Short prayers are powerful prayers.
Talking to God doesn’t have to be lengthy and eloquent. It can be short and sweet. The cries of your heart are truly music to the Lord’s ears, regardless of length. God is waiting to hear from each one of us. Here is a powerful collection of short prayers for your everyday needs.
Why is Prayer Important
Prayer is a simple conversation between us and the Lord. It can be a simple utterance of the name “Jesus” or it can cover the gamut of every thought, fear and emotion.
We can pray short prayers or we can pray day long prayers.
But, we are called to pray.
Prayer is also a great privilege and a gift.
Because of Jesus’s finishing work on the cross, we can freely approach the throne of God anytime, with anything.
Prayer is also a two way communication. It does not stop with us presenting a litany of all of our needs, requests, worries, fears, frustrations, thanksgiving and praises!
God listens but God also speaks!
The problem is that we are oftentimes so busy talking that we forget to quiet ourselves to actually listen and hear from God.
As Christians, we are called to have a personal relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ. But, how do we have a relationship with someone if we are not communicating with them?
Prayer is our lifeline. It tethers us directly to the heart of God.
Prayer is not the least that we can do…prayer is always the best that we can do!
Prayer is powerful.
Prayer makes things happen.
Prayer changes things.
Prayer changes us.
What Are Some Good Short Prayers to Say For Everyday Needs
The Lord wants to hear from us. There is no request too big or concern too small to bring to the throne of God.
Short prayers do not have to be neat and tidy. God wants us to talk with him about everything and anything, at all times.
You do not need an appointment. There are no lines, no waiting.
God is waiting to hear from you.
If you are like me, I was raised in church and taught to pray very rote prayers. It took me a long time to understand that God wanted to hear my heart. He didn’t care if the words were pretty and put together!
Praying freely and praying out loud made me very uncomfortable, if I’m honest. But, through God’s word and spending consistent time with him, he helped me see prayer in a whole new light!
If you are new to prayer or feel like your prayer life has become stale and stagnant, it is my hope that you will use this collection of short prayers to breathe new life into your daily communication with our Lord.
Short Prayer for the Morning
Good Morning God! Thank you for waking me up this morning and opening my eyes to the world. Lord, open my hands to receive what you have for me today. Father, use my feet to take me where you need me to be. Jesus, soften my heart for what is close to yours. Father God, open my ears to hear your voice above all others. Use me in a powerful way today and help me usher in your Kingdom right where my feet are planted. Amen.
Prayer When You Don’t Know What to Pray
Lord Jesus, I don’t have the words to pray right now but I know you know my heart and my mind. Father God, meet me here, in this place, and overwhelm me with your holy presence. Precious Holy Spirit, intercede on my behalf and speak the words that need to spoken and carry them to the Lord’s ears. Amen.
Short Prayer of Gratitude
Thank you Lord for this day. Thank you for the many blessings that you have given me. I know that all good things are from you and you alone. I know that I am so undeserving but your gift of amazing grace and limitless mercy, bless me beyond measure. Father, use me today in a powerful way to be a difference maker for your Kingdom. With every breath I take today, let me be reminded that you alone are worthy of my praise and thanksgiving. Amen.
Short Prayer Before Sleeping
Father God, I am exhausted and in need of peaceful rest. Please Lord, quiet my mind, relax my body, slow my breath and fill me with your calm. Help me Jesus close my eyes on today and leave all of my worries and concerns at your feet. Father, help me sleep well tonight. Renew my mind, body and spirit while I sleep and wake me up refreshed at the start of the new day tomorrow. Amen.
Prayer for Strength
Father God, I feel weak and wounded. I am having difficulty putting one foot in front of the other. Lord, I pray for you to strengthen me from the inside out. I know that I cannot do it on my own. When I am weak, I know that you are strong and with you, I know that nothing is impossible. Help me Father to stand tall and walk in your strength that never waivers. Amen.
Prayer for Provision
Father, my heart is heavy with uncertainty. I love you and I know that you love me in ways that I cannot even fathom. I put my trust in you that you will provide for my every spoken and unspoken need. You know what is best for me, even when I cannot see. Help me Lord. Meet me where I am today and fill my spirit with your holy assurance that you have me covered from head to toe, from start to finish, from the inside out.
Prayer for When You Are Afraid
Heavenly Father, my mind is racing and my heart is riddled with fear. There are so many things in our world that make me uneasy and anxious. You tell us in scripture over and over again to not be anxious, to not be afraid. Help me Lord bring all of my fears to your throne. Remind me that you are bigger and stronger than anything that I come up against. You are more than capable to handle the things that scare me. Calm my fears, Father. Help me rest in your capable hands. Remove my insecurities and replace them with TRUTH from your word. Amen.
Prayer for Forgiveness
Father, I ask for your forgiveness for all the ways that I have fallen short in my thoughts, in my words and in my actions. Search my heart O God. Expose the darkness and bring my sin into the light. Help me turn away from my wicked ways that separates me from you, Lord. Create in me a pure heart Father God and help me become more like your son, Jesus. Amen.
Short Prayer for Healing
Lord, you are the Great Physician and Ultimate Healer. I am in desperate need of your healing touch on my mind, body and spirit. Father, I ask for your healing hands to cover my brokenness, to comfort my pain and be healing salve to my wounds. Amen
Short Prayer for Friends
Father God, I come to you today asking for you to be with each of my friends today in a very special way. You know them better than they know themselves. You know exactly what they need, when they need it. Bless each precious friend of mine today and make your presence known in their lives in such an obvious way that they will have no doubt that it is you and you alone Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Obedience
Lord Jesus, I admit, my humanness gets in the way and trips me up. My selfish desires and impulses lead me down rabbit trails and I get off track. Father God, help me surrender. Put my feet back on the path that leads me closer to you. Help me be obedient to you and your word in all that I think, say and do. Father, I want to walk in your ways, not my own. Give me an obedient heart and the strength and endurance to follow where you lead me, even when and especially when I do not know or see the way. Let the rhythm of my lips repeat “Thy Will Be Done.” Amen.
Prayer for Protection
Lord as I come and go throughout my days, I ask that you will place a hedge of protection around me and my family. Go before us and prepare the way. Keep us safe from visible and invisible enemies that threaten our safety. Be at work at all times Father. We trust you. We know you know what is best for us. Shield us from flaming arrows, cover us with your mighty shield and wrap us up in your protection and safeguard us from harm. Amen.
Prayer for Self Control
Father God, I’m asking you to help me think before I speak and to think before I act. Fill me with your precious Holy Spirit. Infuse me with the self discipline I need to walk in your ways, not my own. Help me Lord Jesus control my thoughts, my words and my actions. Let me honor the pause before I choose to respond. Strengthen me to resist temptation and choose your best for me. Amen.
Short Prayer for Hard Times
Father, my circumstances are hard and they hurt. I know you see me. I know you feel my pain and I believe that you are here in this situation with me. Lord, bring comfort to my heart. Usher in a peace that surpasses all understanding. Draw me close to you and your heart and give me eyes to see my circumstances through a Kingdom lens. Help me Father get a glimpse of your perspective and trust that you are working all of this in my life for Kingdom good and eternal purpose. Amen.
Prayer When You Feel Lonely
Father God, I know that you are here with me but yet I feel so all alone. I’m surrounded by people yet I feel invisible. Lord Jesus help me to feel loved and to feel truly seen. Overwhelm me with your powerful presence and wrap your mighty arms around me. When I feel lonely, remind me Lord, that I am never alone.
Short Prayer for Peace
Father, you said in your word that in this world we would have trouble. I’m asking you to wash over me today with your perfect peace. Infiltrate every void, nook and cranny of my mind, body and spirt and calm the uneasiness, quiet the noise and hush the distractions. When the storms rage and the waves threaten to take me under, help me find that radical, unexplainable peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen.
Prayer for When You are Worried
Heavenly Father, my heart is troubled and my mind is racing. Quiet my thoughts, steady my heart and help me focus on your Word, not my worries. When my toxic thoughts begin to take over, help me recall your promises. I know your word never fails. I want to live each day with your word always being greater than my worry. Amen.
Short Prayer For Hope
Father, when I begin to look around, my eyes begin to see all that is wrong with the world. The turmoil, the unrest, the brokenness, and the injustices begin to plague my mind. It all feels so heavy and hopeless. When this happens Lord, give me your eyes to see things the way that you do. Remind me that you are my HOPE! My hope is not of this world. Help me cling to you Father in all circumstances and be reminded that the best is yet to come. Amen.
Prayer When You Need to Feel Love
Father God, you sent your only son Jesus to die for me and for my sins. This is an unfathomable act of sacrificial love. You continue to pour out that love for me Lord, even though I know that I do not deserve it. Your unconditional love, grace and mercy overwhelms me. Let me never forget that I am your child and you love me, no matter what. There is nothing I can say or do that will make you stop loving me. You sent your son to save me so that I may live with you forever. Your love for me is perfect and it is a gift. Thank you for loving me just as I am. Amen.
Short Prayer for Purpose
Father God, I know that you created me with a purpose, for a greater Kingdom purpose. Help me walk in your ways and lead me to the people, places and things that you have prepared for me in advance. Lord, I want to do the work you created for me to do. I want to be obedient to your promptings and I want to live my life doing meaningful Kingdom work. Open my eyes to the needs around me. Give me open hands and an open heart to harness the divine appointments you put in my path each day. Help me to be a blessing to others as you continue to bless me. Father, help me use my days to serve in your Kingdom, not mine. Amen.
How to Use Short Prayers Throughout Your Day
In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we are commanded to pray without ceasing. I used to hear that and think to myself, how in the world do you pray without ceasing?
Prayer can be done anywhere, at any time.
Prayer can be done through quiet meditation or prayer can be done out loud with hands raised towards the heavens.
Prayer can be personal or corporate.
Short prayers can be sung, spoken or silent.
There is no wrong way to pray. Don’t let your fear or insecurity of saying the wrong thing, stand in your way of saying anything at all!
God is ready to hear from you. But, you have to show up and follow through.
Use these short prayers to commune with God throughout your entire day. You will be amazed how transformative prayer can be. If you need additional prayer resources, check out a few of my favorites.