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Prompts to Help You Pray

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The thanksgiving prayer below would be very nice to say before the big holiday meal, but it works for every time we need to thank the Lord – which should be at least once every single day!


Dear Lord,
We thank You with all our hearts for all Your wondrous gifts:
For life, a mind to think with, a heart to love with, and a soul
to worship You;

For family, friends, good food to eat and clothes to wear;
For a roof over our heads and all the other blessings that make
life enjoyable.

But we especially thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to die
for our sins
And redeem us for eternal life with You.

Thank You for always forgiving and loving us,
Coming and searching for us to take us back when we have
gone wrong,
Our Good Shepherd.

Thank you for Your Holy Spirit to guide us in living and
understanding rightly,
And for protecting us against evil and temptation
All the days of our life.

And we thank You for this special day,
When we can gather to worship and celebrate with loved
ones yet again.

Help us to show our gratitude in our love and obedience to You,
And in our love and care for others,
And appreciation and wise use and stewardship of Your world.
In Jesus’ Name we pray,



This is another little prayer, a verse from a hymn by Joseph Addison (1712):

Ten thousand thousand precious gifts
My daily thanks
And not the least a
cheerful heart
Which tastes those
gifts with joy.

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