When we are cultivating our hearts toward thankfulness, the most effective way to do that is through prayer. God’s word does not return void – and it is filled with scriptures that we can pray back to God, proclaiming our thankfulness for all that He has done. With 15 days left until Thanksgiving– I thought to give you 15 Prayers of Thanksgiving, based on scripture, that would turn your hearts toward gratitude. Pray these verses with your children, and watch, as you pray and turn your heart toward thanksgiving to God – theirs will turn too!
There is nothing magical in praying scripture back to God. However, I know the joy it brings my heart when I hear my children using the things that I have taught them. How beautiful it must be to the Lord, to hear His children respond with a grateful heart of thanksgiving, with His very words.
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! (1 Chronicles 16:34 ESV)
Father God, you are good. In a world where there is so much evil – you are constant, and you are good. In a world where love is thrown away, and the word has little meaning to some, your love endures – it strives, it holds- forever. There is nothing we can do to separate ourselves from you love. It is steadfast- a steady in constant in our every changing world. Thank you for your love, and for the fact that we can never do anything to lose it. In Jesus Name We Pray, AMEN!
I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High. (Psalm 7:17 ESV)
Father, you are righteous. Because of that- you have the power to save us. There is none that is righteous like you. Lord, may we sing the praises of you, God most High. Thank you God that you are MY God. you are due my praise. In Jesus Name We Pray, AMEN!
I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. (Psalm 9:1 ESV)
Oh, Lord. With my whole heart, I want to think of your wonderful works. Help me to focus my whole heart on you today. You want more than just lip service- you want my gratitude to come from my heart. You have done so many wonderful things in my life – and you deserve all the glory and honor. Thank you, God.
The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” (Psalm 50:23 ESV)
Lord, I want my life to bring you glory. I want it to be all about You. Thanksgiving sometimes comes as a sacrifice. Life isn’t always easy – the days are not always filled with sunshine and laughter. Sometimes, being thankful is a sacrifice, and I know when I can turn my heart in praise, it brings you glory. Each day, no matter the circumstances – I can thank you for my salvation. You deserve my praise every day. In Jesus name, I pray, AMEN!
I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. (Psalm 69:30 ESV)
I want the songs I sing and hear to be praise and thanksgiving to you. I want to make your name great in all areas of my life, including the songs that I sing. Let the words that come out of my life today be lyrics in a song of praise- and may my life be a melody that matches. In Jesus Name, Amen!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! (Psalm 95:2 ESV)
When I come into your presence, I want the first words out of my mouth to be that of thanksgiving. I confess, Lord, that often, my first words are asking and not giving you praise. Let me enter into your presence with thanksgiving – giving you a song of praise and adoration.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100:4-5 ESV)
Oh God, your faithfulness to us is something we should be able to praise you for every time we come to you. Thank you so much for that faithfulness – you never leave us, you never forsake us. Your thoughts are constantly toward me – and you are a good and great God. For all these things, and so much more, I can enter your gates with Thanksgiving every day. In Jesus name, AMEN!
And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy! (Psalm 107:22 ESV)
Hard times come, Lord. Those times are times when praise is harder – not because you are not good, but because we are having a hard time moving our eyes off of the temporal. Yet Lord, the way we handle situations points others to you. Even in our darkest moments, may we share all the wonderful things you have done, and let those things be a song of joy and praise to you. In Jesus Name, AMEN!
I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD. (Psalm 116:17 ESV)
Lord, you love it when I call on your name. Let me call on your name and thank you for all that you have done and will do. We don’t always understand your ways, but we know that they are good. In Jesus Name, Amen
You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. (Isaiah 12:1 ESV)
Lord, I know I have been like a wayward child. I have made choices that are not pleasing in your sight. Yet, you love me, and so you turn away from anger and comfort me. I know I don’t deserve your love and grace, but you give it liberally anyways. Thank you for being so much more than I deserve. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Out of them shall come songs of thanksgiving, and the voices of those who celebrate. I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will make them honored, and they shall not be small. (Jeremiah 30:19 ESV)
There are times when I feel all alone. Yet, in those moments, you bring someone in my path who also fears You. You unite our hearts. Thank you, Lord, that you have brought such amazing friends and family into my life that honor you, praise you, and worship you. Thank you for your gift of friendship, and for giving me people to live life with. In Jesus Name, Amen.
To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king’s matter.” (Daniel 2:23 ESV)
Thank you, Lord, that you have given me YOUR wisdom and YOUR might. Like we learn from the story of Daniel, you are the one who controls the hearts and minds of kings. You also give your people wisdom and strength to be able to endure the things that happen around us. Thank you, and praise you, Lord, for the fact that YOUR SPIRIT lives inside of me, giving me that wisdom and strength. In Jesus STRONG name, AMEN!
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV)
Lord, it isn’t always easy to give thanks. Some situations are hard. It is hard to see how to thank you when bad things happen. However, we can thank you IN those things. We can thank you for the way that you provide. We can thank you for the lessons we learn. We can thank you that those times draw us closer to you. May we use those hard times of life to pray more. Thank you God that you are in all things!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 ESV)
When we pray – your peace – which surpasses what we know- guards our hearts and minds. We can have YOUR peace. Lord, that is enough to say thank you – in any situation. That we can know the peace of God.
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7 ESV)
We are established in you. You are the roots of our tree – the foundation we are built on. May we abound in thankfulness to you – for that has changed our eternal future. In Jesus Name, Amen
I hope these prayers will help move your heart into thankfulness this season. Be watching on Facebook – starting tomorrow- for these prayers to be in image form! Then, you can share these verses and prayers on YOUR wall, to help bring about an