Prayers of Thanksgiving

It’s often been said that an “attitude of gratitude” is the heart of worship. Too often our prayers treat God like Santa Claus: “I want, I want, I want.” Perhaps before we jump into our desires, we need to take a moment to say, “Thank you.” 

James the brother of Jesus reminds us, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change,” (James 1:17). The most common Christian name for God is “Father.” The Holy Spirit within us cries “Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6 – see Romans 8:15; Mark 14:36). Fathers excel at gift giving and our heavenly Father is no exception. Think about all that He provides and give thanks! 

David’s Song of Thanks

    8     Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; 

make known his deeds among the peoples! 

    9     Sing to him, sing praises to him; 

tell of all his wondrous works! 

    10     Glory in his holy name; 

let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! 

    11     Seek the Lord and his strength; 

seek his presence continually! 

    12     Remember the wondrous works that he has done, 

his miracles and the judgments he uttered, 

    13     O offspring of Israel his servant, 

children of Jacob, his chosen ones!

 (1 Chronicles 16:8–13)


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