"I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High." Psalm 7:17 (ESV)
Our Father, as we gather with our families and friends on this day set aside in our nation for giving thanks, we acknowledge that You are our gracious provider. All that we have comes from your hands and comes out of a love that we know exists but cannot understand.
We praise you for seeing us through a difficult year and allowing us see another day. The pandemic and pandemonium are of the like that most of us have never before witnessed, but you, O Lord, in your great wisdom, already knew what was coming and drew near to us in our confusion and anxiety. When we did not know what to expect, you were there to reassure us that you are still in control.
Lord, we are grateful to know that you have a plan for this nation and each inhabitant. No matter who sits in the temporary seats of human government, you remain on your eternal throne. There is no power greater than that of the One True God. Nothing happens on this earth that you are unaware of. We ask that you guide those in leadership positions. If they do not know you personally, please surround them with godly men and women that will bear witness of the Gospel. We ask the your will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven.
In our personal lives, we confess that we often get so caught up in worldly happenings that we fail to spend time studying your Word and seeking your face. Please create in each of us a hunger for more of your holy presence and a desire to share Jesus with those around us. How will they hear unless they are told?
As our tables are prepared, please remind us of those who came before us. Although they have passed on, they remain in our hearts and minds and their influence is still felt. Thank you for the families we each are a part of and remind us that we need to set an example for those who will follow in our steps.
We thank you for each person you have graced our lives with and we ask you to direct our paths in ways that will bring glory to your name. Life is about so much more than daily tasks. Each moment is an opportunity to worship you and that is what you deserve.
One final request, dear Father. May we ask you to forgive us when we forget to be thankful for what we have? Please remind us that you have promised to provide for our needs and that all good things come from your hands. Please bless us as you see fit. In the name of your precious Son, Jesus, Amen.