Favorite Prayers

                         “Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness.                                                           It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”                                 ― Mahatma Gandhi

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” 
― Soren Kierkegaard 

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”
― Meister Eckhart

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”
― Mother Teresa

“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.”
― Kahill Gibran, The Prophet

“Prayer of an Anonymous Abbess:
Lord, thou knowest better than myself that I am growing older and will soon be old. Keep me from becoming too talkative, and especially from the unfortunate habit of thinking that I must say something on every subject and at every opportunity. Release me from the idea that I must straighten out other peoples' affairs. With my immense treasure of experience and wisdom, it seems a pity not to let everybody partake of it. But thou knowest, Lord, that in the end I will need a few friends. Keep me from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. Grant me the patience to listen to the complaints of others; help me to endure them with charity. But seal my lips on my own aches and pains -- they increase with the increasing years and my inclination to recount them is also increasing. I will not ask thee for improved memory, only for a little more humility and less self-assurance when my own memory doesn't agree with that of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong. Keep me reasonably gentle. I do not have the ambition to become a saint -- it is so hard to live with some of them -- but a harsh old person is one of the devil's masterpieces. Make me sympathetic without being sentimental, helpful but not bossy. Let me discover merits where I had not expected them, and talents in people whom I had not thought to possess any. And, Lord, give me the grace to tell them so.  Amen”
― Anonymous

“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.

                Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will get immediate results.                                                  We don't want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because                                       His idea of 'good time' is seldom in sync with ours.”
― Oswald Chambers

“I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”
― Martin Luther

 - Pray without ceasing.

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The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.
Read other versions at: https://www.lords-prayer-words.com/   

Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a 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.


The Serenity Prayer

(Prayed by millions in 12 step recovery meetings)

GOD, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, 
Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference. 

The Third Step Prayer 
Page 63 AA Big Book 

God, I offer myself to Thee - to build with me and do with me as Thou wilt. 
Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. 
Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness 
to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of Life. 
May I do Thy Will always! 

The 7th Step Prayer 
Page 76 AA Big Book 

My creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. 
I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character 
which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. 
Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. 

11th Step Prayer 
AA Big Book Page 86-88 

When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest, or afraid? Do we owe an apology? Have we kept something to ourselves which should be discussed with another person at once? Were we kind and loving toward all? What could we have done better? Were we thinking of ourselves most of the time? Or were we thinking of what we could do for others. After making our review we ask God's forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken. 

On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives. Under these conditions we can employ our mental faculties with assurance, for after all God gave us brains to use. Our thought-life will be placed on a much higher plane when our thinking is cleared of wrong motives. In thinking about our day we may face indecision. We may not be able to determine which course to take. Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision. We relax and take it easy. We don't struggle. We are often surprised how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while. What used to be the hunch or the occasional inspiration gradually becomes a working part of the mind. Being still inexperienced and having just made conscious contact with God, it is not probable that we are going to be inspired at all times. We might pay for this presumption in all sorts of absurd actions and ideas. Nevertheless, we find that our thinking will, as time passes, be more and more on the plane of inspiration. We come to rely upon it. We usually conclude the period of meditation with a prayer, but we ask that we be shown all through the day what our next step is to be, that we be given whatever we need to take care of such problems. As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day "Thy will be done." It works - it really does. 

St. Francis Prayer 
AA 12 & 12 Page 99 

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace -- 
that where there is hatred, I may bring love -- 
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness -- 
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony -- 
that where there is error, I may bring truth -- 
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith -- 
that where there is despair, I may bring hope -- 
that where there are shadows, I may bring light -- 
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy. 
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort, than to be comforted -- 
to understand, than to be understood -- 
to love, than to be loved. 
For it by self-forgetting that one finds. 
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven. 
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life. 

The Set-Aside Prayer 

“Dear God, please set aside anything I think I know about myself, about my disease, about the Big Book, the 12 Steps, the Program, the Fellowship, the people in the fellowship, and all spiritual terms, especially you God; so that I may have an open mind and a new experience with all these things. Please help me see the Truth. Amen.” 

                                                                               AN ALANON PRAYER FOR EVERYONE
Dear God, I am powerless and my life is unmanageable without your help and guidance. I come to you today because I believe that You can restore and anew me to meet my needs today. Since I cannot manage my life and affairs, I have decided to give them to You. I put my life, my will, my thoughts, my desires and ambitions in Your hands. I give You all of me: the good and the bad, the character defects and shortcomings, my selfishness, resentments and problems. I know that You will work them out in accordance with Your plan. Such as I am, take and use me in Your service. Guide and direct my ways and show me what to do for You. I cannot control or change my friends or loved ones, so I release them into Your care for Your loving hands to do with as You will. Just keep me loving and free from judging them. If they need changing, God You'll have to do it; I can't. Just make me willing and ready to be of service to You, to have my shortcomings removed, and to do my best. Help me to see how I have harmed others and make me willing to make amends to them all. Keep me ever mindful of thoughts and actions that harm myself and others, and which separate me from Your light, love and spirit. And when I commit these errors, make me aware of them and help me to admit each one promptly. I am seeking to know You better, to love You more. I am seeking the knowledge of Your will for me and the power to carry it out. Lord, teach me patience, and remind me that it is hard work, but well worth the labor. Guide me in all I do to remember that waiting is the answer to some of my prayers, and that when I need You, You will be there to help me. Amen

Author Unknown, (Attributed to a battle weary C.S.A soldier near the end of the war)
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve;
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health, 
that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity, 
that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy;
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life;
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all men most richly blessed.


"Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.     If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
    Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let not this blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
   Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.       And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
    Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy." ~Max Ehrmann, 1927    http://www.fleurdelis.com/desidera.ht

The Knots Prayer
Dear God:
Please untie the knots that are in my mind, my heart and my life.
Remove the have nots, the can nots and the do nots that I have in my mind.
Erase the will nots, may nots, might nots that may find a home in my heart.

Release me from the could nots, would nots and should nots that obstruct my life.
And most of all, Dear God,
I ask that you remove from my mind, my heart and my life all of the ‘am nots’
that I have allowed to hold me back, especially the thought that I am not good enough.

Author: Unkown

                                                                 A Prayer to Put on the Whole Armor of God

Heavenly Father, I praise and worship you because you are God.  I am honored to be your servant and I take my stand today against the devil and his schemes against me, my family and my ministry.  Father, as I take up each piece of the armor, please secure it in place on me. I take up the shield of faith and extend it over myself.  It extinguishes all the fiery darts of the evil one. I put on the helmet of salvation, which protects my mind from the enemy’s attacks.  I have the mind of Christ. I put on the breastplate of righteousness, which covers my body with the righteousness of God.  In Christ, every foothold of evil has been washed away and I am clothed in righteousness! I gird my loins with the belt of truth.  Your word, O God, is truth.  Father, sanctify me according to your word and remind me through the Holy Spirit of the truth that destroys the lies of sin.   I shod my feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace.  I have peace with God through the blood of Jesus.  I have favor with God and with man.  I walk in my inheritance as an adopted son of God and have authority over evil in Jesus’ name. I will use the Sword of the Spirit by speaking the Word of God as it applies to whatever situation I may face today.  Father, please remind me of your Word via the Holy Spirit. I will continue to pray in the Spirit throughout the day, and intercede for all Christians as the Holy Spirit prompts me.  I believe that the Holy Spirit is interceding on my behalf according to my prayers.     Thank you, Father, for the whole armor of God.  Please surround me with your hedge of protection as I move forward on the spiritual battlefield today.  I praise and worship you now and forever, Amen.”

Source: https://thoughts-about-god.com/prayer_/

The Jelly Bean Prayer

Red is for the blood He gave,
Green is for the grass He made,
Yellow is for the sun so bright,
Orange is for the edge of night.

Black is for the sins that were made
White is for the grace He gave,
Purple is for the hour of sorrow,
Pink is for the new tomorrow.

Give a bag full of jelly beans,
Colorful and sweet,
Tell them it's a Prayer....
It's a promise..
It's an Easter Treat!

A Blessing For My Family and Friends 

Our Heavenly Father, 
in the sweet and sacred name of Jesus Christ 
I pray humbly on behalf of My Family and Friends, 
and ask for them this special blessing and comfort  
as well as the healing touch of the Father's Hand. 
May it bring the gifts, powers and blessings 
of the Holy Ghost to rest upon them, abide with them, 
and to comfort them by ministering to each of their  
intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual needs,  
bringing the wholeness which is their heart's desire. 
Father, may they feel the vast extent  
of Your Love for them  
and know that You are mindful of them always, 
aware of their anxieties, afflictions,  
challenges and struggles,  
as well as their desires to walk honorably before You. 
Lord, I ask You to confirm the Biblical Blessing 
 upon them especially,  
with beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, 
and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. 
Surround them Lord with the pure light of Jesus Christ, 
which casts out fear and fill their minds and hearts 
with that peace that passes all understanding. 
Lead them, Heavenly Father, into those pathways 
which contain the resources and helps they desire. 
Inspire their minds as You have in the past 
to make those choices which will allow them  
to be true to themselves,  
while serving others and exalting You. 

Heavenly Father, I ask for a spiritual anointing 
upon each of My Family and Friends  
and all those they love 
with the sweet and pure olive oil, 
be it from Your Hand, Your Son's Hand 
or from Ministering Angels You will send, it is the same. 
I confirm and seal upon them these blessings I pray for  
and ask that You encircle them  
within Your Everlasting Arms 
granting them ease from physical distress,  
help with life's burdens 
and Your Spirit, Peace and Love as an abiding Comforter. 
In the precious name of Jesus Christ, 

Copyright © 2012 John Aldon Utz