living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

dawn prayer

Dawn breaking over a tranquil lake

Featured on this page are 5 beautiful prayers to begin your day with God, with an inspiring prayer to say at dawn, and two short morning prayers. There is also the famous “Day by Day” prayer (by St Richard, Bishop of Chichester), an uplifting early morning prayer image, and three encouraging quotes from the bible about worshiping and praying in the morning.

Dawn Prayer

(a prayer poem for the new day)

O Lord,
The safe light falls, heralding a new day
The warm blush carries your everlasting promise
I soak in the grace you give
At the dawn of each morning.
With the sun, hope also rises
To cast light into the darkness.
Sweet songs flow from skies
Emerging in the hazy glow.
Sounds of comfort
That lead us to wonder again at the beauty all around.

A taste of Heaven is poured into each new dawn.
We are reminded of new birth,
Of your redeeming love
And with this wake up call,
Each and everyone can trust in
The promise of eternity
And carry its gentle presence into
The day anew.

Short prayer before dawn

Dear God,

As the sun rises bringing a new dawn
Help me this day to allow your hope to rise up within me.
That I may carry this new dawn
To my family, my work and my dreams.
And remember that I am forgiven
And I'm living anew today.


morning prayer

Join Julie Palmer from Prayerscapes in an uplifting morning prayer suitable for saying before starting work:-

Morning prayer to God

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

read more morning prayers to God here

The Prayer of St. Richard

a beautiful daily prayer to God

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.

St Richard of Chichester (1197 – 1253) is the patron Saint of Sussex, England.

morning prayer meditation

a uplifting prayer to receive God's presence in morning, with beautiful images of the early morning sun and inspiring music:-

Here are the words to the prayer in the film above:-

An Early Morning Prayer with Sunrise in the picture

follow this link to read more beautiful morning prayers

"A taste of Heaven is poured into each new dawn"

prayer quotes from the bible

"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed".

(Mark 1:35, NIV)

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

(Psalm 5:3, CEV)

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)