living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

prayer for inner peace


The kind of peace that Christ offers us is not of this world. We delude ourselves if we believe that worldly treasures - material accusations, power, fame and wealth - will bring peace to our hearts. There is saying in the city of London that goes something like this: "When have I earnt enough? When I've earnt a bit more."

Christ invites us to rest in Him. We can be assured that he will provide for us, sustain us and keep us as we trust in him.

This page has two prayers asking God for inner peace, one which reminds us that God is our source of strength, and another which likens the presence of God to a gentle flame burning within us.




prayer for peace of mind

an invitation to bathe in the calm life-giving waters of God's Holy Spirit, and wait a while in his presence. A short film with tranquil music, about 2.30 mins long:-


"In you I find strength for my journey"



Prayer for inner peace and strength

O Father,

Your life in me brings stillness to my turmoil.
Your life in me brings clarity to my confusion.
Your life in me brings wisdom to my worry.
Your life in me brings contentment to my striving.
You life in me brings gentleness to my anger.
Your life in me brings patience to my panic.
Your life in me brings hope to my suffering.
Your life in me brings faith to my frustration.
Your life in me brings such heavenly treasure into my heart
And enables me to navigate a peaceful path.
In you I find strength for my journey.


Prayer for inner peace and happiness

Dear Lord,

Your love in me is like a flame that burns within my heart,
Giving light to all I do and everything that I am.
Sometimes it dances in my soul as I praise your name.
At times it dims or flickers low when hard times come my way.
Even in the darkest hours I sense your light afresh,
Reminding me to trust in you.

Be still and wait and rest my soul!
For every flame needs gentle fuel.
Your love is the key,
For keeping this little candle burning alight in me.
It guides my life, my thoughts, my dreams,
And shines for all to see.
Thank you for the happiness and peace you give to me.


The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

a prayer attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr, American writer and theologian (1892-1971). Read the full version of this prayer here.


quotes on inner peace from the bible

"Don't worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel."

(Philippians 4:6-7, CEV)


"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

(John 14:27, NIV)


"You, Lord, give perfect peace
to those who keep their purpose firm
and put their trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever;
he will always protect us."

(Isaiah 26:3-4, GNT)