Thanksgiving Prayers - Importance of Expressing our Gratitude

Dr. Purushothaman
November 6, 2014

Prayers are the most significant and the most important part of Thanksgiving. A thanksgiving prayer can be a beautiful expression, written or spoken, for an individual or a family's heartfelt thanks to the Lord for all his blessings. Impregnated with warmth and meaning, Thanksgiving prayers are heavy in a sweet content and earnest thankfulness, that's hard to pass up. 'Thanksgiving Day' is set aside every year to thank the Divine for all the magic it bestows on mankind, for all the good things that's been kept in store for them throughout the year and to pray for another promising year ahead. Thanksgiving is a time for prayers, a day to express your gratitude and feel blessed for every little good thing that has happened or will happen in life.

Great ideas for a beautiful Thanksgiving prayer or Thanksgiving poems can be found throughout the Book of Psalms. Many of the poems found throughout the Psalms are declarations of who God is and how we can depend upon Him. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be moved, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swellings thereof. Selah." (Psalm 46:1-3) Clearly, the heart of this grateful poem or song is appreciation in God's sovereignty.

Thanksgiving is a time of prayers - a moment in the year when people collectively give credit to our shared Creator for all that is good in our lives. As we come together in family gatherings and our places of worship, we are called to express our gratitude for those whom we love, for our health, and for our future prosperity. Thanksgiving is a time for giving, as well as a time of gratitude.

Some of the traditional prayers, which I found from some great sites, have been mentioned below:

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, Who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy Kingdom come;
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

O Lord my Savior and my Master, I, Thine unprofitable servant, with fear and trembling give thanks unto Thy loving goodness for all Thy benefits which Thou hast poured so abundantly upon me, Thy servant. I fall down in adoration before Thee and offer Thee, O god, my praises; with fervor I cry to Thee: O God, deliver me henceforth from all adversities and mercifully fulfill in me such of my desires as may be expedient for me. Hear me, I entreat Thee, and have mercy, for Thou art the Hope of all the ends of the earth, and unto Thee, with the Father, and the Holy Spirit, be ascribed glory, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

A few children's prayer that I came across through the internet, are:

I Give Thanks

I give thanks for my family; Father, Mother,
And all the happy things we do together;
For understanding, laughter, and for love
Strong and warm in any kind of weather.

Thank thee, Lord

Thank thee, Lord
For all my many blessings,
thank thee, Lord.
I have bread,
thank thee, Lord.
for room and board.
thank thee, Lord.
for friends and family.
God takes such good care of me.

Thank You, God

Thank you God for all that grows,
Thank you for the sky's rainbows,
Thank you for the stars that shine,
Thank you for these friends of mine,
Thank you for the moon and sun,
Thank you God for all you've done!
About the Author

Sean Carter writes on holidays, Thanksgiving and world events. He also writes on family, relationships, religion, love and friendship. He is a writer with special interest in ecard industry and writes for He also writes blogs on Thanksgiving Blogspot


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