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10 Sample Prayers

Gathered together on this page are several inspiring prayer examples, useful for reading in church services, for public prayers, or in personal devotion. There is a sample opening and closing prayer for church services, prayers suitable for saying before meals and giving thanks, and examples of daily prayer (with prayers for the morning and nightfall). These sample prayers also cover several topics such as healing, protection and guidance.

1. Sample morning prayer

The windowsill of heaven

Every morning lean your arms awhile
upon the windowsill of heaven
and gaze upon the Lord.
Then with the vision in your heart,
turn strong to meet your day.

(Thomas Blake)

read more inspiring prayers for the morning here

2. Celtic Night Prayer

Night Prayer
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3. Sample prayer for healing

Lord Jesus, you are the master of life and death. Everything I have is yours, and I love you very deeply. Just one touch from you restores the sick, heals the broken, and transforms the darkness.
Only you can do this
Only you

So I ask that you would be with (name) right now....read more here

4. Sample prayer before meals

prayer before meals
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5. Thanksgiving Prayer Example

A reflection on God's provision and faithfulness through the changing seasons of our lives:-

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6. Opening prayer for a church meeting

opening prayer for a meeting
follow this link for more sample opening prayers

7. Closing Prayer for a church service

Lord, thank you that we are a family in Christ. Help us to share his love and legacy with everyone that we encounter this week. May we lavish Christ’s abounding goodness upon our families, friends and colleagues. Holy Spirit, come and equip us in our workplace, guide us in our school life, and inspire us in our neighbourhood.

Thank you for choosing to use us to bring your kingdom here on earth.


(a contemporary closing prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

8. Prayer for Guidance

Serenity Prayer Poster - Serenity, Courage and Wisdom
read the full version of the "Serenity Prayer" here

9. A Prayer for Safety and Protection

May the three enfold you
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Hold you safe and hold you strong

May the three encompass you
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Encircle your life each day and night

May the three protect you
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Guard your door and keep each gate

May the three watch over you
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Still your heart and calm all fear

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

10. Birthday prayer

May our God bless you today
and each day that follows
May you hear his voice
Follow His footsteps
Be comforted by His care
And live in His grace
Now and forever

(a birthday prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

more prayers for birthdays here

Famous prayers

Prayer of St Richard
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.


This website has more famous prayers drawn from the Anglo-Catholic and Celtic traditions of Christianity. For example, the ancient Celtic blessing "May The Road Rise Up To Meet You", and the prayer of St Francis of Assisi ("Lord, make me an instrument of your peace".)

read 10 famous prayers by clicking here.