living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

prayer poems

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Featured on this page are several inspiring prayer poems suitable for giving to friends or including in cards and messages to loved ones. If there is somebody you know who is currently ill, then you may find this encouraging prayer for healing useful for them. There are also two daily prayer poems – the wonderful “Day by Day” prayer by St Richard, Bishop of Chichester, and an uplifting early morning prayer. Further down this page there is also the famous “Serenity Prayer” for wisdom and courage in life, and a beautiful friendship prayer.

Prayer for Healing

healing prayer with a sunset over still waters as a background

Early morning prayer

I come before you O Lord
As the sun rises may your hope rise up in me.
As the birds sing may your love flow out of me.
As the light floods into this new day,
May your joy shine through me.
I come before you, O Lord
And drink in this moment of peace,
That I may carry something of your hope, love and joy
Today in my heart.


Morning Prayer Poem

a short creative film (2.30 minute) asking for the joy, love and hope of God to fill the day ahead:-

"Love overcame
Emerging from a cold tomb"

The Serenity Prayer

The words to the Serenity Prayer

The serenity prayer is attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr (1892-1971) an American theologian and writer. Read the full version of this beautiful prayer here.

The Prayer of St. Richard

a beautiful daily prayer to God

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.

St Richard of Chichester (1197 – 1253) is the patron Saint of Sussex, England.

Love Overcame

Love overcame
Emerging from a cold tomb
All the truth, majesty and creativity of a living God
Transforming a broken heart
Making a quiet return, in a still and sorrowful garden
The grave stone rolled away, to release redemptive love
Jesus resurrected and restored
Comforts a weeping woman
Speaks with travellers on a journey
Meets with his faithful friends
And they bow down before Christ alive
And acknowledged that the saviour has arrived
That the word of God has come alive
And that the extraordinary transformation of heaven and earth
Is complete

("Love Overcame" copyright © 2014 Julie Palmer)

The following short video is a creative interpretation of "Love Overcame ". This film is downloadable at prayerscapes:-

more prayer poems

Do you know I love you?
a prayer poem for a friend

Do you know I love you,
And hold our friendship dear?
I care for all you care for
And long to dry your tears.

My heart yearns for your happiness
I hope for you to shine.
So I try hard to make you smile
Each time our lives entwine.

If I could take away your cares
I'd lock them all away,
And give you all your heart desires
In presents new each day.

And yet I can not always be
The answer to your prayers.
So each day I trust you to
A Father I know cares.

And faithfully I promise I
Will always ask for you,
I life of love and fun and dreams.
Do you know that I love you?

a beautiful prayer in the bible

"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)