This page includes several well-known prayers for inspiration, including the Lord’s Prayer from the New Testament and the famous prayer of St. Francis of Assisi.
The Lord’s Prayer
The biblical gospels (Matthew 6:9-13 or Luke 11:2-4) record a prayer that Jesus taught his disciples when they asked him to teach them to pray. The prayer covers vital aspects of life as follows:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power
and the glory forever. Amen.
For a related version put to music, click here.
A Prayer to Magnify God
You made everything out of nothing,
Imposed order out of chaos,
Gave birth to beauty,
And called it all good.
Help me to know You
As the one true God,
Who created everything and everyone,
The One who has placed me
On the Earth for a purpose –
To magnify Your name.
Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
This nearly 1000 years old prayer is still relevant today.
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;
And 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 light.
Other Wisdom from St. Francis (1182-1226)
While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.
No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.
For an enlargement and elaboration on the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, see Words of Aspiration and Prayer