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45 Short Prayers

Use our short prayers to offer to God to thank Him, to praise Him, to help you. We do not need long drawn out prayers to talk with God, a short prayer sometimes expresses more than an hour-long prayer. Talk to God in prayer often throughout the day. A simple prayer is to recognize God and to be thankful.

As 1 John 5:14 states: "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." Or reflect on James 5:13: "Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise."


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  1. Father, lead me day by day
    Ever in thine own sweet way;
    Teach me to be pure and true;
    Show me what I ought to do.

    When I'm tempted to do wrong,
    Make me steadfast, pure, and strong;
    And when all alone I stand,
    Shield me with thy mighty hand.



  2. O Lord,
    help me to understand that
    You ain't gwine to let nuthin' come my way that
    You and me can't handle together



  3. Dear Lord, this morning,
    I pray that You give me the strength and perseverance
    to fight the temptations of this world.
    Let me always put You first in all I do, decide and think.
    You know so well the struggles that I face.
    I pray that You will be my guiding light as I meet each one.
    Give me the inner fortitude, the inner peace that only you can grant.
    Fill me, Lord, with your compassion and wisdom.
    I pray all of this in the name of Jesus.
    Amen.



  4. Father,
    This is a short prayer to praise you
    For all you do for me
    For being with my family
    For all the beauty.

    Thank you for loving me
    Help me to be
    And fulfill the purpose
    You created me for.

    Praise and glory to you!



  5. praise and glory to our God!


  6. Oh God,
    Words can't describe my feelings for you
    My heart wants more of you
    Help me to live each day
    According to your ways.

    Thank you for being part of my life
    For helping me deal with strife
    Keep my eyes focused on you
    No matter what others do.



  7. Thank you Jesus
    Thank you for dying for me
    Thank you for the peace you bring
    Thank you for the beauty that surrounds us
    Thank you for the love you have for us

    Let me live to praise you
    Let me share your peace
    Let me open my eyes to the simple things
    Let me spread your love.



  8. Father God
    Each and every day is a miracle
    The breath that I breathe
    The eyes that let me see
    You are with us each and every day.

    Thank you for waking me us this morning
    I will not waste this day you have given to me
    Father God I give you
    All honor and glory.



  9. thank God for the miracle of each and every day!


  10. Father, I thank Thee, for this life,
    Full of joy, and full of strife,
    And if the latter is thy will,
    Impatient heart of mine be still;
    For Jesus is my own true friend,
    And he will guide me to the end.

    Father, I thank Thee, I know not how.
    It is Thy all unfailing power,
    That keepeth me, from hour to hour,
    O God, I fain would feel it now,
    Teach me to love and praise thy name.
    Lord, let Thy goodness o'er me reign,
    And, when at last this life is o'er.
    With Thee I'll dwell forevermore
    Mary C. Plummer



  11. Tune me, O Lord, into one harmony
    With Thee, one full responsive vibrant chord;
    Unto Thy praise all love and melody
    Tune me, O Lord.

    Thus need I flee nor death, nor fire nor sword:
    A little while these be, then cease to be.
    And sent by Thee not these should be abhorred.

    Devil and world, gird me with strength to flee,
    To flee the flesh, and arm mie with Thy word:
    As Thy Heart is to my heart, unto Thee
    Tune me, O Lord.
    Christina Rossetti, Mystic Harmony



  12. 'Tis but a little prayer I say
    Before I go to sleep:
    "I know that God is Good and Love,
    And safely doth He keep
    His little ones all through the night,
    And guide them in the day:
    Thus do I rest in His dear care,
    And trust in Him always!"
    Althea Randolph, My Little Prayer



  13. At bedtime when my day is done
    I count my blessings one by one;
    Then, Father-God, to You I bring
    My loving thanks for everything.
    Florence Taylor



  14. Lord God of all creation
    We are grateful for what you have given us.
    Help us to take what is given,
    And with patience and love,
    Attempt to construct it according to your pattern.
    Amen
    Jim Hine, Long Thoughts, short prayers and a bit of humor



  15. This is the day the Lord hath made;
    May I be joyful and glad therein.
    This is the day of light;
    Let my soul, O Lord;
    Be filled with light and peace.
    Amen.
    D. F. Sprigg, Short Prayers



  16. Lord, teach me to love Thee better,
    And so shall I better love Thy word.
    Preserve me now from wandering thoughts,
    through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
    George Edward Lynch Cotton, Short Prayers and other helps to devotion



  17. Lord,
    Bless my going-out,
    And my coming-in,
    from this time forth and for evermore
    Thomas Ken, A Manual of Prayers for Young Persons



  18. Give us grace to serve and honour Thee this day,
    to watch and keep ourselves unspotted from the world,
    And in all things to act as the children of Thy kingdom,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    William Niven, Family Prayers



  19. O my God, teach me to love Thee,
    Teach me to serve Thee.

    Lord, I offer myself to Thee,
    With all that I am and have,
    To be in all what Thou wouldest have me.
    Not my will, but Thine be done.

    Lord, be Thou my Keeper,
    And keep me from sin.
    Good Jesu, let nothing in life or death
    Ever separate me from Thee.

    Good Lord, grant that I may not die
    Unprepared to meet Thee.
    O Jesus, Saviour, who earnest to seek and
    To save that which was lost, save me.

    Wash me more and more from my wickedness,
    And cleanse me from my sin.
    Thomas Thellusson Carter, A book of private prayer



  20. Set a watch, Lord,
    Before my mouth, and
    Keep the door of my lips.
    Lord, keep my tongue from evil,
    And my lips that they speak no guile.
    T.T. Carter, The Guide To Heaven



  21. Thank you for the world so sweet,
    Thank you for the things we eat,
    Thank you for the birds that sing,
    Thank you, God, for everything.
    Roma Bishop, A Little Book of Prayers



  22. God, grant me the serenity
    to accept things I cannot change;
    courage to change the things I can;
    and wisdom to know the difference.
    Living one day at a time;
    Enjoying one moment at a time;
    Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
    Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world
    as it is, not as I would have it;
    Trusting that He will make all things right
    if I surrender to His Will;
    That I may be reasonably happy in this life,
    and supremely happy with Him
    Forever in the next.
    Amen
    Reinhold Niebuhr, Serenity Prayer



  23. Teach me to feel another's woe,
    To hide the fault I see;
    That mercy I to others shows,
    That mercy show to me.
    Alexander Pope



  24. Once more, our heav'nly Father,
    We come to worship Thee —
    Confess our sins and failures,
    And ask Thy pardon free;
    Thy love hath gently led us
    Thus far upon our way,
    O draw us ever closer
    To yon eternal Day.

    O holy, patient Father,
    O loving, pitying Son,
    Rejoice we now and ever
    For all that Thou hast done;
    The Peace which Thou hast given
    Is ours by day, by night.
    And death is but a tunnel
    That ends in joy and light.
    Arthur Fuller Franklin



  25. a prayer asking for direction


  26. Show me Thy way, O Lord! All else I now resign:
    I ask no other word or way, O Lord, but Thine.
    Of earth's bleak road and rough my soul has seen enough.

    I've proved this poor world's worth, all that its ways afford;
    I ask no more of earth - show me Thy way, O Lord!
    In all the vain world's best my soul can find no rest.

    Show me Thy way, O Lord! Whate'er the warrant saith,
    Send peace, or send a sword, send life, Lord, or send death.
    If they but show Thy way, I shall not say them nay.

    Earth'guides I leave behind, with all their ways abhor' d, -
    Blind leaders of the blind; show me Thy way, O Lord!
    I care not what men name it, whether they praise or blame it.

    Show me thy way, O Lord! And from Thy throne above,
    Oh bind me with the chord of Thy redeeming love.
    That I may know at last thou hast forgiven the past.

    And when, at Death's decree, I cross the frowning ford,
    My prayer still shall be, show me Thy way, O Lord!
    Till the sweet heavens restore my loved ones evermore.
    J. B. Selkirk, Show Me Thy Way



  27. Deliver us, O Lord, each day
    From ev'ry ill that comes our way;
    Teach ur submission to thy will
    And with piety our hearts fill.

    Deliver us from sordid strife
    To which the human heart is rife.
    Teach us to obey Thy command
    To lend sorrow a helping hand.

    Teach us to curb all vain desire,
    And to holier things aspire;
    Deliver us from greed of gain,
    And from scoffing at others' pain.

    Teach us all angry thoughts to chase,
    That we may conquer in the race;
    Our helmet be, Thy divine word,
    Deliver us from evil, Lord.
    Eloise A. Skimings, Deliver Us



  28. Master, let me walk with thee,
    In lowly paths of service free;
    Tell me thy secret, help me bear
    The strain of toil, the fret of care.

    Help me the slow of heart to move
    By some clear, winning word of love;
    Teach me the wayward feet to stay,
    And guide them in the homeward way.

    Teach me thy patience, still with thee
    In closer, dearer company,
    In work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
    In trust that triumphs over wrong.
    Washington Gladden



  29. Teach me the truth, Lord, though it put to flight
    My cherished dreams and fondest fancy's play;
    Give me to know the darkness from the light,
    The night from day.

    Teach me the truth, Lord, though my heart may break
    In casting out the falsehood for the true;
    Help me to take my shattered life and make
    Its actions new.

    Teach me the truth, Lord, though my feet may fear
    The rocky path that opens out to me;
    Rough it may be, but let the way be clear
    That leads to thee.

    Teach me the truth, Lord. When false creeds decay,
    When man-made dogmas vanish with the night,
    Then, Lord, on thee my darkened soul shall stay,
    Thou living Light.
    Frances Lockwood Green

Short Prayers by Famous Poets:

  1. A Father's Prayer   by Douglas Malloch


  2. Father   by Mary C. Ryan


  3. Show Me The Way   by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


  4. Prayer Can   by William Arthur Ward


  5. Lord Take Away   by Hezekiah Butterworth


  6. A Prayer To The Father   by Caleb Davis Bradlee


  7. Grace, Mercy, Peace   by Caleb Davis Bradlee


  8. Lord, I Believe!   by John Imrie

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