Gratitude Challenge Day 20

Pray: Dear God, this gratitude challenge has been gently shaping us over the past few weeks and we thank You for that. We have found that we are expressing thanksgiving more and more. But, Lord, we would like to take it a step further. We also want to allow our actions to speak gratitude as well. We don’t just want to say the words “thank you” with our mouths. We also want the things we do to display that we are grateful. So, Father, please show us opportunities throughout the day today where we can do that. Help us to see times when we could chip in and lend a hand. We want our actions to be for Your honor and Your glory. And when we live in gratitude, that will help us to keep things in perspective.

Father, today we ask for healing. Many of us and many of our loved ones need divine healing. We pray for healing from every ailment, every ache and pain, and every disease. We command sickness and pain to flee, in the name of Jesus. It says in Exodus 15:26 that You are the Lord who heals us. And it says in Exodus 23:25 that You will take sickness away from our midst. God, we claim these promises found in Your word. We turn to You in obedience, so that we can have complete access to You and Your promises. Thank You, Lord. You are so faithful and trustworthy. We are thankful for who You are. Thank You so much, for Your guidance and strength. We have so much to be thankful for, with the love of Jesus in our lives. We sing hallelujah, for our wonderful Savior. We shout Your praise, for You are great. In Jesus’ holy name we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for? I am thankful for opportunities to express gratitude, not just in words, but in actions as well. I am thankful for our Savior. I am thankful we can sing His praises. I am thankful that we can live in a way that honors and glorifies God. And I am thankful that our God is our ultimate physician and healer.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Worship Medley performed by Tauren Wells

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Gratitude Challenge Day 19

Pray: Dear Lord, we have come so far in this gratitude challenge. We have spent the past several weeks focusing on giving thanks. Lord, please help us to continue on this journey. Please help us to keep looking for opportunities to express our thanks to You and to those around us. Please help the words “thank you” to be frequently on our lips. One thing that we have found is that gratitude makes us feel better. So when we feel like we are losing steam, please remind us to keep going.

Lord, we also ask for Your wisdom and discernment in everything that we are facing. Help us to stay in tune with You. Help us to hear Your loving voice above the noise of the world. Help us to remember that we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us, guiding us with any decisions or crossroads in ours lives. It is in Christ alone that we find our hope. He is our light and our strength. We thank You, Jesus, for Your precious blood. We thank You, for being our comforter. We stand in Your love and grace. In Jesus’ most beautiful name we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for? I am thankful that Jesus is our hope, Jesus is our light, and Jesus is our strength. I am thankful we have the Holy Spirit guiding us, giving us wisdom and discernment. And I am thankful that we can turn our ears to the Lord to hear His loving voice over the noise of the world.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! In Christ Alone performed by Lauren Daigle

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Gratitude Challenge Day 18

Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, we praise You and thank You for gently guiding us and molding us, each and every day. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own selfish desires, and we forget that we are called to extend love and light to those around us. At times, we are too busy to give someone our time, our help, or an ear to listen. But You are showing us, Lord, that we can be different. Help us to not live with a lack mentality, God. Often times this is what it boils down to. We believe that if we give someone our time, or some other resource, we will be lacking for our own needs. But, Lord, we realize now that anytime we give something away in Your name and in Your honor, it will always come back to us. It will never be wasted. Thank You, God, for showing us the way. And today we ask You to help us remember this as we encounter other people in our lives who need a little love. We can help raise others up because You raise us up. We praise You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We praise You, King of kings. Thank You, God. It is in Jesus’ name that we humbly pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you grateful for today? I am grateful that I can give others my time or an ear to listen, when they are in need of a friend. I am grateful that God raises me up, and I can in turn help raise others up. And I am grateful for God’s nudges when He gently shows us the way.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! King of Kings by Hillsong Worship

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Gratitude Challenge Day 17

Pray: Dear Father, today we say a prayer for ourselves and for our loved ones. We ask that You break any chains or bondages in our lives and in the lives of our family and friends. We know Jesus came to set us free, and freedom is available to us. But sometimes there are still things that hold us hostage. There is power in the name of Jesus to break those chains. And today we are thankful that we can find freedom. We also say a prayer for our loved ones who are lost. We have family and friends who do not live their lives for You. We pray for their hearts to be turned towards You. And we pray that we can be a witness to those who need one.

Today we also want to make a point of expressing our thanks. Today we will keep the words “thank you” in our minds and look for opportunities to say them. Lord, we start with You and thank You for Your unfailing love and mercy. We are so grateful for all that You do in our lives. Lord, You are holy, almighty, and glorious. Your glory is overwhelming. When we think about how magnificent You are, it gives us much to be thankful for. God, we also want to look for opportunities to say “thank you” to the people we encounter, as well. We will make a point of tell our loved ones how much they mean to us. We might not say the words “thank you” often enough. But we hope to change that, Lord. We ask for You to gently nudge us when we forget. We ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for today? I am thankful for the power in Jesus’ name. I am thankful that we can express our gratitude to God and to the people in our lives. And I am thankful for our holy, almighty, and glorious God.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Holy is the Lord by Chris Tomlin

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Gratitude Challenge Day 16

Pray: Dear God, we thank You not only for a new day, but for a new week as well. Whatever this Monday brings, whether we are heading to work, school, staying home, or going somewhere else, we see it as a fresh start. There is much potential before us. We have a clean slate to work towards our goals and to draw closer to You. Help us to keep this in mind throughout the week. And today we humbly ask for Your strength and Your guidance on this journey. We want to make a habit of living with our arms wide open, so that You can orchestrate our days. There are so many opportunities in our lives to bless others and reach out to those around us. But we fear that we often miss our chances, because we are set in our ways and want things to go according to plan. Or perhaps we let fear stop us at times. Lord, help us to be understanding when things don’t go the way we expect them to. Help us to realize that often life’s interruptions are truly divine plans coming from You. Thank you, God. It is amazing to know how You are working in our lives each and every day. Today, we will keep our arms wide open for Your grace. We are Yours, Lord. We lift our hands in praise. You have set us free, God, and we are so thankful. All that we are, we place into Your loving hands. It is in Jesus’ holy name that we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you grateful for? I am grateful to live with my arms wide open, knowing that God will orchestrate my steps. I am grateful to know that Jesus is the Good Shepherd who will lead us down the right path. I grateful to belong to the King of kings and the Lord of lords. And I am grateful for a new week.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Rooftops by Jesus Culture

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Gratitude Challenge Day 15

Pray: Dear Lord, today we ask You to help us as we plant seeds in our own lives and in the lives of those around us. Today we will choose to live with gratitude, optimism, love, and light. Today we will be diligent and consistent, watching our thoughts, words, and actions. Father, we pray that for today we can be different. For today, we want to let go of negativity and discouragement. We can do this with the strength of the Holy Spirit living inside of us. And we believe that each time we make a choice to live this way, we are planting seeds of hope, joy, faith, and love. Each day we can make a choice to live in gratitude and joy. Each day we have Your amazing grace to keep us going. Each day we turn to You and soak in Your love. This in turn, helps us to spread Your love in our lives. Lord, we also pray that You help us to savor this Sabbath day. Help us to focus on worship and on rest. Help us to make this a lasting habit in our lives, every Sabbath. We know You gave us the Sabbath as a gift and we long to treasure it as You intended. Our main goal today and every day is to draw closer to You. And by honoring the Sabbath and focusing on You, we will be planting seeds in our relationship with You. Soon we will have a rich crop overflowing with peace and joy, because of the time we committed to You. Thank You, Lord, for Your help as we continue on this journey. In Jesus’ precious name we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for today? I am thankful for the opportunity to plant seeds of hope, joy, faith, and love. I am thankful for Amazing Grace. I am thankful for the power of the Holy Spirit living inside each of us. And I am thankful for the Sabbath, a day of rest and of worship.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Amazing Grace performed by Nicole C. Mullen

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Gratitude Challenge Day 14

Pray: Dear God, we confess that even though we have many blessings in front of us, there are still times when we worry about the future or fret about the past. This year has brought us a lot of uncertainty, which has increased our anxiety. But Father, we would like to start living in the present and enjoying the moment that we are living in, right here and right now. You always provide for us, guide us, and protect us. Knowing this should bring us contentment, if only we take the time to remember how You are always there for us. You lovingly extend Your hand, waiting for us to hand our troubles over to You. So today we remember the words that Jesus spoke which are recorded in Matthew 6:33-34: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” What a beautiful reminder that we should live one day at a time, in Your grace, love, mercy, and peace. We need not worry. We just need to seek You. So, Lord, today we make a conscious effort to hand all our worries over to You. We have peace knowing that You can handle everything, big or small. We look to You, Lord. And we thank You, Lord, for all that You are and all that You do. It is in Jesus’ name that we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for? I am so very thankful to know that I can put my future in the Lord’s hands, and I don’t have to worry about what may come. I am so thankful that I can put my past in God’s hands, because He has redeemed me. And I am thankful that I can live in this moment with God’s grace, mercy, love, and peace.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! God I Look To You by Jenn Johnson

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Gratitude Challenge Day 13

Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, what a precious gift we are given in each day. Yet most days seem to slip by, without much notice. We tend to get wrapped up in our schedules and our disappointments. We forget the gift we have been given with each new day. Lord, today we ask You to help us live this day out with the love of Jesus. Help us to give You the time that You deserve, help us to give our families the attention they deserve, and help us to be a light in the world around us. God, today and every day, we want to make the most of the 86,400 seconds we were given. Each moment is a gift. Each moment is time we can’t get back. Help us to live in the present moment, enjoying the gifts You have placed before us. We aim to make the most of our time. Living life with joy, love, and peace. All thanks to You, because You are our precious Father, who gave us this gift. You are amazing, Lord. Our souls sing, “How great Thou art!” It is in Jesus’ most precious name that we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for? I am thankful for the 86,400 seconds we received today. I am thankful for a new opportunity to live life with joy, love, and peace. And I am thankful for my family and friends.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! How Great Thou Art performed by Hillsong United and Lauren Daigle

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Gratitude Challenge Day 12

Pray: Dear God, there are various things weighing on our minds, today and every day. But instead of worrying, feeling fearful, and complaining, we are choosing to hand our concerns over to You. 1 Peter 5:7 is such a comforting verse, Lord. It reminds us to cast all our anxiety on You because You care for us. Thank You, Father, for this reminder. We cling to this today. And we thank You for caring for us. That statement alone brings us immeasurable peace, to know that the Creator of the universe cares for us. We are so thankful to know that You are there and that You are taking the weight of our anxieties. Reading stories in the Bible, such as the one with Daniel in the lions’ den, brings us comfort. We see that You will work miracles to protect us and rescue us. When we remember this story, it reminds us that we have nothing to worry about. Our amazing Father has our backs, no matter what we are facing. Our awesome God shuts the mouths of lions, parts the water, and protects us in the fires of life. Thank You, God, for Your amazing power and strength! We have nothing to worry about and nothing to fear! Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you grateful for today? I am grateful to know that the Lord cares for us. I am grateful to know that God will protect us and rescue us, even by shutting the mouths of lions. And I am grateful to know that our heavenly Father always has our backs.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Famous For by Tauren Wells and Jenn Johnson

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Gratitude Challenge Day 11

Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, today we thank You for the gift of life. We thank You that we each woke up this morning. And we each woke up in comfortable beds, with a roof over our heads. There are so many people who might not wake up this morning. And there are countless others who woke up on a city street or in a hospital bed. We also have many Christian siblings waking up in fear because of the circumstances they are living in. Lord, we pray for the families of those who did not wake today. And we pray for all those people who woke up in difficult situations this morning. And we thank You, Lord, for the favor that we woke with today. And for those of us living in free countries, we are grateful for that as well. We are thankful for our freedom. And we are thankful for those who made our freedom possible. We pray for all the troops, polices officers, firefighters, and first responders in each our countries and communities. They have tough jobs every day, protecting others. We are so thankful for these people who give selflessly to ensure our freedom and protection. Help us to not take this for granted. Help us to remember that every day truly is a gift from You. God, we have so much to be thankful for, including the fact that we have a new day on this earth. We remember that we have Your joy in our hearts this morning. We remember that You walk beside us every day, giving us hope. And we remember that there is always good news with Jesus by our sides. We are still alive and still breathing, so we praise You, Lord! In Jesus’ beautiful name we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for? I am thankful that I woke up, that I have my health, and that I am alive and breathing.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Alive & Breathing by Matt Maher, featuring Elle Limebear

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~~ Today is Veteran’s Day in the United States. So I wanted to say thank you to our veterans, including my father who served in the United States Army. Those of us who live in freedom do so because of others who made our freedom possible. ~~

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