living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

prayer for self-control

two athletes training

Gathered together on this page are four prayers to help with developing self-control and self-discipline in life. The first prayer is a request to be determined and focused like an athlete in training, whereas the second prayer (for self-discipline) asks God for help in overcoming addictions and temptations to live a holy and simple life. There is also a prayer for patience and strength, and the famous "Serenity Prayer" used by Alcoholics Anonymous and other charities working with alcohol, drug or gambling addictions. Further down you can also read two inspiring quotes from the bible about self-control.

Prayer for patience and self-control

Dear God,

Please help me to have more self-control. Train me Lord, like an athlete to be strong and determined. Feed me with your truth in the scriptures to make me healthy. May I exercise muscles of forgiveness, patience and peacemaking. Lord, increase my stamina to give out to those in need. And may I be freed from past hurts and confusions so that I can run free.

Come fill my life with your resurrection hope!


prayer for peace of mind

A contemporary prayer for laying down anxious thoughts and feelings and receiving God's peace:-

"Holy Spirit, come presence yourself in my life"

Prayer for self-discipline

Father, I come to you today in need of self-discipline. My heart feels weak and my mind is disturbed. I come in need of your grace and power. Holy Spirit, come presence yourself in my life.

Where there are temptations help me to deliberately walk away from them.
Where there are distractions help me to stay focused and true to the things you have called me to.
Where there are obstacles before me, may your light shine a way through.

Lord, I ask that with your strength and love to guide me
I might live a simple and holy life.


Prayer for patience and strength

God of grace,

You make me softer, kinder, gentler, generous, forgiving and loving.
Yet at times I know these gifts wear thin. I feel impatience rising, I sense resentment brooding and revenge is on my lips.
So I pray today and all days for more of your Spirit. May the grace that you pour out open the door for a renewing of my mind, a restoration of my heart and a transformation of my soul.

Thank you
That in you I find new strength
Discover more patience
And walk with grace at work in my life.


The Serenity Prayer

The words to the Serenity Prayer

click here to read the full version of this beautiful prayer

quotes about self-control in the bible

"But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these."

(Galatians 5:22-23, GNT)

"For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love."

(2 Peter 1:5-7, NIV)