What Is Thanksgiving?

What is thanksgiving? Is it giving praise to God?  Learn what is the difference between thanksgiving and praise to God! It is good practice to begin every prayer with thanksgiving and praise to God.  “The former rejoices in the gift, the later in the giver.” (Virginia Whitman)

What is Thanksgiving?

Praise is to love God for what He has done. Thanksgiving, on the other hand, is to thank God for what He has done.

Thankfulness in prayer is an expression of faith, acknowledging that you are depending on God to answer our prayers according to his will.

1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 instructs us to “always be joyful and never stop praying. Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do.” 

Our hearts would be full of continual thankfulness if we were to fully tap into what Jesus has provided for us.

Praise is verbalizing our love for God, thanksgiving is verbalizing specific “thank you’s” for the kindnesses of God. (Dick Eastman)

Praise is, without question, one of the most important aspects of prayer. Prayer is as incomplete without praise as life is without breath.  One is vital to the other.

Prayer Of Praise to God

“I praise you forever, O LORD! You are great and powerful, glorious, splendid, and majestic. Everything in heaven and earth is yours, and you are king, supreme ruler over all.  In your hand is power and might; and it is in your hand to make great, and to give strength to all.” 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 – Bible based prayer

For more view this short video called, ‘Living Free’ and learn how to pray.


Did you learn what is thanksgiving? Did you discover the difference between thanksgiving and praise to God?  And how important it is for prayer times to include praise and thanksgiving?  As Virginia Whitman states, “It is good practice to begin every prayer with thanksgiving and praise to God.  The former rejoices in the gift, the later in the giver.”

Related links to help answer your question, ‘What is thanksgiving?’:

http://ydyc.org/what-is-worship/

http://ydyc.org/prayers-of-the-faithful/

http://ydyc.org/the-word-of-god/