Thanksgiving Prayer: Is there an official Thanksgiving Prayer?

Real Estate Agent with Citizens Premier Real Estate

I sincerely, hope that the one LEAGCY, that I leave, is that I love the lord. And tried to lead people to CHRIST. And I hope that one day we can be in Heaven together with JESUS. And you will be able to say that because of what I did or said, you gave your heart to JESUS CHRIST.  (Eric A. Lee)

Philippians 4:13 (New International Version) 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Thanksgiving Prayer: Is there an official Thanksgiving Prayer?
A Thanksgiving prayer brings to mind a festive table filled with turkey, cranberries, and other traditional dishes. Families surround the table with mouths watering as young cousins eyeball pumpkin pies with whipped cream. Before the turkey is carved, the family joins hands with heads bowed and offers words of thanks for the meal spread before them.

There is no official ‘Thanks to God' but prayers of gratitude have been offered since long before the 1620 American tradition began. It is the source by which the Pilgrims decided to begin with a prayer of thanks at this historic feast shared with the Wampanoag Indians. Years later, both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving history with their Thanksgiving proclamations.

Thanksgiving Prayer: Where did the idea come from?
For a way to express their thankfulness for survival and the first harvest, the deeply religious Pilgrims looked to the Bible. They found the celebrated Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), or Feast of Ingathering. The ingathering of Israelites (delivered from the desert of Sinai) and their harvest were celebrated in this feast and is the most joyous of all feasts still today (Leviticus 23).

Another reference to giving thanks is found in the account of ‘setting' what Samuel called the Ebenezer Stone. This was a memorial to remind them to be grateful for God's help during an attack from the Philistines (1 Samuel 7:10-12). Actually, the Bible speaks of giving thanks nearly from cover to cover. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says "No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."

All early celebrations had one common theme -- God. Thanksgiving was directed toward God, their Creator, Protector, and Provider. They believed that all good things ultimately came from Him as they do today. Other verses that include thanks can be read in Psalm 100:4, Psalm 105:1 and 1 Corinthians 15:57.

Thanksgiving Prayer: How to offer prayers of giving Thanks
Prayers are simply communication to God. They may be a memorized or formal prayer, or they may be words spoken simply but sincerely from the heart. God hears and honors them all (see 1 John 5:14).

A simple children's prayer goes like this:
Thank you God for all that grows,
Thank you for the sky's rainbows,
Thank you for the stars that shine,
Thank you for these friends of mine,
Thank you for the moon and sun,
Thank you God for all you've done!

A Thanksgiving Day prayer, by Brian F. King, says:
O Lord, with humble hearts we pray
Thy blessing this Thanksgiving Day
And ask that at table place,
Where grateful folk say words of grace,
That Thou will come to share the yield
Thy bounty gave to farm and field.
We pray thy love will bless, O Lord,
Each hearth, each home, each festive board;
And that Thy peace will come to stay
Where candles glow, Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving Prayer: Writing your own Thanksgiving prayer
Do you desire to lead your family in a Thanksgiving prayer? Consider these questions as a way of preparing for your prayer:

What were the major events that took place in your family this year?

Did your family grow in number, through weddings or births?

Did your family experience hard times? If so, consider what you learned from each situation.

Who are the members of your family? Name one quality that you're thankful for in each person.

Learn More About Praising God.

 Psalm 116

I love the Lord, because he has heard
   my voice and my supplications.
2Because he inclined his ear to me,
   therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
3The snares of death encompassed me;
   the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
   I suffered distress and anguish.
4Then I called on the name of the Lord:
   ‘O Lord, I pray, save my life!'

5Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
   our God is merciful.
6The Lord protects the simple;
   when I was brought low, he saved me.
7Return, O my soul, to your rest,
   for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

8For you have delivered my soul from death,
   my eyes from tears,
   my feet from stumbling.
9I walk before the Lord
   in the land of the living.
10I kept my faith, even when I said,
   ‘I am greatly afflicted';
11I said in my consternation,
   ‘Everyone is a liar.'

12What shall I return to the Lord
   for all his bounty to me?
13I will lift up the cup of salvation
   and call on the name of the Lord,
14I will pay my vows to the Lord
   in the presence of all his people.
15Precious in the sight of the Lord
   is the death of his faithful ones.
16O Lord, I am your servant;
   I am your servant, the child of your serving-maid.
   You have loosed my bonds.
17I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice
   and call on the name of the Lord.
18I will pay my vows to the Lord
   in the presence of all his people,
19in the courts of the house of the Lord,
   in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

Comments (8)

Bernie Phalen
Realty World Select - Ladysmith, VA

What, therefore, shall we render to the Lord for all the blessings he has bestowed upon us?  He is so good, indeed, that he does not exact a recompense, but is content merely to be loved in return for his gifts.

(hymn of praise)

Saint Basil: The Long Rules  c.330-379, bishop of Caesarea, Doctor of the Church

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 15, 2007 12:23 PM
Portland Oregon Real Estate | Alecia Barnes - Broker
Portland, OR
You should check out the group - Christianity and Real Estate and Spiritual Rain. These groups would love to hear your input, and your awesome prayer!  God Bless You!
Nov 15, 2007 12:32 PM
Eric Lee
Citizens Premier Real Estate - Southampton, PA

That is a very true statement. We are truly BLESSED. Just look around you everyday and see how blessed you are compared to other countries and cities. Most agent live at a standard that some people would consider us kings and Queens in some places. And for that we must be truly "THANKFULL"

Happy Thanksgiving! To you also

Happy Thanksgiving! TO ALL

Nov 15, 2007 12:34 PM
Eric Lee
Citizens Premier Real Estate - Southampton, PA

Hello Alecia Barnes,

Thank you for the tip. :)

I'm new on the site. Just started today. WOW, there are alot of friendly people here. I feel right at home.


Thank You,


Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 15, 2007 12:40 PM
Michelle Way
AVALAR Pro Realty - Jackson, MS
Thanks for the prayer we all need this daily in our business.
Nov 15, 2007 12:46 PM
Eric Lee
Citizens Premier Real Estate - Southampton, PA

Your very welcome Michelle,

Please keep me and my family in your prayer also.

 GOD Bless You,


Nov 15, 2007 12:48 PM
Leo Namiot - SimplerHomeLoan
Canopy Mortgage - Leo Namiot - Saint Augustine, FL
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Hello Eric,

   Welcome to active rain, it's a great online community, Enjoy!

 Leo Namiot

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Connecticut & Florida Mortgage Specialist

Nov 15, 2007 02:14 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

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