living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

house blessing prayers

Featured on this page are three prayers suitable for using during a house blessing ceremony or Christian prayer meeting for a new home. The first prayer is a poem which could also be used in a card or message. (These words are also used in the video further down on this page). The second prayer is an ancient Jewish blessing (the "Nesiat Kapayim") and the final prayer is a short petition asking for the Holy Spirit's presence in the new building and blessing on all who live there.

May the Lord bless this house

A short house blessing prayer film suitable for sending to a friend when moving into a new home. About 2.00 minutes long:-

May the Lord bless this house

(a contemporary prayer poem for a new home. The video down on the right hand side of this page features these words.)

May the Lord bless this house and make it home

Full of generous welcome for all who visit
Brimming with warmth and contentment for family and friends
Overflowing with hospitality and nourishing provision
A haven for safety and peace in night and day
And a place of refreshment, of growth and happiness
May the Lord bless this house and make it home

Filled with His love


An Ancient Blessing

(a prayer suitable for saying over the people moving into their new home)

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.


(Source: the "Nesiat Kapayim" a Jewish blessing based on the scripture found in Numbers 6:24-26).

Short home blessing prayer

Spirit of God we welcome you into this place.
Come inhabit every room with your wonderful presence.
May all who enter this dwelling sense your everlasting peace and abundant joy,
And may all who live here know and experience the fullness of your eternal love.

We ask all this in the glorious name of Jesus, our saviour and protector.


Good quote on moving home

(suitable for a card or message)

"I give you this to take with you: Nothing remains as it was. If you know this, you can begin again, with pure joy in the uprooting."

(Judith Minty, from "Letters to My Daughters")

Bible quote for moving house

"But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

(Joshua 24:15, NIV)


further reading

arrow rightopening prayers
with contemporary prayers for opening Christian events such as worship meetings, bible studies or services.

arrow rightclosing blessings
featuring prayers and benedictions suitable for closing meetings or house groups.

arrow rightprayers of protection
featuring a prayer on the full armor of God and an ancient celtic prayer of protection.

arrow rightprayer for a new job
including a simple prayer for those about to start a new job and a petition to find new work.