Are you having some special friends over for Thanksgiving and need some ideas for prayers? When we think of Thanksgiving traditions, we tend to think of loved ones sitting around a large table saying a grateful prayer.
Whether we call it Thanksgiving or saying grace, the Bible calls us to be thankful for our blessings. It will bring wonderful joy and peace to your home this holiday season.
With that in mind, these Thanksgiving prayers for friends will surround your table with peace and love.
How Can We Thank God for Our Friends
In Proverbs 17:17, the Bible states a true friend loves at all times, even though the good and bad times. If you have a friend that sticks closer to you than a brother, Thanksgiving is a great time to honor them!
If you are just now making new friendships, use this memorable time to build long-lasting relationships with encouragement and cheer.
We can thank God for the gift of friendship by offering praise to Him during our prayer time and also by praying over these friends.
Thanksgiving Prayers for Friends
The Thanksgiving Holiday is a tradition and national holiday mainly in the United States and Canada. Many loved ones come together and celebrate the blessings of the past year.
This has been modeled for generations since the 1621 harvest feast between the friendship of the English Pilgrims of Plymouth and the Wampanoag Indians.
It’s a great time to fellowship with others with delicious food and warm words of comfort.
Use the following thanksgiving prayers for friends to thank God for the many wonderful blessings of friendship He has given you!
Thanksgiving Prayer for Friendship
As you celebrate this grateful holiday with your friends, pray for special blessings upon your friendship throughout the days ahead. Having a friend is precious and something we should be thankful for at all times.
We are designed to connect, encourage and love one another. Having counsel during difficult times is cherished and let’s not forget how important it is to have forever friends.
Dear Heavenly Father, your Son represents the ultimate friendship. I pray that our relationships blossom and mimic the beautiful friendship between our Lord Jesus Christ and His disciples. We thank you for the connections that have developed now and look forward to our blessed future to follow. Amen.
Thanksgiving Prayer for Friends at Work
As relationships build in the workplace, it’s important to nurture and cultivate positive connections. When you gain trust from fellow co-workers, a symbiotic bond develops that can last a lifetime.
Praying for friends at work ensures that the Lord is always involved in your growing friendships with colleagues at work.
Dear Lord, thank you for my friendships at work. I pray that a trusting bond develops between us as we trust you to guide us in the right direction. As we face challenges together, help me to be the faithful friend and confidant while we build our relationships throughout the workplace. Amen.
Thanksgiving Prayer for Long-Distance Friends
If you’ve moved or friends have moved away, the void they leave behind is one that can’t be filled. We will miss them — they will always have a special place in our hearts, even though we don’t see them as in the past.
Let’s pray for our long-distance friends to commemorate them during this special time of Thanksgiving Prayer.
Lord God, thank you for our long-distance friends who can’t be with us today. I am so grateful for their friendship; I ask you to place special protection around them. While we can’t be together, you can be right in the midst of them. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Thanksgiving Prayer for Virtual Friends
The online world has given us an abundance of new friendships across the nation and world. This has made spreading the good news easier and quicker to spread.
It has also strengthened an abundance of new relationships. Building friendships in social media and online forums have made life a little less difficult and less lonely with encouraging words, spot-on memes, and touching articles.
Let’s praise God for our virtual friends and thank Him for their presence.
My Lord, I praise your name for the encouragement of new relationships blossoming online and abroad. We ask you to grant us the perfect, inspiring words that comfort and serve others as we continue building virtual relationships across the world. Amen.
Thanksgiving Prayer for My Best Friend
Having a best friend is such a blessing and one we should never take for granted. It’s such a relief to have that friend you can count on anytime, day or night, with wise words or a funny story.
Let’s honor our best friend today with gratitude and celebration as we thank the Lord for this special bond we’ve developed over the years with our bestie.
Holy God, I am so appreciative of having my best friend by my side. She/He gives me the encouragement, kind words, and loving care I need during the perfect times. Thank you for this precious friendship and for giving me the best qualities of a friend. Help me to serve my beloved friend during future difficulties, tests and trials. Amen.
Thanksgiving Prayer for Friends No Longer With Us
Thanksgiving can seem like a lonely time when one seat is not filled with a loved one any longer with us. It leaves an empty place at the table that can cause sorrow and sadness.
Related: Thanksgiving Prayers for Healing
Yet, God can heal our hearts with a Thanksgiving Prayer for those friends no longer with us.
Heavenly God, I come before you with a heavy heart as we are missing a loved one today. Bring back the joy and peace we once had when they were present in our lives and thank you for the special memories we made together. While we know it’s a part of your plan, we ask for solace and support as we move forward without their presence. Amen.
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Thanksgiving is the perfect time for praise, pleasing him, and peace as family and friends sit around the bountiful table.
As we say these special prayers for our unique friendships, let’s thank God for the opportunities He has gifted us with such amazing friends throughout the years. And let’s not forget, what a friend we have in Jesus!
While we have the perfect friend in Jesus, we will also find many amazing Christ-like qualities in our earthly relationships.
Be sure to also give thanksgiving prayers for your family to thank God for those relationships as well!
Natalie is a wife and homeschool mother to 2 teenagers living in the sunny state of NC. As a minimalist, she enjoys finding ways to make life more simple, yet significant, while serving her Savior through her Christian blogging ministry at Bible Verses for You.