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A look at 9 Thanksgiving prayer points that will deepen your walk with the Lord, and bless those around you.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. – Psalm 100:4
Thanksgiving is a powerful spiritual act that can bring transformation and blessing in our life! So, today we are going to look at some prayer points that will help us cultivate a thankful heart.
I have broken up these thanksgiving prayer point into sections, one for your personal prayer time, one for the church, and one for thanksgiving dinner.
Each Thanksgiving prayer point comes with scripture. So, you will find Bible verses at the end of each prayer point that you can use in prayer or reflection.
Like I mention in all my posts on prayer. I encourage you that when you pray that it comes from your heart and that it’s personal. God wants to hear our hearts, not just eloquent words.
Thanksgiving Prayer Points
These prayer points can be used for individual use, or with a prayer partner or prayer group. The aim of these points to help you cultivate a heart of thanksgiving through prayer.
And you are more than welcome to go through all the thanksgiving prayer points in the other sections and see if the Lord highlights any of them for personal prayer or vice versa. All of them are great to pray! Just be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading.
Prayer Point 1 – A Soft Heart
A soft heart is a heart God can touch and use. Pray for the Lord to soften your heart so that it would be sensitive to Him. When our heart is soft it’s full of thanksgiving!
But also that it would soft towards people, both people you love and care about and those who are against you.
Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart. – Jeremiah 24:7
Prayer Point 2 – Gratitude
This may sound weird but actually pray for thanksgiving. Ask the Lord to give you a heart that is thankful. To open your eyes to areas that you haven’t been thankful and to see God’s light and truth in that situation. And then go for it! Start listing off all those things and telling God thank you!
pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. -1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
Prayer Point 3 – Humility
Thanksgiving and pride don’t mix!
Pray for God to keep you humble and to guard your heart against pride or prideful thoughts. Be brave and ask the Lord to expose any thoughts or actions you have done out of pride. And be ready to repent and walk in humility.
Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” – 1 Peter 5:5
Thanksgiving Prayer Points for the Church
Prayer Point 1 – Joy
It’s easy for a church to lose sight of joy and get busy with work and tasks.
Joy and thanksgiving go together like peanut butter and jelly. Great on their own but put them together…get ready to praise and worship!
The church needs joy! Pray for it to well up in the leadership of the church and in the congregation.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13
Prayer Point 2 – Gratitude
Psalm 100:4 is clear that we enter His gates with thanksgiving! So, pray for the church to come into a place of thanksgiving. So, that we can experience a greater level of God’s presence and anointing in the body of Christ.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. – Psalm 100:4
Prayer Point 3 – Fellowship
Fellowship has two sides. One is our fellowship with the Holy Spirit and the second is our fellowship with one another. Both are needed.
The power of fellowship is that when we gather together and talk about the Lord, our faith is strengthened and our hearts are filled. This leads to a heart that is thankful.
So, you can pray for both in the church. That we would fellowship more with the Lord, and that our fellowship with each other would cultivate a heart of thanksgiving before God.
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. – 1 John 1:7
Prayer Points 4 – A Heart Of Worship
Did you know that thanksgiving is actually a word used in Hebrew to describe a type of praise? Pretty cool, huh?
You can check out more about that in my article: What is the difference between praise and worship. Praises and prayers of thanksgiving come out of a place of worship and adoration to the Lord.
Some key areas you can pray for the church are:
- A realization of the awesomeness and goodness of God.
- A desire to worship the Lord at church and outside of the church.
- When worshiping that they would experience the presence of God and be encouraged.
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4:23-24
Thanksgiving Prayer Points for Thanksgiving Dinner
In America Thanksgiving is a big national holiday. It’s all about giving thanks for the harvest and the blessings of the year.
More on thanksgiving here: Thanksgiving Day
Now, in our modern times, most of us don’t go and harvest our food. But we can still give thanks for this nation, and the blessings God has given us!
So, if you are at a loss on what to pray for at thanksgiving then let these pray points help you.
Prayer Point 1 – Unity
The lack of unity within our nation and even within families is staggering. Pray God blesses your family and friends with unity and love for each other. And lift up the nation and pray God unites us.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity! – Psalm 133:1
Prayer Point 2 – Gratitude
Like I have mentioned before on gratitude. Pray to be more thankful and to see the little things God does in our lives and to give Him praise.
I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving. – Psalm 69:30
Prayer Point 3 – Fellowship
Fellowship is a wonderful thing and something we should pray for within our families and relationship. Pray at dinner for opportunities of fellowship that would bring blessing and unity.
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. – Acts 2:42
Prayer Points 4 – Health
I’m a big fan of praying for our health as I firmly believe our God is a God who heals! Pray for healing and health for those at your dinner table and even those in the family/friends who could not attend because of health-related issues.
And health is not just always a physical thing. But pray for healthy relationships, healthy mental ability, and emotional health. These are all important areas!
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. – 3 John 1:2
Prayer Points 5 – Blessings
We all know to bless the food we are eating, but take it up a notch and pray a blessing over the people at the table. You can do this by praying a general blessing for everyone (or even reciting the priestly blessing below!) or you can pray a specific blessing on each person.
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.” – Numbers 6:24-26
I hope these thanksgiving prayer points have inspired you to pray and seek the Lord. I also pray that they cause you to grow closer to the Lord. And for more on the topic of prayer please check out my Prayer Page.
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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.
She has spoken in churches in California, Oregon, Texas, and Mexico and has been featured in Guidepost Magazine and All Recipes Magazine. Read More…