A prayer for Thanksgiving

O Lord my God, my Savior, I pray for a heart overflowing with thanksgiving. Father, you are my constant reason for joy. You are faithful when I am unfaithful. You promise heaven when I am consumed by the next hour.

Protect me from my own selfish desires. I confess that I want what cannot satisfy. I confess that I complain about what is not done rather than be grateful for what I can do. I confess that I am easily disappointed by those I love, even though you continue to love and bless me. I confess I cling to bitterness more than I rush to praise. I confess that I am not satisfied that the nearness of you is my good.

O Lord, renew within me the joy of thanksgiving. Encourage my spirit with the truth that you are always with me, even when my flesh and heart may fail. Fill my soul with grateful joy that nothing, nothing can separate me from the love you have for me in Christ.

Thank you that you have called me to a life of praise. Rescue me from self-focus. Overwhelm me with gratitude that I can show your love to my husband, my wife, my children, to those you bring my way. Humble me so that I will bless your great name with each moment.

Father, you are good. Your unfailing love continues forever. Your faithfulness extends beyond the limits of time. May my life be one that shouts thanksgiving for who you are and what you have done.

With deep gratitude and in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Based on Psalm 100

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This post originally appeared on Shepherd Press and was republished with permission.


Jay Younts is the author of Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, and he is the Shepherd Press blogger. He is a ruling elder at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.


 

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