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Short Prayers

Prayers don't have to be long. Prayer is really about having a conversation. If you imagine ringing somebody, often these can be very short chats -
"Hi Geoff - see you at the station, love you, bye"
"Sarah, what time will you be back for tea? Thanks"

Sometimes a really short prayer to God can make all the difference to your situation. Maybe you've just woken up and you feel really rubbish.
"God as I open my eyes to the world, please open my eyes to what you want me to do in it today!"
Try this as a short morning prayer tomorrow and see where it leads you.
Short prayers can be useful in times of stress or crisis in the day. "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10, WEB) - this is the other side of the conversation - God speaking to us. Try committing these words to memory and repeating them when you find yourself in the storms of life.
And at nightfall, you may only have time for a quick evening prayer before bed. Think for a moment about your day and recall one thing you would like to say thank you to God for. For example - "Lord, thank you for my home. I am so grateful, Amen". Filling our minds with thankfulness helps to dispel fear and anxiety, and leads to much sounder sleep!

Famous Short Prayer

The "Glory Be":-

Short Prayer (The Glory Be)
read more about the "Glory Be" prayer here

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Prayer is where the action is

John Wesley

Short Celtic Prayer

Spare Us the Fall
May the roof above
never fall in,
May we below
never fall out.

A Simple Prayer of Thanks

(suitable as a morning prayer)

Thank you.
I dwell upon the goodness in my life.
Thank you.
I cherish in my heart Your gift to me.
Thank you.
I notice the blessings of life, breath, loving and sharing.
I am so very grateful.

Thank you, Lord.

(a simple prayer of thanks from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

prayer for the sick

a short prayer for a sick family member (such as an ill mom or dad) or friend:-
prayer for the sick

Short Thanksgiving Prayer

Lord, thank you for walking with us through the seasons of our lives.

For the winter, when we are held safe in your arms through the darkness.
For the hope of spring, as we are filled with new promise and life.
For summer time, full of warmth and colour
And for autumn days as leaves fall to seed new growth.

You are always with us.


(a short prayer of thanksgiving from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

A Short Prayer of Thanks

A beautiful and uplifting short film (2mins) which reminds us of God's goodness and grace in our lives:-

Short prayer for safety & protection

Come and embrace me Lord
Hold me secure
Hold me strong
Hold me forever
In Your everlasting arms

(a modern prayer for safety & protection from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Short Prayer Videos

A playlist of useful short prayers for different occassions and events, such as morning and night time prayers and an uplifting prayer for opening a meeting:-

Short Irish Blessing
("May the road rise up to meet you" is an ancient Irish blessing suitable for sending to a friend or loved one)

Irish Blessing May The Road Rise Up To Meet You

Short Catholic Prayers

Act of Hope

O My God, relying on Thy almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Thy grace, and Life Everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.

Act of Charity

O my God, I love Thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because Thou art all-good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of Thee. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.

Short prayers from the bible

Some selected prayers from the old and new testaments:-

A short prayer in praise of God's glory

(A prayer by the Apostle Paul)
"Now to him who is able to do in full measure more than all our desires or thoughts, through the power which is working in us, To him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations for ever and ever. So be it".

Ephesians 3:20-21, (BBE)

A prayer request

(Elijah's Prayer)
"O Lord, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, let it be seen this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things by your order.
Give me an answer, O Lord, give me an answer, so that this people may see that you are God, and that you have made their hearts come back again".

1 Kings 18:36-37, (BBE)

Take a moment to hear from God...

Here are links to some wonderfully inspired prayers to aid your journey.