living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

prayer of encouragement

several pretty daisies in a field

Gathered together on this page are several inspiring prayers for giving to loved ones or for inclusion in your own personal devotion. There is a beautiful encouraging prayer poem entitled "Paint a Rainbow Bright", a prayer of encouragement for a friend, the famous "Serenity Prayer" and a prayer for strength and peace from God. Further down there are also three comforting verses from the bible and an uplifting short film featuring the prayer of St Richard. May your heart be blessed and your faith be stirred as you pray now!

Paint a Rainbow Bright
(a prayer poem for encouragement and renewed hope and strength in life)

Lord come paint a rainbow bright of hope within my soul
Take the greys of weariness and inject new hues of gold.
Scarlet streaks of passion that make me come alive
Rich and royal threads that weave your kingdom through my life.

Clean away the dust of disappointment from my heart
Replace faded tones of failure, polish me up real smart.
Bright and dancing, sun streaked light that shines upon my face
Pure and radiant tones of white that radiate your grace.

Help me leave the hurt and anger laid upon the cross
Know the darkest, blackest times were overcome, you paid the cost.
Now the brightest blues of faith can lift my everyday
Bold living greens can grow in me, with fruit that’s good to taste.

Lord come and paint a rainbow bright, of new hope deep in me
Shimmering with promises of hope and eternity.

Prayer of Encouragement for a Friend

Dear God,

I lift my wonderful friend to you
And give thanks for their friendship.
Please watch over them and guide their paths.
Pour out your spirit upon them,
May they receive fresh hope for their lives.
Brush away their concerns, disappointments and hurts,
Come open their eyes anew to your promises.
Stir up their faith to take risks again
May they be fully engaged with each moment.

Lord, please come and bless my dear friends’ life, plans and dreams.
In Jesus name,


"You are my compass,
You lead me where to go."

"Day by Day" prayer

The famous prayer by St Richard, set to uplifting images and tranquil music:-

Prayer for strength and peace

O Lord,

You are the light that guides my feet.
You are the map that gives me direction.
You are the peace that makes me strong.
You are the leader whom I faithfully follow.

May your light illuminate my life
And your guidance bring direction.
May I find inspiration in your word
And peace in my heart as I follow you.


The Serenity Prayer

The words to the Serenity Prayer

encouraging bible quotes

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 1:6, NIV)

Be determined and confident. Do not be afraid of them. Your God, the Lord himself, will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.

(Deuteronomy 31:6, GNT)

You said to me,
"I will point out the road
that you should follow.
I will be your teacher
and watch over you."

(Psalm 32:8, CEV)