Choose a verse and question for your own reflection or conversation with others!
To you, O God of my ancestors, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and power, and have now revealed to me what we asked of you, for you have revealed to us what the king ordered.”- Daniel 2:23
What has God given you? How do you thank God for this gift?
If you offer it for thanksgiving, you shall offer with the thank offering unleavened cakes mixed with oil, unleavened wafers spread with oil, and cakes of choice flour well soaked in oil.- Leviticus 7:12
What specific ways of giving thanks do you practice?
O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. 1 Chronicles 16:8
How is, or might be, thanks part of the way you acknowledge God to others?
It was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord, and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the Lord, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever,” the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 2 Chronicles 5:13 What is your “instrument of praise?”
...and they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever toward Israel.” And all the people responded with a great shout when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. Ezra 3:11 When do you join with others in giving thanks?
And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that his name is exalted. Isaiah 12:4 We all have times when its hard to see a reason then to give thanks. Which of God’s promises give you hope for Thank filled days to come?
The living, the living, they thank you, as I do this day; fathers make known to children your faithfulness. Isaiah 38:19 Have there been people in your life who taught you how to give thanks?
But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Deliverance belongs to the Lord!” Jonah 2:9 Jonah’s prayer is actually a rather lackluster formula with more “I” language than “you, God” thoughts in it. Have you ever gotten into a pitty party when it was hard to give thanks authentically? What got you out of that mode?
he took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.- Matthew 15:36 How do you give thanks for your daily “bread?” Is a favorite blessing? Spontaneous words? A moment of silence?
Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you;- Matthew 26:27
Can you remember an occasion when food or drink became more than just food or drink?
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the world. Romans 1:8 What people in your life do you give thank for? Why?
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 What have you offered to God in prayer recently?
And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, singing, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” - Revelation 7:11-13