3. A Simple Prayer of Gratitude
a printable prayer of thanks suitable for personal devotion or for a program or church newsletter:-
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy
Here's the words to this prayer of thanks and gratitude:-
4. Short Thanksgiving Prayer
A modern prayer thanking God for his love and care through the seasons of life. About 2.00 minutes long:-
Lord, thank you for walking with us through the seasons of our lives.
For the winter, when we are held safe in your arms through the darkness.
For the hope of spring, as we are filled with new promise and life...
read this prayer in full here on the thanksgiving prayers page
5. Prayer of Appreciation
(a prayer of thanks for the blessings in life)
Let the details in life take my attention today
A warm mug of tea
The gentle grass under my feet
And the chance just to gather and eat
Let the everyday pleasures ring out melodies in my heart
The smile of a friend
A warm comfy bed
The sunlight on the trees and walks in the park
Let the more ordinary reveal its amazing delight
Clouds drifting by
Birds sweeping high
The sunset that transforms day into night
May these things inspire me to praise
And bring a clear moment of sight
Now I see how amazing the world truly is
And soak in Your goodness and light
(a prayer of appreciation from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
6. Thanksgiving Prayer for the Beauty of the Earth
We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of
earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains,
and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers.
We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may
safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue
to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation,
to the honor and glory of your Name, now and for ever. Amen.
(Source: 1979 Book of Common Prayer, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA)
2 Reasons to be Grateful!It is a good thing to develop a life full of thankfulness to God.
Here are two reasons why:-
The bible encourages us to do this
. In the psalms we read "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever". (Psalm 118:1, NIV
Being grateful dispels fear and anxiety
. If we allow our minds to think about and celebrate all the good things we have (and things that we may well take for granted), then there is less room for negative thoughts in our lives.
For example, the next time you are in the supermarket, why not thank God for the great abundance you are surrounded by? "Father, thank you for all the many wonderful foods that are here!" As you are at the checkout, take a moment to thank God in your heart for the items that you are packing - "God, I really am so grateful for these things".
An example of gratitude in the bible
As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"
Taking a good look at them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests."
They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus' feet, so grateful. He couldn't thank him enough-and he was a Samaritan.
Luke 17:12-16 (The Message)
Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (American writer 1802-1883)