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What Does the Bible Say about Cremation?

My husband and I would like to be cremated after our deaths. Our families do not approve. Is there scripture that will back us in our decision? What does the Bible say about cremation?

It may not give you the confirmation you need, but here is your answer about what the Bible tells us about cremation – as best as I can tell, there is no Bible passage that attempts to give guidelines regarding acceptable burial procedures. No matter which burial practices one follows, the results are always the same: “Dust to dust, ashes to ashes.” Job reiterated the final disposition of the body in Job 34:14-15: “If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath, all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.”

The ancient Egyptians embalmed bodies to delay decay and to prepare for the afterlife.

In first-century Israel, bodies were buried on the day of death! A 60-foot length of one-foot-wide cloth was wrapped around and around the deceased while all sorts of spices were sprinkled in the wrappings in order to reduce the stench of decay. The bodies were then placed in caves or stone sepulchers.

In more recent times, it’s customary to embalm a body before burial in order to delay decay long enough for the family to mourn the deceased and to give time for out-of-town friends and relatives to arrive before the funeral.

Burial procedures are rapidly changing in today’s culture. Many people are turning to cremation as the body disposition of choice. One of the primary drivers in this change is the astronomical cost of having a “traditional funeral.” The costs for embalming, buying a casket and purchasing a piece of ground to put the casket in is cost prohibitive for too many families.

The only long-term difference between embalming and cremation is time. Cremation just speeds up the process.

Biblical Perspective on Cremation

You may do well to investigate why your family doesn’t approve of your cremation choice. Perhaps they consider cremation as not Biblical. However, as we have seen, cremation is never a Biblical issue. Here are some other concerns of Christians about cremation.

1. Perhaps they are worried that when Jesus returns at the Rapture and the bodies of long-dead Christians are resurrected and transformed into spiritual bodies — that you won’t have a body to resurrect. Frankly, since the first century, most (if not all) bodies are now dust anyway. Since God is big enough to produce a world-wide resurrection, He certainly can make a spiritual body from only a speck of dust — or less.

2. Perhaps your family wants you in a casket-filled grave so they can have a place for remembering you and your lives together. This desire is natural and normal.

Recently, I’ve observed families foregoing the expensive caskets and burial plots by choosing cremation. They then purchase a small cemetery plot in which to bury the ashes. Others scatter the ashes over a prearranged place meaningful to the deceased. Some save a few ashes in a small locket as a token reminder of their loved one. Some ashes reside in burial urns over fireplace mantles.

With all that being said, remember that your body is still your body. Discuss openly with your family that you want to dispose of your body in the way most comfortable to you. In your case, that is cremation.

My mother just traded in her outdoor burial plot for an indoor mausoleum space. She decided that she was uncomfortable with the idea that she would be down in the ground with the “worms and maggots!” Then, she got to worrying that above ground a tornado could hit the mausoleum! She wanted to change back; but, she finally decided that worms were worse than tornadoes.

If you are more comfortable with cremation then I recommend that you do so.

Personally, I want my body cremated. I’ve picked out four golf courses where I want my family to spread my ashes. I think.

Recently, our church erected a columbarium with small niches for burial urns of ashes. It’s on an outdoor wall of the new chapel. Recently, Julie and I exhumed our first daughter’s ashes from Evergreen Cemetery and placed them in an urn in the niche in the far-left top row of the columbarium. I’m thinking about changing my mind. I just might have my ashes placed in the niche with Jessie.

After all, the chapel wall sounds like a great final resting place while we wait for the sounds of the resurrection trumpet. Jessie and I could even hold hands together on the way up!

Psalm 103:15-17 is a Bible passage that gives us a great perspective on cremation — or on any other burial practice:
As for man, his days are like grass,
He flourishes like a flower of the field;
The wind blows over it and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting
The LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
And his righteousness with their children’s children…

Well, B, I hope this helps. Have a great talk with your family.

Love,
Roger


Watch: Should Christian Families Bury or Creamate?

Theologians Apply Scripture to Cremation 

“Actually, the Scriptures do not say anything about required modes of burial for believers.  Standard practice among Old Testament and in the New Testament was burial.  Saul and Jonathan were cremated by the Israelites after their deaths, but this was not normal practice in Israel.  Their bodies were mutilated by the Philistines, thus the decision was made to cremate, then bury the ashes (1 Samuel 31:8-13). Achan, and his family, were cremated upon their execution for sinning against Israel, which again appears to be an exception to normal burial practices among the Israelites.” – John MacArthur, Grace to You

“Although there is biblical evidence for burial instead of cremation, it is still a preference, and Christians should not condemn other Christians who have chosen cremation…Burial is thus equated to “sowing the seed of the body,” and “is the biblical picture of belief in the resurrection of the body.” Piper also says that cremation can be viewed as anti-biblical due to the Bible’s many references to hell and evil being associated with fire. “The use of fire to consume the human body on earth was seen as a sign of contempt. It was not a glorious treatment of the body but a contemptuous one,” Piper writes…Pastor John Piper: Christians Should Choose Burial Over Cremation 


This article is part of our larger Spiritual Life resource meant to answer your questions about the Bible, God and the Christian faith. Visit our most popular questions on “What does the Bible say about…” questions answered by well known Christians and theologians to find more inspiration. Remember that as you read these articles, the Holy Spirit will give you understanding and discernment to make the right decision for your walk with Jesus Christ! If you know others struggling with these faith questions, please share and help others discover the truth on these controversial topics. 

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Editor’s Note: This Ask Roger article features insights from Roger’s daughter, Brie Barrier Wetherbee, a sought-after Bible teacher and conference speaker, author, analyst, and Christian theologian. 

Pastor Roger Barrier’s “Ask Roger” column regularly appears at Preach It, Teach It. Every week at Crosswalk, Dr. Barrier puts nearly 40 years of experience in the pastorate to work answering questions of doctrine or practice for laypeople or giving advice on church leadership issues. Email him your questions at [email protected].

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Prayer for Children: Pray for and with Your Children (for all ages) for their Health, protection and growth

POWERFUL PRAYERS TO PRAY OVER YOUR CHILDREN

Find prayers for the protection and healing of children. Pray for and with your children using these prayers at morning and bedtime!

Powerful prayers for children

Children are a precious gift from God. So, when the challenges of life come along, it’s easy to fear for their futures. But praise God, we have the gift of praying for children we know and love, and those around the world who may be facing difficult times.

Praying for children is one of the most powerful things you can do as a parent, carer or compassionate Christian. That’s why we’ve gathered together 10 prayers for children.

When inclined to worry about the future of our children – as we naturally do from time to time – use this special collection of prayers to lift up your children to our loving Heavenly Father. Be encouraged by our unique prayers for children written by Compassion Ambassadors.

“Father God, we ask for your blessing today as we pray these prayers over our children. We praise you that every day we can trust in your goodness. Amen”

1. PRAYERS FOR MY CHILDREN’S PROTECTION

Take encouragement from the fact that our God is fully in control of all things. Remind yourself that “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Prayer:Lord God, we praise you that you are fully in control of all things. I pray you would protect my child. Keep them healthy and help them to thrive. I thank you that you know every hair on their head. You know exactly when they rise and when they fall. Watch over my child in every area of their life and keep them safe I pray, Amen.

2. PRAYERS FROM COMPASSION AMBASSADORS

As well as praying for your children, it’s great to make a difference in your prayers by remembering some of the most vulnerable children around the world. Praise God, that when you sponsor a child living in poverty, you give them security and hope for the future!

We invited singer-songwriters and Compassion ambassadors, Chloe Reynolds and Philippa Hanna, to share a prayer for kids around the world.

Philippa Hanna

A prayer for precious children around the world from Philippa Hanna:

Dear Lord Jesus. Thank you so much for all the precious children in this world. We know they mean so much to you. We pray you would help us do all we can to protect and give them the start in life they deserve. Lord we bring to you all of the wonderful work being done to release children from poverty, and we pray that you would bless every pair of hands that works for you. Increase and bless their efforts in Jesus name, Amen.

A prayer of thanks to Christ know knew what it was like to be a child by Chloe Reynolds:

Thank you Jesus that you have lived here as one of us, you know what it’s like to be a child, and to feel everything that children feel. Thank you that we as adults have everything we need to encourage, nurture and provide for those in need.

I pray for children around the world that you would be in their lives and they would grow up knowing they are loved by you. As you bless them with opportunities in their local projects, I pray they would be able to change lives for others in their communities too. Amen

3. PRAYERS FOR CHILDREN’S FUTURES

In the uncertainty of life, give thanks that God has good plans for your children. He will give them a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

Prayer:Heavenly Father, I thank you that all good gifts come from you. I thank you that I can trust you for the future of my family. Please guide my child in every step they take. I pray they would know your provision and protection. Make steady their steps I pray. Amen

childrens prayer

4. PRAYERS FOR CHILDREN’S EDUCATION

Praise God for the educational opportunities He’s given your child! Pray for them to grow in intrigue and wonder at world around them. Ask that they would develop a real love of learning. “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6

Prayer:God I thank you for the gift of knowledge! I praise you that you provide us with brains to think and question the world around us. I pray you would help my child learn well and flourish. May they discover their unique talents and giftings. Give them a passion for the world around them. Amen

5. PRAYERS FOR CHILDREN’S FRIENDSHIPS

As these Bible verses about friendship remind us, relationships truly are a gift. Take a moment to pray for your child to know the support of great friends around them.

Prayer:Father God, I thank you that you made us to be in relationship with others. I pray for my child to know great care and support from those around them. May they be encouraged by friends at school, college or university. May they show your love and care to their friendship circle. Amen

praying for your children

6. PRAYERS FOR THOSE CARING FOR CHILDREN

Child advocate and President Emeritus of Compassion, Wess Stafford, shares a prayer for all those caring for children to know God’s patience and grace. Take time to pray that you would know God’s hand on your life as you care for children.

Prayer : We love You so much, Lord! We surrender fully to You and pray that Your love will guide us today and every day. May we simply be conduits of Your love to the children in our care. Amen

“Watch carefully the children around you. In precious moments you will catch a glimpse of your Saviour’s face. Listen intently and you will hear his voice. Walk gently among them; his footprints are all around you. Embrace them, for you are embracing him. Respect them, because they are sometimes God’s agents – exactly the kind of instruments he needs. At such times, only a child will do.” Wess Stafford

7. PRAYERS FOR BABY AND NEWBORNS

Babies are such a precious gift. Thank God that He is the author and giver of life! “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13

Prayer:Lord God, we thank you for the gift of new life. We thank you for this precious baby’s safe arrival into our world. We pray this baby would sleep peacefully and be kept from harm. We pray you would bless this child as they grow. Keep them safe and strong in the weeks, months and years ahead. Give us grace and strength through the highs and lows of caring for a newborn baby. In Jesus’ name. Amen

8. PRAYERS FOR TEENS

Being a teenager can be tough. We hope this prayer will spur you on to pray for your teenager to know the faithfulness of God through both challenges and joys.

Prayer:Lord God, I pray for my teenage son or daughter to know your goodness and provision. I pray they would place their identity in you. I ask that in the pressures of life, they would know you are their rock on which they can stand. I pray that through the challenges of school life, exams, and future decisions, you would lead them, guide them and bring them comfort. In Jesus’ name, Amen

9. PRAYERS FOR MY SON

Use this helpful prayer to guide you in praying for your son as they grow up.

Prayer:Father God, I praise you for the gift of my son. I pray he would follow after you and be a builder of your kingdom. I ask that you would protect and steady his steps. May he learn to hear and follow your voice. Like Timothy in the Bible, may my son be an example to believers in speech, love, conduct, faith and purity. (1 Timothy 4:12) Amen

10. PRAYERS FOR MY DAUGHTER

Take a moment to give thanks for the gift of your daughter. Let these words spur you on as you pray for her future.

Prayer:Holy God, I thank you for the precious gift of my daughter. I pray you would protect her through the years. May she become a young woman of great character, seeking after your heart. I pray that through the challenges of life, she would find her confidence in you. May she know your joy as her strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Amen.

CHILDREN’S PRAYERS TO RESOURCE YOUR FAMILY

A child’s prayer can be beautiful and powerful. As well as praying for your children, it’s also great to encourage your kids to pray simple prayers themselves. Let this collection of prayers for kids help your child as they reach out to their Heavenly Father.

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Morning prayers for kids

Teaching your children to pray in the morning is really simple and it’s a great foundational habit to teach them. These are some ideas of morning prayers your child can use as a guide:

  • Father God I thank you for this new day. I thank you that you love me and are with me today. Amen
  • Father God, please be with me today in everything I will face. Help me to learn well at school. I pray that I would be a good friend to those around me today. Amen
  • Father God, I thank you for everything you have done for me. I thank you for my family and my friends. I thank you that you love me so much that you sent your son Jesus for me.

Bedtime prayers for children

Some children may find it easier to pray at bedtime. Use this selection of children’s bedtime prayers to connect with God during your child’s nighttime routine:

  • Father God I thank you for being with me today. I thank you that you were alongside me in everything I faced today. Please help me in the week ahead. I thank you that you will never leave me. Amen
  • Father God I thank you for everything you have blessed me with today. Thank you for my friends and family. Thank you for keeping me safe. Amen
  • Father God, I pray you would help me sleep well tonight. I thank you that you love me and care for me. Amen

We’d love you to share these prayers for children, so others are encouraged to pray for and with their children.

Prayer for My Children

Prayer for Children: Pray for and with Your Children

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of life. Thank You especially for my children who You have entrusted to me. Truly, they are a treasure from You, Lord. They make life so much more fulfilling. I will be forever grateful to You for giving them to me. 

As my kids are growing up, help me, Father, to be a good example to them always. Help me to be a Godly parent. Help me to love them just like You have loved me. Enable me to bring them up in proper discipline and instruction. Make me the instrument, Lord, by which they will see You and who You are. Being a parent is not an easy task, but with You, Lord, everything is possible.

I also ask You to bless my children, God. As I do my best, with Your help, to teach them how to live a righteous life, help them to always do the right thing. Bless their minds with sound decision-making skills. Let their hands be channels of Your blessing to their friends, classmates, and relatives. Let not their tongues be used to destroy others through harsh words. Rather, enable them to speak words of life, encouragement, and grace.

Protection of Children

Protect my children, Father God, each and every day. As they go to school, and as they come back home, be their shield and their fortress. Keep them away from the evils of this world. Let no bad influence corrupt their precious minds. Let no accidents fall on them while they’re away from home. Allow no physical harm to touch their bodies. Keep them away from illness.

Last but not least, Lord, bless their studies. Allow them to gain more knowledge both about You and the universe You created. May they develop minds that seek the Truth above all. 

All these I ask in Your Name, Amen.

Prayer for a Sick Child

Lord Jesus, my child has fallen prey to disease. My precious little one is hurting, and I almost cannot bear to see the pain in her eyes. As a parent, there is nothing that hurts me more than seeing my child suffering. It is during these times that I wish I could do something more, but I just cannot. For that reason, Lord, I need You now, and my little one needs You even more. 

Lord, I firmly believe that You have the power to heal my child. You are greater than this disease. You are the author of her life, and You are fully able to bring her back to normal. Touch her now with Your healing hands, God. Remove the affliction from within her body. Enable her to rise up and walk again. Bring the smile back to her face. 

Despite all of this, I am still thankful, Lord, that You have given my little one a chance to rest. Thank You, Lord, that she is able to be comfortable at home as she recovers her strength. Thank You for giving her an unexpected day off from school. When the disease has left, she will be once again ready to face the challenges ahead of her. 

As I look forward to my little one’s complete healing, I would like to thank You ahead of time, Lord, for restoring her strength. Thank You for your healing touch that you will grant my child. Through this experience, allow her also, Lord, to experience You in a special way. Let this circumstance draw her closer to You. May it teach her to depend on You more, especially in times of weakness. 

Thank You so much, Lord Jesus, that we are able to draw strength and healing from You. Even during the times when we are weak, You are always strong. Thank You, Lord, that You also share that strength with us when we need it the most. All these I pray in Your Name, Amen.

Morning Prayer for Kids

Dearest Lord, this is the day that You have made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it. Thank You, Lord, for another opportunity to serve You and to live life in fullness. Thank You for the good night’s sleep You have given to us. Thank You for restoring our strength for today. Thank You for the bright hope that we have for the day ahead. Truly, Lord, life is more worth living with You to guide us always.

Today, I ask You to bless my kids, Lord, that they too might experience Your grace today. Thank You that they are well-rested and ready to face another day. I am also grateful, Lord, for the wisdom You give to their young minds. Guide them always, Lord, to express love to the people around them – their classmates, teachers, and friends. May they always exhibit the fruits of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Let them be fountains of blessing to everyone around them. 

As I send them on their way to school, Lord, protect them all the way. Be their Guardian in the hours that I am not with them. Shield them from accidents, disease, and other forms of harm. Protect their minds from evil influences. Guard their hearts against any ungodly character. May their tongues always speak words that give life, and may their hands be extensions of Your grace to others. 

As my kids go about their way, Lord, also enable them to be positive influencers for Your glory. Let them spread Your love to their community. May their friends catch a glimpse of who You are through their actions. Let them be salt and light to the world around them. 

All these I pray in Your Name, Amen.

Bedtime Prayer for Kids

Dearest Lord, thank You for helping us through this day. Thank You for allowing us to be productive, for allowing us to be channels of Your blessing to the people whom we serve. Thank You also for allowing my kids to do the same today.

As we lay our heads to rest tonight, Lord, will you bless my little ones. Grant them a restful night. Allow them to recover their strength, that they may face tomorrow with confidence. Quiet their minds and guard their hearts tonight, Lord. Let no cares or worries surround them as they sleep. Instead, let Your love and peace be with them during the night.

I also ask You, Lord, to be their armor of protection as they rest tonight. Watch over them, and let no harm fall on them. Let no disease enter their bodies in their sleep. May Your hands be upon them tonight and every moment of their lives. 

Thank You also, Lord, for granting me this opportunity to be a parent to my kids. Thank You for the wisdom that You give me in raising them. I am forever grateful for their lives, and for how they are growing up to be individuals that give glory to Your name. Keep enabling them, Lord, to grow in Godly character. Through this, allow them also to be good influences to their community. 

Renew our strength, Lord, so that we may be ready for another day. Grant us a good night’s rest, and make us able to serve You again tomorrow. All these I ask in Your Name, Amen.

Bible Verses about Children

Proverbs 22:6  – Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Ephesians 6:4 – Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Psalm 127:3-5 – Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127:3 – Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Matthew 18:10 – See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.

Proverbs 17:6 – Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.

Isaiah 54:13 – All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.

Mark 10:13-16 – And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

John 16:21 – When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.

Matthew 19:14 – But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

Proverbs 20:11 – Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.

10 Ways to Pray For Your Child

At some point, every parent reaches that place of realizing that we can’t control everything, and we can’t produce a lifetime of happy endings for our kids. But rather than throwing up our hands in defeat, a wise mom gets on her knees and seeks the wisdom and help of God: the one who created your child, and loves him even more than you do (it’s true!). Here are some specific ways you can pray for your child and Scripture references to help you.

1. Pray for faith.

We do what we can to give our children a steady diet of the truth, but at some point they must embrace a relationship with God on their own. (Luke 2:52 “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and all the people.”  John 10:27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”)

2. Pray for health.

It’s something that moms of healthy kids naturally take for granted, but that moms of kids with serious health challenges value above all else. (Psalm 103:2-3 “Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases…”)

3. Pray for friendships.

Good friends are an important part of your child’s social and emotional development, and can play a major role in shaping their views. (Proverbs 12:26 “The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.”)

4. Pray for a future.

Your little one may still be a part of the crayons-and-paste set now, but the years go by quickly and they’re suddenly out there making a life for themselves. Pray now for their preparation for what lies ahead and God’s blessing. (Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”)

5. Pray for character.

A child with a strong sense of right and wrong will make better choices and be spared many of the potential sorrows of poorer ones. Pray that they will embrace a life of integrity and goodness, even in childhood. (1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”)

6. Pray for safety.

Even as they suffer playground bullies and struggle to ride a two-wheeler, asking for God’s hand of protection—physical, emotional and spiritual—over your child is always a good idea. (Psalm 4:8 “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.”  Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”)

7. Pray for joy and peace.

No amount of money or success will ever bring your child happiness unless they learn to be content in a variety of circumstances. Real joy is found in our perspective, rather than our situations. (Philippians 4:11 “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” 1 Timothy 6:6 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”)

8. Pray for their desire for the things that matter.

It’s hard to articulate to younger children why the things of the world are fleeting, and that eternal things are those you can build a meaningful life around. Pray for God to show you how to live this idea daily in front of them and for them to be able to understand it. (Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”)

9. Pray for purity.

Forchildren, the battle for purity is largely a battle for their minds: keeping the multitude of negative influences and ideas that are shouted at them daily by the media at bay. Pray for God’s guidance and help in keeping your kids pure in thought and deed. (Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”)

10. Pray for their future spouses.

It may sound crazy to pray about something that’s twenty years in the future, but out there, somewhere, is another child who may one day bring all of their baggage, good and bad, into your child’s life. Pray for God to provide the right mate for your child, and that they would enjoy a healthy marriage rooted in a strong common faith. (James 5:16 “…Pray for each other…The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”)

A Prayer to Pray Over Your Children Each Morning

A Prayer to Pray Over Your Children Each Morning

As parents, grandparents, mentors, and leaders, we have been given the incredible power to make a difference in the world through the lives of the children we love. And though many of us pray for our kids daily and strongly believe in the power of prayer, it’s sometimes hard to know how to pray strategically, or even what exactly to pray for.

There’s a battle over our families today, and the enemy would love nothing more than to destroy all that we hold dear in this life. He’ll do everything he can to lure our kids his way. But we don’t have to let him win. Here’s hope from God’s word to remember…

Prayer is powerful, and His words are true. I’m aware more than ever, of just how much our kids need our prayers. It’s one of the most important gifts we could ever give to them in this life. God knows our hearts, He sees, He hears, and is always at work, even when we can’t fully see.

Our children are His. And no matter where they go, how old they are, or what they’re facing in this life, they are secure in His care. They’re in His hands, and He has great purpose for them in this life. God loves each one of them so much more than we could ever imagine.

We may not be able to be with them every hour of every day. But He is.

We may not see every struggle, every worry, every burden that can weigh our kids down from day to day. But He does.

And He is always there, carrying them, and us, straight through.

Though it’s true, this world may seem dark many days, God calls us to be light, to make a difference in this life. Praying daily for our children, and for this generation to hold fast to that call. I’m freshly challenged and determined, more than ever before, to pray strategic prayers of blessing and hope over our kids and families, today and every day.

A Daily Prayer for Your Children:

A Daily Prayer for Your Children:

Dear God,

Another day is ahead, and once again, I want to release my children who I love so incredibly much, straight into your tender care. Because I know that’s the best place they could ever be. Thank you in advance for all that you have in store, for this day, for this season, and for their entire lives.

I ask for your wisdom and direction over their day, that you would give them understanding beyond what their years say they should even know. I ask that you would remind my kids again of how very much you love them. I pray that they find security and confidence fully in you, knowing that you are trustworthy and true.

I ask for your peace to cover them. I ask for laughter and joy to fill their day. I pray that you would give them boldness and courage to face the challenges set before them, with the confidence and calmness that can only come from your Holy Spirit.

I ask that you would teach them your ways, help them to be respectful to others, obedient to your paths, and have a desire to learn your word. Give them a compassionate spirit, and a willingness to look beyond the outward appearance of another to the deeper heart.

I pray that you would bring wrong to the light, that you would bring restoration and forgiveness when they mess up and lose their way. I ask for you to protect them from feelings of shame or condemnation, but instead, cover them with your grace and hope. I pray that you would surround them with friends and leaders who would challenge them to press closer to you.

"Thank you in advance for all that you have in store..."

“Thank you in advance for all that you have in store…”

Please keep them safe today. I ask that you would protect them from any harm or evil intent that would lurk close by, or attack them while they’re unaware. I ask for you to cover them in your care and hide them in the safety of your powerful presence. I pray for you to protect their coming and going, and to remind them that you’re always with them. Give them alertness, spiritual discernment, and wisdom to avoid temptation and to make the best choices. Give them a heart for your word and for your ways.

I pray that you would direct their steps, that your plans for them would prosper, and that every place you have determined for them to walk would be paved clear. We ask for you to open doors that need to be opened and close every one that needs to be shut tight. Allow every gift and treasure you have placed inside their lives to grow, develop, and flourish, to bring you glory.

I ask that you would raise up greatness in my children, greatness in this generation, willing to stand strong and true, passionate for you, believing that you have designed them for purpose and good works, which you have planned and prepared in advance for them to do.

Be a lamp for their feet. Be a light to their path. Shine over them. Fill them with your Spirit. Bless them with your favor and peace.

I thank you God, that you walk ahead of them, beside them, and behind them too. So I can trust you to always lead the way, be constantly at their side, and to have their back too, all at the same time.

Thank you so much for allowing me the privilege to care for my children, and I praise you for the work you are continuing to do in their lives. They are a gift to me and to many others.

I love you Lord. I need you. And I trust you today with these precious ones I love so dearly.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

12 Verses of Blessing to Speak Over Your Children:

12 Verses of Blessing to Speak Over Your Children:

For Blessing:

“The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

For Courage:

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

For Hope:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

For Trust:

For Trust:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

For Peace:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

For Kindness:

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

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For God’s Word to Guide Them:

For God’s Word to Guide Them:

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105

For the Fruit of God’s Spirit:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

For Strength:

“Do not fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

For God’s Power:

For God’s Power:

“You dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

For Protection:

“He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:11

For God’s Watchful Care:

“The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:8

40 Powerful Blessings to Pray over Your Children


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Children are a gift – an amazing blessing from God.  Every single day we may find ourselves doing a lot for our kids, loving and caring for them, nurturing, teaching, training, helping, leading, equipping, encouraging, protecting, and so much more. We spend precious hours just living out life, helping with homework, and driving them to activities. We spend money on sports, lessons, and various classes to help them grow and become all they can be, providing opportunities for them to do what they most love in this world. But in the midst of busy, full lives, we have to ask ourselves: Are we praying for our children?  

I mean, really praying specific, powerful, promise-filled, hope-inspired prayers for our children. Are we praying God’s powerful Word and promises over our childrens lives?  I’m freshly aware, and challenged to pray more.

There’s a battle over our families today, and the enemy would love nothing more than to destroy all that we hold dear in this life. He’s ruthless and cunning, deceitful and sly. He’ll attack when we’re not watching, he’ll do everything he can to lure our kids his way. Don’t let him win.

Prayer is essential over our children and families, in order to stay alert, aware, and discerning of God’s voice, as well as to stand against the attacks of the enemy in our lives. We should never underestimate the importance of speaking blessing and truth over their lives. Prayer is powerful and his words are true. 

Prayer + God’s Word = Power – the pathway for Him to do miraculous things.

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Let’s start asking God for his protection and blessings today. Here are 40 blessings to pray for children:

Dear God,

We praise you for your love and faithfulness. We thank you for your protection and care over our families. Thank you that you give us the power to love well; the wisdom to lead and teach our children. We know you’re for us; that you fight for our families today. You are Redeemer, Restorer, and Friend, we believe you have good in store. We confess, some days, parenting is tough. Many days we can feel anxious or overwhelmed. We ask that you would make us more like you, more aware of your constant Presence in our lives. Help us to release our children to You, so that You are free to fully accomplish all that You desire, in them, through them. Please fill our families with your truth and cover us with your favor. 

Lord, we pray for these blessings over our children, today, and every day…

Belief – “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.” Acts 16:31

Blessing – “The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

Courage – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Contentment – “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Encouragement – “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29

Endurance – “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus…” Hebrews 12:1-2

Faithfulness – “Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.” 1 Sam. 12:24

Favor – “For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.” Psalm 5:12

Forgiveness – “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Fruitfulness – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23

Generosity – “They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:18-19

Godly Relationships – “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Prov. 13:20

Grace – “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14

Health – “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” 3 John 1:2

Honesty – “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

Hope – “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Humility – “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4

Integrity – “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.” Proverbs 10:9

Joy – “…for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

Kindness – “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

Love – “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.” 1 John 3:1

Obedience – “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1

Patience – “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.” James 1:19

Peace – “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3

Protection – “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart…He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:1-2, 4, 11

Provision – “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Purity – “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.” Psalm 119:9

Purpose – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Respect – “Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” 1 Peter 2:17

Safety – “The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:8

Salvation – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Self-Control – “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Servant Heart – “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13

Strength – “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:10-11

Submission – “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

Thankfulness – “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17

Trust – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Value – “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:9

Wisdom – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” Proverbs 9:10

Wise Instruction – “All your sons will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children’s peace.” Isaiah 54:13

Please let your blessings and Word shine on our children and family, as we seek to honor you.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

“Pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children…” Lamentations 2:19

10 Popular Bedtime Prayers for Children

Bedtime Prayers for Children

Saying bedtime prayers every night can help a child develop a habit of praying regularly and to self-reflect on his/her thoughts, behaviour, and actions of the day. Teaching bedtime prayers to your child can be extremely beneficial. Read this article to find out how bedtime prayers can benefit your child, as well as 10 popular bedtime prayers that you can teach your dear child.

Benefits of Bedtime Prayers

Bedtime prayers are very beneficial for children. Some of the benefits include:

1. Saying Bedtime Prayers Helps Reduce Stress

Studies have shown that spending some time each night on self-reflection and prayer reduces stress levels in both adults and children. Praying increases feelings of calmness and wellness, thus, reducing the ill-effects of stress. Prayers can also nullify the negative effects of stress, on physical health.ADVERTISEMENT

2. Praying Helps With Self-control

Research has found that people who pray regularly have better discipline and self-control than people who do not pray. Studies have also shown that children who pray regularly are less prone to throwing tantrums and are more disciplined.

3. Praying Makes One Compassionate

Praying makes people more kind and compassionate. This is a value you definitely want to inculcate in your child. Studies have shown that regular prayer can reduce aggressive behaviour and prevent angry outbursts in adults and children. Praying for the needs of other people makes children more empathetic and sensitive to the feelings of people around them. Overall, praying makes kids nicer.

4. Praying Helps Develop Trust

Praying with your child strengthens the bond of trust and unity between you and your child. Praying with family members can help your child get closer to them.

Benefits of Bedtime Prayers for Kids

5. Praying Makes One More Forgiving

Adults and children who pray regularly are found to be more willing to forgive others and are less inclined to hold grudges.

6. Praying Strengthens Faith in God

The best way for parents to inculcate and maintain their child’s faith in God is by having them pray before bedtime. Even if kids are unable to visit places of worship, due to school and homework, they still maintain a connection to God. Having a specific prayer time builds a habit that is likely to continue into adulthood as well.

7. Praying Builds Discipline

Praying every day builds discipline in kids, especially as their faith begins to grow each day. Maintaining a routine each day helps keep kids disciplined. Praying can have a great effect on children, especially if parents are having a hard time disciplining them.

8. Praying Sets a Child’s Moral Compass True North

A person’s moral compass is the internalised set of moral values and ethics he/she lives by. This is typically set during childhood, based on the beliefs inculcated in children and the experiences they have had. Praying sets a child’s moral compass north, which means their moral values are in the right place.

Simple Night Time Prayers for Kids

Here are some simple bedtime prayers for toddlers and young children

1. Thank You, God!

This prayer is in the form of a rhyme and can be remembered by children easily. It is also simple and can be understood without difficulty. This prayer is about thanking God for all the good things he has provided. It goes as follows:

“Thank you God for the world so sweet,
Thank you God for the food we eat,
Thank you, God for the birds that sing,
Thank you, God, for everything!”

2. Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

This is a very popular prayer that has several variations. Here are 2 versions of this prayer:

“Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should live for other days,
I pray the Lord to guide my ways.
Lord, unto thee I pray, thou hast guarded me all day;
safe I am while in thy sight.
Safely let me sleep tonight.
Bless my friends; the whole world blesses;
Help me to learn helpfulness.
Keep me ever in thy sight,
so to all, I say good night.”

“Now I lay me down to sleep;
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
May God guard me through the night,
And wake me with the morning light.”

3. Hi, It’s Me!

This beautiful rhyme is a child’s bedtime prayer and can be easily understood even by toddlers.

“Hi, it’s me, just come to pray
And thank you for a fun-filled day!
You’ve been with me, so I know you’ve seen
All the great exciting things.
But also when I’m sad or cross
I know you love me, no matter what!
So help me rest and go to sleep
And feel the peace of your love for me.”

4. Dear God

This is a prayer for young children of school-going age and for a child who has had a bad day or is feeling sad or troubled.

“Dear God,
I’ve felt a bit sad today.
Sometimes people say things that upset me.
Sometimes I feel lonely at school.
Sometimes I feel misunderstood by my mum and dad.
Sometimes my feelings are all mixed up inside.
Please make me feel better.
Please make me sleep with good dreams.
Please make a happier day tomorrow.”

5. Father, We Thank Thee

Children should say this bedtime prayer to show gratitude to God for showering his blessings on them. This prayer is ideal for making your child understand that it is important to be thankful for the good things in life, and to be kind and loving.

“Father, We thank thee for the night,
And for the pleasant morning light;
For rest and food and loving care,
And all that makes the day so fair.
Help us to do the things we should,
To be to others kind and good;
In all we do, in work or play,
To grow more loving every day.”

6. Angels Bless

This prayer asks angels to watch over your child.

“Angels bless, and angels keep
Angels guard me while I sleep
Bless my heart and bless my home
Bless my spirit as I roam
Guide and guard me through the night
and wake me with the morning’s light.”

7. Lord in Heaven

This prayer asks for God’s care and guidance. It also asks God to bless all the people who love you.

“Lord in heaven, hear my prayer,
Keep me in your loving care.
Be my guide in all I do.
Bless all those who love me, too.”

8. When I See the Moon

This is an ancient prayer that praises God for his kindness.

“When I see the moon in the night sky,
I speak my evening prayer;
Praise be to the being of life,
For his kindness and his goodness.”

9. Lord Be Beside Us

This prayer asks God to guide and protect the whole family.

“Lord be beside us, all every day
Guiding and leading us gently always.
Lord be above us, help us to see
The hope of the future, of all we could be.
Lord be beneath us, carry us when
We’re too shattered or tired to really have strength.
Lord be ahead of us, smoothing our paths
Protecting and blessing the places we pass.
Lord be behind us, healing our wounds,
Forgiving our mistakes and making us new.
Lord, be within us, this family is yours
Now and forever, you are our Lord.”

10. God, Grant Me the Serenity

This prayer is for slightly older children and asks God for serenity, wisdom, and courage.

“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.”

Making your child say a bedtime prayer every night will give you a chance to bond with him/her. You can also talk to your child about the things that might be troubling him/her and give a solution to his problem. After the prayer session, teach your child values like kindness and truthfulness. A bedtime prayer habit will also help your child calm down and sleep restfully. So, teach these bedtime prayers to your little one, and raise a happy child.

12 Powerful Verses to Pray Over Our Children

I would never have guessed what parenting would do for my prayer life.

My pre-conceived notion was that parenting was about making peanut butter sandwiches and tucking kids into bed at night. About kissing boo-boos and reminding them to close the front door. And mostly about being kind to others and learning to love God.

About loving, correcting, supporting, cheering, and then loving them some more.

But I can see now that parenting is also a whole lot about prayer.

And for a while there I thought it was just me. You know, like I wasn’t doing enough right or I wasn’t quite enough or…..something.

That I found myself so often throwing myself down on my knees. Calling out to God

With a heart-cry to keep our kids safe – and hopefully thriving-  in this world we find ourselves living in.

But I was recently talking with a dear friend of mine who also happens to be a seasoned parent—and a really good parent too.

She mentioned to me that she relies more on prayer now than ever before.

And I confess that I was glad to hear it.

So whether you’re a “seasoned” parent or a brand-new fresh one, let me encourage you that your prayers will have a powerful impact on your children – both now and for the rest of their lives.

Powerful Verses to Pray and Over Your Children

1.   Strength

Pray that God gives them the strength to do what they need to do each day.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13

2.   Courage

Pray that they will be brave as they face the challenges that are before them.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. ~ Joshua 1:9

3.   Peace

Ask that their hearts will be calm and peaceful as they go through their day and in their sleep at night.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. ~ Philippians 4:6

4.   Provision

Ask God to provide for all that they need – for stamina, spirit, and finances – for each day.

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:19

5.   Direction

Pray that the Lord will lead them as they begin to make more and more decisions as they get older.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

6.   Protection

Ask that God keeps them safe in this increasingly unsafe world. That He will protect them from harm and wickedness.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Psalm 91:1-2

7.   Joy

Pray that God fills them with the kind of joy that can only come from Him.

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. ~ Psalm 16:11

8.   Compassion

Pray that they will show compassion on those in need and who have less than they do.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. ~ Ephesians 4:32

9.   Justice

Ask God to give them a sense of justice – to stand up for what is right and to defend the weak.

Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. ~ Isaiah 1:17

10.   Wisdom

Pray that they will grow in wisdom and understanding. That they’ll be more than “smart” and embrace what is good and right.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. ~ James 1:5

11.   Hope

Ask God to give them the hope that comes from above – the kind that far exceeds what we have in the here and now.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. ~ Romans 15:13

12.   Love

Pray that our children are filled with the love of God. That they will know how deeply they are loved, and that love will overflow onto others.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. ~ 2 Corinthians 13

Want to hear one more unexpected blessing of praying these things for our children? We can pray the same requests for ourselves.

So, as I go over these verses, I remind myself that they are true for me too.

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Prayers for Anxiety That Will Calm You When the Panic Sets In

Prayers for Anxiety When Your Heart Is Overwhelmed

These soothing words will bring calm and inner peace to your heart, even when nothing else will.

Anxiety can creep in at any time. We live in a world that attacks us daily with events and situations that cause worry and panic to rise. Anxiety, if left unaddressed, can slowly rise to a level of non-stop panic and fear. While we may do a good job at hiding and masking it, the anxious feelings will destroy from the inside out. From the inability to focus on tasks to panic attacks, Satan will use anxiety to stop you from living the full life God has for you. We can fight anxiety through prayer and casting our worries on God. 

No matter what you are facing today that is causing you to seek God’s help, rest assured that He can give you a “peace that passes understanding” (Philippians 4:7) in the face of fears. You can trust God with today and tomorrow. Through prayer, you can release worry to Him and rest knowing that He loves you and has a plan for everything in your life. The best thing you can do when you feel anxiety rising is to take it to God in prayer. It is through prayer that we surrender our worries to God and receive His peace. We have gathered our favorite prayers for anxiety. Keep these close to you and pray in the moments you begin to feel overwhelmed. 

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A Prayer to Overcome Anxiety

Heavenly Father, thank You for being an overcoming God! I know I can take heart because You have overcome the world. Empower me to rise above my circumstances. Help me cast my anxiety on You because You care for me. Give me Your power to overcome. Thank You for giving me the victory! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.  (Esther Fleece Allen)

Prayer to Calm Your Anxiety

Lord, you know me. You made me. You love me. Meet me where I am in this moment. You knew I’d be here. Do what You want with my churning insides and my spinning mind and my blown-up fear. Don’t waste a minute of my anxiety. Heal it. Use it. Change it. Instead of begging for something specific, I give myself to You. What do you want from me and for me? Thank you for understanding me when no one else does and loving me anyway. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.  (Lori Freeland)

To Feel God’s Love and Care

Dear God, help me know You love me. Help me feel Your caring arms around me today, even in the dark. Help me hear Your voice singing over me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen (Emily T. Wierenga)

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Lord, Help My Anxious Heart

Gracious Father, You are trustworthy, and yet I forget that. Too often I try to work out every situation in my own thoughts without once acknowledging You. Give me the right words to help my child. Give me a heart of love and patience. Use me to remind them that You are with them, You will be their God, You will strengthen them. Remind me You will uphold them, You will be their help. Please be my help today. Be my strength today. Remind me that You have promised to love me and my children eternally — and that You will never leave us. Please let me rest and trust in You, and help me teach my kids the same. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Jessica Thompson)

Prayer for Peace and Relief from Anxiety

Lord, Today I pray that You would help me exchange my attempts at escape and relief for Your perfect peace. I pray that You would give me wisdom in my decisions, and use them to bring harvest of righteousness in my life. Today Lord, I choose to trust You and Your peace as my guard. Teach me to cast all my anxiety on You, because I know You care for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Grace Mills)

To Be Anxious For Nothing

Heavenly Father, Thank You for never leaving us nor forsaking us. As your daughters walk through valleys and experience painful anxiety, heal us completely if that is Your will. If You have a different plan for our lives, give us Your strength, love and courage and walk with us each day. We love You dearly. … In Jesus’ Name, Amen (Lara Sadowski)

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A Prayer to Give God Worries and Depression

Dear Father in Heaven, so much in my life is broken. I have so many concerns and cares, and they weigh me down. While I desire to cast my cares upon You, I find I usually pick them back up again, and they only add more anxiety and stress. Please help me learn to cast my cares on You as I learn what it means to rest and trust in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Chrystal Hurst)

Prayer for Peace Over Worry

Dear God, help me wait well. Help me know what to do and when to do it. Then, help me do the holy work of rest, even when I would rather work and worry. Give me peace, and teach me to trust You as I wait for You to answer my prayers. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Chrystal Evans Hurst)

Trade Worry, Anxiety, Pain for Peace

Father God, I thank You that You are compassionate, merciful and faithful in Your love for me. I thank you that You know every thread of every thought I have. You care deeply when I hurt and You care deeply when I am joyful. Help me to come to you in prayer with all my worries, pain and anxiety and trade them for Your peace that passes all understanding. Help me to come to You with all of my joyful moments and rejoice. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Ramona Davis)

Prayer to Replace Struggle with Joy

Heavenly Father, You alone are my secret keeper and know the darkest places within my heart. Lord, I feel tired, overwhelmed and unworthy of Your love. Help me to truly surrender the things that keep me imprisoned inside my heart. Replace my struggle with Your joy. I want my joy back. I want to stand beside You and celebrate this life that You have paid so dearly to give me. Thank you, Lord. You truly are the greatest gift of all. Consume me in Your joy, for I believe that the Joy of YOU Father, is where my strength is found. Thank You, Lord … In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (AJ Luck)

Peace for the Overwhelmed Heart

Lord, when my heart is overwhelmed, overwhelm me with Your peace. Lead me to You, my rock. Guide me to Your Word which gives me strength and refuge. Help me not to run to lesser things. Draw me to run to You first. Help me get into the habit of taking my “overwhelmed” and placing it under your will. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen (Jennifer Rotheschild)

prayer for faith over fear and worry and anxiety

A Prayer for When You Feel Weary and Burdened

Thank you that your yoke is easy and your burden is light. Thank you that you promise to give the worried, the hurried, the pressured, and stressed out – rest and peace for our souls – if we’ll just come before you. Thank you that you already know all that concerns us, and you care. We’re so grateful for your reminder that we don’t have to carry it all on our own. Forgive us for the times that we’ve tried to fix things in our own power, for not taking the time to rest, or coming to you first with our needs and burdens.  Thank you for the refreshing that comes from your Spirit, filling us with joy, covering us with a shield, leading us forward with hope. Equip us to be those who take notice of others who seem weary and burdened too. Help us to slow down, to take the time, to point others to you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Debbie McDaniel)

Prayer for Faith Instead of Fear and Worry

Father, please forgive me when I give in to fear and worry instead of stepping out in faith and believing You. Help me learn how to capture my thoughts and train them to focus on You. I want to become a woman who trusts You – no matter what. My faith is small, but I now choose to place it in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Mary Southerland)

For Brave Faith When Life Gets Scary

Dear God, I need Your peace today. I know that in order to be at rest I have to stop juggling fear with faith. So I ask for Your wisdom. Help me to be brave. I come now and hand over these concerns (pause to personalize this). Fill me with Your love, joy and peace instead, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.  (Gwen Smith)

prayer for peace when anxiety attacks

For Peace When Tempted to Panic

Father God, I know it is normal for us to sometimes find ourselves in a pit of fear and discouragement. But we don’t have to stay there. Today, we’re choosing to fix our eyes on You. And we’re remembering that each thing we verbalize our thankfulness for is like a steppingstone out of the pit we’ve been in. Thank You for providing Your timeless truths that prove to us over and over again how powerfully capable You always are. With You by our side, we have no need to fear. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Lysa Terkeurst)

A Prayer to Overcome Panic Attacks

Lord, I come to you and I thank you for drawing near to me when I draw near to you. To think that you are mindful of me — it overwhelms my soul. But Lord, today my spirit is heavy and my body is weak. I cannot bear the weight of this anxiety and panic any longer. I recognize I can’t get through this alone, and I pray against the very active enemy who is trying to shake my faith and tear us apart. Help me stand strong in you. Fortify these weary bones and remind me of the truth that this pain and panic will not last forever. It will pass.

Fill me with your joy, peace and perseverance, Father. Restore my soul and break the chains of anxiety and panic that bind me. I trust you with my panic and I know that you have the power to take it all away. But even if you don’t, I know I don’t have to be a slave to my fear. I can rest in the shadow of your wings and I will rise and overcome by your unwavering strength. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Lauren Gaskill)

For Freedom from Stress and Anxiety

Dear Lord, help me trust You, consent to Your healing, and spend time in Your Word and in prayer. Rescue me from my distress and from the grave. Thank You for caring about my life and that I can be free from stress. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Stephanie Clayton)

prayer for fears and anxiety

A Prayer to Fight Fear

Dear Lord, I’m declaring today that I will not live in a state of fear. I place all of my fears into Your hands and commit to trust Your plan. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Lysa Terkeurst)

To Trust God When Doubting

Dear God, I want to honor You with my life. Sometimes I’m afraid I won’t become the woman You want me to be. Help me do my part to live the abundant life You’ve made possible for me. Reveal Yourself to me through Your Word, and show me how to honor You with my actions. And when doubts arise, help me trust that You are a gentle Shepherd who has promised to lead me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Chrystal Evans Hurst)

To Come to Jesus for Peace

Lord, there are a lot of weary women out there trying to be perfect – zipping up their feelings until they feel like they are going to explode.  Jesus, please help these girls know that there is healing in Your Open Arms.  They don’t have to act like they have it all together.  They can lay down the concealer and come to You.  Massage into their tired hearts that they don’t have to be perfect because You are.  All You are asking them to do is to come to You and learn from You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Robin Jones)

A Prayer for Hope When Trusting God is Hard

Heavenly Father, even when it feels like there’s a delay, help me to never doubt You have my best interest in mind. Give me divine wisdom in handling whatever situations are weighing me down, and help me release my cares to You. Thank You for Your unconditional love. I love You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Binu Samuel)

Prayer for Anxiety and Fear

On this page you’ll find a list verses and prayers for anxiety. In today’s world, anxiety is far too common. If you find yourself stressing and panicking over events and circumstances in your life, it’s time to turn it all over to God. He is the only one who can truly ease the worries that you carry.

I sought the LORD, and he answered me he delivered me from all my fears

Everyone can benefit from prayer. As God Himself has said, you need only to come before Him and pray. Whenever you’re feeling anxious and worried, pray. There is power in prayer and in turning it all over to the Lord, who sacrificed His own son to pay for your sins. If He was willing to save you from death, why wouldn’t He take your anxieties and worries and erase them from your life. While you will still face those circumstances and events, you don’t need to do it alone. He is always there.

Deuteronomy 31-6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you he will never leave you nor forsake you

Many people find that once they begin to pray, they feel much calmer. There’s a peace in letting God take over your life. He has a plan and when you’re following it, you’ll find that even the bigger issues aren’t nearly as troublesome. In fact, knowing that you are not alone in dealing with them can make you feel at peace, no matter what you are facing.

Peace is what I leave with you it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does

PRAYER FOR ANXIETY CATHOLIC

Almighty God, You know what I need before I even ask and You know how ignorant I am. Please release me from these anxious thoughts and help me see Your gifts. Aid me in reaffirming my faith so that I can serve You as You first intended. In Your Name, Amen.

PRAYER FOR ANXIETY AND PANIC ATTACKS

Dear God, I come before You to lay my panic and anxiety at Your feet. When I’m crushed by my fears and worries, remind me of Your power and Your grace. Fill me with Your peace as I trust in You and You alone. I know I can’t beat this on my own, but I also know that I have You, Lord, and You have already paid the ultimate price to carry my burdens. For this I thank you, Amen.

Peace I leave with you my peace I give you I do not give to you as the world gives Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid

PRAYERS FOR ANXIETY AND WORRY

Dear Lord, in this moment, I find myself struggling with worries. I know this is not Your will and that You wish me to lay my burdens at Your feet. I know I can turn my cares over to You, who have died on the cross to set me free. I choose to trust in You, Lord, to focus on You, and to leave behind my worries and my cares, as they are nothing in Your light. When I find myself falling to my knees, let it be in front of You, with Your name on my lips, dear God. You will ease my burden and let me live free. In Your Name, Amen.

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power love and self-discipline

PRAYER FOR ANXIETY, WORRY, AND FEAR

Our Heavenly Father, today is a difficult one and I come to you as a broken and humbled servant. I’m unable to bear the burden of my worry and fear alone, and I turn to You to help me. Your sacrifice has set me free and I yearn to follow Your path, Lord. Help me live in Your grace. You have forgiven me and You have erased my cares. Everything I have is because of You and I ask that You help me trust in You, Lord. Amen.

But even if you should suffer for what is right you are blessed Do not fear their threats do not be frightened

PRAYER FOR ANXIETY RELIEF

Lord, You know my heart and my innermost thoughts. You see the struggle within me, the battle between mind and heart. I beg of you, O Lord, release me from this anxiety. Let me bask in Your Holiness and remain calm, knowing that You are Lord and Savior. You died for my sins and You will not leave me alone in this dark place. I thank You for Your everlasting love, Amen.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way The Lord be with all of you

PRAYER FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Dear God, the heaviness of the world weighs on me and while I know You are in charge and You have my best interests at heart, I am struggling. My worries and the worries of the world crush me and bear me to the ground. O Lord, help me understand that You are the one holding me up, and that You will prevail against this darkness in me. Deliver me from the Valley of Death. Your love can heal all and I ask that you lift me from this pit of despair and surround me in Your incredible love and light. Let me see You in everything, Lord, that I may rise above this, in Your arms, and serve You. In Your Name, Amen.

PRAYER FOR ANXIETY AND FEAR

Heavenly Father, I fall before you, pleading for Your understanding and forgiveness. I have faltered in my faith, Lord. I feel fear and anxiety where I should feel faith and strength in Your arms. Forgive me, Father, and banish these thoughts from my head. Sweep away the fears that threaten to overcome me and make me new again, in Your Holy Spirit. This I ask, Amen.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley I will fear no evil for you are with me your rod and your staff they comfort me

Verses from the Bible:

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
Psalm 94:19

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
Luke 12:25-26

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love.
2 Timothy 1:7

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7

LET THE PEACE OF CHRIST RULE IN YOUR HEARTS, SINCE AS MEMBERS OF ONE BODY YOU WERE CALLED TO PEACE AND BE THANKFUL

We can pray on your behalf by taking your anxiety prayer to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the holiest points on earth. Send us your personal serenity prayer and we will take it to the church, where a priest will say your prayer in this special and religious place. We will take photos of your prayer and lit candle and send them to you by email.

Lots and lots of prayers to lift you up, give hope and restore perspective.

Worry does not have to control your life.
Let God put your life and thoughts in order.

Trust Him.

Anxiety might be that you are just nervous or overwhelmed sometimes. Or it can be a problem that disrupts your life, as in anxiety disorders like phobias, panic, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Prayer for relief from anxiety, stress or depression makes a big difference. Remember, God always hears your prayer.

We recognize that healing also comes from the support and care of loved ones. Some might even need professional help. The goodness of God works in many ways.

May the Lord bless you abundantly!

Try This Prayer for Anxiety and Depression (Trust Me, It Helps)

I’m guessing that if you’re reading this, you’ve struggled or are struggling with anxiety or depression and you’re looking for hope. Maybe you feel like you’ve tried everything and you just can’t seem to beat it. You’re hoping to find a prayer for anxiety that will fix it all and make it go away. Poof! That nagging, aching, painful feeling inside is now gone and you can go back to normal. Maybe you feel lost, afraid and alone. I bet you also sometimes feel a little guilty that you’re supposed to “be anxious for nothing” as a Christian and you can’t seem to get it right. That depresses you, and now you feel like quitting and pulling away from everyone. That was me. I was there, and I was there big time.

My marriage was in shambles. I was shouldering all of the responsibility of raising three kids, two of them teenagers (Lord, help me!) all on my own. Working, cooking, cleaning, carpooling, fixing, financing, supporting, loving, providing—it was all on me. My anxiety was through the roof, and I didn’t know what to do about it. I was trying everything I could think of: counseling, meditation, medication, music, exercise, reciting Scriptures, you name it! Nothing seemed to take it away. Don’t get me wrong, it was definitely helping to do these things. I started to see the world in color again. I learned to use the tools I needed to get myself centered again. But I just couldn’t make it past a certain point. I was still struggling. Looking back, one thing I realize I wasn’t trying was “not trying.” Let me explain.  

If you search Scripture, you will find a plethora of verses on the topic of worry to pore over and pick apart. I know because I did it. I was looking for a magic formula to help me conquer it once and for all. In my search, I found something unexpected. You have to pay attention to see it, but in these verses there are implicit instructions from our Father to do nothing. What? Nothing? Yes, nothing. In Matthew 11:28 NIV, Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” He is doing the work here, not us. We just have to come to Him. In John 14:27 NIV, He says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you …” Are you sensing a theme? He is giving us peace. He is giving us rest. We do nothing. Again in Matthew 6:25-34 NIV, this famous passage tells us not to worry, for God even “clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire,” so how much more will He take care of us? Here we are told to “seek first his kingdom … and all these things will be given” to us. That’s right—did you catch that? Given!

It wasn’t until I learned to do nothing that I finally found peace.

God is a giver. He has the answers, and He has our back. Some things we just can’t do ourselves, but that is exactly how He designed it. All we have to do is trust Him and come to Him. He does the rest! And you know, all of those things I worried about worked out, one way or another. My self-imposed worry was causing horrible physical symptoms and depression. It wasn’t until I took a breath, rested, truly came to Jesus, got quiet, let go of all the details, told God that I trusted Him completely—and then learned to do nothing—that I finally found peace. My prayers became less about my situation and more about my trust in Him.  

If you need to do the same, I highly encourage you to rest. Find a quiet place, away from everyone and everything, and pray this prayer for anxiety and depression. You may want to keep this prayer in your phone or on your mirror to help you remember to give it all to God and wait in expectation. I can promise you this: He will give you rest. He will give you peace. And His answers are infinitely better than anything you could ever come up with. You can trust Him.

Dear Lord,

I come to You today to ask for help. You are my everything. Lord, I need rest. I give You my worry. Take it, Lord. I accept Your peace, love, and understanding. Help me to turn to You and not to myself. Help me to stop doing and start trusting. Help me to wait on Your answers, because I know that they are good. Give me wisdom, hope, and peace. Thank you, Lord, for Your patience and grace. I love You, and I know You love me so much more than I could ever imagine.

Amen.

Scriptures to Pray When You’re Struggling with Anxiety

I am not a stranger to anxiety. I was diagnosed with postpartum anxiety and put on medication after my second son was born. Before that anxiety seemed to be fully managed, I found myself struggling with alternating bouts of depression and crippling anxiety after both of my sons began receiving diagnosis after diagnosis and my life became filled with a million appointments (or so it felt), sleepless nights, and a constant worry I wasn’t doing enough for my children.

I began a regimen of looking up, writing down, and memorizing scriptures about peace and anxiety. There’s a lot, in case you were wondering.

The Scriptures reminded me that God doesn’t want us to be fearful or anxious. And while I clung to those Scriptures, I didn’t feel like they were doing much to fight against my anxiety.

I knew according to Ephesians 6 that we are in a war and we must protect ourselves and battle with prayer. And so I started praying fervently for peace, for healing from my anxiety.

One day at Bible study, the ladies asked for prayer requests and I (in a state of desperation and vulnerability and courage) shared my struggles with anxiety. What happened next is something that I will never forget…

The ladies circled around me, laid their hands on me, and prayed for me. All the prayers were beautiful, heartfelt, and full of such love, but then one of the ladies began praying and I noticed that her prayer was composed of the scriptures I was memorizing. She embedded those scriptures effortlessly into her prayers and it was such a powerful prayer and I felt peace wash over me in a way I haven’t experienced before, or since, and I wept as those ladies prayed for me.

My chronic anxiety was gone that night, and has yet to return. God is good!

I still get anxious from time with various situations that come into my life, but when that happens, I now know to combat the anxiety by praying scripture. I learned from those ladies that prayed over me that there is power in God’s word, and there is power in prayer, and when you combine those two elements together, powerful things can happen! I’ve experienced it and I pray that you will too.

Below are some of my favorite scriptures about peace and overcoming anxiety. I encourage you to make them applicable to your own life, your own worries and struggles and situations. Consider printing out this list and praying or journaling one of them a day. Fill your heart, mind, and prayers with the word of God and God’s truths will strengthen you with God’s truth, love, power, and peace in your life.

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25 Scriptures to pray when you‘re struggling with anxiety

Pray that you would release your burdens and anxiety to God and embrace the peace He wants you to experience. “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4:6-7 MS

  1. Pray that you would release your burdens and anxiety to God and embrace the peace He wants you to experience. “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4:6-7 MS
  2. Thank God that He knows and cares for you. “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me–just as the Father knows me and I know the Father–and I lay down my life for my sheep.” John 10:14
  3. Pray that you would trust the Good Shepherd and experience the peace He has for you. “The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters, he refreshes my soul.” Psalm 23:1-3
  4. Thank God that even in your fear and/or anxiety, God is with you and there to comfort you. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
  5. Thank God that He is always with you and watching over you. “The LORD watches over you–the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.”
  6. Pray that you would not be ruled by a spirit of fear or anxiety. “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
  7. Pray that you would not live in fear or anxiety but in your spiritual identity as a beloved child of God. “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” Romans 8:15-17
  8. Share your worries and burdens with God. “Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He not permit the godly to slip and fall.” Psalm 55:22
  9. Pray that you would be focused on the things of heaven, rather than the things on earth that worry you. “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?..But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:23, 33
  10. Pray that you would be able to focus on God’s truths and not the things that make you anxious. “…Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Phillipians 4:8-9
  11. Pray that your thought processes would be transformed from anxious thinking, to rooted in God’s truth and peace and rest. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2
  12. Pray that you would remember that anxiety is not from God and we can fight against it. “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes…” Ephesians 6:10-11
  13. Pray that your trust in God would grow and overrun your anxieties. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me.” John 14:1
  14. Pray that God will help you experience freedom from your anxiety. “I waited patiently for the LORD;he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” Psalm 40:1-2
  15. Pray that you would grow in your faith as you experience life’s storms. “The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and the waves, and it was completely calm.” Matthew 8:25
  16. Pray that you would always remember that despite the troubles in your life, Jesus has overcome the world, and we share in His victory too. “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
  17. Pray that God would strengthen you to follow Him despite your fears and anxieties. “So, do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
  18. Pray that God will exchange your burdens and anxieties for His peace and rest. “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
  19. Pray that God would deliver you from your anxieties and worries. “The righteous cry out and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. THe LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:17-18
  20. Pray that you would experience the peace that only Jesus can provide. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
  21. Pray that your anxiety would not affect your sleep but that “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8
  22. Pray that your home and all your family members will be filled with peace. “The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places; in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” Isaiah 32:17-18
  23. Pray that you would continually grow in each fruit of the spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23
  24. Pray that you would be persevere in faith and obedience to God, despite your anxiety. “Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
  25. Pray that God’s power would be displayed in you through your struggles with anxiety. “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-9

20 Prayers for Anxiousness to Trade Your Worries and Fears for God’s Peace

prayer for anxiousness

Whether it is a small, slow build of anxious thoughts over time or a sudden event that causes panic, everyone faces moments of anxiety. Yet, we do not all experience anxiety the same. You may be struggling with invading thoughts of worry that distract you from everyday activities, you may experience sudden and rapid breathing, or you may be finding it difficult to have a reason to get of bed. No matter the feelings of anxiety that come – God provides a way of escape. You are not alone. 1 Peter 5:6 and 10 tell us “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you…he will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

When the world feels out of control, we can turn to prayer to focus and calm our thoughts on God’s promises. Praying is an effective way to surrender your worries and fears to God and replace them with His peace. If you are struggling to find the words to pray in moments of worry and depression, we want to provide you with these guiding prayers. May these prayers speak over your anxiousness and provide calm.

A Prayer for Anxiousness

Lord Jesus, the stresses in my life often reach a dangerous proportion—or so it seems. My body, mind, and spirit struggle to keep up physically, mentally, and yes, spiritually. Some days anxiety stalks me like a deceitful predator, and the temptation to worry draws me in.  In those moments of apprehension, help me remember that I belong to You, and that You are not the author of fear or anxiety, but the giver of love and a sound mind. Teach me Your ways to respond to problems by giving thanks in them. Your Word assures me that You are always there with me. 

You are the Blessed Controller of all things, and nothing escapes Your attention in my life. You have given me every tool and spiritual blessing to fight against those things that try to steal my peace. You’ve promised that when I’m stressed and burdens are trying to weigh me down, I can come to You. You will give me sweet rest! (Rebecca Barlow Jordan)

Praying Over Anxiety

Whether the anxiety stems from work, parenting, finances, physical issues, or even world conditions, You are there, Lord, to shoulder the weight. Teach me to recognize the stressful trials as tools for you to shape me and rearrange me. Through those difficult times, You will teach me patience, enlarge my faith, and help me see things I couldn’t see earlier—if I will only let You. When I’m clueless as to what to do, Lord, I want to turn to you first, not last.

Forgive me for trying to handle things on my own, Lord. The need to be in control sometimes gets a stronghold on my life. That only makes things worse. I want to trust You more and see things from Your perspective, not my own. No one makes me feel uptight, angry, or stressed, and no one forces me to react negatively. I choose to respond according to my beliefs. Do I believe You are in control? Do I believe You created all things and hold all things in Your Hand? Do I believe You are truly good? When an anxious thought creeps in, help me to stop and relax, to take that thought captive, and to turn apprehension into a calm prayer for deliverance. Revamp my belief system, Lord. Show me a new way to handle life according to Your Way.

No matter what issues I am dealing with; no matter how big the problems or situations, I’m laying them all at Your feet today. Turn these potentials for stress into lessons for growth and trust. When I can’t see any possible solutions, I choose to believe that You are working things out for my good—in Your own time, as you have in the past. Show me what to do, or what not to do. As I focus on You, remembering Your promises and Your words, I believe You will fill me with a peace that is beyond all understanding. Amen. (Rebecca Barlow Jordan)

A Prayer to Battle Depression

Help me to see if there is something physical that is causing my depression. Help me to sift through my circumstances to see if there is a need for change in some way. If I am experiencing depression as a result of a spiritual battle, please bring that to light and show me the best way to fight that battle. Today I surrender my depression to you and ask that you give me power and peace to win this battle once and for all. When my thoughts begin to spiral, may your promises and blessings bring healing. Amen

A Prayer to Reduce Fear

You know that we live in a crazy and chaotic world. You also know my struggles in my daily life. When life gets to be too much, please help me come to you. Calm my thoughts and emotions and open my heart to your peace, comfort, and wisdom. Help me not to live in fear. Please reduce the feelings of fear and anxiety that plague me. Help me rest in You and trust You as I navigate through this broken world. In Your name I pray, Jesus. Amen. (Carrie Lowrance)

A Prayer for Stress

Lord, thank you that you want us to cast our cares on you. Thank you that there is nowhere I can go that you are not there with me. Thank you for having a hold of my life, even as I feel like everything is crumbling around me.

Lord, I confess that I have let stress take a hold of my life, rather than You. I have let stress control my mood, my attitudes and my actions. Lord, I repent of this! Please Father, help me see what is stressful in my life and hand it over to You. Help me not let the stress win out. Help me actively think on Your goodness to me.

I am so hopeful for my eternity with you, Lord, where there will be NO more stress! Help me look back on all the ways You have rescued me from my stressful moments, and look in hope to the future where You will one day rid all stress, forever. Help me live boldly in the truth of Your goodness and power today. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Praying Through An Anxiety Attack

Lord, Help me! I am so frightened and afraid. Be near to me and help me feel your presence. Surround me with protection. Holy Spirit, settle my racing heart and mind. Help me breathe out – Abba Father — and breathe in — I belong to you. Your peace surpasses all understanding, this I know. Please give me this peace now. Abba Father – I belong to you. Abba Father – I belong to you. 

Lord, thank you that no matter what my mind or body tell me, the truth is I am your child, forever loved, forever protected, forever held fast by you. I love you Jesus. Thank you Jesus. Amen. (Emily Massey)

A Prayer for When the World Makes You Anxious

Dear God, I am prone to worry. I let the happenings of the world, the elections and the economy sit heavy on me. I need to find your peace. I invite you to restructure my thinking. May my hope be you. May my peace be you. May you help love flow out from me. Give me clarity. May I change what I am able to change and release what I can’t. May I know that the greatest joy is staying where you are. God, thank you that you have the whole world in your hands. I need not fear because you are the best manager, orchestrator and caretaker. You made it all. I believe in your plan. Amen. (Kelly Balarie)

A Prayer to Stop Worrying and Calm Your Mind

“Dear Father, I admit that I often forget that you are with me. I often forget what you’re like. Would you please forgive me for that? I need to get to know you better. I need to get to know your Word and your promises better. Help me to put you first in every area of my life. Help me to live one day at a time. Help me to not worry about tomorrow but instead focus on what you’re doing in my life right now. I want to trust in your promise to take care of every one of my needs — financial, relational, physical, social, spiritual, and emotional. Help me to trust you more and worry less. I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.” (Rick Warren)

Prayer to Cast Cares and Trust God

Dear Father in Heaven, so much in my life is broken. I have so many concerns and cares, and they weigh me down. While I desire to cast my cares upon You, I find I usually pick them back up again, and they only add more anxiety and stress. Please help me learn to cast my cares on You as I learn what it means to rest and trust in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Chrystal Evans Hurst)

Prayer Against Anxious Thoughts

Lord, you are a good God with good intentions behind all the works of your hands. Help me see the areas where I’ve allowed lies to be sewn into my life. Once they are revealed, help me to hand them over to you and allow you to remove them from my life completely. I ask that once they are removed you would then fill the newly freed spaces with the truths of your word. In the midst of anxiety, help me always look to you. In Jesus’ name, amen. (Chelsey DeMatteis)

To Release the Heaviness

Lord, I want to lay before you all that weighs heavy on my heart. Reveal even the sin I am not aware of, Lord. I lay these at your feet and pray your forgiveness on me. I believe you when you say that you wash us whiter than snow. Thank you Lord for your unending love for me! Help me start fresh right now to make choices that honor you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Rick Warren)

When You Feel Alone

Dear God, Thank you that you see us right where we are, in the midst of our pain and struggle, in the middle of our desert land. Thank you that you have not forgotten us and never will. Forgive us for not trusting you, for doubting your goodness, or not believing you’re really there. We choose to set our eyes on you today. We choose joy and peace when the whispered lies come and say that we should have no joy or peace.

Thank you that you care for us and your love over us is so great. We confess our need for you. Fill us fresh with your Spirit, renew our hearts and minds in your truth. We ask for your hope and comfort to continue to heal our hearts where they’ve been broken. Give us the courage to face another day, knowing that with you before us and behind us, we have nothing to fear. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Debbie McDaniel)

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Prayer to Stop Overwhelming Worry

Lord, it’s so easy to fall into worry. When my fears are reverberating in my mind, help me stop trying to fix everything myself. Teach me to turn to You in prayer, trust You to be in charge and let Your peace reign over me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Francine Rivers)

To Trust in Difficult Circumstances

Lord God, I know You are here. I trust in Your presence, Your power, Your goodness, and Your complete control over everything I’m facing. Help me walk through the questions, assured of Your answers, even though they’re still unclear to me. I know one day King Jesus will appear as the “Faithful and True” (Revelation 19:11), riding a powerful horse and fully revealing His authority. And I know that even now, when I don’t understand all the answers, I have You with me, and that is all that matters. Please give me increasing eyes of faith to trust what You are doing, even—and especially—when I don’t understand. I love You and I trust You, and I pray these things in Jesus’ Worthy Name, Amen.

Prayer for Peace in Uncertainties

Father, we live in a world where peace is almost a foreign word. But in reading Your Word we find the peace that passes understanding and we can rely on You to see us through whatever our days may hold. Thank You for being our Peace in all the uncertainties. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Paris Renae)

Prayer for Peace and Relief

Lord, Today I pray that You would help me exchange my attempts at escape and relief for Your perfect peace. I pray that You would give me wisdom in my decisions, and use them to bring harvest of righteousness in my life. Today Lord, I choose to trust You and Your peace as my guard. Teach me to cast all my anxiety on You, because I know You care for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Grace Mills)

To Sleep Worry Free

Lord, I’ve shouldered my cares as if I’m the one in control. Help me become like a child, handing all my stresses, worries and responsibilities to You, my faithful Father. I trust You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Amy Carol)

When You Don’t Know What to Do

Dear Lord, I praise You for being a sovereign God. You are in control. I don’t have to be. When I don’t know what to do, Lord, thank You that I can ask You for wisdom and guidance. You are my Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6). I put in Your hands each of the concerns weighing on my heart and mind. Thank You that I can entrust them into Your loving care. I set my eyes on You, confident You will come to my rescue. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Melanie Chitwood)

A Prayer for Others Who Are Hurting and Troubled

Dear God, Our world is hurting and broken. We pray for those who have lost loved ones this week, please comfort them in their grief and loss, cover them with your peace and presence, as only your Spirit can do.

We know that in whatever we face, you are our Peace and Refuge, a very present help in times of trouble. Thank you that you remind us throughout your Word, we do not face the storms alone, but you are always with us.  Whispering calm. Speaking peace. Bringing rest to our souls.

We confess our need for you. We ask you to forgive us for trying to figure everything out on our own, for not trusting that you are more than able and powerful to work on our behalf. Forgive us for picking back up what we already determined to lay down at your feet. Give us the ability to trust you more, give us a heart that finds rest in your presence, give us the wisdom to seek peace and pursue it, remembering it’s only to be found in you alone.

Thank you that your yoke is easy and your burden is light. Thank you that you care for us. Thank you that the peace of your loving and strong presence guards and protects our hearts and minds in you. Thank you that we do not have to walk in fear or live in overwhelmed cycles of worry and stress.

Thank you for your voice that breaks through the greatest wind and storm swirling around us, and whispers “Peace, be still.” Thank you that you sent your One and Only Son to set us free. In the Mighty Name of Jesus, Amen. (Debbie McDaniel)

A Prayer to End the Day

We ask for your huge peace to surround us tonight, all of us who feel restless and worried right now, those who have been carrying big burdens and shouldering stress. Help us to lay it down before you, again, even though we’re struggling to really let go. Remind us that you can carry it so much better than we ever could. May your power and your rest fill us fresh. May the presence of your Spirit breathe hope deep into our souls, even as we sleep.

We ask that you would provide for our needs, even as we sleep. We pray for your huge grace and favor. We thank you that you never sleep or slumber, that you’re always at work, even in the dark of night, even behind the scenes where we can’t fully see. We pray for your blessings to cover us, that you would make every plan you’ve birthed in our hearts to succeed at just the right time. We pray that you’d be opening doors, clearing pathways, closing the wrong roads, and setting up our way for tomorrow.

Thank you for your goodness, thank you that you know the way we take and that you have a plan. We love you Lord, we need you, and we thank you we can rest in your perfect care. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (Debbie McDaniel)

A Morning Prayer for Strength

Lord, I am weary and don’t know when this “race” will end in my life. I feel like I’ve been running forever, trying to outrun this trial. Help me to stop trying to outrun my pain but rather run with endurance the race you have set before me. I know that because of you I am ultimately a victor over the trials in my life. I know that nothing in this world can separate me from your steadfast love. Please give me a measure of your love today; give me the strength to endure this trial. Thank you for your love for me that never ends! And thank you for the crown of joy that awaits me forever in your Kingdom! – Adrian Rogers

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God has a lot to teach us about anxiety and fear in Scripture. These Bible verses can offer you hope and healing over anxiousness.

1. “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” -Isaiah 41:10

2. “Do not worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

3. “But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.” -Psalm 56:3

4. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” -2 Timothy 1:7

5. “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” -Deuteronomy 31:6

6. “I prayed to the Lord and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.” -Psalm 34:4

7. “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God for he cares for you.”-1 Peter 5:6-7

8. “This is my command-be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9

9. “Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for the fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” -1 John 4:18

10. “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” -Romans 15:13

11. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

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20 Prayers to Keep God First in the New Year

The New Year can often bring a mixed bag of emotions and memories for many of us. The events of 2020 including a pandemic, racial tensions, joblessness, and political battles created an unprecedented time of unrest and anxiety. While some may have just experienced the best year ever and look forward to an even greater one looming ahead, others may have just trudged through one deep struggle after another. The fresh calendar year brings desperate hope for things to be better, with an ache for the still-fresh wounds to slowly begin their process of healing. Praying at the start of the New Year doesn’t always bring immediate change at the stroke of midnight, but it begins the opening of our hearts to God’s Words of hope and peace. 

Whether you’ve just walked through the greatest year of your life, or are incredibly glad to see this one finally over, one truth still rings clear amidst it all. You are not alone. Not ever. Scripture is filled with prayers of men and women who reached out to God for a fresh start. Praying is the main source of connection to the one who created you and the one who wants you to experience blessings and promises in the future.

Our God is a “with us” God. On the heels of the celebration of the birth of our King, that reminder has the power to carry us right into a fresh, new start. He is Immanuel, God with us. And though things and people around us shift and change, our God never changes. May these New Year prayers fill your heart and mind with powerful proclamations as you step into 2021.

A Prayer to Keep God First This New Year

Dear God, Thank you that you make all things new. Thank you for all that you’ve allowed into our lives this past year, the good along with the hard things, which have reminded us how much we need you and rely on your presence filling us every single day.

We pray for your Spirit to lead us each step of this New Year. We ask that you will guide our decisions and turn our hearts to deeply desire you above all else. We ask that you will open doors needing to be opened and close the ones needing to be shut tight. We ask that you would help us release our grip on the things to which you’ve said “no,” “not yet,” or “wait.” We ask for help to pursue you first, above every dream and desire you’ve put within our hearts.

We ask for your wisdom, for your strength and power to be constantly present within us. We pray you would make us strong and courageous for the road ahead. Give us ability beyond what we feel able, let your gifts flow freely through us, so that you would be honored by our lives, and others would be drawn to you. We pray that you’d keep us far from the snares and traps of temptations. That you would whisper in our ear when we need to run, and whisper in our heart when we need to stand our ground.

We pray for your protection over our families and friends. We ask for your hand to cover us and keep us distanced from the evil intent of the enemy; that you would be a barrier to surround us, that we’d be safe in your hands. We pray that you would give us discernment and insight beyond our years, to understand your will, hear your voice, and know your ways. We ask that you would keep our footsteps firm, on solid ground, helping us to be consistent and faithful. Give us supernatural endurance to stay the course, not swerving to the right or to the left, or being too easily distracted by other things that would seek to call us away from a close walk with you.

Forgive us for the times we have worked so hard to be self-sufficient, forgetting our need for you, living independent of your spirit. Forgive us for letting fear and worry control our minds, and for allowing pride and selfishness wreak havoc over our lives. Forgive us for not following your ways and for living distant from your presence. We confess our need for you…fresh…new…again. We ask that you make all things new, in our hearts, in our minds, in our lives, for this coming year. We pray for your refreshing over us.

Keep your words of truth planted firm within us, help us to keep focused on what is pure and right, give us the power to be obedient to your word. And when the enemy reminds us where we have been, hissing his lies and attacks our way, we trust that your voice speaks louder and stronger, as you remind us we are safe with you and your purposes and plans will not fail. We ask that you will be our defense and rear guard, keeping our way clear, removing the obstacles, and covering the pitfalls. Lord, lead us on your level ground.

We ask that you would provide for our needs, we ask for your grace and favor. We pray for your blessings to cover us, we pray that you would help us to prosper and make every plan that you have birthed in our heart to succeed. We pray that others would take notice of your goodness and could not help but to say, “These are the ones that the Lord has blessed.”

Help us to be known as great givers, help us to be generous and kind, help us to look to the needs of others and not be consumed by only our own. May we be lovers of truth, may the fruits of your spirit be evident in our lives – your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Shine your light in us, through us, over us. May we make a difference in this world, for your glory and purposes. Set you way before us. May all your plans succeed. We may reflect your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing. To you be glory and honor, in this New Year, and forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

A Prayer for Hope After A Hard Year

God, Thank you for helping us to make it through this difficult year. Thank you that you’ve carried us through the uncertainty of deep waters, through the flames of trials, and through the pain of hard losses. We are constantly aware of how much we need you, your grace, your strength, your power working through even the toughest days.

Help us to keep our focus first on you this season. Please forgive us for giving too much time and attention to other things, for looking to other people before coming to you first. Help us to reflect again, on what Christmas is really all about. Thank you that you came to give new life, peace, hope, and joy. Thank you that your power is made perfect in our weakness.

Help us to remember that the gift of Christ, Immanuel, is our greatest treasure, not just at Christmas, but for the whole year through. Fill us with your joy and the peace of your Spirit. Direct our hearts and minds towards you. Thank you for your reminder that both in seasons of celebration and in seasons of brokenness, you’re still with us. For you never leave us. Thank you for your daily powerful Presence in our lives, that we can be assured your heart is towards us, your eyes are over us, and your ears are open to our prayers. Thank you that you surround us with favor as with a shield, and we are safe in your care.

We choose to press in close to you today, and keep you first in our hearts and lives. Without you we would surely fail, but with you, there is great hope. Thank you for your healing power, thank you for bringing us into this new season up ahead. We look forward to all that You still have in store. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Bible Verses of Renewal and Hope for the Coming New Year

“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Rev. 21:5

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lam. 3:22-23

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Is. 43:18-19

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Cor. 5:17

“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.” Phil. 3:13

“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” Acts 3:19

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jer. 29:11

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Is. 40:31

“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them…” Ez. 11:19

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Prov. 3:5-6

“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”Ps. 20:4

“You crown the year with your goodness, and your paths drip with abundance.” Ps. 65:11

Prayer for Blessings in the Year Ahead

Father, Thank you for your great love and blessing over our lives. Thank you that your favor has no end, but it lasts for our entire lifetime. Forgive us for sometimes forgetting that you are intimately acquainted with all of our ways, that you know what concerns us, and you cover us as with a shield. We ask that we would walk in your blessing and goodness today. That your face would shine on us. That you would open the right doors for our lives and for our loved ones, that you would close the wrong doors and protect us from those we need to walk away from. Establish the work of our hands and bring to fulfillment all that you have given us to do in these days. We pray that you would make our way purposeful and our footsteps firm out of your goodness and love. Give us a heart of wisdom to hear your voice, and make us strong by your huge favor and grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

For Strength and God’s Presence

Lord, At the start of each day, help us to recognize you above all else. Enlighten the eyes of our heart that we might see you and notice how you’re at work through our lives. Give us wisdom to make the best choices, fill us with a desire to seek after you more than anything else in this world. Let your Spirit and power breathe in us, through us, again, fresh and new. Thank you that you are greater than anything we may face in our day. Thank you that your presence goes with us, and that your joy is never dependent on our circumstances, but it is our true and lasting strength, no matter what we’re up against. We ask that your peace lead us, that it would guard our hearts and minds in you. We ask for your grace to cover our lives this day. We love you Lord…we need you.

A Prayer for Faith in the New Year

Lord, even though I woke up with the same troubles I had yesterday, I know there is great power in my choices. So today, dear God, once again, I choose to listen for your voice above everything else. Forgive me for not trusting you enough. Forgive me for spinning my wheels and trying to work everything out all on my own. Help me to truly let go of what you have asked me to release to you and to believe that you’re at work in ways I can’t fully see. Help me in my unbelief.

A New Year Prayer for Wisdom

God, Give me wisdom from your truths, fill me with a desire to faithfully follow after you, more than any other thing. Thank you that you are far greater than whatever I may face in the day. Thank you that your presence goes with me, and that your joy is never dependent on circumstances, but it is my true and lasting strength. I ask for your peace to lead me and for your grace and goodness to cover my life this day. Let your Spirit and power breathe in me and through me again, fresh and new.

Provision in the Coming Year

Dear God, We thank you that no situation is too far out of your control to provide. For you are Jehovah-Jireh, the God who provides. We thank you that you own it all, and hold everything in your hands. We thank you that you know our needs before we even ask, before we even come to you. You’re aware of all that concerns us, and you have a plan. You hold the provision, you have the solution. You alone can move mountains to make a way for your children. We ask for your answer, in your timing, in your plan, to be given for every need that weighs our hearts down. Forgive us for doubting you, for worrying, and for trying so hard to work everything out on our own.

Help us to trust you more, help us in our unbelief. We choose to recognize and to believe that you are Able to accomplish far more, to do far greater, than we even thought possible. We thank you in advance for your miracles, for paving out pathways, for your provision for those who love you. Thank you for the abundance of blessing and goodness you have already stored up. We trust you this day, and every day, and are so grateful for your Power and joy that fills our lives. Thank you for teaching us to be content in all circumstances, we love you Lord, we’re leaning on you, Amen.

A Prayer for Peace This Year

Father, I know that you are all-powerful, that you are Sovereign, and that nothing is too difficult for you. Yet today, I still struggle with worry and fear, still carrying the same burdens leftover from yesterday. It’s hard to shake it off even though I’m desperate to leave it fully in your hands. Please lift all the things that are weighing me down, right off shoulders and heavy heart, and give me the peace that only you can provide. I know that you care for whatever concerns me, and your ears are open to my prayers. I know that you understand my struggles, and you see right where I am, even on the days I feel that no one notices. Guard my heart and mind in you today, as I meditate on your words and truth.

To Choose A Spirit-Led Year

God, I choose to find my joy and strength in you today. I choose to walk in love. I choose to set my eyes on you and off all the struggles and chaos of this world. I choose your peace over worry. I choose kindness over hurry. I choose forgiveness over disunity and resentments. I choose your Spirit-filled power over relying on my own strength and ability. I know that my life is far from perfect, and the enemy would want nothing more than to take me straight down before I even get out the door. But I believe in your truth, and I have Jesus in my life, and because of that, I have all that I need to live free and abundantly for this very day.

Lord, open my eyes to see the power in your Word. Open my ears to know what you are saying. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and draw me close into your Presence. Speak to me and show me your ways, oh Lord. Help me to know your voice above all else.

God. We confess our need for you today. We need your healing and your grace. We need hope restored. We need to be reminded that you work on behalf of those you love, constantly, powerfully, completely. Forgive us for trying to fix our situations all on our own. Forgive us for running all different directions and spinning our wheels to find help, when true help and healing must be found first in You. Forgive us for forgetting how much we need you, above everyone and everything else. We come to you and bring you the places we are hurting. You see where no one else is able to fully see or understand. You know the pain we’ve carried. The burdens. The cares. You know where we need to be set free. We ask for your healing and grace to cover every broken place. Every wound. Every heartache. Thank you that you are Able to do far more than we could ever imagine. Thank you for your Mighty Power that acts on behalf of your children. We reach out to you, and know that you are restoring and redeeming every place of difficulty, every battle, for your greater glory. Thank you that you will never waste our pain and suffering. We love you. We need you today. In Jesus Name, amen.

For God’s Presence and Hope

God, help us to remember that you will never leave us, that you’re our Refuge and our Strength, an ever-present help in trouble. We know that the enemy wouldn’t be fighting so hard against us, if we weren’t making a difference for your Kingdom. He wouldn’t be trying so hard to stop us, if he didn’t think you had so much good still in store. Remind us that the battle belongs to you, and whatever we’re up against can be taken down in one fail swoop by your Mighty Hand. Help us to trust you more, to never waste time spinning our wheels and wrestling or fighting in our strength. Please forgive us Lord for the times we’ve failed to lift our hands to you, for the days we’ve forgotten to come to you first. Fill us with the Power of your Holy Spirit this day. Fill us with your joy, fill us with your wisdom and discernment, fill us with constant reminders that Your Presence will go with us, and you will give us rest.

A New Year Prayer for Love

Dear God, Thank you that you are a loving, gracious God. Thank you that you’ve offered us forgiveness and the gift of new life in you. Thank you that your love is perfect, it never fails, and that nothing can separate us from your love.

We pray that our lives would be filled and overflowing with the power of your love so we can make a difference in this world and bring honor to you. We ask for your help in reminding us that the most important things are not what we do outwardly, it’s not based on any talent or gift, but the most significant thing we can do in this life is simply to love you and to choose to love others.

Help us to love as you love. Fill us with your Spirit so that we can choose what is best. We are weak Lord, but we know also, that even when we are weak, you are strong within us. Thank you that it’s not all up to us. Thank you that you equip us to face each day with the power of your love, your forgiveness, and your grace. We love you Lord, and we need you today, and every day, In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

For Gratitude and Thanksgiving

Lord, Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. Thank you that you are Able to bring hope through even the toughest of times, strengthening us for your purposes. Thank you for your great love and care. Thank you for your mercy and grace. Thank you that you are always with us and will never leave us. Thank you for your incredible sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life. Forgive us for when we don’t thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you’ve given. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. We love you and we need you, this day and every day. We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy! Amen.;

Dear God, Thank you for your presence with us, thank you for your Almighty Shadow. Thank you that you go before us, and cover us from behind.  Thank you that you are in our midst, and that our future is secure in the place you’re preparing for us.

Your words bring such hope and comfort. Remind us of your strength today, may we see glimpses of your glory and blessing along the way as we seek after you. For victory and salvation are found in you alone. In the Mighty Name of Jesus, Amen.

For Praise

Father, We praise you today with our hearts and songs, we praise you for your faithfulness, we praise you for your great power and love. We confess our need for you, our lives don’t go so well when we just spin around on our own. We struggle and worry, get weary and worn. Yet you never leave us. Thank you for your presence. Thank you for your care over us, thank you that you breathe renewal right into our souls. We ask for your spirit to fill us, to draw us close to yourself, and to work your purposes through us, as we set our eyes on you. Amen.

To Not Drift from God

Forgive us for drifting away from you, for allowing other things to become more important in our lives. Help us to live aware, to choose wisely, to stay close to you, and anchored in your Truth. Apart from you, we have no hope. Thank you for your great love and mercy, thank you that you wait for us, that you call us to yourself, and you strengthen us in our weakness. Thank you that you alone are our Refuge and Safety, and you fill us with hope. We come to you today, choosing to walk in your Presence and Light. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” – Psalm 119:11

“I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.” – Psslm 119:32

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” – Psalm 119:105

“Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” – Psalm 119:165

Dear God, Thank you for the great richness and Truth of Your Word. Thank you that your word is a light for our path, a lamp to our feet, that gives direction for our days. May our lives be faithful to living each day according to your ways. Help us to love your words, to hide them within our hearts. Open our eyes that we might see your deep and hidden treasures, and know you more and more. Help us to run in the path of your commands, thank you that you set our hearts free… In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Prayers for the Dead – Deceased

Prayers for the Departed and Dearly Missed

God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.

Amen.

Prayer for the Soul to Rest in Peace

We thank You Lord for the passing of our brother/sister. We exalt Your name for the good life he/she lived. We pray oh Lord, that everlasting life be given unto him or her. And as he or she abides in Your garden, let Your angels touch what he/she cannot touch again. Father, be with his/her soul and may he/she rest in perfect eternal peace. Amen

Bible Verse for the Soul to Rest in Peace

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

Short Prayer for the Dead

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Love always, in the name of Jesus. Amen

Prayer for Grieving

Lord God above, we, Your humble children kneel before you today in reverence. We know You’re the greatest and You’re the king of all kings. So, we pray You uplift our heart and soul so that we may cast away our sorrows oh Lord. Give us the strength to surpass this situation. No one dies without Your say-so and thus, we rejoice over this triumph and we pray You be with our deceased brother/sister. We thank you for the answered prayer and in Jesus name, Amen.

Prayer for Death of a Loved One

May the light of Jesus and the Angels bring Peace and Salvation to my father. May he rest in peace knowing that his soul belongs to GOD and GOD only. No demon, no devil, no principality, no evil spirit has access to his light and salvation. All is well with us DAD go home and rest. We love you and one day soon we will see you in HEAVEN!

Prayer for a Departed Soul

Heavenly Father bless ____ and have mercy on his eternal soul; forgive his trespasses; grant him peace for he was a faithful man who loved his fellow man; bless his departed soul and welcome him into the joy of everlasting brightness in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Prayer for Wife/Mother/Grandmother Who Passed

I commend you, my dear wife, mother and grandmother to Almighty God, and entrust you to your creator. May you rest in the arms of the Lord who formed you from the dust of the earth.

Please watch over our family in these difficult times.

May Holy Mary, the angels and all the saints welcome you now that you have gone forth from this life. May Christ who was crucified for you, bring you freedom and peace. May Christ who died for you, admit you into his garden of paradise. May Christ, the true Shepherd embrace you as one of his flock. May he forgive all your sins, and set you among those he has chosen.

Amen

Bible Verses for  the Loss Of A Child

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 19:14

Christian Prayer for the Dead

Our heavenly father, our family prays that You will find mercy on the soul of our brother and friend. We pray that with his unexpected death, his soul may find peace that he has lived a good life and did his best serving his family, workplace and loved ones while he was on earth. We also earnestly seek for the forgiveness of all his sins and all of his shortcomings. May he find assurance that his family will remain strong and steadfast in serving the Lord as he moves forward in his journey to eternal life with Christ, his Lord and Savior. Dear Father, take His soul into Your kingdom and let perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace. Amen.

Revelation 14:13: And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit

Prayer for the Soul of a Mother/Father

Dear Father, I thank You for taking care of my father/mother during their life on Earth. I thank You for giving them the opportunity to bring me into this world and I likewise thank You for the opportunity to have this prayer.  I rejoice over the life that he/she led while alive and for the good deeds he/she accomplished. Lord God, I thusly pray for the soul of my deceased mother/father and that You take care of him/her on his/her way to Your holy Kingdom. I thank you for listening to my prayers oh Lord, Amen.

Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted
For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again even so through Jesus God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep
Jesus said to her I am the resurrection and the life The one who believes in me will live even though they die

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” – John 14:3

Romans 6-23 For the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord
For if we live we live to the Lord and if we die we die to the Lord So then whether we live or whether we die we are the Lords
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life

Prayer for a Brother/Sister

As far as I remember, my brother/sister has been with me through all the ups and downs of life. We ate and played together, gave advice to each other and kept no secret from one another. Now, seeing as he/she is gone, I pray that he/she finds everlasting life and eternal happiness in Your powerful embrace. I pray You watch over his/her wife/husband/children/investments on Earth and let Your gaze shift not oh Lord. I thank You for this prayer session and in Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Dear friends now we are children of God and what we will be has not yet been made known

Prayer for the Dying

Oh Lord, You are the ADONAI and the one everlasting God. You made the lands and the seas and You have complete dominion over life and death. It is also by Your will that we live and die and we pray for this dying soul. If it’s Your will today for him/her to stay in this world, we rejoice in the miracle You allowed us to witness. But if You need Your beloved son/daughter with you, we pray You welcome him/her into Your bountiful bosom where he/she will rejoice for all eternity. We exalt Your name oh Lord and we glorify Your deeds in our lives. Amen.

Prayer for the Departed Soul(s)

As said in 1st John chapter 5—verse 15, You’re the omniscient God who we know hears all prayers. So, we pray for the soul(s) of our departed brother(s)/sister(s) that You, oh Lord may nourish and take care of him/her/them in Heaven. You encourage us to ask and that it shall be given to us and so, we’ve asked and we know our request has been given. We thank You for providing for the deceased when he/she was alive and for sheltering us—also to be present in this prayer. Amen.

More Bible Verses About Death

“Since the children have flesh and blood, [Jesus] too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil– and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” (Hebrew 2:14-15)

“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14)

“Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” (Romans 8:23)

“We want to reach the kingdom of God, but we don’t want to travel by way of death. And yet there stands Necessity saying: ‘This way, please.’ Do not hesitate, man, to go this way, when this is the way that God came to you.” (St. Augustine)

“Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.” (Helen Keller)

“When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from God’s love.” (Charles H. Spurgeon)

CATHOLIC PRAYERS FOR A DECEASED RELATIVE OR FRIEND

I commend you, my dear [name] to almighty God, and entrust you to your Creator. 

May you rest in the arms of the Lord who formed you from the dust of the earth. 

May holy Mary, the angels and all the saints welcome you now that you have gone forth from this life. 

May Christ who was crucified for you, bring you freedom and peace. 

May Christ who died for you admit you into his garden of paradise. 

May Christ, the true Shepherd, embrace you as one of his flock. 

May he forgive all your sins, and set you among those he has chosen. 

May you see your Redeemer face to face, and enjoy the vision of God, forever. 

Saint Ann’s

Prayer for the Faithful Departed

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Prayer in Suffering

O Lord, your sorrowing Mother stood by your cross; help us in our sorrows to share your sufferings.  

Like the seed buried in the ground, you have produced the harvest of eternal life for us; make us always dead to sin and alive to God.  

Shepherd of all, in death you remained hidden from the world; teach us to love our hidden spiritual life with you and the Father.  

In your role as the new Adam, you went down among the dead to release all the just there since the beginning; grant that all who are dead in sin may hear your voice and rise to new life.  

Son of the living God, you  have allowed us through baptism to be buried with you; grant that we may also rise with you in baptism and walk in newness of life.  Amen.

Prayers for Death and Dying

“The Christian meaning of death is revealed in the light of the Paschal Mystery of the Death and Resurrection of Christ in whom resides our only hope. The Christian who dies in Christ Jesus is ‘away from the body and at home with the Lord’ (2 Cor 5:8).”
– Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1681

Prayers with the Dying

The following prayers may be recited with the dying person, alternating with times of silence. Sometimes, the same prayer should be repeated many times. The Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be are also appropriate. The dying person may be signed on the forehead with the cross, as was done at Baptism.

Prayer of Commendation

As the time of death approaches, this prayer may be said.

Go forth, Christian soul, from this world
in the name of God the almighty Father,
who created you,
in the name of Jesus Christ, Son of the living God,
who suffered for you,
in the name of the Holy Spirit,
who was poured out upon you,
go forth, faithful Christian.

May you live in peace this day,
may your home be with God in Zion,
with Mary, the Virgin Mother of God,
with Joseph, and all the Angels and Saints.


Prayers after Death

Prayer for the Dead

In your hands, O Lord,
we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters.
In this life you embraced them with your tender love;
deliver them now from every evil
and bid them eternal rest.

The old order has passed away:
welcome them into paradise,
where there will be no sorrow, no weeping or pain,
but fullness of peace and joy
with your Son and the Holy Spirit
forever and ever.
R/. Amen.

Prayers Immediately after Death

The following prayers may be recited immediately after death and may be repeated in the hours that follow.

Saints of God, come to his/her aid!
Come to meet him/her, Angels of the Lord!

R/. Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the Most High.

May Christ, who called you, take you to himself;
may Angels lead you to Abraham’s side. R/.

Give him/her eternal rest, O Lord,
and may your light shine on him/her forever. R/.

Let us pray.
All-powerful and merciful God,
we commend to you N., your servant.
In your mercy and love,
blot out the sins he/she has committed
through human weakness.
In this world he/she has died:
let him/her live with you forever.
Through Christ our Lord.
R/. Amen.

These verses may also be used.

V/. Eternal rest grant unto him/her, O Lord.
R/. And let perpetual light shine upon him/her.
V/. May he/she rest in peace.
R/. Amen.
V/. May his/her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace.
R/. Amen.

Gathering in the Presence of the Body

When the family first gathers around the body, before or after it is prepared for burial, all or some of the following prayers may be used. It is most fitting that, where possible, family members take part in preparing the body for burial.

All make the Sign of the Cross. Then one member of the family reads:

My brothers and sisters, Jesus says:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are overburdened,
and I will give you rest.
Shoulder my yoke and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.”

The body may then be sprinkled with holy water:

The Lord God lives in his holy temple yet abides in our midst.
Since in Baptism, N. became God’s temple
and the Spirit of God lived in him/her,
with reverence we bless his/her mortal body.

Then one member of the family may say:

With God there is mercy and fullness of redemption;
let us pray as Jesus taught us:

Our Father…

Then this prayer is said:

Into your hands, O Lord,
we humbly entrust our brother/sister N.
In this life you embraced him/her with your tender love;
deliver him/her now from every evil
and bid him/her enter eternal rest.

The old order has passed away:
welcome him/her then into paradise,
where there will be no sorrow, no weeping nor pain,
but the fullness of peace and joy
with your Son and the Holy Spirit
forever and ever.
R/. Amen.

All may sign the forehead of the deceased with the Sign of the Cross. One member of the family says:

Blessed are those who have died in the Lord;
let them rest from their labors
for their good deeds go with them.

V/. Eternal rest grant unto him/her, O Lord.
R/. And let perpetual light shine upon him/her.
V/. May he/she rest in peace.
R/. Amen.
V/. May his/her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace.
R/. Amen.

All make the Sign of the Cross as one member of the family says:

May the love of God and the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ
bless and console us
and gently wipe every tear from our eyes:
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
R/. Amen.

Prayers for Mourners

  • Lord God,
    you are attentive to the voice of our pleading.
    Let us find in your Son
    comfort in our sadness,
    certainty in our doubt,
    and courage to live through this hour.
    Make our faith strong
    through Christ our Lord.
    R/. Amen.
     
  • Lord,
    N. is gone now from this earthly dwelling,
    and has left behind those who mourn his/her absence.
    Grant that we may hold his/her memory dear,
    never bitter for what we have lost
    nor in regret for the past,
    but always in hope of the eternal Kingdom
    where you will bring us together again.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    R/. Amen.
     
  • May the love of God and the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ
    bless and console us
    and gently wipe every tear from our eyes:
    in the name of the Father,
    and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
    R/. Amen.

For those who mourn the death of a child:

  • O Lord, whose ways are beyond understanding,
    listen to the prayers of your faithful people:
    that those weighed down by grief
    at the loss of this little child
    may find reassurance in your infinite goodness.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    R/.  Amen.

Prayers at Graveside

  • Lord Jesus Christ,
    by your own three days in the tomb,
    you hallowed the graves of all who believe in you
    and so made the grave a sign of hope
    that promises resurrection
    even as it claims our mortal bodies.

    Grant that our brother/sister, N., may sleep here in peace
    until you awaken him/her to glory,
    for you are the resurrection and the life.
    Then he/she will see you face to face
    and in your light will see light
    and know the splendor of God,
    for you live and reign forever and ever.
    R/. Amen.
     
  • O God,
    by whose mercy the faithful departed find rest,
    send your holy Angel to watch over this grave.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    R/. Amen.

Short Texts

  • What will separate us from the love of Christ? (Rom 8:35)
     
  • Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. (Rom 14:8)
     
  • We shall always be with the Lord. (1 Thes 4:17)
     
  • To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul. (Ps 25:1)
     
  • Though I should walk in the valley of the shadow of death, no evil would I fear, for you are with me. (Ps 23:4)
     
  • Into your hands I commend my spirit. (Ps 31:6a)
     
  • Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. (Lk 23:42)
     
  • Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. (Acts 7:59)
     
  • Holy Mary, pray for me.
    Saint Joseph, pray for me.
    Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, assist me in my last agony.
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These Tibetan mantras can be chanted for the dying persons so that they receive blessings. It doesn’t matter how close or far away you are.

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On this page you’ll find a list of prayers for the dead and decent. Prayers for your loved ones who have died. May their souls rest in peace. Read these prayers.

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We give them back to thee, dear Lord, who gavest them to us; Yet as thou dost not lose them in giving, so we have not lost them by their return. Not as the world giveth, givest thou, O Lover of Souls. What thou gavest, thou takest not away, For what is thine is ours also if we are thine. And Life is eternal and Love is immortal, and death is only an horizon, and an horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight. Lift us up, strong Son of God, that we may see further; Cleanse our eyes that we…

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In your hands, O Lord, we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters. In this life you embraced them with your tender love; deliver them now from every evil and bid them eternal rest. The old order has passed away: welcome them into paradise, where there will be no sorrow, no weeping or pain, but fullness of peace and joy with your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.

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Christianity : What Does it Look Like to “Do Justice, Love Mercy, and walk Humbly” Today?

In our American society, and also around the world, the essential cultural question has changed. A century ago, the question was, “What is true?” That question morphed 50 years ago to, “What is genuine?” Those questions are both valid and answerable in Christ, but the major discussion today is, “What is good?” In addition, the younger generation, Gen Z, see the world in terms of power and corruption, victim and oppressor. This also heightens the importance of this verse. God and Scripture respond to this clearly. In fact, Micah 6:8 literally uses the phrase: “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” 

Therefore, this scripture is timely for us to help people answer the questions of the culture with God’s revealed Truth.

Context of ‘Do Justice, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly with Your God’ in Micah 6:8

Micah (“who is like God?”) was a prophet during the late southern kingdom of Judah and the fall of the northern kingdom of Israel, under these kings of Judah—Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah —around 700 B.C.

As is common through the major and minor prophets, Micah expresses the coming judgment of God on Judah and Israel because of their sin. A noteworthy theme is the failure of leadership, that the kings and leaders did not fulfill their calling to rule with justice. They hated what was good and loved to do evil (Micah 3:2).

God, however, will redeem His people. His judgment isn’t final. Out of Bethlehem (little among the thousands of Judah), the Lord promises to send a new ruler. He is from eternity and will Himself be peace (Micah 5:2).

In light of the judgment, God addresses what repentance should look like. Is it burnt offerings or even giving their firstborn (a fascinating reference to Abraham and the Christmas story connection above)?

That’s not the answer. It’s not a religious activity.

He has shown what is good. God hasn’t hidden it.

Do Justice. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly.

Today, in our world exhausted by the emptiness of religious activity, God gives a genuine framework on what is good.

And since each depends upon the one previous to it, we will discuss them backwards.

What Does it Mean to ‘Walk Humbly’?

God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).

Bethlehem, as mentioned above, is a humble town. Jesus, as our example, is humble. When He came to earth, He did so humbly, seeking to serve.

We can do nothing of ourselves, powerless to do good (John 15:5). We are dependent on God. Within Him, we move, breathe, and have our being (Acts 17:28). Pride in our own abilities, therefore, puts us at odds with God and leads to our destruction (Proverbs 16:18).

We are told to walk in humility – the constant recognition of the reality that we absolutely need God. Walking implies direction, intention, consistency, activity. It isn’t passive.

Our active faith must be exercised in walking humbly WITH God, relying on His wisdom and direction in every moment and decision. In that active relationship, we gain a greater understanding that we have nothing without His mercy.

What Does it Mean to ‘Love Mercy’?

Mercy triumphs over judgment (James 2:13).

We deserved judgment. Condemnation. Every human being has sinned, separated from God (Romans 3:23). We were rebels against the Creator’s authority and awaited His wrath (Eph 2:3).

But God. Those two words are among the most comforting in the scriptures.

Despite what we deserved, completely justified, God chose to send His Son to provide a way—to BE the way—of reconciliation to the Father (John 14:6). Through Christ, we are born again as children of the Father and citizens of the eternal Kingdom of God (John 3:3-16).

All of this happened because of God’s love. His mercy.

We who have been such recipients of overwhelming mercy, now love mercy (Luke 6:36). In experiencing that undeserved mercy, we don’t seek judgment. Jesus came not to condemn the world but that it would be saved (John 3:17). As His Body, our heart in the Spirit is the same.

Condemnation and destruction will come for those who don’t respond, but we seek to show God’s mercy out of His love in our hearts.

Without our understanding of our desperate need of Him in all things (humility) and the saving power of mercy, we cannot hope to participate in the justice of God.

What Does it Mean to ‘Do Justice’?

God does things differently. His peace isn’t like the peace of the world (John 14:7). Neither is His hope. The world could never understand those great and abundant realities.

God’s justice is the same. We shouldn’t confuse His justice with our own.

If it was up to us, justice would be simple punishment. Someone breaks a moral law; they should be punished with jail or death.

Thank God His justice is not punitive. If it were, He never would have sent Jesus. There are consequences for sin and our decisions, but punishment isn’t His goal. His goal is reconciliation. His purpose is redemption.

One of my favorite definitions of the Kingdom of God is “life as God intended it to be.” This is the Heavenly reality.

When we hear of a young girl kidnapped into sex slavery, we are outraged. We hear of a young man dying senselessly in violence and cry out in anger and confusion. There are millions of these tragic examples.

But why does it upset us? With daily examples of these crises, shouldn’t we think it is normal? Why does it shake us?

It’s simple. That’s not how God designed life to be. And we intrinsically know it. Death, sickness, oppression, racism, violence, corruption, perversion, sin. It’s not what God intended. Every personal and collective sin can be simplified to an abuse or perversion of how God designed life to work for our good and the good of others.

Every command of God is to maintain a right relationship with Him and others (Matt 22:37-39).

God’s justice, therefore, is His plan and promise to reconcile all things to the way they were intended to be, if not better than ever. That is God’s standard—the Heavenly reality—and He will correct all creation back to His best. Even creation longs for it (Romans 8:22).

All that is wrong, hHe will make right.

Understanding this, we do two things. One, we “do justice.” We don’t just talk about it or share it on FB, but we participate in His justice. Not to punish the guilty when they deserve it (we didn’t get what we deserve, remember?) but to work for something higher—the redemption of all people back to right relationship with God and others (1 Cor 15:24).

Second, if we love others, we call them to the same, even as a warning for their good (1 Cor 5:11).

This is how we speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). As an example, God loves both the rich and the poor. We tell the rich to give to the poor not to punish the rich. It isn’t evil to have wealth. The woes to the rich are that when they saw the pain of those in need (starving, the dying, the oppressed), they did nothing (Luke 6:24).

If we love all people, on the one hand, we warn the wealthy of the consequences of disregarding their neighbor. At the same time, our highest calling is for the rich to give to be reconciled in relationship both to God and others. Love warns and calls for what is best for their good. So people won’t perish but have everlasting life.

This is what I call Redemptive Justice. A great video on the topic can be found here.

When we see the pain in this world and act from compassion—we feed the hungry, stand against racism and abortion, work to rescue people from the cycles of poverty, and countless more examples, not thinking about what people deserve but loving generously, we are first participating in the purpose of God. It is such a part of God; He receives it as if done to Him (Matt 25:40).

Second, we are expressing the reality that there is a Kingdom. That it is good. And that there is a God that is merciful.

These are good works on Earth that preach an eternal, loving reality (Matt 5:16). That is God’s justice.

3 Practical Ways to Carry Out Micah 6:8

When we walk humbly with the Father and love mercy over judgment, we can do the work of God’s justice.

For those asking, “what is good,” this is what they need to see from God’s people. Not a political or punitive justice but a Redemptive Justice born of love and mercy for all people made in God’s image. A justice that calls people to be reconciled to God.

With these things in mind, how do we move forward? Here are three practical ways.

Get personally involved

We should give money to churches and ministries doing good and preaching the Gospel. Even more biblically, we should choose an outlet to serve where we are the hands and feet of Jesus. The core of our redemption is reconciliation to relationship, right? That takes being intentional and showing up.

No, we can’t be involved in every injustice or meet every need. Pray to God and seek His will, but often it is as simple as what we are passionate about and the opportunities in front of us. Begin there.

The Good Samaritan (Jesus’ example of what it meant to love our neighbor) didn’t call on an agency or ministry to take care of the guy left for dead. He got personally involved, at his cost (Luke 10:25-37).

It will take a sacrifice of time and money, but we must get personally involved.

Be intentional to begin relationships with those you serve

All humanity is made in God’s image, and He loves us all. No matter our race or nationality, our ability or inability, Jesus died for all (1 Cor 5:15).

Getting personally involved includes beginning relationships with those in need. Jesus didn’t keep His distance with us (He touched lepers); neither should we. It’s not complicated. Learn and remember names. Ask people their stories. Make friends. To “do justice” should never be impersonal.

This also means finding areas to serve where you return on a regular basis.

Go back to the same homeless shelter or home for abused women every week or month. Relationship is a genuine need people have, often greater than the external one.

Invite others along on the journey

Jesus sent them out by two (Mark 6:7). Saul and Barnabas were called together (Acts 13:2). Jesus didn’t invite His disciples to a building but to a walk of life where they healed and gave generously (Matt 4:19).

Invite others along for the journey. God invites us along with Him. So should we.

For a culture asking “what is good,” this might be the best evangelistic tool we have. “Come feed people dealing with homelessness with me and my church this Friday” gives a great lesson on the heart of God.

Bringing others along is a gift to them, an opportunity to see faith in action. People will also see and experience God’s people walking humbly, loving mercy, and doing good. Then maybe the words of preaching will possess more power (1 Thessalonians 2:8).

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Britt Mooney (with his amazing wife, Becca) has lived as a missionary in Korea, traveled for missions to several countries, and now lives in Suwanee GA as a church planter that works bi-vocationally with Phoenix Roasters, a missional coffee company. He has a podcast about the Kingdom of God called Kingdom Over Coffee and is a published author with Say Yes: How God-Sized Dreams Take Flight.


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What Does it Mean to Pray without Ceasing?

How to Pray without Ceasing

Sandwiched between Pharaoh’s army and the Red Sea, the children of Israel found themselves in a situation they could not control. Filled with the fear of certain death they began to complain and doubt rather than pray.

It is here Moses, who was God’s mouthpiece to the children of Israel, spoke words that we too must speak to ourselves when surrounded on all sides by life’s difficulties:

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace Exodus 14:13-14 (NIV).

Like Moses, we must place our eternal hope in God and not ourselves. I believe this is why we are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “pray without ceasing” or to “pray continually”. What does it mean to pray continuously? Here are a few ways we can begin the spiritual discipline of praying without ceasing:

Pray without Ceasing meaning

1. When We Pray without Ceasing, We Look First to God for Clarity, Not Ourselves or Others

1. When We Pray without Ceasing, We Look First to God for Clarity, Not Ourselves or Others

As we consistently look to God in all things, our perspective begins to change. The question is no longer how am I going to solve my problems but rather how is God going to display is might in my circumstance?

Adopting this perspective means we must purpose to make prayer our number one go to in times of difficulty: trumping friends, spouses, books, our limited ability, and popular opinion. 

The next time you’re facing a challenging circumstance, be mindful of whether or not your first inclination is to go to God in prayer, or whether you’re more often tempted to dwell on the problem or first talk it through with friends or family.

2. We Create Habits that Encourage Us to Pray Continually throughout the Day

2. We Create Habits that Encourage Us to Pray Continually throughout the Day

As believers in Jesus Christ, we have been invited to engage in a never ending dialogue with God. This conversation is not relegated to our knees but it can take place wherever we are: the bathroom, the umpteenth visit to the kitchen sink, sitting in carpool line, in the midst of an argument, or as we walk in the park. We are not limited to audible words because scripture tells us “the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” in Romans 8:26 (NIV). And when we find ourselves needlessly dwelling on problems in our brains the Bible reminds us that He knows our thoughts in Psalms 139:2 (NIV).

This means in times of success, we pray. When we receive a terminal prognosis, we pray. In the face of adversity, we pray. As we wait on God, we pray. When are fatigued, we pray. And In times of defeat, we pray.

We won’t just wake up one day praying with this often in our days. This requires disciplined effort – building times in our day where we set aside time to pray. Maybe this is something you start before you get up, anytime you’re in the car, when you do the dishes, and before you go to bed. Start small, and build into a larger habit of daily prayer.

The beautiful thing is, the more we pray, we are often filled with joy from communion with our Father. This leads us to desire more prayer. 

3. We Have Confidence that He is Always With Us and Listens to Our Unceasing Prayers

3. We Have Confidence that He is Always With Us and Listens to Our Unceasing Prayers

We can talk to God anytime and anywhere because he is omnipresent. Matthew 28: 20 (NIV), encourages us with this truth when Jesus tells His disciples, “lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Where we are God is also because lives in us as stated by Galatians 2:20. If you, like me have found yourself trying to solve all your problems, let’s resolve to write a new narrative today. Choose to exchange the responsibility for fixing your dilemmas for the privilege of endless prayer with our Heavenly Father.

4. We Give Up the Belief that We Control Our Lives and Pray for His Will to Be Done

4. We Give Up the Belief that We Control Our Lives and Pray for His Will to Be Done

I’m a self-reliant type: a problem solver whose natural inclination is to fix her own circumstances. Although I’m fully aware of Proverbs 3:5-6 and it’s urging to trust in the Lord, I habitually gravitate to my own understanding: deeming it better to lean and depend on finite knowledge and limited wisdom. It’s my futile attempt at maintaining a semblance of control.

Life, however, is a very good reminder that I control nothing. Although I create endless to do list, record dates in my Google calendar, and spend large amounts of time tossing around solutions in my head, I am no match for the curve balls of life. I think this is by design.

God wants us to recognize our limitation and come humbly to him to satisfy our needs. As his children, God longs for us to make our requests known to him (Philippians 4:6). When we do this, we honor God’s power and glory by letting him reign over our lives, accomplishing his purposes for us.

Bible Verses on Praying Without Ceasing or Praying Continually

Bible Verses on Praying Without Ceasing or Praying Continually

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. – Ephesians 6:18

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. – Romans 12:12

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. – Colossians 4:2

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. – Hebrews 13:15

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. – Philippians 4:6

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. – Jeremiah 33:3

Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually. – 1 Chronicles 16:11

Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, – Luke 18:1

Can We Really “Pray without Ceasing”?

Can We Really 'Pray without Ceasing'?

Prayer is a powerful way to connect with God, to develop a relationship with Him, and to cast your cares upon Him. There are countless examples of prayer throughout Scripture. It is apparent that prayer is significant to the faith of a believer. When we read about the life and ministry of Jesus in the Gospel accounts, we find that He prayed often and made this spiritual discipline a priority in His life. Jesus took time to get away and spend time with God. Prayer is incredibly important for every believer’s spiritual growth.

The Apostle Paul affirmed the significance of prayer, and wrote in one of the epistles, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

To pray is God’s will for us. But, as inspiring as that sounds, is it possible to pray without ceasing? What did Paul mean by such a statement? Pray without ceasing means to have a heart inclined to prayer, to pray often, and to make the discipline of prayer a high priority, just as Jesus did.

What Does “Without Ceasing” Mean?

The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle we know as 1 Thessalonians to the church of Thessalonica. He sent it shortly after he had established the congregation there. In the letter, he affirmed and commended their ongoing love and passion for Jesus. Paul also warned the church of Thessalonica to be prepared for the second coming of Jesus by keeping their hearts pure and holy for His return. It is in this context that we find Paul’s assertion to “pray without ceasing.”

In the fifth chapter of this epistle to the Thessalonians, Paul urged the church to cling to the Gospel they had received and to hold onto what was good and righteous. They were to continue living holy lives and prayer was essential to that instruction. Paul reminded them of the importance of prayer to keep their faith strong and to stay connected to God’s truth so that they would not be deceived by false messages.

The Greek word translated to “without ceasing” is αδιαλειπτως (adialeíptōs), which means constantly or without intermission. In most Bible translations, this word is interpreted as “without ceasing,” but other versions also translate to continually (NIV) or all the time (The Message).

Whichever version of the Bible you read, the meaning remains the same and consistent with the Greek word. The various translations of the Bible help emphasize the same message, which is to pray often and diligently.

Can We Really Pray without Ever Stopping? 

In the Bible, there are many kinds of prayers demonstrated. In your own life, you may also be accustomed to saying a variety of prayers. The verses and prayers that we read throughout Scripture can become the prayers we use in our time with God. Below are several examples of different prayers throughout the Bible:

It would be impossible to actually pray without ever stopping. We have thoughts, we read, we sleep, we eat, we converse with others, we work, and have a whole host of responsibilities to tend to throughout the day that would disrupt our attempts at constantly praying. There are plenty of tasks and roles we need to participate in that would naturally hinder our ability to pray without ever stopping.

When we take into account the context of what Paul wrote, we recognize that Paul wasn’t instructing believers to give up their responsibilities and only pray. Rather, this passage teaches us that we need to commit ourselves to prayer and make it a top priority in our lives. By doing so, we will remain holy and pure, having hearts ready for when Jesus returns. Prayer helps us stay accountable to living righteously.

The Lord’s Prayer (The Model Prayer Taught By Jesus)

“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one’” (Matthew 6:9-13).

Thanksgiving (Gratitude), Worship (Reverent Devotion), or Praise (Expressed Admiration)

“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds” (Psalm 9:1).

“There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God” (1 Samuel 2:2).

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant” (Luke 1:46-48).

Prayers Seeking Forgiveness

“Be merciful to me, O God, because of your constant love. Because of your great mercy wipe away my sins! Wash away all my evil and make me clean from my sin!” (Psalm 51:1).

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Prayers for Various Needs, Healing, and Guidance

“Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me” (Psalm 27:7).

“Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by evil” (Psalm 119:133).

“Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise” (Jeremiah 17:14).

“”So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Luke 11:9).

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

Prayers of Intercession (Praying for Others, for Healing, or Deliverance)

“Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst” (Matthew 18:19-20).

“Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray” (Matthew 19:13).

“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven” (James 5:14-15).

Individual Prayers (Praying to God and Spending Time with Him One-on-One)

“When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you” (Matthew 6:6).

“It was at this time that Jesus went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God” (Luke 6:12).

Communal Prayers (Praying with Other Believers)

“They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus” (Acts 1:14).

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).

How Can We Apply This Verse to Our Lives?

1 Thessalonians 5:17 serves as a serious reminder to all believers how significant prayer is to our faith. Prayer is the way we talk to God, hear from God, and keep our minds on Him. Prayer is the channel in which we can let go of fears and concerns, and how we lift up our praises and thanks to God.

Prayer is vital to our spiritual formation and growth. Just as Jesus was often seen taking time away to go pray, we should do the same. Paul knew that prayer was key to guarding our hearts against evil and to keeping ourselves in line with God’s will.

As Christians, it is important to pray to God and to carve out time throughout the day to speak to Him and worship Him. Paul was right when he wrote to the church of Thessalonica, urging them to pray often because prayer is what helps us find our way through difficult times, tough decisions, or expressing our hopes and joy. Prayer draws us closer to God and helps us practice our faith. Prayer has been a spiritual practice since the beginning of time and the point Paul made was that prayer is still something that all Christians need to integrate into our lives.

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Verse (Click for Chapter)
New International Version
pray continually,

New Living Translation
Never stop praying.

English Standard Version
pray without ceasing,

Berean Study Bible
Pray without ceasing.

Berean Literal Bible
Pray unceasingly.

New American Standard Bible
pray without ceasing;

New King James Version
pray without ceasing,

King James Bible
Pray without ceasing.

Christian Standard Bible
pray constantly,

Contemporary English Version
and never stop praying.

Good News Translation
pray at all times,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Pray constantly.

International Standard Version
Continually be prayerful.

NET Bible
constantly pray,

New Heart English Bible
Pray without ceasing.

A Faithful Version
Pray unceasingly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Pray without ceasing.

GOD’S WORD® Translation
Never stop praying.

New American Standard 1977
pray without ceasing;

King James 2000 Bible
Pray without ceasing.

American King James Version
Pray without ceasing.

American Standard Version
pray without ceasing;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Pray without ceasing.

Darby Bible Translation
pray unceasingly;

English Revised Version
pray without ceasing;

Webster’s Bible Translation
Pray without ceasing.

Weymouth New Testament
Be unceasing in prayer.

World English Bible
Pray without ceasing.

Young’s Literal Translation
continually pray ye;

Study Bible Christian Living
16Rejoice at all times. 17 Praywithout ceasing.18Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.…Berean Study Bible · 

Daniel 6:10
Now when Daniel learned that the document had been signed, he went into his house, where the windows of his upper room opened toward Jerusalem, and three times a day he got down on his knees, prayed, and gave thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

Ephesians 6:18
Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.

Treasury of Scripture

Pray without ceasing.

Pray.

Luke 18:1
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Luke 21:36
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Romans 12:12
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Lexicon Pray
προσεύχεσθε (proseuchesthe)
Verb – Present Imperative Middle or Passive – 2nd Person Plural
Strong’s Greek 4336: To pray, pray for, offer prayer. From pros and euchomai; to pray to God, i.e. Supplicate, worship.

without ceasing.
ἀδιαλείπτως (adialeiptōs)
Adverb
Strong’s Greek 89: Unceasingly, without remission. Adverb from adialeiptos; uninterruptedly, i.e. Without omission.

Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers

(17) Pray without ceasing.–Theophylact well says, “This shows the way to ‘rejoice always’–to wit, incessant prayer and eucharist, for he that has accustomed himself to hold converse with God, and to give thanks to Him over everything that happens as happening well, will evidently have unbroken joy.” Though a man cannot be incessantly praying in words, the mind may be held continuously in an attitude of prayer, even in sleep (Song of Solomon 5:2).

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. – Pray without ceasing. The means of promoting religious joy is prayer. This prayer is to be “without ceasing,” implying constancy (Colossians 4:2) and perseverance (Romans 12:12; Ephesians 6:18; Luke 18:1). This is not a mere precept “capable of fulfillment in idea, rather than in fact” (Jowett); but it is an exhortation to live in a devotional frame of mind. It is impossible to be always on our bended knees, but we may be in the spirit of prayer when engaged in the duties of our earthly calling. Prayer may be without ceasing in the heart which is full of the presence of God, and evermore communing with him.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Commentaries

How do I pray without ceasing?

How do I pray without ceasing? Dr. Ligon Duncan shares practical tips to help Christians in their prayer life.

Praying without ceasing will not happen without practice and planning. All of us, I think, want to grow in our practice of prayer. I have a dear friend who often says, “If you want to humble a Christian, ask him about his prayer life.” I think most of us would love to grow in our practice of prayer.

Pay Attention to Praying Christians

One thing is, pay close attention when you come into contact with praying Christians. I know that my getting to know Mark Dever, the pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and my getting to know Doug Kelly, a professor of theology at RTS in Jackson and in Charlotte, had a profound effect on my prayer life because in those two men, I met men of prayer. They didn’t think about prayer. They didn’t just write about prayer. They pray. They had a robust, healthy practice of prayer. And being around people of prayer helps you to grow in prayer. You don’t just admire them, you seek to emulate them, and you learn from them in their practice of prayer. And I thank God every day for those two men who, because they lived a life of prayer, invited me into a better understanding of what it means to be a praying person.

Start Praying and Keep Praying

Here’s the other thing: pray. You’ve got to start praying. And if you don’t know how to start or how to get yourself started, open up the Bible to the Psalms and just start praying the Psalms right back to God as if they are your prayers that you wrote or thought up yourself. Take the Psalms, start praying the Bible back to God. That is one of the best ways to learn how to pray without ceasing. And it’s just to learn how to take the Bible and turn it back to God in prayer.Take the Psalms, start praying the Bible back to God.

Because for all of us, there are going to be days when we get up in the morning and we cannot get words out of our mouth. And there’ll be a variety of reasons for that. Sometimes there is a great burden on us. Sometimes there’s a great sadness on us. Sometimes we feel cold and distant from God. And in those times we just need to go to the Bible and start praying the Bible back to God until we can pray. The Puritans used to say, “Pray until you pray.” And by that they meant they understood that sometimes we just we can’t pray. We feel like our words are hitting the ceiling and they’re coming back to us. And what do you do? You take the Bible. You start praying and praying and praying it until you realize that you’re praying. You’re talking to God. Your soul is doing business with God.

Make a Plan

And then I would simply say this: you’re going to have to plan. You’re going to have to have regular practices that are woven into your life that allow you to pray regularly. Obviously, one of those things is learning to pray the first thing when you get up in the morning and the last thing before you go to bed at night, weaving prayer into the regular life of your family, not just around prayers at mealtimes, but family prayers. Sometimes I’ll take a book of prayers, and I will make it my practice to pray those prayers at different times of the day, especially starting first thing in the morning.

All of those things are good ways to learn how to pray without ceasing. Find good examples and learn from them, pray the Bible back to God, and then just plan. Plan to pray. All those things will help you pray without ceasing.

More on – How to Pray without Ceasing

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, ESV).

Impossible, right? Maybe in the olden days, when every task directly affected your family’s survival—of course they prayed, because if the crop died, they’d starve. If someone got sick there was no medicine to help. Life was dangerous and fragile, and people weren’t distracted by social media and cell phones. But today? Who could be expected to keep their mind on God at all times? Surely God wouldn’t expect that of us, because He knows more than anyone how flawed we are, and how short our attention spans are.

Except that nowhere in the Bible is there an asterisk after that verse that says, “*unless you’re really busy.”

Here’s the good news. Not only is it possible to pray without ceasing, but it’s possible to do so without making any significant changes to your schedule or time commitments. It’s all about shifting your thought process and turning everyday moments into prayer. My friend Lisa gave me the best explanation I’ve ever heard: it’s like keeping the radio playing in the background. Keep that connection open and talk to God as you go through your day. Here are nine ways to pray without ceasing:

1. Begin with gratitude.

1. Begin with gratitude.

Psalm 100:4 says “enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” 

In other words, start by telling God what you’re thankful for. Prayer doesn’t have to be asking for something; it can simply be thanking Him from your heart for what He has already done.

2. Get real.

2. Get real.

If prayer had to be a stiff, formal language—“our most holy and mighty God, we beseech ye…”—first of all, we’d be bored and feel out of our element most of the time. And secondly, we would find it hard to keep that up for an extended period of time. But prayer is simply a conversation. Talk to Him the way you would talk to a friend. Sit down with a cup of coffee and just let the words pour out, casually, simply. Just be real. 

3. Incorporate prayer into everyday chores.

3. Incorporate prayer into everyday chores.

Let your everyday tasks become acts of worship by turning them into times of prayer. As you fold laundry, pray for each family member—and then if your laundry piles are as high as mine, and you’re done praying but not done folding, branch out from there. Pray for your child’s soccer teammates, for the teachers standing in front of your children’s classrooms, for the partner who works hard to pay the bills, for health to stay active, for the workplaces where the clothes are worn. Or simply give thanks for the warmth of the home where you relax in those pajamas.

4. Tell Him what He already knows.

4. Tell Him what He already knows.

When my first child was in kindergarten, I realized that although I had a pretty good idea what she did at school, I didn’t need to know the details. But when she told me about how she and Jacob played at recess, or laughed as she tried to tell me the story her teacher read that day, it deepened my connection with my daughter. I got to see her life through her eyes and I reveled in her unique perspective. Of course, God already knows what’s in our hearts—but when we offer our thoughts to him, it turns what might be a solitary life into a richer, more meaningful relationship. And I think God delights in this.

5. Pray while you wait.

5. Pray while you wait.

Most of us waste a lot of time while we wait for our daily grande nonfat mochas—or whatever. A quick online search reports that we each average two years of our lives waiting in line, and the average commuter spends 38 hours a year in traffic. Turn your car into a prayer closet, or let your mind take you someplace else while the person in line ahead of you buys her drink using four nearly-empty gift cards and then empties her coin purse of pennies. 

Transform that “wasted” time into something meaningful—pray for the people you expect to encounter that day or the tasks you need to accomplish. Give thanks for your day, for the job paying for your favorite caffeinated beverage, for the young man working as a cashier to pay his college tuition, for the extravagant blessing of a giant store stocked with more products than we need. Count your blessings—because they’re everywhere—and make those minutes count.

6. Sing a song of praise.

6. Sing a song of praise.

“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise” (James 5:13). 

Often, we think of prayer as what to do when we need God to fix something or when we’re unhappy. But the Bible encourages us to pray at all times. Remember the idea of prayer being like a radio playing in the background all the time? Make that literal by listening to worship music. As you sing along, offer it to God as your prayer. Or, better yet, make up your own song along the way. Nobody is listening but Him, so don’t worry if you’re out of tune.

7. When you mess up, admit it.

7. When you mess up, admit it.

I don’t know about you, but I could spend most of my praying-without-ceasing time simply confessing a litany of my sins and failings: I just yelled at my kids; I’m jealous of the perfect little family one my friends posts about daily on Facebook; so-and-so is a real jerk and I don’t like him… and so on. Luckily, when we confess, God forgives us, so we don’t need to dwell there. That in itself is another reason to praise Him.

8. Give up worrying.

8. Give up worrying.

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

We’re not meant to worry, and we waste too many minutes doing just that. Next time something weighs heavy on your heart, envision yourself extending it up to God and letting Him hold it for you. Ask Him what your role is and if there is something you need to do; if so, do it. But don’t take back the weight of the worry. Then start thanking God for who He is and what He has already done for you, and you’ll feel the weight lifting off your shoulders as the words come.

9. Stop talking once in awhile. Instead, just listen.

9. Stop talking once in awhile. Instead, just listen.

“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” (Matthew 6:7). 

The number (or quality) of words you use in prayer doesn’t matter, because prayer is about God, not about us. Allow yourself to contemplate the nearness of God. Trust that He is your constant companion. Don’t monopolize the dialogue, but spend some of your time just being, simply sitting and resting in His presence. And keep in mind that the best conversations are two-sided, but you won’t hear anything if you never stop to listen.

Start Praying Now

Start Praying Now

Dear Lord, I believe that prayer matters, but I also think that we shortchange ourselves by limiting our definition of prayer. Open my mind to all that it can be. Help me become aware of Your nearness and abide in Your presence. Teach me to talk to You—and remind me to listen. Overflow my heart with gratitude for all that You’ve done and who You are. Let my life become a never-ending prayer to You. Amen.

Pray Without Ceasing

Romans 12:12 ESV / 1,222 helpful votes
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV / 315 helpful votes
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV / 211 helpful votes
Pray without ceasing,

Philippians 4:6 ESV / 179 helpful votes
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Ephesians 6:18 ESV / 137 helpful votes
Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

Matthew 6:6 ESV / 117 helpful votes
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Colossians 4:2 ESV / 116 helpful votes
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

Romans 8:26 ESV / 90 helpful votes
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Matthew 21:22 ESV / 82 helpful votes
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Jeremiah 33:3 ESV / 65 helpful votes
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

Matthew 6:9-13 ESV / 61 helpful votes
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Matthew 7:7 ESV / 59 helpful votes
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

James 5:16 ESV / 56 helpful votes
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Luke 18:1-8 ESV / 55 helpful votes
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” …

1 John 5:14 ESV / 49 helpful votes
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.

John 14:13 ESV / 43 helpful votes
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

1 Peter 5:7 ESV / 41 helpful votes
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

John 15:7 ESV / 41 helpful votes
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Luke 18:1 ESV / 39 helpful votes
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.

Psalm 37:4 ESV / 37 helpful votes
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV / 37 helpful votes
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Hebrews 4:16 ESV / 35 helpful votes
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Philippians 2:13 ESV / 33 helpful votes
For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Matthew 6:7 ESV / 33 helpful votes
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.

Hebrews 13:15 ESV / 32 helpful votes
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

Romans 8:26-27 ESV / 30 helpful votes
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Matthew 6:9 ESV / 28 helpful votes
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Psalm 66:18 ESV / 27 helpful votes
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

2 Thessalonians 1:11 ESV / 24 helpful votes
To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power,

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 22 helpful votes
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

Romans 12:11 ESV / 22 helpful votes
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

Daniel 6:10 ESV / 22 helpful votes
When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.

Deuteronomy 28:1-68 ESV / 22 helpful votes
“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. …

1 Corinthians 12:31 ESV / 21 helpful votes
But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

Psalm 119:135 ESV / 20 helpful votes
Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes.

Psalm 118:17 ESV / 20 helpful votes
I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.

Psalm 46:1 ESV / 20 helpful votes
To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2 Corinthians 8:7 ESV / 19 helpful votes
But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.

Matthew 6:1-34 ESV / 19 helpful votes
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. …

Hebrews 6:10-12 ESV / 16 helpful votes
For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Luke 21:36 ESV / 16 helpful votes
But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

1 Peter 4:7 ESV / 15 helpful votes
The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.

1 Thessalonians 5:16 ESV / 15 helpful votes
Rejoice always,

1 Thessalonians 5:1-28 ESV / 15 helpful votes
Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. …

Matthew 6:14-15 ESV / 15 helpful votes
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Romans 12:8 ESV / 14 helpful votes
The one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Luke 18:7-8 ESV / 14 helpful votes
And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

Psalm 147:1 ESV / 14 helpful votes
Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.

Romans 8:34 ESV / 13 helpful votes
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

Isaiah 1:1-31 ESV / 13 helpful votes
The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. …

Psalm 139:1-24 ESV / 13 helpful votes
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. …

Hosea 6:3 ESV / 12 helpful votes
Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”

Proverbs 23:17 ESV / 12 helpful votes
Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day.

1 Peter 3:13 ESV / 11 helpful votes
Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?

1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV / 11 helpful votes
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Mark 11:24 ESV / 11 helpful votes
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Psalm 145:18 ESV / 11 helpful votes
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV / 11 helpful votes
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

Hebrews 4:11 ESV / 10 helpful votes
Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV / 10 helpful votes
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

2 Thessalonians 3:1 ESV / 10 helpful votes
Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you,

Luke 4:18 ESV / 10 helpful votes
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

Psalm 69:9 ESV / 10 helpful votes
For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.

Joshua 1:1-18 ESV / 10 helpful votes
After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. …

Numbers 11:29 ESV / 10 helpful votes
But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!”

1 John 5:15 ESV / 9 helpful votes
And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

James 5:13 ESV / 9 helpful votes
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV / 9 helpful votes
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 4:18 ESV / 9 helpful votes
It is always good to be made much of for a good purpose, and not only when I am present with you,

1 Corinthians 14:12 ESV / 9 helpful votes
So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.

1 Chronicles 4:10 ESV / 9 helpful votes
Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.

1 Samuel 1:1-28 ESV / 9 helpful votes
There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an Ephrathite. He had two wives. The name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other, Peninnah. And Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. Now this man used to go up year by year from his city to worship and to sacrifice to the Lord of hosts at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the Lord. On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb. …

1 John 5:16 ESV / 8 helpful votes
If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that.

1 Timothy 2:8 ESV / 8 helpful votes
I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;

2 Corinthians 11:2 ESV / 8 helpful votes
For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 8 helpful votes
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

John 3:16 ESV / 8 helpful votes
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Luke 11:1 ESV / 8 helpful votes
Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”

Matthew 11:12 ESV / 8 helpful votes
From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.

Matthew 7:1-29 ESV / 8 helpful votes
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. …

Matthew 6:5 ESV / 8 helpful votes
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

Isaiah 59:1-2 ESV / 8 helpful votes
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.

Ezra 7:23 ESV / 8 helpful votes
Whatever is decreed by the God of heaven, let it be done in full for the house of the God of heaven, lest his wrath be against the realm of the king and his sons.

2 Chronicles 6:41 ESV / 8 helpful votes
“And now arise, O Lord God, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might. Let your priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let your saints rejoice in your goodness.

1 Kings 19:10 ESV / 8 helpful votes
He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.”

Numbers 25:10-13 ESV / 8 helpful votes
And the Lord said to Moses, “Phinehas the son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, has turned back my wrath from the people of Israel, in that he was jealous with my jealousy among them, so that I did not consume the people of Israel in my jealousy. Therefore say, ‘Behold, I give to him my covenant of peace, and it shall be to him and to his descendants after him the covenant of a perpetual priesthood, because he was jealous for his God and made atonement for the people of Israel.’”

2 Corinthians 9:2 ESV / 7 helpful votes
For I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year. And your zeal has stirred up most of them.

Psalm 119:139 ESV / 7 helpful votes
My zeal consumes me, because my foes forget your words.

Psalm 55:17 ESV / 7 helpful votes
Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice.

Hebrews 13:17 ESV / 6 helpful votes
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

2 Corinthians 8:22 ESV / 6 helpful votes
And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you.

2 Corinthians 7:6-7 ESV / 6 helpful votes
But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the comfort with which he was comforted by you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more.

Romans 10:9 ESV / 6 helpful votes
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

John 2:17 ESV / 6 helpful votes
His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

Matthew 6:13 ESV / 6 helpful votes
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Isaiah 63:14-16 ESV / 6 helpful votes
Like livestock that go down into the valley, the Spirit of the Lord gave them rest. So you led your people, to make for yourself a glorious name. Look down from heaven and see, from your holy and beautiful habitation. Where are your zeal and your might? The stirring of your inner parts and your compassion are held back from me. For you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us, and Israel does not acknowledge us; you, O Lord, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name.

1 Thessalonians 5:25 ESV / 5 helpful votes
Brothers, pray for us.

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Night Prayers to Help Finish Your Day With a Peaceful Mind

Good Night Prayers for Evening and Peaceful Sleep at Bedtime

Even though you may have started your day off with a cup of coffee and a meaningful prayer, it’s incredibly easy to get caught up in the chaos and stress of the day, forcing you to end it on a low note. When you get home at the end of the day, it helps to take a minute, center yourself, and say a night prayer to God. This will help ease your mind, erase your worries, and give you strength to finish out our week.

Jesus knows exactly what you need, at the exact moment you need it. So use your evening prayer as a way to give thanks to him — especially if it happened to slip your mind earlier in the day. Or, if you’re having trouble falling asleep, say a few words of scripture in the evening to calm yourself down. Soon, it’ll become a nightly routine and you’ll be ready to take on each day and the challenges that come with it.

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Prayer at Night

My precious Lord,
As this day comes to a close,
I take this moment to turn to You.
Help me, in this moment of quiet, to examine my day.

Lord, I thank You for helping me to see my sin.
Please give to me the grace of humility
So that I can admit all my sin without reserve.

I pray that every sin will be forgiven,
And I open myself to Your grace
So that Your merciful Heart will create me anew.

I also call to mind the way in which You were present to me this day.

(Take a moment to ponder the graces God blessed you with this day)

Lord, I thank You for the blessings of this day.
Please help me to see these blessings as Your divine presence in my life.

May I turn from sin and turn to You.
Your presence in my life brings great joy;
My sin leads to sorrow and despair.

I choose You as my Lord.
I choose You as my guide
And pray for Your abundant blessings tomorrow.

May this night be restful in You.
May it be a night of renewal.

Speak to me, Lord, as I sleep.
Guard me and protect me the whole night through.

My guardian angel, Saint Joseph, my Blessed Mother,
Intercede for me now and always.

Amen.

Ending your day with prayer is a wonderful way to let go of stress and find peace before falling asleep. No matter what you faced today, talking to God through a night prayer will renew your faith and help you experience true rest. Evening prayers also help you reflect on all the events throughout your day and the ways that God has been present with you. 

Share these night prayers for evening bedtime with your children, spouse and friends so they too can fall asleep feeling blessed and thankful! God is wanting and waiting to give you peace and comfort at night time! 

Goodnight Prayer for Blessings

Bless us with rest tonight, Jesus, and a good night’s sleep. Forgive us for the things we did today that did not honor you. Thank you for loving us so much and that you know us through and through. We need your help every day, and we thank you for the strength you give and for helping us know that with you, even hard things are possible. Bless our family and our home, and keep us safe through the night. May your angels guard us and watch over us, just like you promised.

You’ve told us we are just like sheep. And that you lead us and guard us like a shepherd. You know our names, and you make us feel special and loved. When we hurt, you help us feel better. Thank you, Jesus, for your good care and for giving us [mom/dad/parents/foster parents/pastors] to help. Thank you for the Bible, and for teaching us stuff in life that helps us grow. Bless the people in our world, and help them to know you love them, too. Thank you for all the people who help us so much: teachers, doctors, policemen, and firemen—and so many more.

Thank you for your good plan for our lives. Help us to obey you and love you more and more. When we awake in the morning, put a smile on our face and your purpose in our hearts, ready to start a new day. We love you, Jesus. Good night. In Jesus’s precious name, Amen.  ~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan

For A Good Night’s Sleep

Grant me a good night’s sleep tonight, God, so that I can awake refreshed and ready to begin another day loving you. Thank you again for blessings so undeserved and too numerous to count. I love being your child, and I long for the word “faithful” to describe my service to you, each day of every year. When I awake in the morning, may it be with a joyful smile, not a grumpy spirit. May your protection and your presence bathe this place with peace and safety against the enemy. Good night, Lord. In Jesus’s name, Amen. ~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan

Before You Go to Bed

Father, thank you for holding me together today. I needed you, and you were there for me. Thank you for every bit of love, mercy, and grace that was shown to me though I did not deserve it. Thank you for your faithfulness even in my suffering. To you alone be the glory. Amen. – Topher Haddox

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At the End of A Hard Day

Father, I can barely lift my eyes to you. It’s all I can do to cry out for help. Please extend your grace to me this day. Help me to see that you are in this and that you are with me. Help me to remember that you are not surprised or taken off guard by the events of this day. Forgive me for my fears about this day.

Forgive me for how I have complained and muttered about how hard this day has been. Forgive me for forgetting that you are with me. Forgive me for forgetting who I am because of what your Son, Jesus Christ, has done. Forgive me for failing to remember the glorious truths and riches I have because of the gospel. Father, hear my prayer. Grant me gospel hope in the midst of this hard day. Help me to cling to your grace, your wisdom, and your strength. ~ Christina Fox

A Beautiful Prayer to End the Day

Heavenly Father, my day is drawing to an end, and I’m ready to turn in. But before I do, I have to thank you for your faithfulness today. It’s always a good day, even when things may not go the way I plan, or when the world seems in chaos because you are in control.

For all the times when I was aware of your help today, all the times when your unseen presence seemed so near, thank you, God. But for all the ways you worked behind the scenes, unknown to me, moments when heaven-sent angels moved on my behalf in ways I’ll never know, thank you for those also, Lord. Amen. ~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan

For Sweet Sleep

Heavenly Father, who gives rest to His children – will You wash over me a peace that passes all understanding as I lay down to sleep tonight?  I ask that You would ease the load of the burdens I am carrying.  My desire is to be an effective mother, wife, and friend and I know my attitude, energy level, and spiritual life will not be sufficient to do this if I don’t have the deep spiritual rest You long to give me.  Be merciful, O Lord, and give sweet sleep to Your child. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. ~ Lysa TerKeurst

A Bedtime Prayer to Stop an Anxious Heart

Dear Lord, please help me trust You and empower me through Your Spirit to stop my emotions from bossing me around. I want to quit worrying about what might happen and focus on what has already happened by remembering and praising You for Your faithfulness in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. ~ Renee Swoop

Prayer for a Reset

Lord, I long for those moments early in my faith when I felt your closeness, your joy, your energy and zest for life. I confess that the daily grind has ground down my passion for you. I confess that I allow the cares of the world to choke out the joy of the gospel. Lord, turn my heart toward you again. Fix my eyes on you, fix my heart on you. Help me have a reset in my faith and in my life, starting today. Renew my heart, renew my life for you and your ways. Help me see the daily routines of life as moments to gracefully submit to your will. Thank you for being the Lord of my life everyday. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. ~ Jennifer Waddle

Giving Thanks Evening Prayer

Dear God, we thank you tonight for the good day and for the special way you take care of us all the time. Thank you for the fun times outside and the quiet times inside, and for helping us learn new things every day.

Thank you for creating us special, exactly the way you wanted. Thank you for protecting us throughout the day. Forgive us for the wrong things we do. Thank you for loving us even when we disobey or try to do things our way. Help us to always choose your way, God, because it’s always best. We pray for all the people who don’t know you, and that they will come to understand your love for them, too.

Bless our family and thank you for good times together and apart. Bless our friends and those we love, including our grandparents, our aunts and uncles and cousins. Thank you for our home and a place to sleep and good food to eat. Help us rest well, give us peaceful dreams, and send your angels around our home to protect us throughout the night. Teach us to trust you and to love you more and more. You are good; you are great; and you are faithful, God. And we love you. Good night. In Jesus’s precious name, Amen. ~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan

Night-time Blessing Prayer

Dear God, Thank you for your great love and blessing over our lives. Thank you that your favor has no end, but it lasts for our entire lifetime. Forgive us for sometimes forgetting that you are intimately acquainted with all of our ways, that you know what concerns us, and you cover us, as with a shield. We ask for your guidance so that we might walk fully in your blessing and goodness today. We ask that your face would shine on us. That you would open the right doors for our lives and for our loved ones, that you would close the wrong doors and protect us from those we need to walk away from. Establish the work of our hands and bring to fulfillment all that you have given us to do in these days. We pray that you would make our way purposeful and our footsteps firm out of your goodness and love. Give us a heart of wisdom to hear your voice, and make us strong by your huge favor and grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. ~ Debbie McDaniel

For True Rest

Dear Lord, break me of the need to be busy pursuing a sense of self-worth. Make me secure in who You are and who You’ve made me to be, and as a result, teach me what it means to truly rest. Help me catch my breath. In Jesus’ Name, Amen ~ Max Lucado

To Sleep Worry Free

Lord, I’ve shouldered my cares as if I’m the one in control. Help me become like a child, handing all my stresses, worries and responsibilities to You, my faithful Father. I trust You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. ~ Amy Carroll

Forgiveness at the End of the Day

Forgive me for any foolish actions on my part today or things I did without first asking your blessing or wisdom. Those are moments I’d rather forget, but I’m so grateful for your forgiveness when I ask. I never want to go to bed without clearing the air between us, Lord. Our friendship means too much, and your holiness deserves that. Thank you for loving me just as I am.  In Jesus Name, Amen.  ~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan

A Short Night-time Prayer (2 Timothy 1:7)

For God’s not given me a spirit of fear,
But a spirit of love,
and of power, and a sound mind,
To live each day and glorify his name. 

Popular Child’s Bedtime Prayer, 18th Century

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.

Alternative Version for Children:
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
Watch and guard me through the night,
and wake me with the morning light.
Amen.

At the End of a Dissapointing Day

Lord, thank You for working in my life, even in ways that look like failure. Help me keep my eyes on You and not on my situation. Help me trust You more, especially when I face what looks like a disappointment. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. ~ Glynnis Whitwer

For Loved Ones

As I close my eyes tonight, I’m praying for loved ones around me, for friends and those who need to know you, Lord. I’m praying that your love, like the billions of stars in the night sky outside, will touch them and help them see who you really are. I pray for our world and those in it. I pray for their needs as well as my own. ~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan

For Peaceful Sleep

Dear Jesus, teach me to daily lay my burdens at your feet. Show me I can trust in your loving care. Grant me, your beloved, the nourishing blessing of rest and peaceful sleep. ~ Rachel Olsen

To Rest Well

Dear Lord, thank You for rest. Thank You that I can rest while You continue to hold everything together. Help me rest well and worship You through rest. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. ~ Rachel Olsen

Rest from Striving

Dear God, I’m realizing it’s not my curse that I believe I’m not enough; it’s my sin that I keep trying to be. Thank You for the reminder that life with You means I can rest, and I have nothing to prove. Will You continue to show me Your freedom, Your power and my need to stop striving to please You and instead just live life with You? In Jesus’ Name, Amen. ~ Jennifer Allen

Father, We Thank Thee

Father, we thank thee for the night,
And for the pleasant morning light;
For rest and food and loving care,
And all that makes the day so fair.
Help us to do the things we should,
To be to others kind and good;
In all we do, in work or play,
To grow more loving every day.
— Rebecca Weston – 1890

For the Overwhelmed Heart

Lord, when my heart is overwhelmed, overwhelm me with Your peace. Lead me to You, my rock. Guide me to Your Word which gives me strength and refuge. Help me not to run to lesser things. Draw me to run to You first. Help me get into the habit of taking my “overwhelmed” and placing it under your will. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Jennifer Rotheschild

Evening Prayer of Confession

Gracious Lord, give us the courage to seek forgiveness. Remind us that confession is never a mistake; it frees us from the chains of the enemy. We know we cannot hide our hearts from you. Help us to let go of our bitterness and fear, and purify us with the knowledge that you have taken away every sin. In your name, Amen.

When You Can’t “Feel” God

Dear Father in Heaven, Thank you for your steadfastness and continual presence in our lives. Sometimes, we can feel you right next to us. But sometimes, it is hard to know that you are there at all. Sometimes life gets so difficult that our hearts just cannot feel you through the pain. Sometimes you take away those feelings so that we may seek you even more fervently. I pray today, Father, that I may rely not on my own feelings but rather on your love for me. May I rely on your Word to be the truth that rules my life over my own understanding. Help me to see you and believe in your character even though my feelings may tell me otherwise. You are kind, you are good, and you are gracious. You are both all-powerful and all-loving. You care deeply for me and for my loved ones. Be with me as I live out these truths no matter what my circumstances are today, Lord, as we walk forward together. I love you and pray all of these things in your Son’s amazing name, Amen. ~ Kelly-Jayne McGlynn

Bedtime Prayer For a Weary Mom

Dear Father in Heaven, I come before you weary and beat down by this long day. Being a mother can be so hard! I often feel helpless and inadequate. I never know what to expect. I often don’t know what to do. The constant change leaves me reeling. The twists and turns of each day is a glaring reminder of how needy and dependent I am.

The book of Hebrews tells me I can come to you in confidence and find the grace and mercy I need. And so I come to you now to lay all these burdens at your feet. I feel so overwhelmed by the details of life. It seems like I can never get ahead. Just when I clean up one mess, another one pops up somewhere else. Just when I think I know what I am doing as a mom, my child enters a new age and stage. Just when I think I have a steady routine in place, someone gets sick or hurt. Some days I wonder if I’m really cut out for motherhood.

I know I failed to glorify you today. I failed to love as you love me. I failed to extend the grace you’ve given me to my children. Forgive me for striving in my own strength. Forgive me for my fears over all the unknowns of motherhood. Forgive me for putting my hope in things, circumstances, or in my own strength rather than in you. Forgive me for my impatience and for wanting life to go my way. Each of these sins and failures reminds me of just how much I need a Savior. Today reminds me that I need Jesus more than I did yesterday and that tomorrow I will need him even more.

I pray that tomorrow you would be with me in all ups and downs of my day. Help me to find my joy in you and not in my circumstances. Help me not to fear whatever twists and turns may come. Help me to love my children and serve them well. Help me to enjoy each moment with them and not spend my time worrying about the next moment to come. May I remember that even when it feels otherwise, you are always with me and will never leave me or forsake me. Tonight, may I sleep in peace knowing that even when I lose my grip, you never let go of me. And may I open my eyes in the morning to find mercy, fresh and new, ready for the taking. ~ Christina Fox

Soul Rest

Lord, thank You for providing a rest for my soul that’s not attached to a person or experience. You created me for this rest, and I accept it now. Help me fully trust You with my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. ~ Glynnis Whitwer

Bedtime Prayer (song by Twila Paris)

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray dear Lord that you will keep
Your eyes upon this sleeping world
Every little boy and girl

Bless the children far away
The ones who don’t know how to pray
Those who are not feeling well
The little one the slipped and fell

Bless the puppy down the street
The neighbors I have yet to meet
Bless my mom and dad especially

Just one more thing I’d like to say
Before I close another day
I’d like to thank you Lord for all the ways
That You bless me

Bless the child whose home is torn
The babies who are not yet born
Bless the ones who take your word
To all the hearts that have not heard

Bless all your children everywhere
I hope they know how much you care
Maybe someday I can go
And tell them that You love them so

Bless Grandma and my Grandpa too
And all my friend and all they do
Bless every twig upon my family tree

Just one more thing I’ll say to you
I’m so amazed by all you do
I’ll thank you once again because it’s true
That you bless me

Night Prayer for Peace

God, teach us what it means to have faith in silence. When we face trials that are beyond our understanding, help us to find peace. Help me be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. You set all things in accordance to your time. Remind us to wait patiently, and find peace in your plan. ~ Dick Woodward

The Examen (Evening Reflection)

Written by St. Ignatius Loyola, the Examen is a daily process for prayerfully reflecting on your day. 

1. Remember God’s presence.
Even after a trying day, God will quiet your soul as you remember His presence and intentionally seek to enter into it. Remember He’s with you. Invite Him to make Himself present to you. 

2. Respond to Him with thanks.
Giving thanks gives God glory and helps us look on the bright side of a bad day. What small blessings can you thank God for?

3. Reflect on how God showed Himself to you.
God reveals himself through scripture, but we also see glimpses of him in nature, events, and people. Sometimes He shows up loudly through miraculous, divine intervention. Other times He shows Himself quietly through the beauty of a flower or an earnest conversation. As you look back over your day, can you identify moments where you sensed God’s revelation or intervention? 

4. Repent of your failings.
I don’t like recognizing my own sin, but repentance is key to continual renewal in our relationship with God.As you reflect on your day, remember specific points where you failed. Bring your shortcomings before God and ask Him to forgive you.  

5. Resolve to grow. 
God is in the business of changing us, so don’t let your failings discourage or define you. His mercies are always new. Accept His forgiveness. Ask Him for grace to change. Is there anything you need to make right or anyone you need to apologize to? What can you do differently tomorrow?

Why Should We Pray at Night?

Similar to why we should pray in the morning, praying at the end of the day is an opportunity to thank the Lord for the blessings He gives and protection He provided us to live another day. Finishing your day with prayer is a powerful way to let go of anxiety and find peace before falling asleep. 

Regardless of what you suffered today, talking to God through a night prayer will revive your faith and assist you to sleep in peace. Evening prayers also help you review all the experiences during your day and the ways that God has been present with you. 

Good Night Prayers


A Biblical Night-time Prayer (2 Timothy 1:7)

For God’s not given me a spirit of fear, but a spirit of love, and of power, and a sound mind, to live each day and glorify his name.

Shepherd, Watch While We Sleep

Beloved Shepherd of our souls and bodies, you never slumber nor sleep. Spread your holy protection over us and cover us with your mighty wings, that no terrors of the night may disturb us, and let your divine majesty watch over our minds while we sleep; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Night Prayer for Peace

O Lord, let your tranquility dwell among us, and let your peace remain in our hearts. May our voices proclaim your truth, and may your cross be the guardian of our souls. O Lord, make us bold, make us worthy to offer to you pure and holy prayer; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Source: Liturgy of the Nestorians, fifth century

Night-time Blessing Prayer

Dear God, Thank you for your great love and blessing over our lives. Thank you that your favor has no end, but it lasts for our entire lifetime. Forgive us for sometimes forgetting that you are intimately acquainted with all of our ways, that you know what concerns us, and you cover us, as with a shield. We ask for your guidance so that we might walk fully in your blessing and goodness today. We ask that your face would shine on us. That you would open the right doors for our lives and for our loved ones, that you would close the wrong doors and protect us from those we need to walk away from. Establish the work of our hands and bring to fulfillment all that you have given us to do in these days. We pray that you would make our way purposeful and our footsteps firm out of your goodness and love. Give us a heart of wisdom to hear your voice, and make us strong by your huge favor and grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. ~ Debbie McDaniel

A Beautiful Prayer to End the Day

Heavenly Father, my day is drawing to an end, and I’m ready to turn in. But before I do, I have to thank you for your faithfulness today. It’s always a good day, even when things may not go the way I plan, or when the world seems in chaos because you are in control.

For all the times when I was aware of your help today, all the times when your unseen presence seemed so near, thank you, God. But for all the ways you worked behind the scenes, unknown to me, moments when heaven-sent angels moved on my behalf in ways I’ll never know, thank you for those also, Lord. Amen. ~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan


Evening Prayers

Evening Prayer for Peace

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 Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Source: Augustine of Hippo

Keep Us in Peace

O Lord our God, keep us in peace during this night and at all times. Keep our hearts and thoughts secure in holy reverence for you, so that we may be protected at all times
from the snares of the enemy. And let us offer blessing and glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto the ages of ages. Amen. Source: Armenian Prayer

Evening Prayer For True Rest

Dear Lord, break me of the need to be busy pursuing a sense of self-worth. Make me secure in who You are and who You’ve made me to be, and as a result, teach me what it means to truly rest. Help me catch my breath. In Jesus’ Name, Amen ~ Max Lucado

Rest for Those Who Obey Your Word

Lord, you alone are God, the gracious and merciful. You command those who love your name to cast away all fear and care, and to lay their burdens on you. Keep us under your protection, and give us now and always that everlasting rest, which you have promised to those who obey your word; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Source: Primer of 1555, in Daily Prayer.

Bedtime Prayers before Sleeping

Popular Child’s Bedtime Prayer, 18th Century

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.

Alternative Version for Children:

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, watch and guard me through the night, and wake me with the morning light. Amen.

Sleeping Prayer

I am placing my soul and my body in your sanctuary this night, O God, in your sanctuary, O Jesus Christ, in your sanctuary, O Spirit of perfect truth, the Three who would defend my cause, nor turn their backs on me. Father, who is kind and just, Son, who overcame death, Holy Spirit of power, keep me this night from harm, the Three who would justify me, keep me this night and always. Source: Carmina Gadelica, Hymns, and Incantations…

For A Good Night’s Sleep

Grant me a good night’s sleep tonight, God, so that I can awake refreshed and ready to begin another day loving you. Thank you again for blessings so undeserved and too numerous to count. I love being your child, and I long for the word “faithful” to describe my service to you, each day of every year. When I awake in the morning, may it be with a joyful smile, not a grumpy spirit. May your protection and your presence bathe this place with peace and safety against the enemy. Good night, Lord. In Jesus’s name, Amen. ~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan

Bible Verses about Sleep and Rest

Scriptures to comfort you for a peaceful rest.

Exodus 33:14 – And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28-30 – Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Mark 6:31 – And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.

Psalm 127:2 – It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.

Psalm 4:8 – In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 37:7 – Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 30:15 – For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling,

Genesis 2:2-3 – And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

Hebrews 4:9-10 – So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.


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10 Powerful Prayers To Help You Throughout Your Life

10 powerful prayers to help uplift and inspire your life and any troubles you may be going through. God bless.

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PRAYER: PROTECTION FOR OUR CHILDREN

Remind them that they are children of Your kingdom and no force of darkness could ever harm them in your presence. Protect them against negative words spoken against them. Bind any curse that is set upon them and their families.

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Most Powerful Prayer with Ocean View by Barbara Griffin. Ocean view with a prayer called the most powerful prayer. Memorize it and say this prayer as a mantra many times a day. This Christian prayer has been known to work.

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This page features several good contemporary prayers for saying at night time. There is a prayer that reflects on the day just gone with thankfulness to God and entrusts the believers sleep and dream life to Him. There is also a very short night prayer and is appropriate for when sleep is urgently required! This is followed by a beautiful prayer (“Night Time”) and is a poetic reflection on how God’s wonders are revealed as the day darkens. The next one is a rhyming prayer for before bed, followed by a simple night time prayer for protection. Finally there is a prayer written in the style of a short letter to God, which dwells on His peace and everlasting care.

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A Goodnight Prayer

Father,

Thank you for today, for all the ways in which I have known you…

For the sunrise and the birdsong
For the music I’ve heard, and the things I’ve enjoyed
For the meals, and for the cosy home I live in
For my close family and for my special friends
Most of all, thank you for being beside me through each moment.

May I dream good dreams and arise again tomorrow to thank you once more.

Amen.

Short Night Prayer

I am so tired Father.
Help me to sleep now, restore my energy,
Cover my feelings and watch over my mind.
I rest in you tonight.

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(a rhyming prayer poem for bedtime)
Lord

You bless us as we rest
Restore us as we sleep
You care for us as we drift off
And make our dreaming sweet

You are the safest place
You are the God of Grace
Forgiven, loved and held by you
Is each small seed of faith

You know our thoughts and feelings
You see our deep desires
You understand our weariness
And catch each tear we cry

You walk beside us every day
You are a constant friend
You stay with us all through the night
On you we can depend

Night Prayer for Children

Cheeky Monkey TV is a great way of helping children learn about prayer. In this episode, we learn a simple prayer to say with our children at bedtime:-

Night Prayer for Protection

Father, thank you that you care for me. In this moment, I recall all the times when you have been faithful to me, for you are a rock beneath my feet and a secure fortress around me. Come guard my heart, protect my mind and cover my whole being with your love. I place all my trust in you.

Amen.

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Christianity : 7 Things All Sons Need to Hear from Their Moms

I still remember the day they placed my son in my arms. He made me a mother. Like some of you, I was filled with joy that God would entrust this little one to me and my husband. And then the challenge began. What would I share with this gift God had given me?

Thankfully, I became a Christ follower before I became a mom, so I knew God would help me as my husband and I raised Nathan. But the images of the house I grew up in cast dark shadows for me. I did not feel safe growing up. And I did not feel loved. Sometimes we learn what to do from our parents, and sometimes we learn by what they didn’t do.  And since my mom had died when I was a teenager, I did not even see a mother/son relationship close up. I needed God’s help in raising a son, that was certain.

A prayer for moms raising children

God, I pray for anyone reading this article, mother or father. Lord, you gave us gifts when you gave us our children. We need your wisdom and you have told us that whoever lacks wisdom can come to you. So give us your wisdom, Lord. So that our words and actions line up with what you want us to do with these precious gifts. Father, a mother/son relationship is special. Help us to form a healthy bond so that our sons grow up to be confident young men who will one day grow into strong leaders. Help us with this awesome responsibility. We pray this in your Son’s Holy name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

“I love you”

Every child needs to know they are loved. And they need to hear the words as well. We see this in our relationship with our heavenly Father. Love originated with God. Read 1 John 4:19. And while God tells us in his Word that he loves us, John 3:16, he also showed us. Read Romans 5:8. While we were sinners. Not when we just did something wonderful for God, or on one of our best days.
It would be like telling our son we love him after he really blew it. All sons need to hear they are loved, and they need to hear it often. And if we struggle to tell them that, God can show us how.

I asked my grandson, Charlie, who is 10, “What do you think a son needs to hear his mom tell him?” Charlie had two answers.

“I’ll give you another chance”

Without even knowing it, Charlie gave a great illustration of mercy. It’s when we know we don’t deserve to get away with some wrong we’ve done, but are shown mercy. How wonderful if we were willing to illustrate mercy to our sons.

I did not see this modeled in my home growing up. It was more like, “You do what I say.” One day I came home and asked what a certain word meant. I didn’t know it was a swear word till I saw my mom’s face.

“Now you’ve done it. I was going to take you shopping, but now you won’t be going.”

There was no room for questions at all when I was young. But God helped me as a parent, to learn what mercy looked like and to demonstrate it. People who are given another chance often grow up to be people who give others another chance. Read Luke 6:36. Our Father is full of mercy. He shows us how to be like him. And then we pass that on to others. This world needs to see mercy demonstrated. It’s a hard world filled with hurting people. Everyone needs mercy.

“You can have another scoop of ice cream”

With this answer from Charlie, he showed his little heart. God is gracious to us. Moms can be gracious too. Moms know when something is good for us. Mercy withholds punishment when we deserve it, grace gives us more than we deserve. Read Ephesians 3:20.

I’ve often heard stories of God’s provision. One day, God decided to show me what abundance looked like. An organization which helps veterans called us. They asked what our needs were. Since they had already replaced our garage roof, their call surprised me. I mentioned that our windows were in bad shape and if they could be painted, it would be wonderful. Never did I expect what happened a couple days later. A television crew showed up along with a window company. All our windows on our first floor were replaced. Tears of joy were shed that day. It was exceedingly abundantly above what I could ask or imagine. It was God. I was excited to share with our son how God had provided for us. The world wants men to be self-reliant and independent. But we as mothers can share how men who trust God possess courage.

“You matter to me”

Knowing I had this article to write, while at the gym, I decided to ask an older gentleman for some input. “Did your mom ever tell you anything that you think all sons should hear?”

I watched as he scanned his mind for a memory. And then seconds later he said, “No. I can’t think of one thing.”

I smiled, but my heart went out to him. Every person matters. Sons need to know they matter, even to their moms. Scripture tells us how much God cares for us. He talks about the birds he created. Read Matthew 10:29-31. Not one little sparrow will fall to the ground without our Father knowing about it. Yet, God says the very hairs on our heads are numbered. On a walk outside the other day, I saw a baby sparrow that had fallen out of its nest. I knew God had seen that little one fall. Every person needs to know they have value and they matter. To us, and to their heavenly Father.

“I made a mistake”

I asked my grandson, Jude, who is 12, the same question. He responded, “A mom should say things that aren’t good, because a mom is not perfect, and a son needs to know that.”

“So, you think it’s important to admit when we make a mistake?” I asked.
And he nodded. We need to be willing to tell our sons when we make a mistake. As a young mother, I didn’t always do that. I felt like everything I did had to be perfect. And if it wasn’t, maybe my kids wouldn’t turn out as they should. Years later, I got to the place where I admitted to my son that I’ve made mistakes. It was hard to admit, but it really helped our relationship. Not only did he see I was human, but it gave him the right to be human as well. Trying to live perfectly puts undue pressure on our children. They start feeling if something isn’t perfect, it doesn’t count.

Admitting our humanness helps people understand the difference between guilt and shame. Guilt tells us that we made a mistake. But shame lies and tells us we are a mistake. Read Romans 8:1. Jesus died on the cross a cursed death. Because Jesus took our sin, he took the condemnation. God does not condemn us. Satan tries to condemn us, but God never does.

“Will you forgive me?”

When we can admit our mistakes, it gives others the right to also be human. We need to take it a step further and ask for forgiveness if we want our sons to be able to do that. When I come before my family and admit I blew it, asking for forgiveness, I find them very open. But I also know I must give them time to process their feelings. Asking for forgiveness needs to be in their time frame, not mine.

When I’ve asked for forgiveness, I felt loved by the person who forgives me. God’s message is all about forgiveness. What a privilege to be able to help our sons understand forgiveness. Read Ephesians 4:32. God instructs us to forgive one another. When you love someone you forgive them when they hurt you. There’s no better way to teach this than by example.

“I accept you, just as you are”

Years ago, when I attended a group therapy, I met a young man I’ll call John. John shared that he never felt accepted by his mom. He admitted he was a terrible math student. Unfortunately, that caused a problem with his mother who taught math. She ridiculed John because he was an embarrassment to her. John became insecure. Tears rolled down his face as he shared his pain of never feeling accepted.

Religion tells us to clean ourselves up and then go to God, but the Bible teaches that God accepts us just as we are, blemishes and all. Telling our sons that we accept them gives them confidence. They will be more likely to come to us with their struggles, knowing it won’t affect our relationship with them. How can we not accept our sons, when our heavenly Father totally accepts us? A mother has the privilege of being one of the first people in her son’s life to accept him. Acceptance strengthens the bond between them.

In his book, Day by Day by Charles Swindoll, he says this about raising children:
“They’re learning even when you don’t think they’re watching. And those little guys and gals are plenty smart. They hear tone as well as terms. They read looks as well as books. They figure out motives, even those you think you can hide. They are not fooled, not in the long haul…Time and touch. Listen to your boys and girls, look them in the eye, put your arms around them, hug them close, tell them how valuable they are. Don’t hold back. Take the time to do it. Reach. Touch.”Those are wise words indeed.

In conclusion
In Psalm 127:3, it tells us children are a gift from the Lord. When we communicate God’s truth to our sons, we are acknowledging that they are God’s gifts to us. When a son knows he’s loved, has tasted mercy and grace, knows that he matters, is accepted as he is, and understands forgiveness. This is a person who will grow up to understand the God who made him. And that is our goal as mothers. To train our children to know and follow God. It’s the best way we can show God just how much we cherish his gifts.

And it’s the best way to start working on the bond you will have throughout your life with your sons. And some day, they may visit with a little bundle in their arms.

I remember dancing with my son at his wedding. I don’t mind sharing I was quite nervous. At one point, he said, “Mom, loosen your grip.” I smile now as I acknowledge that after being in a dysfunctional home growing up, there may have been times I did have a grip on him. And yet, God helped us each step of our journey. Through the years, God has strengthened the bond I had with my son. I’ll never forget one day he and I had a serious conversation and he said, “Mom, you more than anyone in my life have shown me what commitment looks like.”  I thank God for giving me wisdom in raising someone I greatly respect. Someone I am proud to call my son.


Anne Peterson is a regular contributor to Crosswalk. Anne is a poet, speaker, published author of 14 books, including her memoir, Broken: A story of abuse, survival, and hopeBut Anne’s favorite titles are: mother and grandmother. Sign up for anne’s newsletter at www.annepeterson.comand receive a free eBook. Or connect on Facebook

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Top 3 Inspiring Christian Tattoos to Get and Why

Thanks to Leviticus 19:28 — “you shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord” — many Christians think it’s wrong for believers to get tattoos of any kind.

However, it is argued that this verse only forbids body modifications, which glorify Pagan gods. Some believe that if you want to get a tattoo, you can do so as long as it’s done to glorify God and not puff up your sense of pride or vanity. But tattoos can be a source of hope and a way to share one’s testimony.

You can find more information about the Christian approach to tattoos in this article from doctrineanddevotion.com and this article from Christianity.com

I could write a whole book about the Church’s various approaches to tattoos, but the sources cited above — and tens of thousands of others, both in print and online — have already debated the subject extensively. Today, we’re going to explore the three most popular types of Christian tattoos, as well as the reasoning that goes into a believer’s personal choice.

Religious Tattoos: The Cross

After typing “Christian tattoo” into the search bar and scrolling through Google Images for a way too long, I’ve determined that among Christians, the cross is the most popular tattoo. Chosen by young and old Christians alike, the cross — the seemingly simple intersection of a long line and a short one — represents the real-life cross Jesus died on to save us from our own sinful natures.

Despite being an ancient instrument of death, the Cross inspires hope in us because we know Jesus Christ took our sins and died on that cross so we may forever be with Him. In order to reflect a fraction of that glory back to our Savior, Christians who choose to represent a cross on their skin make said crosses as visually interesting as possible.

Some Christians make their crosses look like the strokes of a paintbrush. Others opt for the Celtic cross with its intricate design and cultural symbolism. And still, others favor a simple crossing of lines in an effort to maintain the simplicity of the gospel.

No matter what form cross tattoos may take, they all achieve the same end: To proclaim that their bearers are, in fact, Christian, and feel no need to conceal that fact.

Religious Tattoos: Cursive Virtues

While many Christians use tattoos of the Cross to metaphorically shout their faith from the rooftops, some choose a subtler, but no less powerful display of their convictions: They select a virtue — for instance, faith, hope, or love — and have the tattoo artist ink it into their skin in elaborate cursive or some other decorative script.

Because adherence to a set of morals isn’t exclusive to Christianity, tattooing “Faith” on your arm doesn’t seem as overtly Christian as a tattoo of the Cross. This makes it easier for a Christian to seem approachable to those outside of the faith, but it lacks the explicit proclamation inherent in the Cross.

However, a surprising amount of potential power rests in that ambiguity: If a non-Christian sees a tattoo of the Cross, he or she will most likely recognize the symbol as Christian and build their mental walls as tall and thick as possible. But if that same person were to see a tattoo of the word “hope” instead, he or she may ask about the meaning behind it, giving the Christian a chance to share the gospel from which the hope grows.

Religious Tattoos: Verse References

Despite our laments that we don’t know Scripture well enough, we Christians have a surprising amount of Bible verses memorized simply because we grew up hearing them every Sunday.

As such, many Christians who want their tattoo to be simple, small, and personal choose to get a verse reference inked into the inner side of their wrist or lower arm so they can see it every day.

The Bible contains 31,102 verses, which offers us a vast array of references to choose from. This makes Bible verses the most versatile kind of Christian tattoo. Believers can further broaden that versatility by taking font selection into consideration.

To the unpracticed eye, a verse reference looks like a book title, a number, a colon, and another number. But to the God-fearing eye, that reference takes them to a passage in Scripture. Most Christians who choose this type of tattoo select a verse or passage, which defines part of their identity or reminds them of a truth they want to act upon more often than they currently do.

Honorable Mentions for Religious Tattoos: Other Christian Symbols

In addition to the cross, there are other Christian symbols that have dotted church history’s past that we could get. For instance, we could get the famous Ichthys fish that originated with the early church. This Bible Study Tools article breaks down the meaning of this symbol:

“The fish, which many may have seen in this form <><, originates from the Greek word for fish, “ichthys/ichthus.” This word is further defined in the acrostic IXNYy (with the N flipped) that translates to:

I – Iota or Iesous (which means Jesus); X – Chi or Christos (which means Christ); N – Theta or Theou (which means God); Y – Upsilon or Yidos/Huios (which means Son); Y – Sigma or Soter (which means Savior).”

If we choose to get a fish, we declare “Jesus Christ, God, Son, and Savior.” Supposedly, Christians would draw half of the symbol in the sand and would wait to see what the person in front of them did. If the other person didn’t know what to do, they weren’t a Christian. If the person, however, completed the drawing, they would show they were a Christian, and the two of them could talk about their religion together.

Other Christian symbols include doves, crowns of thorns, Trinity (Borromean Rings or Triquetra), Chi-Ro, among several others. These also serve as a talking point. Perhaps someone who sees the tattoo does not understand its meaning. A Christian could use that as a jumping-off point to introduce this person to their testimony and to Jesus Christ. Also, many believers don’t have a familiarity with church history symbols. We can explain the tattoo to them, and they can learn something new.

Personal Reasons to Get Religious Tattoos

About three and a half years ago, my cousin Georgie died of complications from a brain injury. One of the saddest parts of his death was that it happened mere weeks before the day his new skateboarding shop — his lifelong dream — was set to open.

To keep Georgie’s legacy from dying with him, my aunt, cousins, and grandmother not only made sure the store opened anyway with help from Georgie’s friends, but they also got matching tattoos of the store’s logo so that they’d always have a piece of him with them.

So, no matter the tattoo, design, or reason, I encourage you to learn more about both sides of the Christian tattoo debate. Tackling this topic is a great opportunity to come to God, for He is more than happy to help you approach tattoos in a way that glorifies Him.

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Sonya Downing is a novelist, freelance writer, and content editor with a bachelor’s degree in professional writing. Her freelance work has been published in Focus on the Family’s teen girl magazine Brio, The Evangelical Church Library Association, and The Secret Place quarterly magazine. She has also blogged for IlluminateYA Publishing and edited for Mountain Brook Ink. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.