What do you say when you pray?
If you’re not sure how to pray, don’t worry. You really can’t do it wrong! I’ll get you started with ten short prayers for beginners. But rest assured that God already knows you and loves you. He’s been with you all along, even if you didn’t realize it. He already knows your struggles and your joys. He’s just waiting for you to turn to him and turn over your worries and anxieties. Beyond that, acknowledging him as God as thanking him for blessings in your life makes him happy, as it would any parent.
Short Prayers for Beginners
This list of Short Prayers for Beginners will help you get started. I pray they’ll ignite a small fire in your soul and make talking to God a normal part of your daily routine. Talking to him as you would a trusted friend or loving parent is the best way to develop a relationship with him. Once you get to that point, your life will change in amazing ways.
1. Prayer Introducing Yourself to God
Dear God, are you there? Do you really know me? I’m [say your name] and I suppose you’re responsible for my existence, so you do already know me. Your creation is amazing and it’s one reason why I think you exist. The intricate and perfect details found in nature couldn’t have happened by accident. I want to get to know you better and I pray you will lead me to you. Amen.
Related Bible Verse 1: Genesis 1:27
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Related Bible Verse 2: Genesis 1:21
So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
2. Prayer During Doubt
Dear Heavenly Father, I feel in my heart that you might be real, but my mind fills me with doubt. Please help me find the path to you. My heart longs to know that you’re with me. Open my ears and my eyes for signs of you. I want to feel the love and peace that comes from knowing you. I pray this in Jesus’s name. Amen.
Related Bible Verse: John 20:29
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
You might enjoy this song. I Am Yours by Casting Crowns.
3. Prayer of Thanksgiving
Dear Creator, I believe I exist only because of you and I want to thank you for the gift of life. It isn’t always perfect, but it’s actually very amazing. I’ve been blessed with many wonderful people and things in my life, particularly [state a specific situation you’re thankful for]. I’m eternally grateful for everything you’ve provided for me. With much thanksgiving from your son/daughter [say your name].
Related Bible Verse: Psalm 100:4
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Musical song for your inspiration is Scars by I Am They.
4. Prayer for Strength
Dear Lord, I’m struggling with [name your struggle]. My heart is weighed down with anxiety, frustration, anger [name your emotions]. Please help me turn this over to you. I can’t fix it. I want to trust you to handle it. Give me the strength to let go and accept the outcome, whatever it may be. I ask this in Jesus’s name. Amen.
Related Bible Verse: Isaiah 40:29
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
You may enjoy Plumb’s song I Need You Now.
5. Prayer for Hope
Dear Lord, I’m feeling hopeless and I can’t see a light at the end of my dark tunnel. Please help me. Show me the path back to hope. Walk with me so I don’t feel so alone. Lead me. You are my God and I know you can deliver me. I ask this in the name of your son, Jesus. Amen.
Related Bible Verse: Psalm 25:5
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Lauren Daigle’s musical inspiration You Say.
6. Prayer Asking for Forgiveness
Dear Heavenly Creator, I’ve done some awful things in my life that I’m very ashamed to admit. But I’m bringing it to you today and asking for your forgiveness. You may know it already, but I [name what you did that you want forgiveness for]. I wish I could take it back, but I know I can’t. I pray you will forgive me and remove the burden of this sin on my heart. I ask this as your humble daughter/son. I love you. Amen.
Related Bible Verse 1: Acts 13:38
Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.
Related Bible Verse 2: Jeremiah 31:34
No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
Here’s your musical inspiration by Crowder, Forgiven
7. Prayer to Help Me Forgive
Dear Lord, I have been wronged and I’m angry/disappointed/hurt. I let the scenario replay in my mind and it consumes me. It prevents me from enjoying life. Please help me shed the shackles of pain and hurt. Show me how to move forward in light and love. I’m turning this hurt over to you today. Please fill my head and heart with your peace as I walk forward by your side, leaving the shackles behind. I ask this in the holy name of Jesus. Amen.
Related Bible Verse: Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Matthew West’s Forgiveness is for you!
8. Prayer for My Family Struggle
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for the gift of my family. They are my greatest blessing but also bring some of my biggest challenges. Today I need your help specifically with [describe a current hardship]. I know that with you all things are possible. Please guide my family through this difficult time. Allow us to handle this situation with the grace, strength, and perseverance that is only possible in your holy name. Amen.
Related Bible Verse: Psalm 25:17
Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.
May Danny Gokey’s Haven’t Seen it Yet bring your soul the peace you need.
9. Prayer for Loved Ones Serious Illness
Dear God, [name of sick person] is sick and I’m scared. The prognosis is frightening and I don’t know what to do or where to turn. Please intervene with healing. I know it’s possible. Give him/her and me the strength to handle whatever comes our way. I pray this in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Related Bible Verse: Psalm 41:3
The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.
Maybe Hilary Scott’s Thy Will will help you put it in God’s hands.
10. Prayer for Death of Loved One
Holy Father, I’m heartbroken with the death of [name the loved one]. I’m lost and scared/angry [describe what feelings you have]. I pray that you have mercy on his/her soul and welcome him/her into your heavenly kingdom. It gives me some peace to think of him/her resting in eternal peace, but it doesn’t take my pain away. Please give me the strength to handle the grief and face life again without him/her. I ask for your help in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Related Bible Verse: John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
I hope you receive comfort from Jeremy Camp’s There Will Be a Day.
Let me Know How I Can Help You
If you enjoyed the music, this Worship Through Music article includes a YouTube playlist of other great music. It might be just what your soul needs! Or, if you’re new to Christianity, you might find this article on Being Christian helpful to get you started.
Did you find these prayers helpful? Be sure to leave a comment below to let me know other ways I can help you jump start your Christian journey! Perhaps you’ll be interested to check out our ACTS Prayer Model Guide. It provides daily prayer prompts for the month to help you establish a well-rounded prayer life.
Or maybe our FREE Seeking Jesus Guides will help you along in your journey. Send me an email or leave a comment and I’ll give you some suggestions for the next steps you can take in your journey.
My Prayer for You
And, lastly, before you leave, I’d like to say a prayer for you, because there’s a reason why you found me today…
Dear Lord, I thank you for leading this reader to me today. Please make your presence known to her/him. Soothe her/his pain and ease her/his burden. Open her/his eyes, ears, and heart to you. Let her/him feel the peace and love that are only possible through your amazing grace. I ask this in the name of your son, Jesus. Amen
So tell me…
Do you find the prayers helpful? What else do you need to help you pray? Let me know in the comments…