living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

simple prayers


At it's heart, prayer is about conversation with God. Sometimes when we talk to friends, we have very long, in-depth discussions. Sometimes we have the simplest and shortest of chats. So it is in our relationship with God. Prayer can be just a few sentences to God, or even just a few words. When Stephen, one of the early disciples of Christ, was martyred for his faith, the bible records him uttering just five words:
"Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!" (Acts 7:59)
Indeed, Christ was critical of those that seek to over-complicate what it means to pray:-

“The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply."

(Matthew 6:7-8, The Message)





what it means to pray simply

Pastor Mark Driscoll from Seattle explains that prayer does not need to be eloquent, long or repetitive Prayer can be as simple as "God help!" It really doesn't need to be lengthy or complicated to be effective:-



"Prayer can be...even just a few words"


Some simple prayers for the day

On this page are a number of simple prayers you can pray for various events throughout your day. You can also use them as a starting point for writing or saying your own prayers to God:-
Simple morning prayers

"Lord, take my heart, my hands, my life. May I be a living prayer to you today."

"I awake like the birds to sing
Songs of praise to you my Saviour.
That I may join with all creation
To worship and celebrate the life
You have given me."

more prayers for the morning can be found here



Simple meal prayer

"Thank you Lord for this beautiful food we are about to eat. Bless it to our bodies we pray. Amen."

more prayers for blessing food here


Simple night prayer before sleep

"Father, thank you for today. I give all my anxious thoughts to you and receive your peace now. Amen."

more prayers for sleep here



Simple prayer for healing

Father in heaven,
I ask for your gentle touch upon my life
That your healing hands may hold me.
Lift me up, restore me
That I may know your hand is upon my life
I trust in you.

Amen.


Some simple bible prayers

Elijah's Prayer on Mount Carmel

At the hour of the afternoon sacrifice the prophet Elijah approached the altar and prayed, “O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove now that you are the God of Israel and that I am your servant and have done all this at your command. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so that this people will know that you, the Lord, are God and that you are bringing them back to yourself.”

(1 Kings 18:36-37, GNT)


Prayer of Jabez

He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request.

(1 Chronicles 4:10, NLT)


"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, NIV)


The Tax Collectors Prayer

“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’"

(1 Chronicles 4:10, NLT)