We have reason to thank God every moment of every day of every month. Really, every day should be “Thanksgiving.” But sometimes we simply forget. Or get too busy. Or we allow all our “asking” to push out gratitude.
Yet, giving thanks to God is both a command and a privilege. He commands us to praise Him. And thanksgiving ushers us into His presence.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4
Will you join me in purposefully thanking God during the days leading up to Thanksgiving? I have put together a 23-day guide to help prompt our daily thanksgiving from November 1st through Thanksgiving Day.
Use this guide to prompt specific reasons to thank God for what He provides and how He works in your life and the world. The day’s Scripture passage can be read before you pray or as part of your prayer. Pray quietly by yourself, with your family, or both!
The days, prayer prompts, and Scripture are listed below. But for portability, here’s an printable PDF version!
I know there are many, many more things we can thank God for. Please feel free to add to this list by leaving it in the comments!
THANK GOD FOR…
SCRIPTURE TO PRAY
|Nov 1||Physical life – your body, mind, and ability to relate to your creator. You were made in God’s image!||Psalm 139:13-16|
|Nov 2||Salvation – Christ’s death & resurrection, God’s mercy, forgiveness, and grace||Ephesians 2:1-10|
|Nov 3||Your spiritual gifts, skills, & life experiences||1 Corinthians 12:1-11|
|Nov 4||That God chooses to use you for His purposes||Ephesians 2:8-10|
|Nov 5||God’s physical provision – home, food, clothing, job||Matthew 6:25-34|
|Nov 6||Your intellect & creativity – the ability to think, respond, build, and plan||Exodus 35:30-35; 36:1|
|Nov 7||Family – thank Him for specific people and the part they play in your life and in God’s purposes for you||Genesis 2:21-24;
Psalm 68:6, 127:3-5
|Nov 8||Friends – thank Him for specific people and the unique ways God uses them in your life||Proverbs 17:17; 27:6,9|
|Nov 9||Laughter – Life is full of God’s good gifts to us. This is one!||Proverbs 17:22|
|Nov 10||Spiritual protection – The Spirit within you is far greater than the enemy||1 John 4:2-4|
|Nov 11||God’s constant presence with you and the comfort, guidance, strength, and power His presence gives||John 14:15-21|
|Nov 12||God’s creation with all its beauty and wonder||Psalm 19:1-4|
|Nov 13||Provision from God’s earth – water, oxygen, light, energy, food||Psalm 147:7-9|
|Nov 14||Your senses – the ability to hear, smell, see, and touch||Proverbs 20:12|
|Nov 15||The Bible – God’s revelation of Himself to us!||2 Timothy 3:16-17|
|Nov 16||Prayer – the privilege of communicating with God||Matthew 6:6-15|
|Nov 17||The church – you are a part of God’s family||Romans 12:4-8|
|Nov 18||Christian pastors, teachers, and ministers – be specific||Ephesians 4:11-13|
|Nov 19||Your country – one way God chooses to protect His people||Romans 13:1-7|
|Nov 20||Your trials & struggles – God uses them to shape you into the image of Jesus||1 Peter 1:6-7|
|Nov 21||Music, your voice, and the ability to praise God||Psalm 149:1-5|
|Nov 22||The boundaries God established for us protecting us from the consequences of wandering away from His good will||Deuteronomy 4:39-40|
|Nov 23||God’s unfailing love – even when we are not aware of it, God faithfully loves us and acts in love towards us||Rom 5:6-8; Ps 63:4|
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Kathy, I’d like to add: Christian Foster Parents who selflessly care for and love children in delicate situations……..Soldiers who protect our country, knowing the unforeseen that lies ahead……..Missionaries who leave behind families to be used by God to serve others.
Those are all good ones to add! Those three would take us through November 26th!