Today, Lilly and I shared the last devotional from the devotional Let’s Pray: Talking to God with the Words of the Bible, by Dr. James Banks, who serves as a pastor at Peace Church in Durham, North Carolina and is a regular writer for Our Daily Bread. Today’s last piece of Let’s Pray is “Prayers to Say Thank You.’
You are the one who is over all things.
Oh Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, may you be praised forever and ever! Yours, O Lord is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory in the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on the earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your Kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and that your discretion people are made great and given strength. Oh our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! But who am I and who are my people that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you and we give you only what you first gave us! We are here for only a moment visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors before us>
Our days on earth are like a passing shadow. Gone so soon without a trace.
Thank you for making me.
You made all the delicate inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex. Your workmanship is marvelous, how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed, woven together in the dark of the moon. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book, every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, oh god. They cannot be numbered I can’t even count them! They outnumber the grains of sand and when I wake up you are still with me! – Psalm 139: 13- 18
I trust you and praise you with all of my heart.
Praise the Lord! For he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my joy. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of Thanksgiving. – Psalm 28:6- 7
Thank you for the simple message of salvation!
Oh father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think of themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, father, it pleased you to do it this way! – from Matthew 11:25–26
Thank you for being near.
I think you, oh God! I give thanks because you were here. People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds. – Psalms 75:1
Thank you for hearing me.
Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me. – from John 11:41–42
Thank you for answering my prayer.
I thank you for answering my prayer and giving me victory! – Psalms 118:21