Prayer and Devotion

Thanksgiving Prayers and Blessings

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Short but Powerful Prayers of Thanksgiving for Daily Use

Praying is a form of serving God and obeying His words. Most often we pray when needing help and guidance when in fact, praying is like eating and breathing—you need to constantly do it to survive.

Also, a lack of prayer demonstrates a lack of faith and trust in the Lord. Let us put ourselves back in the holy presence of God with prayers of praise and not just prayers for need.

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The Bible is the best source of prayers for different occasions. In all books in the Bible, Psalms contain prayers intended for praise and thanksgiving. The Psalms below are from the Good News Translation version of the Bible, which uses modern English.

 

Psalm 112 reminds us that there is happiness and blessings when praising God:

Psalm 112: The Happiness of a Good Person

Praise the Lord!

Happy is the person who honors the Lord,

who takes pleasure in obeying his commands.

The good man’s children will be powerful in the land;

his descendants will be blessed.

His family will be wealthy and rich,

and he will be prosperous forever.

Light shines in the darkness for good people,

for those who are merciful, kind, and just.

Happy is the person who is generous with his loans,

who runs his business honestly.

A good person will never fail;

he will always be remembered.

He is not afraid of receiving bad news;

his faith is strong, and he trusts in the Lord.

He is not worried or afraid;

he is certain to see his enemies defeated.

He gives generously to the needy,

and his kindness never fails;

he will be powerful and respected.

The wicked see this and are angry;

they glare in hate and disappear;

their hopes are gone forever.


Psalm 100 is all praises to His glory and love:

Psalm 100: A Hymn of Praise

Sing to the Lord, all the world!

Worship the Lord with joy;

come before him with happy songs!

Acknowledge that the Lord is God.

He made us, and we belong to him;

we are his people, we are his flock.

Enter the Temple gates with thanksgiving;

go into its courts with praise.

Give thanks to him and praise him.

The Lord is good;

his love is eternal

and his faithfulness lasts forever.


Psalm 67 is a prayer of blessings not just to one’s self but for the masses:

Psalm 67: A Song of Thanksgiving

God, be merciful to us and bless us;

look on us with kindness,

so that the whole world may know your will;

so that all nations may know your salvation.

May the people praise you, O God;

may all the people praise you!

May the nations be glad and sing for joy,

because you judge the people with justice

and guide every nation on earth.

May the people praise you, O God;

may all the people praise you!

The land has produced its harvest;

God, our God, has blessed us.

God has blessed us;

may all people everywhere honor him.

 

This prayer by St. Patrick acknowledges that God is everywhere, and we must invoke His protection every time we start our day.

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Prayer for God’s Protection and Christ’s Presence

by St. Patrick

As I arise today,

may the strength of God pilot me,

the power of God uphold me,

the wisdom of God guide me.

May the eye of God look before me,

the ear of God hear me,

the word of God speak for me.

May the hand of God protect me,

the way of God lie before me,

the shield of God defend me,

the host of God save me.

May Christ shield me today…

Christ with me, Christ before me,

Christ behind me,

Christ in me, Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,

Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit,

Christ when I stand,

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

 

When giving thanks for the gift of life, here is a short prayer from The Catholic Prayer Book compiled by Msgr. Michael Buckley:

gratitude

 

In Gratitude

Thank you, Father, for having created us and given us to each other in the human family. Thank you for being with us in all our joys and sorrows, for your comfort in our sadness, your companionship in our loneliness. Thank you for yesterday, today, tomorrow and for the whole of our lives. Thank you for friends, for health and for grace. May we live this and every day conscious of all that has been given to us.

A thanksgiving prayer to bless the food and people before meals:

 

We Give Thanks

by Harry Jewell

Our Father in Heaven,

We give thanks for the pleasure

Of gathering together for this occasion.

We give thanks for this food

Prepared by loving hands.

We give thanks for life,

The freedom to enjoy it all

And all other blessings.

As we partake of this food,

We pray for health and strength

To carry on and try to live as You would have us.

This we ask in the name of Christ,

Our Heavenly Father.

 

Lastly, this 10-second prayer of thanksgiving from philosopher and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson:

 

Gratitude

by Ralph Waldo Emerson

For each new morning with its light,

For rest and shelter of the night,

For health and food,

For love and friends,

For everything Thy goodness sends.

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