Saying a gratitude prayer is one of the most powerful methods to express gratitude in our lives. It’s a spiritual way to connect with the source of all being, God or the Divine, and to give thanks to that source for all the blessings that we have received in life – in short, what we have and who we are as human beings.
But this does not mean that gratitude prayers come easily to all of us all of the time. For instance, you might be thinking: “I know that gratitude prayers are important. I just never know what to say when I pray!” If that’s the case, please don’t worry! There are many ways to create your own prayer of gratitude and to make praying in thankfulness a part of your self-care routine.
So, keep reading if you would like to learn more about the power of gratitude and how you can integrate gratitude prayers into your own life.
The Power of Gratitude Prayers – Why Saying Thanks Is Important
There are a lot of benefits to saying a regular (e.g. daily) prayer of gratitude. It can help you to feel more positive, happy, and hopeful as you move through the day, and you may become more aware of the good things in your life, even when times are difficult and gratitude does not come naturally.
Here are some reasons why gratitude is important:
- Gratitude can foster optimism in you. By being grateful, you are more likely to have a positive outlook on life, which is a major contributor to happiness, personal fulfillment, and success.
- Having a gratitude practice can improve your relationships. Expressing gratitude increases your ability to relate to other people in positive ways – for example, by helping you to be more empathetic and compassionate towards them. 
- Gratitude can improve your self-esteem. When you are grateful for who you are, you’re more likely to be able to accept your own shortcomings and limitations and to forgive yourself for them.
- Cultivating gratitude even improves physical health. Gratitude is associated with lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and lower levels of blood pressure and heart rate. It can also help you to sleep better and feel more relaxed. 
If you’re a spiritual and/or religious person, saying a gratitude prayer can be the perfect way to start a gratitude practice that is not only effective but also deeply meaningful to you.
Interested? Here are some ideas for you to consider when thinking about how you might write and use a gratitude prayer.
How To Pray With Gratitude
You can pray with gratitude by talking to God, singing, or even doing nothing, and just connecting with the Holy Spirit. What matters is that the practice makes you feel close to God and activates feelings of gratefulness towards His Divine Grace within you.
Here are some suggestions for how to pray with gratitude:
- Singing. Sing your praises and thanksgiving out loud instead of just thinking about them. If possible, do so with other people and create a real choir atmosphere – perhaps at church!
- Writing. Compose a gratitudes list and recite it to yourself or others each day. You could also try sitting down regularly to write fully formed prayers of gratitude as explained in more detail below.
- Meditating. Breathing in the Holy Spirit while praying for all that you are grateful for can be a profound way to pray for all the good things in your life. You can meditate on your whole life and give thanks for everything that has brought you here or simply praise God for waking up and feeling good this morning – there’s always something to be grateful for.
- Talking. While you’re praying with gratitude, let go of thoughts that are not faith-based or faith-related (e.g. thoughts related to work) and talk to Jesus Christ instead of just thinking your thoughts. Select three things you are grateful for and speak them out loud in the presence of God.
Being grateful is all about noticing the good things at work in your life and/or changing your focus to notice them. So, take a walk and pray as you look around. If you see something pretty, pray to thank God for creating it. If something makes you laugh, pray with gratitude to thank God for bringing joy into your heart. Keep at it and soon enough, your perspective will start to shift and you will pray with a mindset of gratitude.
Writing Your Own Gratitude Prayer – Where To Begin?
Prayer is a deeply personal experience. No one should ever feel that they have to pray continually in a certain way, not even for the sake of gratitude. But what if you want to say a Thanksgiving prayer to sing praise to God, and you just don’t know where to begin? Or what if you want to write your own gratitude prayer to speak every day, and you’re simply not sure how to go about it?
If you are someone who is struggling with this, here are some tips to help you get started.
- Always remember to give thanks to God for the immediate blessings you are experiencing such as the people and things in your life – your family and friends, your partner, your children, your pets, your home, etc.
- Thank God for meeting your basic needs. Here you could focus on His continued provision of food, shelter, warmth, and clothing.
- Thank God for the physical, mental, and emotional health you currently enjoy or for the loving support and/or comfort God provides to you when you’re ill.
- Give thanks for the personal and professional opportunities you’ve had in your life. Thank God that you are free to follow your dreams and passions and that you have the resources to fulfill your calling.
- You can also give thanks for ongoing blessings such as God’s love and guidance in your life. For example, you could thank and praise God for the wisdom and protection you have received to lead a productive and meaningful life, and for the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
A gratitude prayer based on these principles could look like this when it’s finished:
A Simple Gratitude Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father, your steadfast love endures forever. Thank you for this day you have given me. Thank you for my family and friends and for the wonderful work you have done in my life.
Holy Spirit, I am deeply grateful for all your guidance in my life. Thank you for your divine care and protection, for provision for all of my needs, and for blessing me with the opportunity to follow my dreams.
Mighty God, please continue to watch over me in the weeks and months to come; bless me with good health and bring comfort and healing to those who are sick. In thankful acceptance, I pray. Amen
Other Examples of Gratitude Prayers
Are you looking for more examples to help you get started with creating your own gratitude prayers? Here are a few more prayers to pray in the morning or evening – and on special occasions – that might be useful to you.
#1 Morning Thanksgiving
Eternal God, we give you sincere thanks for the rest of the past night and for all the good gifts of a new day, with its opportunities to pleasing you. Grant that we may so pass its hours in the perfect freedom of your service, that at evening, we may again give you thanks; through Lord Jesus Christ. 
#2 Evening Gratitude Prayer
You bless us as we rest
Restore us as we sleep
You care for us as we drift off
And make our dreaming sweet.
You are the safest place
You are the God of Grace
Forgiven, loved and held by you
Is each small seed of faith.
You know our thoughts and feelings
You see our deep desires
You understand our weariness
And catch each tear we cry.
You walk beside us every day
You are a constant friend
You stay with us all through the night
On you we can depend
In gratitude, dear God. 
#3 Gratitude Prayer For God’s Mercy
Blessed are you, Lord God:
Blessed are you for ever.
Truth dwells in you.
Holy is your name:
Blessed are you for ever.
Great is your mercy for your people:
Blessed are you for ever. 
#4 Gratitude Prayer For Joy In God’s Creation
O heavenly Father, who hast filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works; that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, we may learn to serve thee with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 
#5 Gratitude Prayer For Ongoing Protection
Christ Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me.
Bless this little lamb tonight.
Through the darkness be down near me,
Keep me safe till morning light. 
Using A Gratitude Journal With Prayer Section
Another great way to start a gratitude practice, rooted in devotion and prayer, is to use a gratitude journal with dedicated space for your gratitude prayers. This can be done with a digital journal template where you can add your own space for prayers, or you could use a gratitude journal that already includes a dedicated section for your prayers of gratitude.
The benefit of keeping such a journal is that you can use it to track what you’re grateful for and also record your prayers, all in one place. And there are even digital versions out there that allow you to keep your gratitude journal anywhere, even on your phone or tablet, so you can easily jot down a prayer, wherever you are, and get back to it at a later time.
If this sounds helpful to you, you might be interested to check out our GRATITUDE JOURNAL WITH PRAYER SECTIONS which we’ve created to help you establish a faith-based gratitude routine.
This digital gratitude journal includes weekly prompts each focusing on a different aspect of gratitude, dedicated space for daily reflection, a Bible quote, and space for weekly gratitude prayers. It can be used as an interactive e-book with editable text fields to type into or as a document to print out at home and fill in by hand.
With this gratitude journal, you may pursue a journey of self-discovery as you connect with God and your divine self on a weekly or daily basis throughout the year, reflecting on the blessings and wonders of your everyday life from a Christian viewpoint. It’s a fantastic digital tool that allows you to quickly go on a journey of self-discovery, genuine joy, and abundance by combining your spiritual practices of self-care, devotion, and gratitude.
Interested? Download your GRATITUDE JOURNAL WITH PRAYER SECTIONS today!
The Bottom Line
Gratitude prayers are a powerful way to cultivate a faith-based gratitude routine. They are a simple and meaningful way to begin the process of connecting with God and your divine self on a regular basis, to turn your heart toward gratitude, and to (re-)discover the beauty in every day. There are many ways to create your own gratitude prayers. You might begin by focusing on your immediate blessings, God’s continued provision, protection, and guidance in your life, or on your personal and professional opportunities. A great resource to help you give thanks to God on a daily or weekly basis is a gratitude journal with related Bible quotes and prayer sections.
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