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100 Powerful Short Prayers To Speak From Your Heart

100 Powerful Short Prayers To Speak From Your Heart

How often do you talk to God? If you’ve been searching for powerful prayers to speak your heart to the Almighty, my unique collection of 100 short prayers will help you connect with the Creator and inspire you to celebrate His holy name.

Top Short Prayers

1. “Lord, may we who have plenty live simply so that others may simply live. Amen.”

may we who have plenty live simply so that others may simply live

2. “Lord God, Creator of light, at the rising of your sun each morning, let the greatest of all lights – your love – rise, like the sun, within my heart.”

3. “Grant me to recognize in others, Lord God, the radiance of your own face.”

4. “O God, teach me to breathe deeply in faith.”

5. “Lead me, Lord, to recognize you in the person beside me.”

6. “Lord, the sea is so wide and my boat is so small. Be with me.”

7. “O Lord my God. Teach my heart this day where and how to find you. Amen.”

8. “I pray, Father, that I may grow in your faith and love through good times and bad. Amen.”

9. “Lord, you are closer to me than my own breathing, nearer than my hands and feet.”

10. “O Lord, you know how busy I must be this day. If I forget you, do not forget me.”

you know how busy I must be this day

Short Daily Prayers

My collection of 100 short prayers provides you with amazing short daily prayers:

1. “God our Father, you call each of us by name, and you treasure each of us individually as though no one else exists. Inspire us to respect and value each person who comes into our lives this day. Amen.”

you treasure each of us individually

2. “Sometimes I draw conclusions about people in terms of what I think is meant by “success” and “failure”, but the “failure” of one person might count as a great “success” of someone with other talents. Lead me never to judge people but to accept others as they are, knowing that it is together, each with our differences, that we build up your Kingdom. Amen.”

3. “Lord, we come before you as we are. We ask you to take away from us all that makes us less than human. Strengthen us with the power of your Spirit that our attitude and outlook may develop, and our “way of looking” may become more like yours. Help us remain positive – encouraging and appreciating one another, looking upon people in the same way that you do. Amen.”

4. “I thank you, Lord, for knowing me better than I know myself, and for letting me know myself better than others know me. Make me, I pray you, better than they suppose, and forgive me for what they do not know.”

5. “God be in my head and in my understanding. God be in my eyes and in my looking. God be in my mouth and in my speaking. God be in my heart and in my thinking. God be at my end and at my departure.”

6. “Lord, you said that when two or three would gather together in your name, then you would be present with them. I am praying by myself, but I am uniting myself with many individual Christians throughout the world who, though separate, are gathered together in another sense to pray to you, and I trust that you are with me now.”

7. “Lord, you have made me and re-made me, and you have bestowed on me all the good things I possess, and still, I do not know you. I have not yet done that for which I was made. Teach me to seek you, for I cannot seek you unless you teach me, or find you unless you show yourself to me. Amen.”

8. “O God, may the fire of the Holy Spirit burn up the dross in our hearts, warm them with love, and set them on fire with zeal for your service. Amen.”

9. “Lord our Savior, let me seek you in my desire; let me desire you in my seeking. Let me find you by loving you; let me love you when I find you. Amen.”

10. “Lord, inspire me to give my best and make good use of the talents you have given me. Show me how to be positive in attitude, appreciating and valuing others, always ready to encourage and give praise. Amen.”

inspire me to give my best

11. “O Lord, you have mercy on all, take away from me my sins, and mercifully set me ablaze with the fire of your Holy Spirit. Take away from me the heart of stone, and give me a human heart, a heart to love and adore you, a heart to delight in you, to follow and enjoy you. Amen.“

12. “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created and you shall renew the face of the earth. O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit we may always be truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

13. “God our Father, extend our horizons, widen our vision, and remind us how interconnected we are as your sons and daughters. Breathe your Spirit into us so that we may live more truly as brothers and sisters of one another. Amen.”

14. “God our Father, the qualities I see lived out so well in some people are a reflection of your own goodness, and I know that I have much to learn from other people who reflect your image and likeness in different ways. Inspire me to respect others fully as my equals, seeing and loving in them what you see and love in them.”

15. “Day by day, as the pages of my own life turn over, remind me that you write my name on the palm of your hand. I ask this prayer through Jesus, who is your Word, living amongst us. Amen.”

16. “God our Father, until the time of the printing press, people copied the Gospel, writing it by hand. Slowly the Gospel took shape – both on the page and deep within themselves. I ask that the Gospel – the Good News of your love – may be written in me not with ink but with the Spirit of God. Amen.”

17. “Lord, we ask you to open our eyes so that we may value and appreciate all people, recognizing what we have in common rather than focusing on what our differences might be. Amen.”

18. “God our Father, if I could trace back through the last two thousand years, marking out routes from Jesus himself and then through people whose faith has touched others and so reached me, I would be astounded by the individuals I would encounter. I give thanks, Father, for all those people over two thousand years who have inspired others and played their part in passing on to generation after generation the living heritage of their faith.”

19. “God to enfold me, God to surround me, God in my speaking, God in my thinking. God in my sleeping, God in my waking, God in my watching, God in my hoping. God in my life, God in my lips, God in my soul, God in my heart. God in my sufficing, God in my slumber, God in my ever-living soul, God in mine eternity.”

20. “Our Heavenly Father, inspire us to distinguish between what is important and what is not, and open our minds and hearts that we may always be people of good will who bring life and joy to others. Amen.”

inspire us to distinguish between what is important and what is not

Simple Prayers

If you’re looking for simple prayers, take a look at these examples:

1. “Be, Lord Jesus, a bright flame before me, a guiding star above me, a smooth path below me, a kindly shepherd behind me: today, tonight, and forever.”

a kindly shepherd behind me

2. “Lord, I commit my failures as well as my successes into your hands, and I bring for your healing the people and the situations, the wrongs and the hurts of the past. Amen.”

3. “I bind unto myself today the power of God to hold and lead, his eye to watch, his might to stay, his ear to hearken to my need. The wisdom of my God to teach, his hand to guide, his shield to ward; the word of God to give me speech, this heavenly host to be my guard. Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me.”

4. “Heavenly Father, You are intimately aware of the struggle I am experiencing — the pain and the despair. You know the desire of my heart to be healed of this illness. I ask now for Your healing touch. I know that You are able and that just like in Bible times, You can heal me.”

5. “Dear Jesus, give me the courage, strength and generosity to let go and move on, leaving the past behind me, and living the present to the fullest. Lead me always to be positive as I entrust the past to your mercy, the present to your love, and the future to your providence.”

6. “O Christ, our Morning Star, the splendor of Light Eternal, shining with the glory of the rainbow, come and waken us from the grayness of our apathy, and renew in us your gift of hope. Amen.”

7. “Lord Jesus, I give you my hands to do your work. I give you my feet to go your way. I give you my eyes to see as you do. I give you my tongue to speak your words. I give you my mind that you may think in me. I give you my spirit that you may pray in me. Above all, I give you my heart that you may love in me, your Father and all mankind. I give you my whole self that you may grow in me, so that it is you, Lord Jesus, who lives, works and prays in me.”

8. “Good Morning God! Thank you for waking me up this morning and opening my eyes to the world. Lord, open my hands to receive what you have for me today. Father, use my feet to take me where you need me to be. Jesus, soften my heart for what is close to yours. Father God, open my ears to hear your voice above all others. Use me in a powerful way today and help me usher in your Kingdom right where my feet are planted. Amen.”

9. “Lord Jesus, you told your friends not to worry about the future. You showed them how to have the attitude of simple trust that young children have, so that they could place themselves into the caring hands of your Father. And so I ask for the power of your Spirit that I may remain positive throughout all that is ordinary in my daily life. Amen.”

10. “Heavenly Father, help me become a blessing to others as you continue to bless me. Father, help me use my days to serve in your Kingdom, not mine. Amen.”

help me become a blessing to others as you continue to bless me

11. “Jesus, I know that your touch can change people and situations, and so I ask you to join me in offering to our Father not only the good things of this day but also the suffering and sacrifices that I want to offer cheerfully and lovingly, and in a quiet and hidden way. And so may any difficulties and frustration and pain of this day be transformed in your presence for the benefit of other people. Amen.”

12. “Father God, I am exhausted and in need of peaceful rest. Please, Lord, quiet my mind, relax my body, slow my breath and fill me with your calm. Help me, Jesus close my eyes today and leave all of my worries and concerns at your feet. Father, help me sleep well tonight. Renew my mind, body and spirit while I sleep and wake me up refreshed at the start of the new day tomorrow. Amen.”

13. “Lord Jesus, I ask you to open my eyes as you did with the blind man, so that I may really see. Tune my ears as you did with the man who was deaf and dumb, so that I may really hear what you are saying to me. May the many experiences of my senses remind me to be aware of others and of all that is around me. May all that I experience lead me closer to you.”

14. “Father, my circumstances are hard and they hurt. I know you see me. I know you feel my pain and I believe that you are here in this situation with me. Lord, bring comfort to my heart. Usher in a peace that surpasses all understanding. Draw me close to you and your heart and give me eyes to see my circumstances through a Kingdom lens. Help me, Father, get a glimpse of your perspective and trust that you are doing all of this in my life for Kingdom, good and eternal purpose. Amen.”

15. “Father, you said in your word that in this world we would have trouble. I’m asking you to wash over me today with your perfect peace. Infiltrate every void, nook and cranny of my mind, body and spirit, and calm the uneasiness, quiet the noise and hush the distractions. When the storms rage and the waves threaten to take me under, help me find that radical, unexplainable peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen.”

16. “Father God, I know that you are here with me, but yet I feel so all alone. I’m surrounded by people, yet I feel invisible. Lord Jesus, help me feel loved and seen. Overwhelm me with your powerful presence and wrap your mighty arms around me. When I feel lonely, remind me, Lord, that I am never alone.”

17. “Our loving Father, when I begin to look around, my eyes begin to see all that is wrong with the world. The turmoil, the unrest, the brokenness, and the injustice begins to plague my mind. It all feels so heavy and hopeless. When this happens, Lord, give me your eyes to see things the way that you do. Remind me that you are my HOPE! My hope is not of this world. Help me cling to you, Father, in all circumstances and be reminded that the best is yet to come. Amen.”

18. “Dear God, my heart is troubled and my mind is racing. Quiet my thoughts, steady my heart and help me focus on your Word, not my worries. When my toxic thoughts begin to take over, help me recall your promises. I know your word never fails. I want to live each day with your word always being greater than my worry. Amen.”

19. “Father God, I know that you created me with a purpose, for a greater Kingdom purpose. Help me walk in your ways and lead me to the people, places and things that you have prepared for me in advance. Lord, I want to do the work you created for me to do. I want to be obedient to your promptings and I want to live my life doing meaningful Kingdom work. Open my eyes to the needy around me. Give me open hands and an open heart to harness the divine appointments you put in my path each day. Amen.”

20. “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. O God, your holy name be praised.”

have mercy on me, a sinner

Prayers For Me

My collection of 100 short prayers also includes these unique prayers for yourself:

1. “Loving Lord, inspire me to take care of the smaller things of life as well as the bigger issues. Amen.”

inspire me to take care of the smaller things of life as well as the bigger issues

2. “Lord, I acknowledge my sinfulness. I ask you to empower me with your Holy Spirit so that I may resist temptation and choose life rather than death and good rather than evil in the ordinary circumstances of my daily life. May God the Father bless me. Amen.”

3. “Oh Lord, penetrate these murky corners where we hide our memories and tendencies on which we do not care to look, but which we will not yield freely up to you, that you may purify and transmute them. Amen.”

4. “Lord, you love all that you have made, and it is your very nature to love and forgive. Lead us to be generous in accepting and forgiving others in the same way as you accept and forgive us. Fill us with your mercy, that we may be united with the joys of the righteous; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

5. “Lord, we know there is no need to keep thinking about what we have done in the past because you pardon the wrongs we have done, and you delight in showing mercy. You bind up all our wounds and you renew us by your love.”

6. “Lord, you are like a shepherd to me, and so I have all that I need. You give me rest in meadows of green grass, and you lead me to water where I gain new life and strength. You guide me along the way that is best for me.”

7. “God our Father, may the vastness of your creation that we can begin to see through a telescope remind us of the abundance of your love.”

8. “Father, perhaps you have best been described as “love” and, as “love keeps no record of wrongs”, I rejoice in the completeness of your personal love and acceptance of each one of us. Lead me each day to be faithful and grow closer to Jesus who calls me his friend. It is through him and in him, Father, that I am enabled to see you fully.”

9. “Father, even when I walk in darkness and everything around seems like death, you are there, walking with me, and the promise of your love and faithfulness helps conquer my fear.”

10. “O God, to those who have hunger, give bread, and to us who have bread, give the hunger for justice.”

those who have hunger, give bread,

11. “Our Heavenly Father, in the sight of those who do me down, you invite me to sit at the table with you. There you offer me even more than I need, and you remind me that I am significant and special. You call me to goodness and kindness every day of my life, and your house will be my home my whole life long.”

12. “Lord, you were rich, yet, for our sake, you became poor. You promised in your Gospel that whatever is done for the least of your brothers and sisters is done for you. Give us the grace to be always willing and ready to provide for the needs of those whose parents have died or whose homes are broken, that your kingdom of service and love may extend throughout the world, to your unending glory.”

13. “Lord, inspire me to live in such a way that my choices each day and my commitment to live in a positive way may transform the negative into something positive, and the ordinariness of daily life into something extraordinary. Amen.”

14. “Father, I have to thank You for looking beyond my faults and for loving me unconditionally. Forgive me when I fail to love others in the same way. Give me the eyes to see the needs of the difficult people in my life, and show me how to meet those needs in a way that pleases You. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

15. “Jesus, bless what you have given, feed our souls with bread from heaven; guide and lead us all the way, in all that we may do and say. Amen.”

16. “God our Father, inspire us with great respect for all human life from the time of the child growing in the womb to the point of death. May we grow in the sense of love and care for those less fortunate than ourselves, and lead us to do something about the troubles in our world. Amen.”

17. “Father and lover of life, you know the depths of my innermost self, and you understand me. You protect me on every side, shielding me from all harm. When you put me together in my mother’s womb, you knew all about me. I thank you for the wonder of myself, and I stand in awe at all that you have made. As you know and love me, so may I come to know and love you. Guide me in your ways.”

18. “Father God, I’m asking you to help me think before I speak and to think before I act. Fill me with your precious Holy Spirit. Infuse me with the self-discipline I need to walk in your way, not my own. Help me, Lord Jesus, control my thoughts, my words, and my actions. Let me honor the pause before I choose to respond. Strengthen me to resist temptation and choose your best for me. Amen.

19. “For what I have done wrong, Father, forgive me to the extent that I am generous and gracious in forgiving – or truly hoping to forgive – those who have done wrong to me.”

20. “God our Father, may no one’s negative actions ever overpower my determination to choose to live in a positive way.”

may no one’s negative actions ever overpower my determination to choose to live in a positive way.

Good Prayers To Say

If you want to find your inspiration and ways to encourage your prayer life, consider these prayers as well:

1. “O Lord, feed your people with your grace, and deliver our souls from the death of sin.”

feed your people with your grace

2. “Lord Jesus, I admit, my humanness gets in the way and trips me up. My selfish desires and impulses lead me down rabbit trails, and I get off track. Father God, help me surrender. Put my feet back on the path that leads me closer to you. Help me be obedient to you and your word in all that I think, say and do. Father, I want to walk in your ways, not my own. Give me an obedient heart and the strength and endurance to follow where you lead me, even when and especially when I do not know or see the way. Let the rhythm of my lips repeat “Thy Will Be Done.” Amen.”

3. “Father, I ask for your forgiveness for all the ways that I have fallen short in my thoughts, in my words, and in my actions. Search my heart, O God. Expose the darkness and bring my sin into the light. Help me turn away from my wicked ways that separate me from you, Lord. Create in me a pure heart Father God and help me become more like your son, Jesus. Amen.”

4. “Father, today I ask for forgiveness for all the negative and harmful words I have spoken about myself. I do not want to abuse myself in such a way again. Transform my thoughts and let me understand how marvelously you made me. Change my habits so I use my tongue to speak hope and favor upon my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

5. “Holy Lord, Thank You for grace. Please help me move beyond the hurdles that trip me up and give me the strength and wisdom to look up and see the hope I run toward in Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen.“

6. “Father, I am tempted to worry about so many things. Our world is a mess! Forgive me for focusing on anything or anyone but You. Thank You for the Bible that equips and empowers me to live each day. Right now, I declare that You are my only Hope. Please help me remember that You really are in control. I ask for your help in the name of Jesus. Amen.”

7. “For this new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends. For everything Thy goodness sends, we thank Thee, dearest Lord. Amen.”

8. “Almighty God, I am so sorry for the way I complain about my circumstances. Please forgive me for my bad attitude when things don’t go my way. I want to see Your hand in every part of every day – good or bad. Help me learn how to face every storm with confidence, knowing that You really are in control, even though I cannot hear Your voice or see Your hand at work. In Jesus name, amen.”

9. “Dear Lord, thank You for fearfully and wonderfully creating each of us. Thank You for giving us worth in Your eyes. Help us live as the one You uniquely intended us to be. Help us abide instead of strive, living peacefully and joyfully as heirs to Your Kingdom and co-heirs with Christ. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

10. “Lord, help me not to lean on my own understanding but in everything acknowledge You so that You can direct my words, thoughts and actions. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

You can direct my words

11. “Dear Father God, thank You for Your unfailing love for me, Your blessings, and goodness. Thank You for Your faithfulness to guide me and see me through times of uncertainty, for lifting me up, and setting me on high. Thank You for Scripture that comforts and reminds me of Your promises, plan, and provision. Help me be a good steward and to sow wisely. In Christ’s Name, Amen.”

12. “Lord, thank You that in Christ, I’m chosen, holy, and dearly loved. When I’m tempted to measure myself according to the world’s standards or my foolish comparisons, help me recognize Satan’s lies, refuse his temptations, and rely on Your truth about me instead. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

13. “God, sometimes life gets me down and I find it hard to see things to be thankful for. Open my eyes to see the gifts you’ve given me in my life. I’m going to start by thanking you for loving me enough to come to earth and die so we can live together forever. Amen.”

14. “Father, I have to thank You for looking beyond my faults and for loving me unconditionally. Forgive me when I fail to love others in the same way. Give me the eyes to see the needs of the difficult people in my life, and show me how to meet those needs in a way that pleases You. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

15. “Dear Lord, help me – every single morning – to find faith in the midst of the chaos. Give me the desire and ability to see You, hear You, talk to You, and give thanks to You. And as I do, I pray that I will draw nearer and nearer to You, and that my faith will multiply exponentially as I understand in new, deeper ways that You are everything I ever hoped You would be. And so much more. Amen.”

16. “Father God, open my eyes to see the ways I’m like Cain. What conflicts am I allowing to brew in my family? What anger is bubbling into murderous rage in my relationships? Thank You for the clarity to see how hatred kills relationships. I choose the way of love instead. Love protects. Help me protect those I love by loving them. Your way is always the best, Father. I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.”

17. “Lord, help me let go of my fear of failure. I know Satan wants to use my fears to hold me back from living boldly for You. Forgive me for not living in faith, and help me from this moment on to live with bold confidence in You. Lord, help me not compare myself to others around me. I pray instead that I can keep my eye on You and live a life that proclaims Your excellence. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”

18. “Father, sometimes it does feel that you have left us in the battle. We know that you are with us, but so are our feelings of aloneness. The Enemy seems to be taking ground. Our crying out to you seems to go unanswered. We know you are at work, but help us trust you in the midst of our questions. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

19. “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 for your forgiveness. 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.”

20. “Father, fill our hearts with deep compassion for those who suffer, and may the day come quickly of your Kingdom of justice and truth. Amen.”

fill our hearts with deep compassion for those who suffer

Short Prayers For Strength

My collection of 100 short prayers ends with these devotional prayers for strength. You can include them in your daily routine:

1. “Lord God, you are my strength. Hold my hand in my weakness and teach my heart to fly. With you, there’s nothing to fear, nothing to worry about. Hold me tight in your embrace so that I can be stronger than the challenges in my life. Amen.”

Lord God, you are my strength

2. “Dear Lord, I’m struggling with [name your struggle]. My heart is weighed down with anxiety, frustration, anger [name your emotions]. Please help me turn this over to you. I can’t fix it. I want to trust you to handle it. Give me the strength to let go and accept the outcome, whatever it may be. I ask this in Jesus’s name. Amen.”

3. “Father God, my heart is filled with chaos and confusion. I feel as if I am drowning in my circumstances and my heart is filled with fear and confusion. I really need the strength and peace that only You can give. Right now, I choose to rest in You. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.”

4. “Lord, thank you for your greatness. Thank you that when I am weak, you are strong. Lord, the Devil is scheming and I know he desires to keep me from spending time with you. Don’t let him win! Give me a measure of your strength so that I might not give into discouragement, deception and doubt! Help me honor you in all my ways. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

5. “We know, Lord, that throughout our lives, each of us will experience problems and difficulties. Give us courage and strength at those times and prevent us then from looking only at ourselves. Keep our vision wide so that, even in times of difficulty, we may still be of help to others. Help us not to be bitter towards people or situations, but empower us to take the initiative and break the cycle of hatred, bitterness, and evil actions. Help us transform the difficulties that come our way into opportunities for personal growth and service for others. Amen.”

6. “Father God, I feel weak and wounded. I am having difficulty putting one foot in front of the other. Lord, I pray for you to strengthen me from the inside out. I know that I cannot do it on my own. When I am weak, I know that you are strong, and with you, I know that nothing is impossible. Help me, Father stand tall and walk in your strength that never waivers. Amen.”

7. “Heavenly Father, my mind is racing and my heart is riddled with fear. There are so many things in our world that make me uneasy and anxious. You tell us in scripture over and over again to not be anxious, to not be afraid. Help me, Lord, bring all of my fears to your throne. Remind me that you are bigger and stronger than anything that I come up against. You are more than capable of handling the things that scare me. Calm my fears, Father. Help me rest in your capable hands. Amen.”
8. “Father, my heart is heavy with uncertainty. I love you and I know that you love me in ways that I cannot even fathom. I put my trust in you that you will provide for my every spoken and unspoken need. You know what is best for me, even when I cannot see. Help me, Lord. Meet me where I am today and fill my spirit with your holy assurance that you have me covered from head to toe, from start to finish, from the inside out.”

9. “God our Father, in good times may I live in such a way that I will be strengthened for the difficult times that all of us face in our lives. Lead me now to make positive choices to value friendship and loyalty, and develop attitudes and values, treasuring all that is lasting and important. Throughout difficult times may I build on the positive choices of my past, looking outward in the service of others and avoiding self-pity. Amen.”

10. “Lord, help me remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that You and I can’t handle together. Amen.”

help me remember that nothing is going to happen to me today

Final Thoughts

You’ve reached the end of my collection of 100 short prayers for you and your loved ones!

Life can be overwhelming in this hectic and chaotic world, but a short prayer can make a difference.

God is always near you. Open your heart and talk to Him. He will listen.

Until next time! Stay blessed.

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