As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, giving thanks is at the center of our hearts and minds. Pausing to give thanks for our abundant blessings is not limited to Thanksgiving but should be practiced throughout the year. Giving thanks renews our minds, encourages our spirits and reminds us of God’s ultimate sovereignty.

Despite ongoing challenges that life will bring, there is always something or someone to give God thanks for. When our circumstances overwhelm us, giving thanks to God for continued life and health remind us that we still have a purpose and plan.  Here are five prayers of gratitude that we can pray to God all year long. 

1. Prayer of Gratitude for Protection

“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one” (2 Thess. 3:3).

Dear God,

Thank you for your continued protection as I travel each day to different destinations. Thank you for covering my family and I from dangers seen and unseen. As I sleep at night, thank you for protecting me and letting no weapon formed against me prosper. Thank you for protecting and guarding my mind from negative thoughts that don’t align with your word or will for my life. Thank you for protecting me from opportunities or relationships that are not designed to prosper me. Thank you for protecting me against the enemy’s tactics and renewing my mind with your word and encouragement. Thank you for your protection that strengthens, keeps, and guides me all year long.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

2. Prayer of Gratitude for Strength Each Day

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

Dear God,

Thank you for being the source of my strength each day when I am weak, tired, or overwhelmed. During trying or challenging seasons, thank you for uplifting my spirits, and reminding me that I can do all things through You. When I feel like giving up, thank you for encouraging me that I am never alone and to keep moving forward in faith. Your grace is sufficient in my weakness, and I thank you for never leaving or forsaking me. Thank you for your grace that covers, guides, and gives me the strength each new day. Whatever each new day or season brings, I can face it with confidence with you on my side. Thank you for your strength that sustains me. 

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

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3. Prayer of Gratitude for Provision

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Dear God, 

Thank you for continually providing for me all year long. Thank you for meeting my needs that are both big and small. At times when I wasn’t sure how things were going to work out, you made a way out of no way. You provided not only for my material needs, but my mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. When I was anxious, thank you for calming me. When I was afraid, thank you for being my peace. When I was sick, thank you for healing me. When I was weak, thank you for being the source of my strength. When I was discouraged, thank you for providing me with hope in your word. When I was lost, thank you for bringing me back to you. Your provision is consistent and given so freely, even when I don’t deserve it. Thank you for your provision and unconditional love that continues to cover me each day and throughout the year.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

4. Prayer of Gratitude for New Opportunities 

"Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans” (Proverbs 16:3).

Dear God,

Thank you for new opportunities and doors that you have opened throughout the year. Thank you for preparing and equipping me with the gifts, resources, and strength to pursue each new opportunity with courage and zeal. Thank you for continually revealing in me your purpose, plans, and will for my life. When I have lacked faith or had doubt in my abilities, thank you for reminding me through your word that I can do all things through Christ. At times when I have felt stagnant or stuck, renew in me a desire to depend on you more and not shrink back from where the Holy Spirit is guiding me. When I have believed the lies of the enemy, thank you for forgiving me and speaking to me with the truth of your word. With each new opportunity that you have provided, thank you for leading, guiding, and directing me each step of the way. 

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

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5. Prayer of Gratitude for God’s Word

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).

Dear God,

Thank you for your word that is available 365 days a year and encourages my soul. When I become distracted and lose focus on what matters most, thank you for your word that calms and redirects me back to You. Your word speaks not only to my circumstances, but reaffirms that my identity in you is loving, caring, and steadfast. It is my identity in You that will last. Thank you that your word is a weapon against the enemy’s tactics and encourages, uplifts, and strengthens my spirit. When I seek wisdom and direction, thank you that your Word provides me with all that I need. Create in me a desire to seek your Word more and cultivate a closer relationship with You. No matter what season of life I am in, thank you for your Word that is always available to me as a source of hope, strength, and renewal. 

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

As the year is winding down, I invite you to continue to give thanks to God for how He has kept, strengthened and provided for you all year long. During challenging seasons, keep a grateful heart as reassurance and a reminder of God’s faithfulness, unconditional love, and consistency in your life. Continue to pray to God and give thanks for His protection, strength, provision, new opportunities and God’s Word.

Cultivating an ongoing heart of praise and thanksgiving to God throughout the year is an act of worship and encourages our spirits when life gets tough. Giving thanks is the catalyst that keeps us moving forward in faith and reminding us that we are not alone. Give thanks today and every day.

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Kirstyn Mayden is a Christian blogger who writes devotionals that empower and equip believers in their everyday lives. She is a wife, mom, and loves Jesus. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. For the last 20 years, Kirstyn has served in several ministry capacities. She has a passion to serve with women empowering them to grow and live out their God-given purpose. Currently, she serves alongside her husband in ministry at Mt. Zion UMC Church in Upperco, MD. In addition, she is the founder of Worthy Girls, Worthy Lives, an empowerment program for adolescent girls in Baltimore. Connect with Kirstyn’s blog here.