A Prayer of Thanksgiving
Psalm 136, Ephesians 5:20
Reflections of the Heart:
As a Church Family, we join in corporate thanksgiving for God’s favor, mercy and lovingkindness towards us. It is not that we have been so good, but because He is good. We are tremendously blessed. God’s mercy endures forever and we are to be thankful for it. As we gather this month with our families to celebrate Thanksgiving, let us share with one another our personal thanks to God.
Father, we give thanks to You, for You are good. Your faithful love endures forever. We give thanks to You, the Lord of lords. Your faithful love endures forever. To You, who alone does mighty miracles. You are the God who made the heavens so skillfully. You laid out the earth above the waters. We thank You, Father, for forgiving our sins, healing all of our diseases, redeeming us from death, crowning us with Your loving-kindness and tender mercies, filling our lives with good things and renewing our youth like the eagles. Thank You for giving us Your Name and making us Your children. Thank You for giving us a future and a hope. Thank You for being our Shepherd and protecting us. Thank You for protecting our children and blessing them to grow in Your wisdom and stature. Thank You for providing us with our daily bread. We are blessed to have You as our Father.
Father, as we observe Thanksgiving, we thank You for establishing Your will on earth as it is in heaven through our lives. Father, it is Your will for us to give thanks to You always and in all things. As we observe Thanksgiving, we thank You for: (List 7-10 things you are thankful for. Think about your family, career, church, friends, yourself, etc.)
Father, we magnify Your Name. You are an excellent Father and we love You. Holy Spirit, please help us to always walk in an attitude of thankfulness. Help us to daily look for things to praise and thank the Father for.
Father, forgive us for being ungrateful and unappreciative. Forgive us for acting spoiled and arrogant. Forgive us for always wanting more and not counting our blessings. Forgive us for acts of rebellion and disobedience. Father, thank You for not dealing with us according to our sins nor punishing us according to our iniquities. Lord, remind us of those we need to forgive; and help us to be quick to forgive.
Lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.
Blessing and honor and glory and power be to You, Lord, who sits on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever. You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created. Blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, power and might, be to You, our God forever and ever. Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text (NKJV & NLT): Psalm 136:1,3-6, Psalm 103:3-5, Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 23:1, Luke 2:52, Matthew 6:11, I Thessalonians 5:18, Matthew 6:13, Revelation 5:13, Revelation 4:11, Revelation 7:12
Today, I will trust God to: