living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

blessing prayer

flowers seen at ground level
Gathered together on this page are several inspiring blessing prayers for God's favor, suitable for use in church services and newsletters or for sending to friends in cards and text messages. There are a wide variety of blessings here including a traditional bible blessing, an ancient Irish one, a prayer for food and a short baby blessing. May you be encouraged and uplifted as you read these words now!

Blessing Prayer Poem

(an uplifting blessing for God's favor, suitable for giving to a friend)

May the grass be soft beneath your feet
And streams beside you flow.
May sights of beauty fill your soul
And warming sunlight fall.
May you, dear friend be held secure
In God’s pure love and grace,
And know the Father’s hand in yours
In every hour and place.

An Ancient Blessing

(a traditional Judeo-Christian blessing)

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.


(Source: the "Nesiat Kapayim" a Jewish blessing based on the scripture found in Numbers 6:24-26).

bible quote on thanks to God with yellow flowers in background

Prayer for food

O Lord,

Thank you for the harvest, that you give us our daily bread.
Thank you for the smallest seed which can grow to feed us.
Thank you for creating so many tastes and textures,
colours and aromas.
We wonder at these miracles and give thanks for all these gifts.


Traditional Irish Blessing
("May The Road Rise Up To Meet You" is an ancient Celtic blessing)

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields 
and until we meet again, 
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

The following music video is a contemporary song interpretation of "May The Road Rise Up To Meet You" :-

A short baby blessing

Father, thank you for this precious gift of new life
We pray that you would watch over this dear child
All the days of his/her life

Guide his/her footsteps
Inspire his/her mind
Anoint his/her hands
And lead him/her into life eternal

For the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord


Happy new month prayer blessing

May this new month bring fresh air to your soul
As you breathe in God’s life anew.
May a sunrise of sweet promises
Dawn across your mind with dreams that come true.

May the love of your heavenly Father
Blow like a breeze through your cares
And the winds of eternities calling
Lift you high to find vision again.

blessings from the bible

"I pray that the Lord will bless and protect you,
and that he will show you mercy and kindness.
May the Lord be good to you
and give you peace."

(Numbers 6:24-26, CEV)

"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

(Philippians 4:7, NIV)

"O my soul, bless GOD.
From head to toe, I'll bless his holy name!
O my soul, bless GOD, don't forget a single blessing!
He forgives your sins-every one.
He heals your diseases-every one.
He redeems you from hell-saves your life!
He crowns you with love and mercy-a paradise crown.
He wraps you in goodness-beauty eternal.
He renews your youth-you're always young in his presence."

(Psalm 103:1-5, The Message)