Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends and reflect on the blessings of the last year. Many of us experience renewed hope and faith during the Thanksgiving holiday because we turn our eyes onto what is most important. What if we spent time each day in giving thanks and prayer? How could God grow out faith and trust if we lived a life of thanks through all seasons and not just Thanksgiving time? When your heart is filled with gratitude, there is little room to worry or complain.
We would love to encourage and help you along the way toward greater hope and joy! Below are 20 thanksgiving prayers you can use not only for Thanksgiving day but throughout the year. Start living out the promises of God that Jesus came “that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10.
- A Thanksgiving Day Prayer
- Daily Thanksgiving Prayer
- Father, We Thank Thee
- Short Thanksgiving Prayer Before the Meal
- In Gratitude
- A Prayer of Thanks for Food and Family Before the Meal
- Giving Thanks
- Child’s Prayer of Thanks
- Prayer at Harvest and Thanksgiving
- Thanksgiving Prayer
- A Prayer of Gratitude
- To Teach Kids Thankfulness
- Prayer of Thanksgiving for all God’s Mercies
- Thank You in All Things
- Thank You for Another Good Year
- He is Good
- We Give Thanks
- A Thanksgiving Day Prayer
- Thanks for Blessings Past and Present
- Thanksgiving Table Prayer
A Thanksgiving Day Prayer
O Lord, with meek hearts we pray for thy blessing this Thanksgiving Day and ask that at the 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 shine Thanksgiving Day.
Daily Thanksgiving Prayer
Dear God, Thank you for your wonderful power and work in our lives, thank you for your mercy and for your graces over us. Thank you for your immense love and care. Thank you for your sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life. Forgive us for when we don’t thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you’ve given. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you anew. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. We love you and we need you, this day and every day. We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Father, We Thank Thee
For flowers that bloom about our feet, Father, we thank Thee. For tender grass so fresh, so sweet, Father, we thank Thee. For the song of bird and hum of bee, for all things fair we hear or see, Father in heaven, we thank Thee. For blue of stream and blue of sky, Father, we thank Thee. For pleasant shade of branches high, Father, we thank Thee. For fragrant air and cooling breeze, for beauty of the blooming trees, Father in heaven, we thank Thee. For this new morning with its light, Father, we thank Thee. For rest and shelter of the night, Father, we thank Thee. For health and food, for love and friends, for everything Thy goodness sends, Father in heaven, we thank Thee.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Short Thanksgiving Prayer Before the Meal
God, we thank you for the graces and joy of family. Thank you for those who are gathered with us today and those who are far away. May we all see the many ways you give for us, comfort us, and protect us. Bless this food to make us healthy and strong. Amen.
Thank you, Father, for having created us and given us to each other in the human family. Thank you for being with us in all our joys and sorrows, for your comfort in our sadness, your companionship in our loneliness. Thank you for yesterday, today, tomorrow, and for the whole of our lives. Thank you for friends, for health, and for grace. May we live this and every day conscious of all that has been given to us.
— From The Catholic Prayer Book, compiled by Msgr. Michael Buckley
A Prayer of Thanks for Food and Family Before the Meal
Thank You, Lord God, for this food we are about to partake. Thank You for the hands that have prepared it, for those sitting around the table who are here to share it, and for the ability to be here together under one roof, and enjoy these blessings at Your hand. We appreciate that everything we have comes from You and for that, we are forever thankful. We also thank You for what we don’t have this year, for we trust that You have withheld in Your goodness and out of Your protection for us. Thank You that Scripture says You are a Good Father who loves to give gifts to Your children. We sit here as confirmation of Your goodness. Thank You for the gift of today and all who are here to share it with us. In the name of Your Son, Jesus, we pray. Amen.
God, sometimes life gets me down and I find it tough to see things to be thankful for. Open my eyes to see the blessings you have given me in my life. I’m going to start by thanking you for loving me enough to come to earth and die, so we can live together forever. Amen.
Child’s Prayer of Thanks
God, I thank you for the family and friends you surround me with. Thank you for another day to wake up and celebrate life. Thank you for strength to play and food to nourish. Most importantly, thank you for your love for me. Amen.
Prayer at Harvest and Thanksgiving
O God, source and giver of all things, you manifest your infinite majesty, power and goodness in the earth about us: We give you honor and glory. For the sun and the rain, for the manifold fruits of our fields: for the increase of our herds and flocks, we thank you. For the enrichment of our souls with divine grace, we are grateful. Supreme Lord of the harvest, graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil, in union with Jesus, your Son, as atonement for our sins, for the growth of your Church, for peace and love in our homes, and for salvation for all. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
— From Living God’s Justice: Reflections and Prayers, compiled by The Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action
This Thanksgiving, let those of us who have much and those who have little gather at the welcoming table of the Lord. At this blessed feast, may rich and poor alike remember that we are called to serve on another and to walk together in God’s gracious world. With thankful hearts, we praise our God who like a loving parent denies us no good thing.
— From Songs of Our Hearts, Meditations of Our Souls: Prayers for Black Catholics, edited by Cecilia A. Moore, C. Vanessa White, and Paul M. Marshall
A Prayer of Gratitude
Let us therefore proclaim our gratitude to Providence for manifold blessings — let us be humbly thankful for inherited ideals — and let us resolve to share those blessings and those ideals with our fellow human beings throughout the world. On that (this) day let us gather in sanctuaries dedicated to worship and in homes blessed by family affection to express our gratitude for the glorious gifts of God; and let us earnestly and humbly pray that He will continue to guide and sustain us in the great unfinished tasks of achieving peace, justice, and understanding among all men and nations and of ending misery and suffering wherever they exist.
— President John F. Kennedy
To Teach Kids Thankfulness
Lord, our God, I pray that the message of Christ and his sacrifice is the root of gratitude in my heart. His compassionate gift leads me to grateful living, setting an example for my children. That they will have their own relationship with Jesus one day, and that You would grow gratitude in their hearts out of the accession of Jesus as their Savior. Lead us to do everything in the name of Jesus and give thanks to You through Him.
Prayer of Thanksgiving for all God’s Mercies
Loving Lord, I come to You with a grateful heart and just want to lift my hand to praise Your glorious name for all Your mercy and loving-kindness to me. Thank You for Jesus and my eternal salvation.
Thank You for my life and all the joys that You have given me, my friends and my family, my home, and my daily provision. How precious it is to know that Your mercies are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness, Father.
Thank You for the Bible and all the many precious words it contains and for the many promises that you fulfilled in my life day by day. Praise Your name, for no matter what comes my way, You have gone ahead to prepare the way. Accept my thanks and my love. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
Thank You in All Things
We give you thanks for all things, O Lord Almighty. Thank You for Your mercies and your compassion. Thank You that You are a God Who saves and delivers, assists and protects.
What life is sufficient, what length of ages will be long enough, for us to be thankful? To do it worthily it is impossible, but to do it according to our ability is just and right. Glory and worship be to you, through Jesus Christ, now and ever, and through all ages.
Thank You for Another Good Year
We thank you, Lord, for food and friends, and for all of the joy this holiday lends. It’s Thanksgiving Day and we can see the blessings you’ve provided our family. Thanks to you, Lord, for another good year; When you watch over us, there’s nothing to fear.
— Karl Fuchs
He is Good
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.
— Psalm 100
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
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 minutes 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
Thanks for Blessings Past and Present
Lord God, we gather around this table to humbly thank You for all that You have given us this past year – not just what is on this table, but who is sitting around this table. Thank you for life and laughter, for health and happiness, for relationships and memories. Thank you, too, for the lessons learned and the tears we have cried because of Your ability to grow us through them. Thank You for Your solace and Your presence, in light of good days and not so good days. Thank You for what we have now, for what we had yesterday, and for what You will continue to give tomorrow. Let us never take that for granted, but to always be grateful for every good and perfect gift that comes from You. May we have hearts full of thanksgiving not only today but every day of our lives. We pray for these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, Amen.
Thanksgiving Table Prayer
O Gracious God, we give you thanks for your overflowing generosity to us. Thank you for the blessings of the food we eat and especially for this feast today. Thank you for our home and family and friends, especially for the presence of those gathered here. Thank you for our health, our work, and our play. Please send help to those who are hungry, alone, sick and suffering war and violence. Open our hearts to your love. We ask your blessing through Christ your son. Amen.
— Mary Cronk Farrell, from Celebrating Faith: Year-Round Activities for Catholic Families