Spiritual Practice

Write a Prayer of Thanks

Allison Morrow, 14

Dear God,

I’ve been so busy lately, but I felt that I needed to talk with you. I want to thank you for the things in life that are most important but that I take for granted most often—waking up in the morning, hearing my favorite songs, seeing all of the bright and beautiful smiles, taking each breath that I do, and especially, having the opportunity to talk with you any day, any time, anywhere. Please forgive me for taking these things for granted until something as simple as a song, Bible verse, or a moment of silence reminds me how blessed I am.

writing in yearbook2 TSP 92041283Please be with the people who aren’t fortunate as I am. Help those people who believe that serving themselves is more important than serving you. Hold my community, my school, my family, and my friends in your arms.

And please stand by me as I face a world of uncertainity, confusion, and selfishness. Guide us all in the right direction–in the way that you have planned for each one of us.

Thank you, God, for everything you give me; but above all, thanks for being you and for being my best friend. Amen.


Read a psalmist’s prayer of gratitude in Psalm 136.

ALLISON’S CHALLENGE: A recent issue of devozine challenged me to write a personal letter to God in a devotional journal every night. This meditation is a letter I wrote to God at my computer one night. I encourage you to try writing a letter to God. Let God know exactly how you feel.

—from devozine (November/December 1998). Copyright © 1998 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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