Some Simple “Thank You” Prayers to Keep You Focused

MTL-CindiMcMenamin-610x305With the holidays coming, it’s easy to get stressed, so all the more reason to be a person of gratitude rather than bad attitude.

I’ve found in my own life, that when I’m praising God in the pain — or just thanking Him during the mundane — it helps me become a person of gratitude in any circumstance. And that keeps me healthier and happier, over all.

Here are some simple prayers you can begin saying now to practice gratitude when the bad attitude starts seeping in to steal your joy, harm your relationships, and attack your health: (You might also want to read a few of these around your Thanksgiving dinner table this year.)

Thank you, God, for unanswered prayer. It reminds me that You know what’s best for me, even  when my opinion differs from Yours.

Thank You, Lord, for the things you have withheld from me. You have protected me from what I may never realize.

Thank You, God, for the doors You have closed. They have prevented me from going where You would rather not have me go.

Thank you, Lord, for the physical pain You’ve allowed in my life. It has helped me more closely relate to Your sufferings on my behalf.

Thank you, Lord, for the alone times in my life. Those times have forced me to lean in closer to You.

Thank you, God, for the uncertainties I’ve experienced. They have deepened my trust in You.

Thank You, Lord, for the times You came through for me when I didn’t even know I needed a rescue.

Thank You, Lord, for the losses I have experienced. They have been a reminder that You are  my greatest gain.

Thank You, God, for the tears I have shed. They have kept my heart soft and moldable.

Thank You, God, for the times I haven’t been able to control my circumstances. They have reminded me that You are sovereign and on the throne.

Thank You, God, for those people in my life whom You have called home to be with You. Their absence from this earth keeps my eyes fixed on heaven.

Thank You, God, that I have an inheritance in the heavenly places…something that this world can never steal from me and I could never selfishly squander.

Thank You, God, for the greatest gift You could ever give me: forgiveness through Your perfect Son’s death on the cross on my behalf.

Thank you, God, for the righteousness You credited toward me, through the death and  resurrection of Jesus. It’s a righteousness I could never earn or attain on my own.

Thank You, Father, that You know me, You hear me, and You see my tears. Remind me through  difficult times that You are God, You are on the throne, and You are eternally good.

And thank You, Lord, not only for my eternal salvation, but for the salvation You afford every day of my life as You save me from myself, my foolishness, my own limited insights, and my  frailties in light of Your power and strength  (Psalm 71:15).

Can you begin saying “Thank You” a few more times throughout your day? You may find it  lightens your load and the gratitude gives you a whole new attitude.

About me

Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning author and national speaker who helps women find strength for the soul. She has nearly 30 years experience ministering to women and inspiring them to let God meet their emotional needs, grow stronger through their alone times, and pursue their dreams with boldness.


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Reply December 26, 2014

What a GREAT post Cindi! What you say is so true. I try to do this when I'm angry especially. It doesn't take long before I have an attitude change. This is a good one to take into the New Year:-)

    Reply December 26, 2014

    Thank you, Chery. Good to hear from you. Happy New Year to you and your family. :)

      Reply December 26, 2014

      Thank you! And Happy New Year to you and yours as well:-)

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