In this article, I will share some Thanksgiving dinner prayers you can use to say grace over your Thanksgiving meal!
Thanksgiving is a time-honored tradition centered around gathering with loved ones, reflecting on blessings, and giving thanks. The holiday spirit can be felt as homes are filled with the smells of nostalgic dishes, warmth of family bonds, and joy of making memories together. It’s really a wonderful holiday!
Among the most significant Thanksgiving traditions for many families is pausing before the meal to offer a prayer of gratitude to the Lord.
As believers, we understand that God is the ultimate Provider of our blessings. His grace and sustaining power are the reason we have food, shelter, loved ones, and freedoms.
Pausing for prayer is a way we can actively recognize His generosity, care for us, and presence in both difficulties and celebrations.
Gratitude oriented prayer or what the Bible calls thanksgiving, aligns our hearts with truth – God is daily working on our behalf and showering us with good gifts. He alone is worthy of our praise!
This is why I thought I would share some dinner prayers for Thanksgiving! Each prayer focuses on thanking God for His provision while reflecting on different blessings representative of the holiday.
It is my hope that these examples will spark creativity and provide helpful inspiration as you seek to incorporate gratitude into your celebration. May these prayers launch you into the holiday weekend with praise, unity, and focus on the abundance of God.
Before We Look At Dinner Prayers for Thanksgiving
There are some important things I want to cover before we look at these Thanksgiving prayers.
The prayers I provide are generalized to work for most families. But the thing is, God doesn’t want you to be a robot and recite someone else’s prayer. He wants to hear from YOU!
So, I want to encourage you to personalize the prayers below. Here are simple ways you can do that:
- Mention specific people during the prayer.
This can be a special person you want to honor like mom and dad, or someone who is missing in the family, someone who is sick, or you can mention each person there individually. It’s up to you!
- Mention specific situations during the prayer.
An example is if guests drove hours or flew to get to Thanksgiving dinner, make note of that in prayer, giving thanks to the Lord for their safe travels and the blessing they are to be there.
- Mention specific events during the prayer.
Did someone recently have a wedding, baby, birthday, anniversary, promotion…etc? This is a great time to give thanks to the Lord for this joyous event!
- Mention a specific Bible Verse during prayer.
Most of the prayers below share a Bible verse, but if there is one the Lord has highlighted to you, then feel free to use that in your prayer to help guide you as you pray.
Thanksgiving Dinner Prayers
As, I mentioned earlier some of these dinner prayers have Bible verses. You are more than welcome to check them out on Biblegateway.com and compare different versions.
Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer: Give Thanks To The Lord
Heavenly Father, as we gather around this table, we come to you with grateful hearts for all the blessings you have bestowed upon us. We thank you for the gift of life, health, and strength, and for the love and support of family and friends. We are reminded of your words in Psalm 107:8-9, which say, “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” May this Thanksgiving dinner be a reminder of your abundant provision and blessings in our lives. In the name of Jesus, amen.
Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer: Taste And See
Gracious God, we give thanks for the beauty and bounty of this season, and for the joy of sharing it with those we love. We are reminded of your words in Psalm 34:8, which say, “Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” May this Thanksgiving dinner be a time of fellowship, joy, and gratitude for the many gifts you have given us. Help us to remember that every good and perfect gift comes from you. In the name of Jesus, amen.
Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer: For He Is Good
Loving Father, we thank you for your steadfast love and faithfulness, which never fail. We are reminded of your words in Psalm 136:1-3, which say, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.” May this Thanksgiving dinner be a time of worship, praise, and thanksgiving for all that you have done for us. Help us to remember that your love is unchanging and everlasting. Amen.
Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer: The God Who Heals
Merciful God, we give thanks for the healing power of your love, which comforts us in times of pain and suffering. We are reminded of your words in Psalm 107:20, which say, “He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.” May this Thanksgiving dinner be a time of healing, restoration, and renewal as we share our stories of gratitude and hope. Help us to remember that you are our refuge and strength in these times. In the mighty name of Jesus, amen.
Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer: He Has Provided
Lord, thank you for this beautiful holiday centered around thankfulness. Thank you for provision, peace, purpose, and eternal promise in Christ. As we enjoy sweet time together, deepen our bonds through shared laughter and love. Fill us with joy and praise for all you’ve done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer: The Peace of God
Gracious Lord, we give thanks for the peace and joy that come from knowing you. We are reminded of your words in Philippians 4:7, which say, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” May this Thanksgiving dinner be a time of peace, joy, and hope as we reflect on the many ways you have blessed us. Help us to remember that your love never fails. In the mighty name of Jesus, amen.
Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer: Protection and Provision
Heavenly Father, thank you for your hand of protection and provision this year. Thank you for health, family, purpose, and daily grace. As we gather for this meal, fill our hearts with gratitude. Help us share generously with those in need. We love you and give you all glory and honor. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer: Bless The Hands
Gracious God, we lift our thankfulness to you on this holiday. Thank you for freedom, faith, food, and our family around this table. Bless those who prepared this meal. Draw us close and fill our hearts with joy. Remind us always of your goodness. We praise you for who you are. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer: Spirit of Thanksgiving
God, as we come to the end of our Thanksgiving dinner, we want to express our deepest gratitude for your love and faithfulness. We are reminded of your words in Psalm 107:1, which say, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” May this Thanksgiving dinner be a reminder of the many ways you have blessed us, and may we never forget your goodness and mercy. Help us to live each day with a spirit of thanksgiving, and to share your love with those we meet. Amen.
Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer: Giver Of All
Gracious God, thank you for your lavish love and daily care for us, even when we are unaware. Thank you for every good gift that comes from above – our home, food, family and friendships. As we enjoy this Thanksgiving feast, turn our eyes to you – the Giver of all. We love you and give you praise. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
I hope you have enjoyed this dinner prayers for Thanksgiving and they you were able to find one that will work for your meal. If you are looking for more Thanksgiving inspiration please check out these other articles!
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Melissa is a passionate minister, speaker and an ongoing learner of the Bible. She has been involved in church and vocational ministry for over 18 years. And is the founder of Think About Such Things. She has the heart to equip the saints by helping them get into the Word of God and fall more in love with Jesus. She also enjoys family, cooking, and reading.
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