great joy. It enhances my home and perfectly suits my taste. From across the room I admire its design and smile with pleasure. I whisper, thank you, dear friend, and that gratitude turns my heart to You, Lord, to thank You for Your many gifts—starting with my family and the friends who enrich my life. The apostle says that “every good and perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17). I gladly say amen.
Other works by Evelyn Bence
Book listing and review for Room at My Table by Evelyn Bence
Hostess hospitality prayer
Three secrets of praying for others
Prayer about comparing myself to others
Praying about fears during the night
Key prayers to grow in faith
prayer for the church
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