living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

prayer for sadness

cross at sunset

God is always ready to meet with us - no matter how we are feeling. The first prayer - about feeling sad and depressed - reflects on some of the mental anguish that Jesus endured for us, and how His love ultimately overcomes all. The second prayer is written for someone with a sad and lonely heart, and is a cry to God for Him to lead a way out of this sorrowful or heartbroken place. Finally, for when you are feeling down there are three verses from the bible on God's promises of hope and strength, and an uplifting prayer for happiness to return.

Prayer for sadness and depression

Dear Lord,

I know you know sadness, and understand its toll,
The twist and burn of loss within, you met this on the cross.
I know you know hopelessness, you've tasted dead end life,
The bland and choking feeling of sentence on your life.
I know you know emptiness, the absence of all things,
The cavernous and empty place when no one sees your tears.
I know you know depression, the cramped and stifling place,
In which alive feels desolate, as thorns push in your face.
I know you know how it feels, because you chose to take all these things,
Upon yourself, upon a cross, when you died in my place.

You know, love does conquer.
You know, risen life.
You know, hope dispelling fear.
You know, kingdom heights.
You know, heavens victory.
You know, redemptions power.
You know, grace poured out for all.
You know, this day and hour.

So I know when I'm feeling trapped
And lose my very way,
That you Lord have overcome
All I face each day.

Prayer when sad and lonely

Dear God,

I'm in pieces, everywhere I look there is brokenness. Nothing seems to make sense, why is there such suffering in the world Lord? I feel at a loss, as I don't know how to manage these feelings. I am alone, I feel isolated, and wonder if anyone would want to be with me. Oh come to my aid Lord, lead me to something or someone who can help. Bless my efforts to seek you, and my attempts at reaching out to others. I lay these feelings of sadness and loneliness at the foot of the cross.
I choose to look to you, and trust that you can lead me out of this hard place.


tomorrow came

a moving song from, which reflects on how God's hope and love can reach into the most broken places in our lives:-

"I know you know sadness, and understand its toll"

bible verses about hope

bible quote about the plans of God with trees and road in background

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials."

(1 Peter 1:3-5, NIV)

"No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love."

(Psalm 147:11, NLT)

Prayer for happiness


Please help me to rest in your happiness,
To allow a smile to linger on my lips,
To dwell within a wonderful memory,
To walk back through sunlit places.

Please help me to awake with hope,
To engage with life in all its variety,
To take in the beauty of others joys,
To touch the souls of those I meet with thankfulness.

Please help me to sing with faith,
To carry the truth close in my heart always,
To rejoice at new life and
To have peace as I age.

Please help me to indulge in love
To breathe in the sweetness of intimacy,
To taste the kindness of friendship,
To feel the warmth of embrace.

Please help me not to miss
A single drop of heaven,
To catch each moment
And drink in the great joy of life.