Here is our collection of simple prayers. These are great prayers for children to memorize and say on a daily basis. There is no better way to start your day than with a simple christian prayer.
What makes a prayer simple? It certainly doesn’t mean that the prayer is not seen as valuable in God’s eyes.
Usually the prayer will be short, and often times it will rhyme as well. These characteristics help children, and those new to Christianity, learn how to pray. These prayers are perfect to teach to children to say on their own or as a group. These are great prayers to say in sunday school or in the class room.
Simple Prayers To Say at Night
This first prayer is a wonderful short prayer to say before bed. It is simple and easy to remember because it rhymes.
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
Now I lay me down to sleep;
I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake.
I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to take;
And this I ask for Jesus’ sake.
Here is another rhyming prayer popular in Sunday schools and as a morning prayer or nightly prayer.
Jesus Lord I Pray to Thee
Jesus, Lord, to Thee I pray,
Guide and guard me through this day.
As the shepherd tends his sheep.
Lord, me safe from evil keep.
Keep my feet from every snare,
Keep me with Thy watchful care.
All my little wants supply
If I live or if I die.
And when life, O Lord, is past,
Take me to Thyself at last. Amen.
Simple Morning Prayers
Make a habit to say the prayers every morning before starting your day. Saying a prayer in the morning will help bring you closer to God, and give you strength and direction throughout your day.
Holy Jesus, Every Day
Holy Jesus, every day
Keep us in the narrow way,
And when earthly things are past,
Bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide.
Where no clouds Thy glory hide.
Now I awake and see the light
Now I awake and see the light;
Lord, Thou hast kept me through the night.
To Thee I lift my voice and pray
That Thou wilt keep me through the day.
If I should die before ’tis done,
O God, accept me through Thy Son!
Simple Christian Prayers
Here are a few more simple Christian prayers you might recognize. One way to help children memorize prayers is to put it to music. This next prayer is also a popular Christian hymn.
Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Lamb of God Prayer
Lamb of God, I look to Thee;
Thou shalt my example be;
Thou art gentle, meek, and mild,
Thou wast once a little child.
Fain I would be as Thou art:
Give me Thy obedient heart.
Thou art pitiful and kind:
Let me have Thy loving mind.
Loving Jesus, gentle Lamb,
In Thy gracious hands I am;
Make me, Savior, what Thou art,
Live Thyself within my heart.
I shall then show forth Thy praise,
Serve Thee all my happy days;
Then the world shall always see
Christ, the holy Child, in me.
Here is a nice short prayer for guidance:
Lamb of God Prayer
Direct me now, O gracious Lord,
To hear aright Thy holy Word;
Assist Thy minister to preach,
And let Thy Holy Spirit teach,
And let eternal life be found
By all who hear the joyful sound.
Ans a short prayer for healing
Tender Jesus Meek and Mild
Tender Jesus, meek and mild,
Look on me, a little child;
Help me, if it is Thy will,
To recover from all ill.
Simple prayers come in many different forms. Some have the misconception that in order for a prayer to be effective, it needs to be eloquently worded and spoken with clarity. Not so! God hears the simple prayers of little children and the eloquent prayers of the elderly.
Here are some ideas of simple prayers. The most important one for a non-Christian is: “Jesus, I am a sinner. I know you came to earth, died on the cross, were buried, and rose again so I can have eternal life in heaven with You. I accept You as my Lord and Savior. Please forgive me of my sins. Amen.”
A simple prayer for loved ones is: “Father God, someone I love is hurting today. Please visit them. Touch them and make them whole again. In Jesus Name, amen.”
Another idea for a simple prayer for thankfulness could be: “God, thank You for the blessings in my life. I know all good things come from You. I love You God. Amen.”
“Father, I come to you and ask that you heal me of the pain I am in. I ask that You do above and beyond what my doctors can do. I ask in Jesus’ mighty name, amen.”
Your simple prayers can be like the ones above. You can talk to God anytime during the day. You can talk to Him in the shower, lying in bed, kneeling, or lying prostrate on the floor. He doesn’t care how you talk to Him, only that you do.
Our relationship with God is a two way-street. We pray, while He listens. He answers and we listen. Learning to listen for His voice requires stillness on our part, even though our words may be simple prayers. Sometimes, we have to break away from all the demands of this world to find a quiet place to converse with Him. Keep talking, because He’s listening.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
– We have all
and deserve God’s judgment.
, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him.
, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He
for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was
rose from the dead
according to the
. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your
, declaring, “
Jesus is Lord
,” you will be saved from
and spend eternity with God in heaven.
What is your response?
Yes, today I am deciding to follow JesusYes, I am already a follower of JesusI still have questions
Jesus gave His disciples this advice concerning prayer, ” When you pray, do not babble on and on (using many words over and over) like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father (God) knows what you need before you ask Him (Matthew 6:7-8).”
So that is why we call this website Simple Prayer. Inside you will find a variety of short scripture writings followed by a simple prayer that we hope will help you to activate your prayer life more easily. The writings follow the bible scriptures listed after each topic. They are written so that even children can read them with understanding. See Jesus in each one, and then hear Him speaking directly to you or to your situation. Let His Holy Spirit reveal new truths to you, as you read a familiar scripture. For those of you who have never read the word of God (for whatever reason) we have written out each verse for you and where it is found in the bible (translations may vary).
God wants to have a relationship with us. He wants us to know Him as our Father, and many people have not known Him as such. He cares about each one of us ; men, women, and children out of every nation: God loves us all. It is natural to communicate with someone in order to build a relationship with them, and to get to know them. Through the scriptures we get to know all three: God the Father, Jesus His Son, and Holy Spirit. When we pray, we are talking to them: it’s just that simple.
Sometimes we try too hard at prayer. We make it complicated. We load it down with expectations. If I pray really well, then I will come away inspired, or I’ll have a question answered, or I’ll feel happy, or I’ll have learned something.
Let’s use the not-quite-so-intense season of summer to lighten up a bit on prayer.
“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”
One of the features of Ignatian spirituality is an emphasis on gratitude. So, for your prayer today, just say “thank you.” If you want, be more specific. But “thank you” is a real prayer, and not only does it communicate gratitude to the One from whom all blessings flow, but it also adjusts our attitude as we express it.
“Help me, oh help me, God my God,
save me through your wonderful love.”
—Psalm 109:26, The Message, Catholic/Ecumenical Edition
It seems that I am least likely to pray when the day is going wrong. Usually when that happens, I’m in a bad mood and not at my best, and I’m not eager to bring this angry, grumpy self to God. But that’s probably when I most need to pray. When we need help, we should simply ask for it. Sometimes when I ask for God’s help, it’s with my arms flung out in frustration as I say something like, “Lord, could you help me with this mess?” Quite a good prayer, actually.
“Wow is the praise prayer. The prayer where we’re finally speechless—which in my case is saying something.”
—Anne Lamott, author of Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Survival Prayers
(You might notice that Lamott’s title inspired today’s post.)
When we stand in awe—of the ocean, of a baby’s first steps, of a work of art that transforms us—we are “doing praise.” Praise does not always involve language, but it does require alertness to the good. On any given day or hour, we can choose to pay attention to the good and acknowledge it, and that’s a good prayer.
This week, try your own experiments with “Thank you,” “Help!” and “Wow.”
This post is part of a series: Praying Through the Summer.