Short prayer for family and friends

Amazing grace, how sweet the feeling, of knowing there is a power above all powers that is looking over your loved ones! Short thanksgiving prayers for  family, for friends  are already a tradition in a majority of families. These prayers may be saying grace before a meal such as a dinner or prayers at the conclusion of a family gathering. Sometimes, thanksgiving prayers for family may be in the form of sharing thanksgiving verses and scriptures from the Bible.

Short Thanksgiving prayers for family and friends

There is no formula for thanksgiving prayers for the family and friends. The following are a few examples of simple, loving, and meaningful short thanksgiving prayers for family for the different occasions and events in families.

Before Meal

Our omnipresent Father who dwells in Heaven, It is with enormous pleasure that this family is gathered here today. There is a lot that is going on in this world, but we cannot afford to miss the blessings upon our lives and the fact that it is You who have made this meal possible for us. We are here to offer our thanks to You for this meal that we are about to devour. We also pray for people who are not able to be with their families this day and even those who don’t have a meal to enjoy this day. Let them find comfort in You and your abundance. Thank You so much for your blessings. In your Holy name, we pray, Amen.

Special Sentiments

Dear God, we are here to thank You for giving us this golden opportunity to meet, share, and be together on this joyous day and moment. We acknowledge that it could not have been possible without You. All we are beyond joyous to rejoice in You in this special family gathering. We are grateful for good health, and providence that You have bestowed unto us. Please remember those who cannot be with their families and loved ones because of various reasons to be with them and comfort them. Thank You, God, for everything that you have continued doing for this family. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

When it comes to citing a thanksgiving prayer for  family, the words for the prayer best emanate from the heart. This may sound and be easy for some people, but it can also be challenging for others. Some people may find it is difficult to get the right words for the prayer especially in instances where there are many people listening.

There are many verses from the Bible with regards to Thanksgiving. One of these verses that stand out is Psalms 100 which states; “Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations”.

Bible verses about Thanksgiving prayers for family 

This Bible verse shows that it is with all the good reasons that families sing thanks in their gatherings and religious ceremonies. It is in proper standing to express and excite devout and pious affections towards God in all approaches to Him in ordinances. If your heart is in line with the words that you are saying and singing in thanksgiving, you will make melody in the thanksgiving to the Lord Jesus Christ. However, if you say words of thanksgiving out of duty and because they are penned as they are, then there will be no meaning to such thanksgiving prayers for family or any other group. We are all called upon to praise God plainly. This praising is extended to the gospel-church. Christians are furnished with the matter for praise whereby they must praise the Lord for his being and relation to them, for His truth and mercy. All these are plain, simple and common things; more reasons to praise God and offer Him thanks.

Thanksgiving prayers for family are important because they not only remind family members of all the good things that they have because of God and thank Him for the same. It also helps families appreciate more about their lives and family relationships and not to take anything for granted. Thanksgiving prayers for family and friends create a culture of giving thanks to the God who directs lives and everything under the sun.

Also read: PRAYER POINTS FOR THE FAMILY

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For a Blessing on the Families of the Land

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who sets the solitary person in the comfort of families; I commend to your continual care the homes in which your people dwell. Put far from them, I beseech you, every root of bitterness, the desire of boastful vanity, and the pride of life. Fill them with faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness. Knit together in constant affection those who, in holy wedlock, have been made one flesh; turn the heart of the parents to the children, and the heart of the children to the parents; and fill us all with true love and charity, so that we put aside petty differences and act with kind affection and the sympathy of brotherly love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

For the Children

Almighty God, heavenly Father, who has blessed us with the joy and care of children; Give us light and strength to train them, that they may love those things that are true and pure and lovely and of good report, following the example of their Jesus Christ.

Amen.

For the Absent

O  God, whose fatherly care reaches to the uttermost parts of the earth; I humbly beseech you graciously to behold and bless those whom I love, now absent from me. Defend them from all dangers of soul and body; and grant that both they and I, drawing nearer to you, may be bound together by your love in the communion of your Holy Spirit, and in the fellowship of the faithful; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

For Those We Love

Almighty God, I entrust all who are dear to me to your never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come; knowing that are doing for them better things than I can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

A Parent’s Prayer (1)

O  God, Maker of all creation, you have made me worthy to be the of a family, and through your goodness have given me to raise. Let me remember that yours, for you have given existence to all of us; and that you have infused with an immortal soul, and have raised to eternal life through baptism. In accordance with your will, you have adopted and received into the congregation of your Church. I pray that you will send down to me your help in raising my . Give me patience and strength to do your will in raising . Remind me to plant in heart the root of all true wisdom — the fear of the Lord — so that all may know and live by your Words. Open to the understanding of your law. Until the end of days let act with the sense that you are present everywhere may venture. Plant in heart aversion to all wrongs, that may be pure in intentions. O righteous judge, in this world children suffer for the sins of their parents; I pray that you will not punish my for my mistakes, but let your grace fall on like the dew of the morning, fresh and new.

Amen.

A Parent’s Prayer (2)

O  Heavenly Father, give your blessing to the fate of my . Do not deprive of daily bread, send down to in due time all that is necessary for the acquisition of blessings in eternity. Be merciful to , when sins against your holy word; look not upon the sins of youth and ignorance; chastise and have mercy on , but I pray, do not turn your face away from . Let your countenance shine upon in the days of tribulation, that may not fall into temptations beyond strength. Cover with your mercy, that your Holy Spirit may walk with always, to preserve and comfort and instruct . Do not abandon my , O Lord, but give all that is profitable for salvation.

Amen.

Prayer for Family and Friends

Blessed are You, loving Father, For all your gifts to us. Blessed are You for giving us family and friends To be with us in times of joy and sorrow, To help us in days of need, And to rejoice with us in moments of celebration.

Father, We praise You for Your Son Jesus, Who knew the happiness of family and friends, And in the love of Your Holy Spirit. Blessed are you for ever and ever.

Amen.

Married Persons

Oh God, who ordained marriage for the comfort of humanity and the continuation of life on earth, I give you thanks for the love you have implanted in my heart for my spouse. I pray that your love will inspire me to be gentle kindness in my words, consideration for the feelings of my spouse, and continual concern for earthly needs and desires.

I pray for your Holy Spirit to guide me and help me in understanding of my spouse’s shortcomings and fill me with forgiveness when may fall short of your glory. Let me see more clearly my own human quirks and faults, so that, in the enjoyment of your forgiveness given to me freely, I may also forgive. May our faith in you always grow stronger and serve to guide us in our lives together. Bless my marriage, I pray, oh loving God, fill it with your peace and joy, and help us in times of difficulty to remember your glory and call upon the powers of your Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Prayer for One’s Home (by Edgar Guest)

Peace, unto this house, I pray,
Keep terror and despair away;
Shield it from evil and let sin
Never find lodging room within.
May never in these walls be heard
The hateful or accusing word.

Grant that its warm and mellow light
May be to all a beacon bright,
A flaming symbol that shall stir
The beating pulse of him or her
Who finds this door and seems to say,
“Here end the trials of the day.”

Hold us together, gentle Lord,
Who sit about this humble board;
May we be spared the cruel fate
Of those whom hatreds separate;
Here let love bind us fast, that we
May know the joys of unity.

Lord, this humble house we’d keep
Sweet with play and calm with sleep.
Help us so that we may give
Beauty to the lives we live.
Let Thy love and let Thy grace
Shine upon our dwelling place.

Amen.

Bless This Little Child, Lord

Lord, look down from heaven above

And touch this special child with love.

Protect and guide this little one

‘Till each and every day is done.

Remind us often that it’s true:

This little life is a gift from you.

A miracle You’ve sent our way!

Lord, bless this little child today.

Amen.




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You are taught early in life to know love and to be kind caring helpful sensitive don’t turn your back on those in need. Do or say something that could help in a positive way it could have a large and life changing effect. You or the children you teach are gonna listen and live by the Golden rule book or get involved with wrong group and do the opposite and think of only themselves .

Family is number one. Friends are close in there too. I would hope for my family and cousins 1st,2nd, so on to get all together at least once or twice a year. Reminiscing of younger times and all the fun. Its not too late to get right back into your family. Show the interest the love the concern. Don’t be selfish.

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Here is a prayer that you can pray for your children, family members or your friends.

O God, our heavenly Father, who loves mankind and are a most merciful and compassionate God, have mercy upon Your servants (Name those whom you wish to remember) for whom I humbly pray to You to care for and protect. O God, be their guide and guardian in all their endeavors, lead them in the path of Your truth, and draw them nearer to You, so that they may lead a godly and righteous life in Your love as they do Your will in all things. Give them Your grace, and mercy so that they may be patient, hard working, tireless, devout and charitable. Defend them against the assaults of the enemy, and grant them wisdom and strength to resist all temptation and corruption, and direct them in the way of Salvation, through the goodness of Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, and the prayers of His Holy Mother and the blessed saints. Amen.

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