Did you know we are the only country in the world that celebrates Thanksgiving? Though celebrated since the pilgrims, Thanksgiving wasn’t made an official holiday until 1863, when Abraham Lincoln instituted it as a way to heal the wounds of the nation after the Civil War. Many believed these wounds could never be healed, but Lincoln believed in a God beyond human comprehension.
We believe in that God still today. So, for all the division and strife we see in our country, let us remember Thanksgiving as it was intended, to spread peace in our divided land — to give thanks to our Lord, not only for what He has done but also for what He is yet to do.
In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, take time to set your heart and mind on God each day and thank Him for the abundant promises in His Word. We wanted to provide you with seven prayers of thanksgiving – one prayer per day through Thanksgiving.
Day 1: Give Thanks for God’s Precious Gift of Salvation Through His Son, Jesus Christ.
“The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation.” Psalm 18:46
Pray: Thank God for the gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, who willingly came to earth to die to pay the price for each person’s sins, including yours. Thank God for redeeming your life from death and hell. Think on this: You cannot do anything to earn your salvation; it’s a free gift.
Day 2: Give Thanks During Seasons of Waiting (Restful Anticipation)
“Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” Ecclesiastes 7:8
Pray: Thank our Heavenly Father for His presence and that He has a plan in your delay and in your season of waiting. Thank Him that He is always with you every step of the way and that you can take comfort in His nearness. Ask Him to help you experience the fullness of joy that comes in His presence and the peace that surpasses understanding. Think on this: God is working while you are waiting.
Click here to download the seven days of Thanksgiving prayers.
We thank God for you and ask His richest blessings on you and your family during this season of thanks.