Give Voice to Your Thankfulness
Creating your own prayer of thanksgiving is a spiritual exercise that will bring you to the realization of how much God has blessed your life. It also serves as a healing exercise for those times when you find it hard to be thankful. By having a set form for your prayer of thanksgiving, rather than just relying on writing down whatever comes into your mind, you involve yourself in a discipline that offers structure and intentionality.
Your prayer of thanksgiving will have four distinct sections. They’re easy to remember since they use the acronym ACTS. Begin with the letter A, which stands for Adore. The first portion of your prayer of thanksgiving will be a time of adoration of God. Start with the name that you usually use when praying: Father, Mother God, Almighty God, Creator, Jesus Christ, Savior, Lord, Spirit, Friend, Blessed Son, and so on. Then, take a moment and think of what God means to you. Write down as many words as you can that remind you of God or that express a quality of God.
Then, begin the second letter, C, which stands for Confirm. Write one sentence that begins, “I am your . . . .” This sentence states and confirms your relationship with God.
The third letter, T, stands for Thanks. Sit quietly and think about your life at this moment. You may be facing great difficulty, or you may be in the midst of great rejoicing. Wherever you are and in whatever circumstances, look for the blessings both large and small in your life. When you’re ready, list them, beginning each sentence with: “I’m thankful for . . . .” Then, add details and be explicit about why you’re thankful for that item or person.
Finally, S stands for Sanctify. The word sanctification means to be set apart for holy use. Your prayer of thanksgiving ends with a request for God to use you and lead you. Again, start with your personal name for God and then add a way in which you want God to use you or a direction in which you want God to lead you. End your prayer with a simple Amen.
Read “Thanks for the Privilege of Prayer”—Quiet Spaces, page 63