Thursday Prayer Focus

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“Give thanks!”

Calls for thankfulness permeate Scripture. A posture of gratitude is an essential element of our lives as believers. How about pausing your day in order to spend extra time thanking God for some of the ways he has showered you with his good gifts?

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. (Psalm 100:4)

God, we come before you with gratitude and praise for who you are: creator, provider, healer, Lord, sustainer of the universe….

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven; his love endures forever. (Psalm 106:1, 107:1; 118:1, 29; Psalm 136:26)

God, we thank you for your goodness and for each way that you express it. We thank you for your faithful, unending love, which you freely lavish on us, undeserved and unearned.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

God, at a time when we are surrounded by circumstances that can breed anxiety, we give thanks to you for who you are, for your peace — your shalom. From this posture of gratitude we lift up our requests to you.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)

God, you desire that everything we say and do will be consistent with the name — the character — of Jesus. We give thanks for this opportunity to represent Jesus to others. We thank you for the gift of Scripture in our own language — for revealing yourself through your Word and lighting our path. We ask you to continually empower us to walk in your ways in a spirit of gratitude and grace so others will be drawn to you.

Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen! (Revelation 7:12)

All Scripture verses are from the New International Version. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission of Zondervan.

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