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contemporary prayers for today

prayers for nurses

medical book and stethoscope

Featured on this page are several inspiring prayers for nurses. The first prayer is a contemporary poem reflecting on how God can transform desperate and hurting situations by His love and grace. The next two prayers are suitable to use before duty and offer God the working day ahead. The final prayers on this page are for student nurses, with a request to say to God before an exam board test, and a short prayer for student life.

Nurses prayer poem

O Lord, I nurse for you.

Your love turns the mundane into the miraculous.
Your hope turns the diagnosis into the treatment.
Your strength turns the frail into the overcomer.
Your truth turns the last days into new beginnings.
Your word turns the silence into great wisdom.
Your freedom turns the prisoner into the dreamer.
Your gentleness turns the hurting into the hoping.
Your grace turns the accuser into the forgiver.
And you turn me from the ordinary into the extraordinary.

O Lord, I nurse for you.

"Your hope turns the diagnosis into the treatment"

prayer for students

A reflection on God as comforter, counsellor and friend, suitable for a student nurse to pray:-

Nurses prayer before duty

I am but your hands and feet today Lord.
I hope as I nurse and care,
That the imprint of love that you've left on my life
Will be given to all as a prayer.

I am but your hope and peace today Lord.
I pray as I listen and speak,
That my words filled with love will signpost a way
And comfort all that are weak.

I am but your servant and friend today Lord.
I trust that you'll be by my side.
Through each challenge I face, I'll walk in your ways
And find all my heart needs to find.


A morning prayer for work with sunrise over trees in the foreground

read more inspiring prayers for work here.

Short nurses prayer before board exam

Dear God,

Please inspire my mind as I take this exam. Help me to focus, to gather all that I know and use it effectively. Help me not to panic but to find peace as I work.

Lord, I take this exam with you at my side, and pray for success.


Prayer for nursing students

Dear God,

Help me to learn, but more than this to fully understand all I need to know.
Help me to have courage, to care medically for each patient, but also to care for their feelings too.
Help me to manage the work load, but also to enjoy my studies.
And help me to relax and unwind, to find times of rest and restoration away from it all.


quotes from the bible for nurses

"You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought."

(Matthew 5:4-5, The Message)

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

(John 13:34-35, NIV)

"Christ gives me the strength to face anything"

(Philippians 4:13, CEV)


further reading

arrow rightprayers for exams
a selection of contemporary prayers for exam success and a prayer to help with anxious thoughts.

arrow rightprayer for students
with a simple prayer for a student whilst away studying at university or college.

arrow rightthe serenity prayer
a prayer for serenity, wisdom and courage, made famous by the work of Alcoholics Anonymous.