Prayers to Stay Present This Thanksgiving

I love the holidays, but if I am completely honest, it is a struggle not to let the cooking, celebrating, event planning, and gift buying consume me! As a Mom, it is hard to press pause on the to-do list that goes along with big family celebrations and be present during this special time of year.

Don’t over look the power of Thanksgiving prayers as you gather around the dinner table. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends and reflect on the blessings of the last year. Many of us experience renewed hope and faith during the Thanksgiving holiday because we turn our eyes onto what is most important. When your heart is filled with gratitude, there is little room to worry or complain. Set aside some time to thank God and reflect on the blessings that surround you.

  1. A Prayer for a Peaceful Present Mind

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Father, allow me to capture every thought that would distract me from the joy unfolding in front of me this Thanksgiving. Empower me to be filled with love for my family and friends. Give me a sound mind that will allow me to focus on the things that matter most in my life.

Remind me to think on what is good, true, noble, right, lovely, and admirable (Philippians 4:8). Help me cast down any thought that would cause me stress, anxiety, or fear. I thank you for all the good gifts you have given to me.

I thank you that I can trust in you to direct my steps and that you promise to lead me on your straight path (Proverbs 3:5-6). Direct each of my steps. Grant me wisdom so I can live peacefully and with intentionality. Amen.

  1. A Prayer for Thanksgiving

Psalm 107:1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Lord, I thank you for this time of celebration, in which we are prompted to pause and give thanks for the many blessings that are in our lives. I pray that I will not miss the chance to be engaged with my family. I ask that you help me live with a deep sense of gratitude throughout Thanksgiving and in my daily life.

O Heavenly Father: we thank Thee for food and remember the hungry. We thank Thee for health and remember the sick. We thank Thee for friends and remember the friendless. We thank Thee for freedom and remember the enslaved. May these remembrances stir us to service. That Thy gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.

  1. Daily Thanks to God

Dear God, Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. Thank you for your great love and care. Thank you for your sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life. Forgive us for when we don’t thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you’ve given. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. We love you and we need you, this day and every day. We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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