10 Great Thanksgiving Prayers

by David Peach on September 12, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

Thanksgiving is a word that appears before the word Thanksgiving Day and after thanksgiver in the Mirriam-Webster Dictionary online. One of the definitions of the word is “a prayer expressing gratitude”. The first use of the word dates all the way back to 1533 [1]. The Old English word from which it is derived is “pancian” (to give thanks) [2]. It is translated in other languages as:

zahvaljivanje (Croatian), díkůvzdání (Czech), taksigelse (Danish), dankzegging (Dutch), pagpapasalamat (Filipino), action de grâces (French), Danksagung (German), hálaadás (Hungarian), gratiarum actione (Latin), dziękczynienie (Polish), mulțumire (Romanian), благодарение (Russian), zahvalni dan (Slovenian), acción de gracias (Spanish), şükretme (Turkish), diolchgarwch (Welsh)

No matter in what language you speak, thanksgiving prayers are often written in the form of poems or songs. These ten thanksgiving prayers can be used around the dinner table this November or any time of the year. One of the beautiful things about the Thanksgiving holiday is that it gives us a specific time to reflect on the wonderful blessings we all enjoy. While we may not have as many things as other people have, we can all be thankful for friends and family who love us and the life God has given us.

Moravian Blessing

Come, Lord Jesus, our guest to be
And bless these gifts
Bestowed by Thee.
And bless our loved ones everywhere,
And keep them in Your loving care.

We Gather Together Hymn

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

-Adrianus Valerius
-Theodore Baker (translator)

Thanksgiving prayers are often written in the form of poems or songs

Thanksgiving

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.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

We Give Thanks

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.

- Harry Jewell

Help Me Thanksgiving Day Prayer

O God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
And remembering,
help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted.
Amen.

-Samuel F. Pugh

Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer

Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day
We bow our hearts to You and pray.
We give You thanks for all You’ve done
Especially for the gift of Jesus, Your Son.
For beauty in nature, Your glory we see
For joy and health, friends and family,
For daily provision, Your mercy and care
These are the blessings You graciously share.
So today we offer this response of praise
With a promise to follow You all of our days.

-Mary Fairchild

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray

We hurry along and make fast the blessing
Thanks, amen. Now please pass the dressing

We’re slaves to the olfactory overload
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold

But Lord, I’d like to take a few minute more
To really give thanks to what I’m thankful for

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed
My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head

I’m thankful right now to be surrounded by those
Whose lives touch me more than they’ll ever possibly know

Thankful Lord, that You’ve blessed me beyond measure
Thankful that in my heart lives life’s greatest treasure

That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place
And I’m ever so grateful for Your unending grace

So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You’ve provided
And bless each and every person invited

Amen!

-Scott Wesemann

Abundant Blessing

We thank you for the turkey,
The gravy and the dressing.
Dear Lord, this table overflows
With Thy abundant blessing.
Let us always be aware
That all gifts come from You,
And may we serve Your heavenly will
In everything we do. Amen.

-Joanna Fuchs

Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

Serve the LORD with gladness:
come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the LORD he is God:
it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the LORD is good;
his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.

Humorous Thanksgiving Prayer

When turkey’s on the table laid,
And good things I may scan,
I’m thankful that I wasn’t made
A vegetarian.

-Edgar A. Guest

Do you have a favorite?

We would love to see your favorite thanksgiving prayer. We would also like to know how you say Happy Thanksgiving in your native tongue. Share it in the comments below.

Take a look at these other Thanksgiving articles from the archives:

Resources:

They Holy Bible, King James Version

www.youtube.com “Thanksgiving Song”- Mary Chapin Carpenter

[1] http://www. merriam-webster.com

[2] http://www. etymonline.com

http://www. translate.google.com

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Milton November 20, 2011 at 11:58 pm

this page encouraged me to think of the many blessing, during this Thanksgiving season. it was inspired me to write my own Thanksgiving prayer.

May the Lord continue to bless you.

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David Peach November 21, 2011 at 11:11 am

I am glad it was a help. Thank you for letting me know how it helped you.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday this year.

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pastor atteq March 8, 2013 at 11:12 am

this year is amazingly good for me so i am very thankful of our Lord God

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davidtridev bhagirath May 7, 2012 at 5:59 am

i am Kristien church in mauritius help me atact sorselry my business dawn no money for prier soon amen

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David Peach May 8, 2012 at 7:32 am

I have prayed for you and your business this morning. I trust that you honor God in your life and work and that He will guide you in the things you should do.

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Natasha Yaqoob May 11, 2012 at 4:19 am

prayer for me just only my exam.

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patrick January 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm

pastor am very grateful and i will you to send me more of GOD and am ready to learn more about GOD hoping to hear from u soon take care stay bless ,,,

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fernalyn June 28, 2012 at 4:28 am

hi brother david peach,
just help me to pray to get my permanent job because untill now still i’m contract. thanks and GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS..

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David Peach June 28, 2012 at 10:43 am

I thank God that He answers prayers. It may not always be in the way we want, but we can trust Him for His decisions. He has a purpose for our lives.

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jerushah August 1, 2012 at 5:37 am

that is true God’s servant just leave his will to be done in our lives

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Magnus July 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Thank you for many inspiring meal prayers. I am looking for a good meal prayer to my wedding. We will eat meat and some are vegetarians so I look for a prayer where we really thank God for crops that we reap, trees that give fruits and animals that gives us meat. But i havent found any good ones yet. Looks like I have to compose one myself… If I dont find any.

Be blessed!

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David Peach July 15, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I hope some of these prayers can be an inspiration to you as you prepare for your special day.

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Ayanthie Dissanayake July 14, 2012 at 5:00 am

This site encouraged me to have a good touch with our lord jesus christ

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David Peach July 15, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Praise the Lord! I am glad this site has been a help.

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Awesome August 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Hi!

Thanks for helping me in my Assiment :P

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Damalie September 24, 2012 at 4:41 am

When i think about the goodness of the lord, i run short of words. He is owesome. He is been so gooood to me. I exhault his mighty NAME.

Damalie Ssebaggala- Uganda

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Mary Myburgh October 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Hi David
In am in need of prayer for financial assistance to complete home. I trust and have faith in the Lord that he will hear your and my prayers.

Thank You

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clara October 17, 2012 at 2:35 am

I have been Blessed.’Mwari Kudzwai’-Praise be to God

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Oluchi Esther October 24, 2012 at 6:22 am

God is good. Dear David God will continue building U so dat U will build people like me. Am happy to meet this site

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Hosiah November 11, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Thanks LORD for the gift of life and bless the one who showed me this site.

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Ekeanor Peterson November 21, 2012 at 9:18 am

looking for a prayer about the world so sweet, the food we eat, the sky so blue the birds that sing and thanks for every thing.

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James November 24, 2012 at 12:35 am

Heavenly father i thank you for the gift of life , for taking care of our needs. To u be all the glory.

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Genevieve Longdon December 31, 2012 at 3:56 am

Dear Lord, i thank you for your abundant grace upon my family throughout the year. To God be the glory,great and mighty things he has done.

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Franklin C. Carpentero January 21, 2013 at 6:12 pm

“I thank God that He answers prayers. It may not always be in the way we want, but we can trust Him for His decisions. He has a purpose for our lives.” Thank you Brother David for such a wonderful inspirational message which I quoted. It gives full of joy in my heart when I read it. I pray that God’s love through your ministry will continue until He come again.

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Tawose mathew February 26, 2013 at 5:19 am

I want you to help me pray for financial breakthrough, am mary with a kid but no job.

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pastor atteq March 8, 2013 at 11:17 am

pray for me and my family and my daughter Jannel and for church planting because i am plant two church and church building by grace of God

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a odusina March 11, 2013 at 7:30 am

This one or Nigeria language Yoruba
Modupe lowo Olorun nitoriti anure duro lailai Oba lana Oba loni Oba lojojumo Kabio oseo, ese ti asun loayo ti aji layo ese fun ara lela ese ti anu yin duro lailai ese fun bgobgo unka. eje ki adura yi ge itewobga ni oruko Baba ati ti Omo ati nitiOloun emi mimo. Ami, Ami, Ami loruko Jesu.

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backlinks April 9, 2013 at 1:56 am

Just how did you find a way to create this type of fantastic masses regarding commenters to your web page?

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Noel June 14, 2013 at 4:11 am

Please tell me how to pray for dinner at someone’s residence

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Karen Cabesas June 30, 2013 at 9:02 am

Oh please help me to be brave, I’ve been always scared of future. I’m scared that maybe my friends think I am not a real friend, well I have friends I’m just scared that they’ll leave me.
But I believe god is the one guides us, so please help me to be brave…

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Hanalaish July 3, 2013 at 1:31 am

My Dear God,

I Thank you for always being at my side and taking care of me, for answereing my prayers and blessing me with somany gifts.

Love you my God
Hanal

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Juliette July 12, 2013 at 10:45 am

Please pray for me , Iam faced with financial hardship- I am a single parent with two girls. I am working but my Job does not pay well.

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Juliette July 12, 2013 at 10:47 am

Please for my Dad, mr Howard Mwandila who cant walk because of back problem and athritis

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Bright August 12, 2013 at 3:58 am

Please i need you to pray for the life of my family and sweet Brother who facing problem right now that God should give him to see the reason why he should always praise him,also I want you to help me pray for financial breakthrough,

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Bette November 25, 2013 at 11:56 am

This prayer I’m teaching to my granddaughter.

Thank you for the world so sweet,
Thank you for the food we eat,
Thank you for the birds that sing,
Thank you, God, for everything.
Amen

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D November 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Happy Thanksgiving Lord.
Almighty God, Creator and Sustainer of all life, how amazing that you long for us to call you Father.

Jesus, Light of the World, Word of God, our Prince of Peace, how incredible that you came to live among us showing us God’s nature personally, and paying the terrible price of mankind’s sin with your own blood.

Holy Spirit, Wonderful Counselor, Spirit of Truth, how amazing that you personally invite us to accept God’s gift of salvation. That you intercede with the Father for us who have become His children, and speak His word of truth into our hearts.

How astonishing God, that you gave us free will knowing that we would make bad choices before learning to make good ones. And yet you never stop loving us.

We see the brokenness of the world, and know that we have each contributed to it. Forgive us Lord, and lead us in the way, the truth and the life.

You know our every thought — our joys, our sorrows, our worries. You invite us to bring it all to you and give everything into your keeping. You are love. And we are yours!

Your beauty, love and goodness surround us in all that you have made in this world for us to enjoy. You have blessed us with everything we have needed to live, and so much much more. Countless blessings, expressions of your profound love and caring. Thank you for your life-giving grace and mercy.

Thank you Lord, for all that you are. And thank you especially for loving us so. May your loving will be fulfilled in each of our lives. Happy Thanksgiving God. Amen..

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malou May 6, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Heavenly father i thank you for the gift of Employment for my Brother, Rowel.
I thank you for taking care of our needs.
For all your knowledge God the father we need a job till this point of lives. We have kids to raise up, we have parents to support. God my brother has a family.
I have Debts back home. As well as we have our Debts here in Dubai that we need to gave back to the person who were ready to lend us a helped in times we are in trouble.
May these people so kind to lends us helped will be showered as well with your glory of love and miracle for they have a heart and ear to listened.
God the Father to you be all the glory. I prayed in Jesus name of our savior. Jesus Christ. Amen.

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