Are you looking for prayers of thanks and praise? Have you been tasked with the blessing this year and need ideas for thanksgiving prayers? Whether you are just looking for samples of ways to thank the Lord or specifically on the hunt for inspiration for your thanksgiving meal blessing, this post may have the words and inspiration you need to express gratitude to the Lord.
During the holiday season, and specifically during Thanksgiving we are reminded of the importance of being thankful and expressing gratitude for the many blessings we have received throughout the year/
Giving thanks to God is something that is critical to spiritual self-care! Praising the Lord is second nature to creation!
He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” Luke 19:40
In this post I will share several samples of thanksgiving prayers of thanks, gratitude, and praising the Lord that you can use as thanksgiving meal blessings, or simply as inspiration for your personal prayer journey.
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Bible Verses on Thanksgiving
What is a good bible verse for thanksgiving? The bible is full of verses that encourage us and remind us to give thanks to the Lord. From prayers of thanksgiving to the words of thanks in the Psalms, there are several guiding verses we can use on thanksgiving.
When seeking inspiration for thanksgiving prayers, praying the scriptures is one of my favorite ways of learning what to pray to the Lord. Here are a few bible verses about thanksgiving to help inspire your heart to give thanks to the Lord.
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. Psalm 107:1-3 ESV
In this verse we are encouraged to give thanks to the Lord for his steadfast love. In his Love we were redeemed from the trouble of the world and is worthy of our praises.
… but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your hearts to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to our God and Father. Ephesians 5:18-20
The day of thanksgiving is about joining one with another and speaking words of praise and thanksgiving. That is exactly what this bible verses alludes to: having an attitude of gratitude and thanking god for his many blessings.
This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
This bible verse on thanksgiving is a perfect beginning to your prayer for thanksgiving as it sets the tone and places reverence where reverence is due. Solely in the lap of our God almighty.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28
This verse about thanksgiving reminds us that we serve a mighty and powerful God. It reminds us that we are not simply blessed because, but we are blessed by an awesome and powerful living God. Praise should be not just something we do but who we are.
And on that day you will say, “Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; make them remember that His name is exalted.” Praise the LORD in song, for He has done glorious things; let this be known throughout the earth. Isaiah 12:4-5
Again this thanksgiving scripture encourages us to praise the Lord on High and to sing his praises and tell the world of the many wonderful things he has done!
Thanksgiving prayer points
What should you pray for? Thanksgiving prayer points help to remind you of the many ways that you can give thanks to the Lord! Of course, this list is not exhaustive, but it is a great place to start! Additionally, you can simply start a gratitude list, and everyday list down 3-5 things you thank the Lord for. Then you can use your own thanksgiving prayer points list in your thanksgiving prayer.
Thank God for:
- His Provision
- His power
- His word
- His salvation
- His Strength
- His unconditional Love
- His peace in the midst
- His actions towards us
- Who he is
- Our identity in him
- His grace
- His plans for us
- His will to be done
- His Sovereignty
Thanksgiving Prayers in the bible
Another place to get inspiration for prayers for thanksgiving is to seek out the thanksgiving prayers that are in the bible. Similar to praying the scriptures, praying prayers from the bible can be a great way to start off your thanksgiving meal prayers. Here are just a few of the prayers of thanks in the bible.
“Praise be to you, LORD, the God . . . from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.” 1 Chronicles 29:10-13
“Stand up and praise the LORD your God, who is from everlasting to everlasting. Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.” Nehemiah 9:5-6
I love you, LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:1-3
I will exalt you, LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. You, LORD, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit. Sing the praises of the LORD, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning…. You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. LORD my God, I will praise you forever. Psalm 30:1-5, 11-12
“The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him… Who among the gods is like you, LORD? Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?… The LORD reigns for ever and ever.” Exodus 15:2, 11, 18
I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. Deuteronomy 32:3-4
“My heart rejoices in the LORD; in the LORD my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance. There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:1-2
And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” Luke 1:46-55
“Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.” Isaiah 12:4
“Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. You show love to thousands but bring the punishment for the parents’ sins into the laps of their children after them. Great and mighty God, whose name is the LORD Almighty, great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds. Your eyes are open to the ways of all mankind; you reward each person according to their conduct and as their deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 32:17-19
Short Thanksgiving prayers
In addition to reading the thanksgiving prayers in scripture, you may also want to see samples of prayers for thanksgiving from others who are experiencing life here in the present day. Here I have included several prayers for thanksgiving from fellow Christian Blogger friends of mine. Here is what they had to say:
A personal psalm of thanksgiving
“Dear Lord, we could sing of your praises all day and night and still not scrape the surface of what you have given us. Thank you for your unending love and provision for ourselves and our families. Thank you most of all for the cross and the forgiveness that you offer. Amen.”
A prayer of thanks for God’s unconditional love
Praise be to God on high! Our heavenly Father! We praise Your name, for You are Good. You are holy. You are our provider, You are our healer. You have blessed us abundantly with life. You sent Your son to be our savior! You are our holy God. We will forever be in awe of You for Your glory, Your power, and Your everlasting all enduring love. In Jesus’ name, Amen
A prayer of thanksgiving to God for his Goodness
Lord we just take this time to say thank You, for every circumstance we are in, knowing that everything we go through, is ultimately for our good. You are a good, good Father, and Your will for our lives brings us hope. You think of us, even in our lack, in our weakness You think of us Father. We are forever in wonder because of Your great kindness towards us. Your love towards us endures forever. In Jesus’ name Amen
A prayer of Gratitude for God’s Loving kindness
Heavenly Father, I thank you for your enduring and unfailing love. I thank you for the beauty of Your creation and the wonder and joy that it stirs in my heart. But always, over and above everything else, I thank you for sending Jesus as my Saviour. Thank you for the abundance of Your blessings, that I am now ‘a child of God,’ and for the hope that I have for the future, an eternity spent with You. Amen.
A prayer of thankfulness for God’s faithfulness
Lord, I thank you that your Word is unchanging. In a world that constantly redefining what is good and right, you and your truth remains the same. I praise you for you faithfulness!
A prayer of gratitude for God’s mercy
Father in Heaven, Your praise will be our song all the days of our lives, and after we join You in heaven, we will worship you with gladness for your mercy and your kindness to us. You lavish us with Your love, and we know that every good and perfect gift comes from You. Our God in heaven. You see our need and in Your great love for us You provide. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
A prayer of thankfulness for God’s sovereignty
Father God, We are grateful that You are all knowing. Grateful that You see beyond our limited vision, and You provide based on that vision. Lord we ask that Your Holy Spirit reveal any divided devotion in us. If there is anything which we have placed in high regard and therefore have minimized our understanding of our need of You. We know that all we have is Yours, the whole world is Yours and its fullness is Yours! You are God above all, and we praise You for Your righteousness. In Jesus’ name, Amen
A praise for God’s peace in our lives
Lord, we thank You for the peace which You provide through our faith. You sent Your son to die on the cross for us, You made him like us, to experience humanity, to suffer, and die for our sins, so that we might be able to enjoy abundance with You in Heaven. You desired us so much that You gave it all for us. This is a gift that can not be taken away, our place in Your Kingdom can not be shaken, for this we are in awe of You. Our treasure therefore is in heaven with You! Through grace, we are who we are, by faith in Jesus! We praise You and love You Father! In Jesus’ name, Amen
Praying for boldness to praise in all circumstances
Lord, please empower me to give thanks in every situation and fill my heart with joy. Thank you for loving me. I bless you. Amen.
A prayer of thanks for wholeness
Father, Thank You for desiring your daughters, to walk in wholeness physical, emotional, spiritual, and even our relationships. I’m so grateful, You are leading me to the path to freedom in all the areas of my life. I thank You for new mercies and a fresh start every day. Thank You for Your Word, Your grace, and Your unfailing love.
A prayer of thanksgiving for God’s goodness
Father, Thank you for reminding me that every single thing good thing in my life comes from you. There’s so much I take for granted and forget to thank you for. Lord, once I get started thinking through all the ways you’ve been so good to me I realize it’s endless. Today I especially thank you for sending Jesus to die for my sins so that I can have a relationship with you and spend eternity in Heaven. In Jesus name, amen.
Pray from the heart
My hope is one of the prayers and resources from my fellow blogging friends will inspire you to speak words from the heart and pour your praise out before the Lord. There are so many things that we have to be grateful for! Maintaining that attitude of gratitude throughout the year is possible if we continue to be thankful and pray our thanks to the Lord.