It may be that, as you read this, for whatever reason, you have thought it difficult to find reason in your life to be thankful. I heard recently of this simple prayer by Francis Schaeffer,
“We thank you, God, that you exist.”
Why not start there? Thank God that he exists, and then continue in the line of the Psalmists by elaborating and celebrating…
1 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.
2 I will be filled with joy because of you.
I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.
7 But the Lord reigns forever,
executing judgment from his throne.
8 He will judge the world with justice
and rule the nations with fairness.
9 The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed,
a refuge in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.
11 Sing praises to the Lord who reigns in Jerusalem.
Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds.
12 For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless.
He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer.
New Living Translation (Ps 9:1–2; 7–12)
In this way, we “recognize and tell of God’s daily, wonderful deeds, and will have a note of grateful joy as the background music to your life.” (T. Keller)
Now, here’s a prayer to get you started:
O Father, you never forsake the troubled and the afflicted. When I think of your innumerable mercies to me, small and large, I can only cry…What thanks I owe you, and what love! Help me to see the ways you support and guide me every day, so that I will always find new reasons to thank you. Amen. (from The Songs of Jesus)