living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

morning prayers


Gathered together on this page are five short prayers for the morning. The first prayer is only two lines - short enough to memorize! The second one is a early morning prayer suitable for saying on waking, and celebrates the wonders in creation. The third prayer is a simple prayer of surrender to God, and the next one is an inspirational prayer request for energy and expectation. The final morning prayer is an invitation for the Lord to abide in the life of the believer throughout the coming day.

Short morning prayer of thanks

Thank you for this beautiful new day,
Help me to live today, hand in hand with you.



morning prayer for work

A short prayer for reflecting on before starting work, which asks God for His direction and peace:-


"As the sun rises may your hope rise up in me"



Early morning prayer

I come before you O Lord
As the sun rises may your hope rise up in me.
As the birds sing may your love flow out of me.
As the light floods into this new day,
May your joy shine through me.
I come before you, O Lord
And drink in this moment of peace,
That I may carry something of your hope, love and joy
Today in my heart.

Amen.

The importance of daily prayer

Below on this page is a short video by American writer and speaker Tony Campolo on the importance of making time to pray. For him, praying at the start of the day is following the pattern of Jesus, who would wake early and take himself away from the others to pray (Mark 1:35)

Campolo states that he gets up "always a half hour before I have to". Think about this the next time you set your alarm clock!


Prayer for a good day

Lord, I trust in your unfailing love, in your promises.
I give this day and all that it holds to you.

May I walk in your goodness,
knowing your gentle hand will guide me,
and keep me.


Inspirational morning prayer

Father, clear my sleepy head and fill my mind with expectation
Awake my slow body and energise my heart with love in action.
Ignite my spirit and set this day on fire with promise.
Make the ordinary extraordinary.
Engage me, show me your kingdom alive
Help me to see that every waking moment
Is full of promise because of you.

Amen.


prayer quotes from the bible

"Each morning you listen to my prayer,
as I bring my requests to you
and wait for your reply"

(Psalm 5:3, CEV)


"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)


My heart, O God, is steadfast,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn

(Psalm 57:7-8, NIV)


Morning prayer to God

God in my waking
God in my thinking
God in my actions
Take my everyday life and live in me.


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further reading



arrow rightdawn prayers
featuring two short inspirational prayers for dawn, and some good prayer quotes about the breaking of the day.

arrow rightprayers for school assemblies
with a school morning prayer suitable for primary school children to say.

arrow rightwork prayers
including a morning prayer for work & prayers for nurses and office staff.

arrow rightnight prayer
a selection of short and simple contemporary Christian prayers for bedtime and before sleeping.

arrow rightmore morning prayers
read more contemporary prayers like this at www.prayerscapes.com, including a prayer for sunday morning.