Prayer is a powerful way to connect with the divine, seek guidance, and find solace in times of need. While long, heartfelt prayers have their place, short prayers can be equally effective in conveying our thoughts and feelings to a higher power. These fifteen short prayers are highly effective and easy to incorporate into your daily life.
1. The Serenity Prayer
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
This classic prayer, often attributed to theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, offers comfort and guidance when facing life’s challenges.
2. The Lord’s Prayer
“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
3. The Jesus Prayer
4. The Prayer of St. Francis
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.”
St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer emphasizes the importance of spreading love and forgiveness in a world often filled with discord.
5. The Prayer of Gratitude
“Lord, teach me to offer you a heart of thanksgiving and praise in all my daily experiences of life. Teach me to be joyful always, to pray continually, and to give thanks in all my circumstances. I accept them as Your will for my life.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
Expressing gratitude in prayer can foster a positive mindset and improve your overall well-being.
6. A Prayer for Strength
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song, I praise him.” Psalm 28:7.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, this prayer can provide the strength and determination you need to keep going.
7. The Prayer for Guidance
“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.” Psalm 25:4.
8. The Prayer of Healing
“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.” Jeremiah 17:14.
This prayer is especially comforting during times of illness or distress.
9. The Prayer of Forgiveness
“Have mercy on me,O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!” Psalm 51:1-2.
Forgiveness is a powerful act that can free you from the weight of anger and bitterness.
10. The Morning Prayer
“O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you and watch” Psalm 5:3.
Beginning your day with a prayer can set a positive tone and help you stay focused on your goals.
11. The Evening Prayer
“O Lord God, grant your peace to us, for you have supplied us with all things — the peace of rest, the peace of the Sabbath which has no evening; through JesusChrist our Lord. Amen.” – Augustine of Hippo.
Reflecting on your day in prayer can bring closure and prepare your mind for a peaceful night’s sleep.
12. The Prayer of Trust
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you, I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you.” Psalm 143:8-10.
Trusting in a higher power can alleviate anxiety and foster a sense of inner peace.
13. The Prayer of Humility
“Meek and humble of heart, Hear me. From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus” – Cardinal Rafael Merry del Va.
Recognizing our own limitations and seeking divine assistance can lead to personal growth and spiritual development.
14. The Prayer of Love
“Bless us with Love, O Merciful God; That we may Love as you Love! That we may show patience, tolerance, Kindness, caring, and love to all!” – Author Unknown
Expressing love in your prayers can inspire acts of kindness and empathy towards others.
15. The Prayer of Hope
Maintaining hope in prayer can provide solace during challenging moments and inspire perseverance.
Prayers for Trusting God in Difficult Times
When you’re going through trials and suffering, Scripture verses about trusting God in difficult times can be such a comfort. The Bible’s whole narrative is about humanity’s journey in trusting their Creator.
Meditate on and pray through these verses about trusting God in difficult times when you need a reminder about the big picture: God’s story, what He’s doing in the world, His boundless grace and mercy, and how much you matter to Him.
Powerful Prayers Every Wife Should Pray Over Her Husband
Wives, do you pray for your husbands? Regularly? What do you pray for? While I find the time to build my husband up, I have to admit — I haven’t always been the best at praying for my husband or my marriage throughout the years.
Try these 5 powerful prayers for your husband today.
Prayers for Journaling
Want to spend more time in prayer, but not sure where to start (or how to stay consistent)? Prayer journaling is a fun practice to help you regularly talk to God — and see how He answers your prayers in return!
Is Prayer Getting Boring?
Do you ever close your eyes and start to pray, only to find yourself completely distracted 30 seconds later? Yeah, we’ve all been there. Praying and reading your Bible are the two best ways to grow in your faith as a Christian. But praying can feel monotonous and defeating when you don’t see progress.
Find out how to cut the monotony with these 10 new ways to pray
Why God Isn’t Answering Your Prayers
Do you feel angry, hurt, disappointed, or confused because God hasn’t answered your prayers the way you want Him to? There may be a very good reason why He hasn’t.
Be sure to check out this article on 6 Biblical Reasons God Doesn’t Answer Our Prayers.