Encouraging Prayers

In my own life, I have found prayer to be very helpful.  When my schedule is hectic, I pray quick, short prayers throughout the day.  I often ask God for strength and patience.  I pray for my family and friends.  I try to remember to thank God for blessings, both large and small.  I’ve found that prayer really improves my attitude.  I feel more at peace and I look at things more optimistically.


If you have not been in the habit of praying, you may find it helpful to use written prayers to get you started.  Here are some encouraging prayers that have been beneficial for many people:


Prayer for Serenity (long version, by Reinhold Niebuhr)

God, grant me serenity

to accept the things I cannot change,

courage to change the things I can,

and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time,

enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace;

Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world

as it is; Not as I would have it;

Trusting that You will make all things right

if I surrender to your will;

So that I may be reasonably happy in this life

and supremely happy with You forever in the next.  Amen.



 The Peace Prayer (attributed to St. Francis of Assisi)

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

Where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand;

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  Amen.



Prayer of Devotion (attributed to St. Richard of Chichester)

I thank you, my Lord Jesus Christ,

For all the blessings you have given me,

For all the sufferings and insults you have endured for me.

O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother,

May I know you more clearly,

Love you more dearly,

And follow you more nearly,

Forever and ever.  Amen.