The best Thanksgiving prayer

As I write this tomorrow is Thanksgiving 2016. I thought of different prayers of thanksgiving to God and the one that always comes to the top of my mind is the one that Jonah prayed from the belly of the great fish. He was in desperate need of a rescue; he raised his voice to God and said,

When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple. “Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own Mercy. But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord”

To me the phrase that stands out in this prayer is when he says the words, “But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of Thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed.”

Jonah had disobeyed the command of the Lord and got swallowed by a great fish for his effort. He was wrapped in seaweed at the bottom of the ocean and cried to God. He offered thanksgiving and then promised to do what ever it was that God had asked for him to do, and he did! The fish swam to the shore of the place he needed to be and spit him out!

I hope that if I find myself in a situation where I find myself trapped in the belly of a great fish of my own making by being disobedient, I pray that God will hear me when I offer the sacrifice of Thanksgiving and promise to fulfill the vow, whatever that vow may be, that I have promised to my God.

As you sit around your Thanksgiving table this year thank God for His protection and guidance, thank Him for protecting you from dangers both seen and unseen, and ask him to give you angel protection to guard you and keep you in all your ways!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all

About harolene

Thank you for stopping by for a visit! If you read my thoughts you will see that I am sometimes serious, at other times sappy or funny, occasionally I am sad and sentimental, but I am always sincere! I am a single mother who raised two children, born ten years apart and different sexes so first it was bows and dolls, pretty dresses and boys! When my son was born it was rough and tumble games, baseball, soccer, wrestling and girls! I am known for my "smile" and for my default answer to any situation, "no problem", which was something I didn't realize I did until it was pointed out to me! I am a moon watcher and a star gazer. I am astounded and feel so small knowing that every creature that has ever walked the face of this earth has gazed upon that same beautiful orb that my eyes can behold on any night when the earth is not wearing her cloak of clouds. My parents have made me the person that I am. Their love, veracity in all areas of life, humor and passion for their work and each other have given me hope that my life can actually be a happy one! Chances are if you are reading this you already know all this but again, I appreciate your stopping by! While you're here hit the "Like" button for me and thanks for checking in!
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One Response to The best Thanksgiving prayer

  1. Vicki Melton says:

    “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”~~unknown

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