A Thanksgiving Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven
Lord thank you for being our Father and making us your children through faith in Jesus. Thank you for your invitation to call on you with our prayers, our worries, and our thanksgiving. Thank you for your ear that listens and hears us every time we pray to you.
Hallowed be your name.
Lord, thank you for the power and glory of your name. As you revealed yourself to me through your Spirit, you have led me to call on you as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for your Word which proclaims your name and the opportunity to live my life to glorify your name. Thank you for your truth which exposes all lies and preserves your holy name among us.
Your kingdom come.
Lord, thank you for the power of your Spirit to work the Gospel message in my heart and make me part of your eternal kingdom of grace. Thank you for your grace which covers all my sin and empowers me to reflect you in my words, actions, and thoughts. Thank you for using me to expand your kingdom as I share you with my friends, neighbors and coworkers.
Your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Lord, thank you for a heart that desires my salvation and that of all people. Thank you for breaking and hindering every evil plan of the devil, the world, and my sinful nature and in the end allowing the power of your Gospel to prevail. Thank you, as I interact with evil, for the strength and promises of your word to be faithful to you each and every day.
Give us today our daily bread.
Lord, thank you for everything that you give to me that supports the need of my body and life: food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, land, animals, money, goods, a devout husband or wife, devout children, devout workers, devout and faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, self-control, good reputation, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lord, perhaps this is the biggest thank you we can offer: Thank you for forgiving all my sins and covering me with your love and grace. The gratitude is deep because we know we are not worthy of all the blessings you give, nor have we deserved them. Yet in your mercy you choose to give them to us…even forgiveness. Help us, in gratitude for the forgiveness you have freely given, empower us to forgive and gladly do good to those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
Lord, the devil the world and our sinful nature work very hard to deceive us or lead us into false belief, despair and great sin. Thank you for your Spirit to guard and keep us from temptation and empowering us to say “No” to Satan and “Yes” to you. Thank you for the assurance that in Christ we will ultimately have the victory!
But deliver us from evil
Lord, we have no idea how much evil you protect us from each and every day. We thank you for your angels you command to watch over us and the behind the scenes work you do to push evil aside and allow harm to miss us. Thank you for your promise that even if evil should come to us, you will give us a “evil-free” eternity in heaven with you!
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever, AMEN!
Lord, thank you for being our God. Thank you for connecting us to you so that we know that all your power is at work in and for us, all your glory is draped over us and reflected by us, and all your ruling power is at work to orchestrate all for our blessing. Lord thank you for ruling over all, in all and through all for our temporal and eternal good.
Thank you that we can finish this prayer of thanks with certainty that you will hear and answer all our prayers for the sake of Jesus’ name and our eternal good. Amen!