30 Days of Thanksgiving

November 1: Psalm 100

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. (Psalm 100:4)


1. What picture comes to mind when you think of entering the Lord’s gate with thanksgiving and his courts with praise

2. List the ways you have seen the goodness of God today or this past week?

 

November 2: 1 Chronicles 16.7-36

Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.” (1 Chronicles 16:35)

1. Think about a time in your life when the most appropriate response—perhaps the only response—was to cry out: Save me, God my Savior!

2. How did his deliverance result in you a response of praise and thanksgiving?

 

November 3: Luke 17.11-19

He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. (Luke 17:16)

1. Completely surprise someone today: thank them for something when they least expect it.

2. How does God—his healing or his offer of salvation—cause you to do things you would never have thought you would have done?

 

November 4: 1 Corinthians 15.50-58

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)

1. In what ways do we often assume death is the worst thing that could happen to us?

2. What is your response to knowing that God gives us victory over death through Jesus Christ?

 

November 5: Psalm 95

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. (Psalm 95:1-2)

1. What about God, the Rock of our salvation, brings you joy, so much joy that you are led to shout aloud?

2. When we gather for worship, how do—or how can—you come before God with thanksgiving?

 

November 6: John 6.1-15

Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. (John 6:11)

1. Why do you think Jesus took the time to give thanks for this meal he was about to serve this crowd?

2. What are ways you can be sure to be thankful for the food you have?

 

November 7: Psalm 107

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)

1. What is the story of your redemption?

2. How often do you share this story with others, sharing your thankfulness for the enduring love of the Lord? Why not share it with someone today?

 

November 8: Acts 3.1-10

He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. (Acts 3:8)

1. Describe a time in your life when you could not help but talk about God and the power of his salvation?

2. Why is it often difficult for us to attribute good things in our life to the power of God?

 

November 9: 1 Corinthians 10.14-22

Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? (1 Corinthians 10:16)

1. Why would Jesus call the cup offered at the Lord’s Supper the “cup of thanksgiving?”

2. How can you make your reaction to a negative situation one of thanksgiving, rather than fear?

 

November 10: Romans 1.18-23

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:21)

1. Why would a lack of thanksgiving darken your heart?

2. Can you know God and not be thankful? If not, then be thankful today.

 

November 11: Philippians 4.4-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

1. Why do our anxieties prevent us from being thankful?

2. How much time have you spent in prayer and petition with God today?

 

November 12: 2 Corinthians 9.6-15

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:11)

1. Why does generosity evoke thanksgiving in others?

2. Think of someone who has been generous to you. Show them—and God—thanksgiving today.

 

November 13: Psalm 118

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 118.1)

1. Psalms of thanksgiving are the result of God doing what the author could never do. How has God rescued you in ways beyond what you thought was possible?

2. In what ways are you thankful for the light of God shining on you?

 

November 14: 1 Timothy 2.1-7

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people. (1 Timothy 2:1)

1. Why do some people find it difficult to be thankful for political leaders?

2. In what ways can your thankfulness for earthly leaders point people to the one king who is sovereign over all the earth?

 

November 15: Daniel 6.1-10

Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. (Daniel 6:10)

1. What sort of example does Daniel provide us regarding regular times of prayer and thanksgiving, regardless of the circumstances?

2. How many times have you prayed today? Why not pray now?

 

November 16: Ephesians 4.29-5.7

Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. (Ephesians 5:4)

1. Why does Paul contrast “obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking” with thanksgiving?

2. Pick someone and show him or her your thankfulness for him or her today.

 

November 17: Ephesians 5.8-20

Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:20)

1. Why is it natural to see thanksgiving as closely related to psalms, hymns, and songs?

2. In what ways have you made the most of the opportunities you have today to let your thanksgiving be a light to others?

 

November 18: Philippians 1.3-6

I thank my God every time I remember you. (Philippians 1:3)

1. Who in your life causes you to be thankful to God?

2. Have you told them you are thankful for them? Go do it.

 

November 19: Jonah 2

But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’ ” (Jonah 2:9)

1. When you have moments when God “brings you up from the pit,” what is your response to him?

2. In what ways does hitting rock bottom cause you to be even more thankful when you are rescued?

 

November 20: 2 Corinthians 4

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 4:15)

1. How does your life cause others to be thankful?

2. In what ways does thanksgiving bring glory to God?

 

November 21: 1 Peter 2.4-10

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)

1. Describe a time when you were chosen for something special. How did it make you feel?

2. Show someone your thankfulness and praises to God for being chosen as a child of His.

 

November 22: Revelation 7.9-12

“Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” (Revelation 7:12)

1. What does it mean to give God praise and glory … and thanks?

2. How can you both praise and thank God today?

 

November 23: Luke 24.13-35

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. (Luke 24:30)

1. How does the Lord’s Supper remind us of our thankfulness to God for what he has done through his son?

2. Why do you think it was this event that caused the disciples to recognize Jesus?

 

November 24: Psalm 106

Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 106:1)

1. The psalmist sees God’s enduring love as closely tied his mighty acts. What mighty acts of God have shown his love for you?

2. How has this resulted in a life of thanksgiving and praise for you?

 

November 25: Colossians 3.12-17

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15)

1. Why would Paul put “the peace of Christ” and being thankful on similar footing?

2. How well have you done all in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father today?

 

November 26: Psalm 18

Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;

I will sing the praises of your name. (Psalm 18.49)

1. In what ways should the thankfulness of Christians be even more impactful than that of those who do not follow God?

2. How does your thankfulness serve as a witness to those around you?

 

November 27: Isaiah 51.1-16

The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing. (Isaiah 51.3)

1. If you were translating Isaiah for a contemporary audience, what are some other comparisons you could list here that communicate going from waste to beauty?

2. How can you use God’s working in your “ruins” and “deserts” to create joy and thanksgiving in your life and the life of others?

 

November 28: Colossians 2.6-15

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Colossians 2.6-7)

1. What is the difference between thankfulness and thankfulness that overflows?

2. What is one way you can live more in Christ Jesus today as you show your thankfulness?

 

November 29: Psalm 119.57-64

At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws. (Psalm 119:62)

1. Why are you thankful for the law of God?

2. What things can you do today that demonstrate your thankfulness for God’s law?

 

November 30: Psalm 136

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1)

1. In what ways does the goodness of God give you a spirit of thanksgiving?

2. Psalm 136 goes on to list many different things God has done that shows us his enduring love and causes us to give him thanks. What things would you add to this list?