Aren’t you glad giving thanks isn’t restricted to a single day of the year?
It’s especially so for Christians.
Acknowledging our Creator and Sustainer, the One to whom we owe our everything, is a privilege we’re free to indulge in all year long.
And the really wonderful thing is that we can give thanks no matter our circumstances.
Perhaps your heart is overflowing with gratitude.
Perhaps it’s not.
Here ten ways to start praying the Scriptures with a heart of thanksgiving – ten reasons to give thanks, in any circumstance and every season.
Prayers of Thanksgiving
Acknowledge to the Lord His desire for you to give thanks in all circumstances. Share with Him that this is only possible by the grace of Jesus Christ; ask Him for that grace (I Thessalonians 5:18).
Pray that God would help you not to be anxious about anything, but that you would present your requests to God in every situation, through believing prayer and thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6).
Commit to giving the Lord the thanks due to His righteousness. Take some quiet moments (or some loud ones!) to sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High (Psalm 7:17).
Echo the psalmist’s cry: “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 107:1) Exult in His steadfast love that never fails.
Confide in God about anything you might be lacking, asking for His provision. Commit to Him that even if all earthly abundance is removed, you will rejoice in the Lord, finding joy in the God of your salvation. Thank God for being your strength, and for making your footsteps sure (Habukkuk 3:17-19).
Praise God for His Son Jesus, through whom we can continually offer up a sacrifice of thanks to God, which is a logical fruit of lips that acknowledge His name. Pray that even as you give thanks, you wouldn’t neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God (Hebrews 13:15-16).
Offer thanks to God, who in Christ always leads you in triumphal procession, and through you spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere (2 Corinthians 2:14). Ponder the victory that is yours through Jesus Christ. Contemplate the beautiful truth that through you, the fragrant knowledge of Him spreads everywhere.
Repeat this chapter back to the Lord:
“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation!
Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In His hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are His also.
The sea is His, for He made it,
and His hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker” (Psalm 19:1-6).
Confess to the Lord that it is good to give thanks to Him and to sing praises to His name. Acknowledge that it is good to declare with music and singing His steadfast love in the morning, and His faithfulness by night. Tell the Lord that He has made you glad by His work, and that you sing for joy at the works of His hands (Psalm 92:1-4).
Spend some time giving thanks to the Lord, calling upon His name. Affirm to Him that you have a responsibility to tell others about His works, and ask Him to point you toward someone He wants you to share with (I Chronicles 16:8).
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for Your goodness to me. Words can’t express my gratitude, but I thank You that Your Word teaches my lips and Your Spirit guides my heart. It’s in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, that I pray. Amen.