living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

prayer for self-confidence

several candles glowing in the dark

Fundamental to the Christian faith is the realisation that God loves us. When we deeply understand this important truth, we begin to see ourselves (and love ourselves) the way that God loves us. Furthermore, Jesus commands us to do this!
"The second most important commandment is this: 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.'" (Mark 12:30-31, GNT)
On this page are four prayers about self-worth and confidence. The first is a short prayer for confidence and courage, and the second is a heartfelt poem to God to help with poor self-esteem. There is also the famous "Serenity Prayer" for courage and peace of mind, and an inspiring prayer for strength at work.

Prayer for self-confidence
(a prayer for courage, strength and confidence in myself)

Oh Father,

Thank you Lord that I am a daughter (son) of a king loved and cherished, and my inheritance is eternal goodness.

So today I wear my crown like a princess (prince). Full of humility, for I do not earn this honour, I simply choose to live in it. I place this prize upon my head, a jewel already paid for, this symbol of belonging. I feel the grace of God within my heart, grace that enables me to try hard and not to fear failure. Grace that calls me to stay true to my values and visions, but not to be overwhelmed by them. Grace to walk tall, following in your footsteps.

Thank you Lord, for I am daughter (son) of the king, a princess/prince with a crown of jewels, and a child with a loving heavenly Father.


The journey
(a contemporary prayer poem for self-esteem and self-worth)

O God, this is a prayer for your help within my life.
I desire to give myself each day the grace that comes from Christ.
I do not stumble to forgive, or care for those in need,
I find I love to serve and learn, and have willing hands and feet.

I love all those around me and encourage them each day,
In all they ever could be, I see them with heavens gaze.
And yet I fear I stumble when looking at myself,
I often wish that somehow I could be someone else.

I criticise and scrutinise each aspect within me,
And tend to find so many reasons to reject the one I see.
From every aspect of my thoughts, I find that I compare
Myself to others, cleverer, or more talented or fair.

And once I've finished putting myself down in every way,
I sense my spirit failing, and then lock myself away.
Yet I know that if I start to place those feelings in your grace,
I find I forgive my failings and give thanks for each new day.

My spirit grows much lighter, I open eyes to see,
The joy of being human when you stand so close to me.
The journey that I travel is the adventure you began,
The miracle of love and grace that I hold in my hands.

"my inheritance is eternal goodness"

the serenity prayer

a short (3 minute) creative version of the prayer for wisdom, made famous by the work of Alcoholics Anonymous:-

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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 (1892-1971)

"For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well."

(Psalm 139:13-14, NIV)

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me-watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."

(Matthew 11:28-30, The Message)

"You are my strong shield, and I trust you completely. You have helped me, and I will celebrate and thank you in song. You give strength to your people, Lord, and you save and protect your chosen ones."

(Psalm 28:7-8, CEV)

Short prayer for strength at work

(a prayer for mental and physical strength when work is difficult)

As I go to work,
Be with me Lord.
Be the patience when I'm frustrated.
Be the endurance when I am tired.
Be the wisdom when I am uncertain.
Be the inspiration when I'm out of ideas.
Be the peacemaker when I feel hurt.
Be the comforter when I feel overwhelmed.
Be the energy when I am weary.
Be the guide when I am confused.
Be the forgiver when I get it wrong.
Be with me Lord, today.