Thanksgiving Day 2018: Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer Examples. This year Thanksgiving Day 2018 will be celebrated on Thursday, November 22 in USA. Thanksgiving is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in American culture; and while the meaning is in the name, there are actually many people who do not know what it truly means to give thanks.
Thanksgiving is about more than having an extravagant feast or watching football or keeping up a family tradition. Thanksgiving is about giving glory and praise to the one who is responsible for the many blessings in our lives – God.
And so, the most important part of the day is not turkey or pumpkin pie or even family; it’s prayer. So what makes prayer so important? And what things should you include in your Thanksgiving dinner prayer?
What does Bible Say about Thanksgiving?
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
James 1:17 says, “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.” Here in America, we are truly blessed beyond what we deserve. We are blessed with life’s necessities – food, water, shelter, clothing – and so much more, including the freedom to travel and gather with our families on Thanksgiving Day.
We did nothing to earn these things; rather, it is the gift of God, out of the riches of His love toward us. We could never run out of reasons to thank Him. There are countless verses throughout the Bible that speak about giving thanks to God, especially in the book of Psalms.
In Psalm 100:1-5, David writes, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Here, David implores us time and time again to give thanks – and he gives us the reason.
Give thanks, because God created us and calls us His own. Give thanks, because He is faithful and His love is everlasting. There is nothing we could ever do to repay God for all He has done for us. But He requires nothing but our thankful hearts. The least we could do is verbally acknowledge our gratefulness – and Thanksgiving dinner prayer is one way to do that.
The Greatest Gift to Thank God for
The greatest gift of all, of course, is the gift of Jesus Christ. Of course it is good to have material things in this life; but all of these things are temporary. We have a gift that is eternal. Romans 5:8 says, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Because of Jesus, all our sins and shortcomings can be forgiven. We have been set free from a life of sin, and we can look forward to an eternity with Him.
Give thanks, because God is faithful and His love is everlasting
In fact, the Bible says we have inherited an entire Kingdom because we are now adopted into the family of God. Hebrews 12:28 says, “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.” This blessing of salvation, which we did nothing to earn, is definitely something to include in any Thanksgiving dinner prayer.
What Makes a Good Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer?
There are many things to be thankful on Thanksgiving Day:
- Say thanks for the gift of life.
- Say thanks for the faith.
- Say thanks for God’s love, help and care.
- Say thanks for your family.
- Say thanks for your friends and relatives.
- Say thanks for the wonderful time together.
- Say thanks for the food and prosperity.
- Say thanks for your country.
In truth, there are no bad prayers, as long as you pray earnestly and with a pure heart. This prayer should have the obvious component of giving thanks, but that doesn’t mean the subject matter is limited. You can pray for God’s providence in the future, or even name specific requests that have been weighing on your hearts. When you gather around the table, simply think about God’s goodness; and pray sincerely.
Thanksgiving Day 2018: Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer Examples
Lord, we thank you for the many blessings you’ve given us – for friends and family, for your goodness to us, and most of all, for the hope we have in Jesus Christ. We pray that you would continue to bless us throughout this year, but that in every circumstance, we would praise your name. You are faithful and merciful, Lord, and we are thankful for your love. Bless this food to the nourishment of our bodies, and help us to meditate on these things not only today, but every day. Amen.
Next thanksgiving dinner prayer example:
God, you have been so good to us. You have provided us with everything we need and so much more. We are so grateful both for our blessings in this life, and for the gift of eternal salvation. May these blessings always point us back to you, so that we can praise you and give thanks every day. We ask that you would continue to protect us, guide us, and bless us. And help us to live for you and follow your will above all. Amen.
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Say Thanks to God Everyday
Prayers of thankfulness are not just reserved for Thanksgiving Day. We are called to give thanks every day. Colossians 4:2 says, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Thanksgiving dinner prayer is certainly a good tradition to practice, but we must be careful that it does not become only a tradition. Thanksgiving shouldn’t be something we practice out of obligation or only on certain occasions. Thanksgiving is a lifestyle, and this special day is a great opportunity to be reminded of that.
Also read: THANKSGIVING PRAYER – Prayer Guide