A Prayer of Thankfulness
Heavenly Father, we are heading into a season where we are all thinking about and talking about thankfulness. You, Lord, instruct us to do this, too. First Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (ESV).Lord, today I admit that rejoicing has been hard, and thankfulness, mostly absent in my heart. I admit today that it has been a long haul the past eight months. Circumstances are not what I wanted, goals have not been met, and plans have all changed.
Father, you gave me Psalm 69 today. I feel like waves have been crashing over me. This is me calling out with a parched throat. This is me refocusing. This is me running to my Savior.
“But I am afflicted and in pain; let your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving” (Psalm 69:29-30).
Thank you for hearing my prayers. I am thankful that when I call out in any circumstance you hear me because I am yours and you are mine, you listen, and you respond (1 John 5:14). Abba, thank you!
Thank you, Lord, for always forgiving me. I sin against you every day and I will continue to fail your standards of holiness, but your grace abounds (Romans 5:20).
Thank you for being in control of all things. I admit I do not know your plans, but I am clinging to your promises and your character (Romans 8:28).
Thank you, Father, for giving me rest in you. I am thankful that I never have to fear you forsaking me. I will always and forever be yours (John 10:28).
Thank you that my acceptance is dependent upon Christ’s finished work, not my own. If it were dependent on my works I would be lost in despair, but it is not. You declare me righteous because Christ is (Romans 5:18-19). Thank you!
God, I am thankful that you understand my hurts, pains, and disappointments. I am so thankful you understand me. There is nothing I can say that will surprise you or confuse you. I am left in your presence, able to be honest with you. You will always accept me and draw me closer to yourself (Hebrews 4:15-16).
Father, I pray for my brothers and sisters who are finding this year difficult. I pray they feel your comfort today. This is one of the purposes of the global church, to be the hands and feet of Christ and to love one another. I pray we can be that for each other. Help up to be honest with one another. Help us carry each other’s burdens and point each other to the goodness of Christ (Galatians 6:2).
I ask this in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.