Short thanksgiving prayer. Thanksgiving prayers are essential because thanksgiving and gratitude shape believers’ attitudes toward God, daily life, and circumstances. Therefore, prayer, or communication with God, should include thanksgiving.
Prayers like this are essential because it aligns Christian’s hearts, minds, and spirits with the heart of God – the loving Father. Christians have innumerable things to be thankful for. As Bible states in 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” So say a short thanksgiving prayer to our Lord every day!
Short Thanksgiving Prayer for every day of the Week
Prayer, like any healthy habit, needs to be developed. Here are seven prayers of thanksgiving – one for each day of the week. Please don’t feel confined to these prayers! These short thanksgiving prayers can be tailored to each individual’s needs.
1Monday – Giving Thanks for Basic Needs
The Word says that God will supply all our needs (Philippians 4:19). On rough days, it is easy to grumble about small, trivial things. However, a short thanksgiving prayer can shift a believer’s attitude from grumbling to appreciation!
Dear Lord, I want to thank You for how you have supplied my needs and my family’s needs. We woke up in a home this morning warm and well-rested. And we have access to clean drinking water, plenty of food to eat, and a safe home to stay in. We have clothing and shoes that keep us comfortable and dry. What You have provided is more than sufficient. Please help me to remember that my resources are Yours and help me to be a blessing to others! Amen.
Maybe thanking God for things you take for granted, such as clothes and shoes, sounds funny to you, who live a life of material abundance. But remember that millions worldwide can only dream of living in the same conditions as you. Only by God’s grace can you live in a country free from war and famine. Do you appreciate what you have?
2Tuesday – Giving Thanks for Safety
It is easy to forget that God watches over His children every day. Think about when a careless driver swerves across a lane but doesn’t hit the cars in oncoming traffic. When things like this happen, Christians shouldn’t take it for granted that something worse could’ve happened. But don’t wait until a close call! Instead, thank God for his protection and presence (Deuteronomy 31:6).
God, I recognize that You have put a hedge of protection around my family and me. Thank You for watching over us when we are vulnerable (asleep), driving / traveling, and going about our daily activities. I know that Your angels (Matthew 18:10, Psalm 91:11) always watch over us. Amen.
3Wednesday – Giving Thanks for Family, Friends, and Community
God designed His children to be part of the community of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-30). The first community that individuals belong to is family. (A family can be created through relationships with close friends.) Christians belong to a community in the local church that exists to support and strengthen its members. It’s essential to appreciate the people in our families and churches.
Think about the words of a young man who wrote about the other men in his dorm. He said, “I am grateful for the people I don’t get along with because God can use this as a learning opportunity!” God uses uncomfortable things to sharpen and strengthen His children! (Proverbs 27:17).
Make this short thanksgiving prayer your own by including your own family, friends, and community:
Lord, I want to say how much I appreciate the people You have placed around me – my friends, family, and church. Thank you for my [family member] who has supported me through [situation]. Thank You for the people who challenge me because I am becoming more like You. Help me to love them in the same way that You do. Amen.
4Thursday – Giving Thanks for the Purpose (calling, vocation)
“For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them” Ephesians 2:10.
When God saves us, we become His children (John 1:12) and are set free from sin and death (Romans 8:2). Salvation gives meaning and purpose – what a powerful gift! God also offers believers gifts to use for His glory.
Dear God, I want to thank You for your death on the cross and the gift of grace and forgiveness. Because of what You did, I am a new person and can live for You. Thank You for the gifts, talents, and resources You have given me because those gifts allow me to advance the kingdom. God, thank You for allowing me to be part of Your family. Thank You for the abilities You have given me that will enable me to work and provide for my family.
5Friday – Giving Thanks for what God has Done in the Past
This short thanksgiving prayer ties closely into the prayer for Wednesday (thanks for purpose). Looking at God’s works in the history gives Christians confidence that He will do those again in the future. Again, this is a short thanksgiving prayer to tailor to your specific needs!
Lord, when I think about the ways You have provided for me and watched over me in the past, I am in awe of Your greatness! I can see examples of Your excellence in the Bible – You healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, and set the captives free. I know that You provided me with [gift, protection] when I was [time, place]. When I look at my life, I see [these challenges]. Thank you in advance for what You will do. You are great, and I love you, Lord! Amen.
6Saturday – Giving Thanks for Freedom in Christ
Humans mess up every day by letting loved ones day. Humans sin. Sin is actions that hurt God’s heart – great and small. The beautiful gift of forgiveness is not something to take lightly (1 John 1:9). Say a prayer of thanksgiving about forgiveness and freedom in Christ.
God in heaven, I confess that I have done wrong. I know that my actions hurt You and the people around me. I know that forgiveness is Your gift, and You love me extravagantly. Thank You for the gift of forgiveness because it gives me freedom. Amen.
7Sunday – Giving Thanks for the Day of the Lord
Sunday, a day of rest and refreshment, is a gift from God. So take time today to say “Thank you” for the rest God gives. In God, our souls find peace and rest. So pray a short thanksgiving prayer on the Day of the Lord.
Dear God, Sunday gift You give us because we need rest and refreshment. Thank you so that I can attend church and find spiritual nourishment. Thank You so I can set aside work frustrations and focus on my family. Thank you that I will be prepared for the challenges ahead. Amen.
Prayer is a practice that can benefit us spiritually, mentally, and physically. The prayers in this article focused on thankfulness. Remember, God is always listening and is always with you!