Thanksgiving Prayers

Kristen Deede Johnson

READ : 1 Chronicles 16:1-4

He appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, to make petition, to give thanks, and to praise the Lord, the God of Israel. (v. 4 NIV)

When I first began to pray, I struggled to know what to say to God until I learned about an acronym: ACTS. ACTS stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication, four different aspects of prayer that can be incorporated into our daily prayers.

Before being introduced to this acronym I had thought of prayer as a way of asking God for things I needed or wanted. Incorporating praise, thanksgiving, and confession of my sins into my prayers opened up a whole new world of prayer.

These different aspects of prayer are evident in the priestly work of the Levites, who were appointed by King David to make petition, give thanks, and praise the Lord as they ministered before the ark of the Lord. Bringing the ark to Jerusalem was a cause for great celebration and thanksgiving. But the ark also served as a reminder of God’s faithfulness to his people even when the people were wandering in the wilderness and life was difficult. Like the Levites, we’re called to give thanks for God’s steadfast love in bad times as well as good. His love is more real than our present hardships.

PRAYER

As we pray, Lord, help us to be thankful for your unceasing love.