Giving Thanks

“Lord, I will give thanks to you with all my heart. I will tell about all the wonderful things you have done. I will be glad and full of joy because of you. Most High God, I will sing the praises of your name.”  (Psalm 9:1-2, NIRV)

Thank You, Lord, for clothes to wear, a comfy bed to sleep in, and a roof over my head.

I pray for those who are homeless and destitute, that You would help them find warmth from the cold and shelter from the elements.

Thank You, Lord, for lots of yummy food to eat. 

I pray for those who go to sleep hungry most nights, that You would help them find sustenance. I pray you would send people into their lives who would bless them with a good meal during this season of giving and thankfulness.

Thank You, Lord, for loving family and friends to share life with. 

I pray for those who feel alone or unloved, for those who have no family to care for them, and for those who are alienated or torn from their families by crime, abuse, or discord. I pray they would come to know how much You love them. I ask that You comfort them and remind them You are always with them.

Thank You, Lord, for good health and the ability to take care of myself and others. 

I pray for those who are struggling with mental illness, poor health, chronic illness, or a debilitating condition that makes them unable to take care of themselves. I pray You would provide the care they need and help them in their infirmities.

Thank You, Lord, for a job I enjoy and for caring coworkers who share my love for You. 

I pray for those who are struggling financially or are unemployed for whatever reason, that You would help them find work and provide for their needs. I pray for those in unpleasant or hostile work situations, that You would give them the grace to handle it, the ability to forgive those who malign them, and the strength to be a godly example in their workplace so others will want the peace and inner joy You give them.

Thank You, Lord, for providing for my every need, even those I didn’t know I had. 

Thank You for choosing me to follow You, and for saving me through the blood of Your Son, Jesus, from a life of sin and separation from You. 

Thank You for Your grace and mercy, Your love and patience, Your provision and protection, and the gift of Your Holy Spirit. 

Lord, help me to never take what You have given me for granted, but to give out of the abundance You have provided, not expecting anything in return. Help me to show others the love You have shown me. Help me be a friend to those who feel alone and unlovable. Help me be a good listener so I can understand and empathize with others’ situations, and show them the grace and mercy You have shown me.

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