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Inspirational Prayers

Updated on October 7, 2014

Inspirational Prayers

Prayer is a way in which we talk to God, and a way to ask for his assistance in giving us the strength and guidance to overcome obstacles in our life.

Mother Teresa said,

"Try to feel the need for prayer often during the day and take the trouble to pray. Prayer makes the heart large enough until it can contain God's gift of Himself."

Here is a collection of inspirational prayers to get you though the day.

Inspirational Prayers- The Prayer of Saint Francis

Christian prayer which is attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy 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 Life.


Inspirational Prayers- Prayer of Mother Teresa

Dear JESUS, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go.

Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love.

Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life

may only be a radiance of Thine.

Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul.

Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus.

Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine,

so to shine as to be a light to others.

the light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be mine:

it will be You shining on others through me.

Let me thus praise You in the way You love best:

by shining on those around me.

Let me preach You without preaching, not by words,

but by my example, by the catching force,

the sympathetic influence of what I do,

the evident fullness of the love my heart bears to You.


Dante's Prayer by Loreena McKennitt

Adapted From Dante's Inferno

When the dark wood fell before me

And all the paths were overgrown

When the priests of pride say

there is no other way

I tilled the sorrows of stone

I did not believe because I could not see

Though you came to me in the night

When the dawn seemed forever lost

You showed me your love in

the light of the stars

Cast your eyes on the ocean

Cast your soul to the sea

When the dark night seems endless

Please remember me

Then the mountain rose before me

By the deep well of desire

From the fountain of forgiveness

Beyond the ice and fire

Cast your eyes on the ocean

Cast your soul to the sea

When the dark night seems endless

Please remember me

Though we share this humble path, alone

How fragile is the heart

Oh give these clay feet wings to fly

To touch the face of the stars

Breathe life into this feeble heart

Lift this mortal veil of fear

Take these crumbled hopes, etched with tears

We'll rise above these earthly cares

Cast your eyes on the ocean

Cast your soul to the sea

When the dark night seems endless

Please remember me

Please remember me

Dante's Prayer Video

Inspirational Prayers- The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr

A prayer to help you in times of struggle

God, give us grace to accept with serenity

the things that cannot be changed,

courage to change the things

which should be changed,

and the wisdom to distinguish

the one from the other.

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.


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Prayer of the Children by Kurt Bestor

A beautiful song written by Kurt Bestor as a tribute to the children of war-torn Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Can you hear the prayer of the children

on bended knee, in the shadow of an unknown room?

Empty eyes with no more tears to cry

turning heavenward toward the light.

Cryin' Jesus help me

to see the mornin' light of one more day,

but if I should die before I wake,

I pray my soul to take.

Can you feel the hearts of the children

aching for home, for something of their very own.

Reaching hands with nothing to hold onto

but hope for a better day, a better day.

Cryin' Jesus help me

to feel the love again in my own land,

but if unknown roads lead away from home,

give me loving arms, 'way from harm.

Can you hear the voice of the children

softly pleading for silence in their shattered world?

Angry gods preach a gospel full of hate,

blood of the innocent on their hands.

Cryin' Jesus, help me

to feel the sun again upon my face?

For when darkness clears, I know you're near,

bringing peace again.

Dali je the sve dje je molitve?

Can you hear the prayer of the children?

Prayer of the Children Video

Inspirational Prayers- The Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)

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 those

who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil:

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

forever and ever.


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Inspirational Prayers- When I Was

This prayer was often said by Mother Teresa

When I was hungry, you gave me food.

When I was thirsty you gave me drink.

Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren,

you do it to Me.

When I was a stranger, you opened your doors.

When I was naked, you gave me clothes.

When I was tired, you gave me peace.

When I was frightened, you calmed me down.

When I was lonely, you gave me your love.

When I was sick or wounded, you took care of me.

Looking for friendship, you gave me your hand.

When I was old, you smiled at me.

When I couldn't find peace, you brought it to me.

You were on my side in times of despair,

and in the hour of joy, we were together.


Inspirational Prayers- Deliver Me, O Jesus

Deliver me, O Jesus,

From the desire of being loved,

From the desire of being extolled,

From the desire to being honored,

From the desire of being praised,

From the desire of being preferred,

From the desire of being consulted,

From the desire of being approved,

From the desire of being popular,

From the fear of being humiliated,

From the fear of being despised,

From the fear of suffering rebukes,

From the fear of being calumniated,

From the fear of being forgotten,

From the fear of being wronged,

From the fear of being ridiculed,

From the fear of being suspected.


Inspirational Prayers- Lead Me

Lead me from death to life,

from lies to truth

Lead me from despair to hope

from fear to trust

Lead me from hatred to love

from war to peace

Let peace fill our heart, our world

our universe with peace.


Prayer of Trust by Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

My Lord God,

I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me.

I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I really know myself.

And the fact that I think that I am following your will

Does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you

Does in fact please you.

And I hope that I have the desire in all that I am doing.

I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this,

You will lead me by the right road

Though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore I will trust you always

Though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.

I will not fear, for you are ever with me

And you will never leave me to face my troubles alone.

Inspiration Christian Prayer- Morning Offering

Lord Jesus,

I give you my hands to do your work.

I give you my feet to go your way.

I give you my eyes to see as you do.

I give you my tongue to speak your words.

I give you my mind that you may think in me.

I give you my spirit that you may pray in me.

Above all, I give you my heart that you may love in me,

your father and all humanity.

I give you my whole self that you may grow in me,

So that it is you, Lord Jesus,

Who live and work and pray in me.

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    • mary-humphrey profile image

      mary-humphrey 5 years ago

      what a beautiful lens..finding inspiration to get motivation from can be hard sometimes but these prayers should definitely do the trick

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      ConnectwithSpirit 5 years ago

      Great lens. I'd like to offer a Gratitude Prayer that you might enjoy. Blessings.

    • Todayhaspower LM profile image

      Todayhaspower LM 6 years ago

      Awesome lens!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      I believe in the power of prayer. Thank you for this collection of beautiful and inspirational prayers.

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      SerenityPrayerG 6 years ago


    • akumar46 lm profile image

      akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      Very inspiring prayer collection.

    • JollyvilleChick profile image

      JollyvilleChick 7 years ago

      I like your list of prayers. What a great idea for a lens!

      My favorite prayer from the Bible actually comes from the Old Testament. It's David's prayer in 1 Chronicles, Chapter 29, Verses 10-13. It starts with this: Praise be to you, O LORD, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.