Are you needing some ideas for short prayers that you can simply bust out on the fly that are still meaningful?
Me too!—Lol. I hunted down a few that’ I’d like to share with you…
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10 Shorter Christian Prayers
These short and powerful prayers are ideal for moments of reflection, connection, and spiritual nourishment:
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.”
Reinhold Niebuhr is credited for this one, and it kinda sounds like something from rehab. Addiction programs probably use it, but it’s a good short prayer that’s easy to remember.
It speaks to the human struggle of accepting what we cannot control while finding the strength and wisdom to change what we can.
This reminds us of our weakness and need to depend on His guidance.
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…”
The Lord’s Prayer is a fundamental prayer in Christianity. Jesus taught this one to the flock Himself, and serves as a template for praying and living if you ask me:
- Acknowledge God’s holiness.
- Seek His will.
- Ask for daily provision and forgiveness.
3 – A Simple Gratitude Prayer
“Thank you for this day and the blessings it brings. Amen.”
This simple gratitude prayer is a reminder to appreciate the blessings of each day. God works everything for our eventual good.
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…”
The Prayer of St. Francis is a beautiful expression of the Christian desire to bring peace and love to the world.
It emphasizes our role as instruments of God’s peace, compassion, and forgiveness.
5 – A Morning Prayer
“Lord, as I start this day, grant me wisdom, courage, and kindness in all that I do. Amen.”
Wake up and immediately set the tone for your day. This prayer asks for divine guidance in facing the challenges and choices that lie ahead.
- wisdom to make good decisions.
- courage to tackle difficulties
- kindness towards others.
6 – A Bedtime Prayer
“Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.”
The bedtime prayer is a classic Christian prayer that many children are taught to say before going to sleep.
It reminds us that life is fragile. We need His protection and care 24 hours a day.
7 – The Prayer for Strength
“Lord, give me strength in times of weakness and courage in times of fear. Amen.”
This prayer asks for divine strength and courage to face challenges and uncertainties. It reminds us that God can provide us with the strength needed to keep going.
8 – A Healing Prayer
“Lord, please bring healing and comfort to those who are in pain. Amen.”
The healing prayer asks for God’s intervention in bringing physical, emotional, or spiritual healing to those in need.
We participate in the act of caring for others and invoking God’s healing presence with this prayer. Feel free to be specific and name actual people if you know they are in pain.
9 – A Forgiveness Prayer
“Help me to forgive others as you have forgiven me, Lord. Amen.”
This prayer asks for the grace to forgive others as God has forgiven us. It acknowledges the importance of extending forgiveness to others.
Not forgiving others makes us hypocrites when we ask for forgiveness.
10 – A Blessing for Meals
“Bless us Lord, and Your gifts which we are about to receive from Your bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Mealtime prayers are a longstanding tradition in Christian families. This blessing acknowledges God’s role as the ultimate provider.
It also recognizes the role of Christ in our lives. We live by His promises, and not our own strength.
Incorporating these shorter Christian prayers into your daily life can enhance your relationship with God and can be a source of strength, comfort, and inspiration on your Christian path.