50 Short Prayers to Brighten Your Day

Melissa Henderson

Contributing Writer
Published Feb 08, 2021
50 Short Prayers to Brighten Your Day

Sometimes a short prayer is what we give and other times, a long prayer is needed. Today, pray and share time with the Father.

Pray. Short prayers. Long prayers. No matter the length. Pray from your heart. God listens whether our words are eloquent or simple. He hears every word. Sometimes a short prayer is what we give and other times, a long prayer is needed. Today, pray and share time with the Father.

Jesus prayed. He retreated at times to be alone and pray to His Father (Mark 1:35). Our prayers can be spoken aloud, whispered, or thought. God hears the prayers of His people.

Short Prayers of Thanks

Father, thank You for this glorious day. I pray I show Your love and glory to everyone. Give me the words needed to share about You. Give everyone an open heart and a teachable spirit. Amen.

Dear God, thank You for loving me (Psalm 100:4-5). I love you. Amen.

Heavenly Father, Thank You for my family. Amen.

Father God, thank You for the mentors You have placed in my life to lead me closer to You. Each person has taught me how to learn from Your Word. Amen.

Father, I give thanks to You for calling me to write stories that glorify You. I pray each person that reads the words will draw closer to You. In the Name of Your Son, Amen.

God, Thank You for writers and readers. I pray in each word that is written and each word that is read, Your love and mercy will shine through. In the name of Your Son, Amen.

Dear God, Thank You for the gift of laughter. Thank You for giving me the ability to laugh at myself and the funny situations I experience. I love how You provide joy. Amen.

Father, I thank You for the gift of forgiveness. Thank You for forgiving my sins. Help me to forgive others as You have forgiven me. Amen.

God, thank You for showing me how to forgive others. Help me to remember I am forgiven. Amen.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of joy. I pray I will show Your love and joy in all my words and actions. Help me to bring comfort and peace through the sharing of Your Word. Amen.

Short Prayers for Meetings

Dear God, as we gather for meetings, let each person be kind and compassionate. Let us show Your love and glory. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Father, please be with us as we make decisions at this meeting. Guide our words to reflect Your will and Your purpose. Remind us to put You first. Thank You, Amen.

Heavenly Father, be with us before, during, and after this meeting. Let us remember to listen to each other. Help us keep angry words away. Give each person a spirit of compassion. Please allow everyone to remember that we are all unique and created by You. Thank You, Father, Amen.

God, we come to You and ask for Your guidance in this gathering. Help us to make decisions based on Your Word and not any selfish motives. We thank You for loving us and calling us to be Your children. May the words spoken and actions taken at this meeting reflect the love we are called to show, as You remind us in Scripture (John 13:34-35). In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Dear Lord, we are gathered together to learn and share Your love and glory. This meeting can bring peace and comfort if we follow Your Words. Please be with us. Make every person feel Your presence. Let everyone who needs to share words to feel comfortable and protected. Please remind us of the reason for this meeting. Thank You, Lord, Amen.

Lord, these meetings are important. Each decision made will have an effect on the community. Help us to absorb what is being spoken and what is needed. Help each decision-maker to go to You first in prayer. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

God, we are meeting and discussing important possibilities for the church. As we gather together, we ask for Your blessing. May the words shared and the decisions made glorify You. Amen.

Father, be with everyone attending this meeting. Be with those who are not able to attend. Let us have open minds and hearts as we discuss each item on the agenda. Remind us to put You first. Amen.

Lord, here we are ready to meet and talk about major changes. Please guide this meeting to reflect Your will for each person. Help us to show Your love and glory in every word spoken. Keep tempers from flaring. Allow every person to be seen and heard. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Father, please bless this meeting. May we be mindful of everyone’s time and needs. Help us to stay on topic and to share Your love and glory. Amen.

Dear God, You are the leader of this meeting. Let each person attending remember to show grace, patience, and love in listening and responding. Thank You, Amen.

Short Prayers for Healing

Heavenly Father, I come to You today and ask for healing. My body is aching. My soul is aching. I don’t know what to do. The pain is causing anxiety and depression. Please heal my body according to Your will. Please guide me through any discomfort. Thank You, Father. I love you. Amen.

Dear God, I’m asking for healing for a friend. You have a plan for my friend. I am lifting up this dear person and praying for You to give them peace and comfort. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Lord, here I am again, asking for healing. Healing hearts, minds, and spirits are needed today. Hurtful words and actions have caused more pain than we could ever imagine. We need You, Father. In the name of Your Son Jesus, Amen.

God, I know we may be healed here on this earth or healed completely in Heaven. There are many people hurting in mind and body. We need You. I ask for Your protection and love over each person. Thank You, Amen.

Dear God, I come to You and ask for healing for the world. There is conflict and unrest in many areas. Some people have forgotten to go to You first. Instead, they are trying to rely on themselves. Father, remind each of us that You are waiting for conversation. Remind us that You hear our prayers. Thank You, God. Amen.

Father God, please heal my loved one according to Your plan. I am sad as I watch them suffer. Please shower the person with Your love, peace, and comfort. Thank You, Amen.

Heavenly Father, You are the only way to healing. Whether we are healed of illness on this earth or if we are healed in Heaven, we give thanks to You. Help us to remember that Jesus suffered for our sins. Help us to know complete healing will come when we are with You. In the name of Your Son, Amen.

Father, help. I need healing in a relationship. Harsh words and actions have caused a divide between friends. Those words and actions can’t be taken back. Now, there is a pain that hurts deep in the soul. Please give me the words to help heal this relationship. In Your Name, Amen.

God, I am coming to You and asking for help with healing and forgiveness. I need to be forgiven and I need to forgive. Words I shared were not spoken in love. The words were spoken during moments of frustration and despair. Allow me to reach out to the one I hurt. Give me the words that will bring healing. I’m sorry I didn’t speak with love to the person. Thank You, Father, Amen.

Heavenly Father, please bring healing (John 14:6). You know the situation. Please help. Thank You. I pray this in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Short Prayers for Protection

Father, we need Your protection. We have sinned and fall short of what we should be sharing in this world. May we remember to go to You, dear Father, and ask for protection in every situation. Amen.

Glorious Father, thank You for covering us with Your hedge of protection. In every moment, You are with us. Please allow us to remember the love You give. In Your Name, Amen.

Dear God, please protect health care workers. Doctors, nurses, volunteers, and other people need protection. Their daily interaction with sickness can cause them to be worn down in spirit and in health. Help us to lift up these people and show them Your love. Thank You. Amen.

Abba Father, please protect the people who have the coronavirus. I lift those people and their families up to You. Heal their bodies. Heal their anxiety. Give them a day of joy and peace. Please take away this awful virus. Thank You, Father. Amen.

Lord, here I am again. I’m asking for protection for people in nursing homes. Please protect these people from illness and harm. Give them the joy that only You can provide. Be with their families. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Hello, God, I come to you and ask for traveling mercies. The traffic is heavy. Help me to be a good driver and to stay alert. Thank You. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Father, thank You for covering my family with Your hedge of protection. Please bring good health and happiness to everyone. Amen.

God, please cover each child with Your love and protection. Make every child know they are loved by You. Give children peace and comfort and safety at school and at home. Amen.

Abba, I cry out to You. Please protect me from feelings of inadequacy. Help me to remember I am Your child. Take away these awful feelings and fill me with Your love and glory. I am Yours. Amen.

Short Prayers for Kids

Dear Lord, Thank You for loving the children. Thank You for protecting them. Place people in their lives that will show them how to grow a relationship with You. Amen.

Dear God, I am thankful to be Your child. I pray all children will know You and develop a strong relationship with You. I pray for each child I see today. Help them to feel Your love. Amen.

Heavenly Father, I lift up children in my neighborhood and church. Each child is a wonderful blessing. I pray every child will have a strong spiritual life and grow closer to You in each moment. Thank You, Father, Amen.

Father, I place my children in Your hands. Please protect them. Cover them with Your love. Please allow me to find ways to share Your love with them. Help me to remember You created them for Your glory. Thank You, Father, Amen.

Dear God, please protect the children at school. Help them to feel safe and secure in every moment. Father, give them laughter and joy as they learn and share fellowship with others.

Thank You for blessing us with children. Amen.

God, I am looking outside and listening to the laughter of children playing. Families have gathered for conversation and fellowship. Protect them and cover each person with Your love. Help them to feel Your presence. Thank You, Father, Amen.

Father, please protect the children from harm. Give them happiness and safety in their homes and when they are away from home. Please help children to ask for help if they are uncertain about a situation (Matthew 19:14). Thank You for children. Amen.

Heavenly Father, I lift up my children and grandchildren. I ask You to please lead them to a closer walk with You. Guide them every moment. Thank You. Amen.

Father, there are hurting and hungry children in the world. Please cover each child with Your love and protection. Bring physical and spiritual nourishment to them. Children need You, dear Father. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

God, please be with the children who are homeless. Protect them. Nourish them. Help their family to find a safe place to live. Help each family to know Your love and to feel Your Holy Presence. I lift up all children and ask for You to cover them with Your hedge of protection. You are the way, the truth, and the light. Amen.

Short Prayers When the Words Won’t Come

Father, help me. Amen.

God, I need you. Amen.

Abba, I want to rest in You. Amen.

Dear Heavenly Father, I breathe in and out. I search for You. Let me feel Your peace. Amen.

Dear God, Thank You. Amen.

Lord, You are the way, the truth, and the light. Help me remember this in my time of trouble. Thank You, Amen.

God Almighty, Your love and forgiveness are needed. I thank You for creating me to be Your child. Amen.

Father, I don’t know what to pray for. You know what is happening. Please help me. Amen.

Almighty God, Maker of Heaven and Earth, hear my cry. Amen.

Father, forgive me. Amen.

These are a sampling of prayers to be spoken aloud or thought. God knows our heart. He is always ready for conversation. He invites us to go to Him at any time. We are comforted knowing He is with us in every happy moment and in every troubled moment. Today, go to Him. He waits with open arms. Find rest and comfort when you pray to God.

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Melissa HendersonAward-winning author Melissa Henderson writes inspirational messages sometimes laced with a bit of humor. With stories in books, magazines, devotionals, and more, Melissa hopes to encourage readers. 

Melissa is the author of Licky the Lizard and Grumpy the Gator. Her passions are helping in the community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon, and Stephen Minister. 

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