71 Short Daily Prayers To Brighten Your Day

2022 Update

People of faith might not admit this, but they only tend to remember God in times of difficulty and stress.

Reciting short prayers during the day is a great way to invest your energy and time in seeking God’s plan. Making this habit a part of your daily routine keeps your faith intact and prepares you to deal with your problems.

It also gives you a constant reminder to trust Him and turn back to Him although it’s tempting to turn to other worldy comforts. 

If you haven’t read the Bible in a while and are looking for a place to start, here are some short Bible prayers and verses to guide and cleanse your soul:

Best Short Daily Prayers

1.) “Father, I have to thank you for looking beyond my faults and for loving me unconditionally. Forgive me when I fail to love others in the same way. Give me eyes to see the needs of the difficult people in my life, and show me how to meet those needs in a way that pleases You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” – Mary Southerland

2.) “I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.” – Psalm 7:17

3) “Father, I am tempted to worry about so many things. Our world is a mess! Forgive me for focusing on anything or anyone but You. Thank You for the Bible that equips and empowers me to live each day. Right now, I declare that You are my only Hope. Please help me remember that You really are in control. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” – Mary Southerland

4.) “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” – James 1:5

5.) “O Lord, support us all the day long until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in your mercy, grant us safe lodging and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen.” – Cardinal John Henry Newman

6.) “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

7.) “Holy Lord, thank You for your grace. Please help me move beyond the hurdles that trip me up and give me the strength and wisdom to look up and see the hope I run toward in Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” – Gwen Smith

8.) “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” – Hebrews 6:19

9.) “God, you are our hiding place and our refuge in the time of distress. We turn to you now, seeking comfort from the wounds of the world and the power to face all our afflictions. Be present in our struggle, and help us to rest in your eternal promises. Amen.” – United Church of Christ prayer

10.) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

11.) “Lord, thank you for your greatness. Thank you that when I am weak, you are strong. Lord, the Devil is scheming and I know he desires to keep me from spending time with you. Don’t let him win! Give me a measure of your strength so that I might not give in to discouragement, deception, and doubt! Help me honor you in all my ways. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” – Debbie Przybylski

12.) “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” – Isaiah 40:29

13.) “Lord, help me let go of my fear of failure. I know Satan wants to use my fears to hold me back from living boldly for You. Forgive me for not living in faith, and help me from this moment on to live with bold confidence in You. Lord, help me not compare myself to others around me. I pray instead that I can keep my eye on you and live a life that proclaims Your excellence. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.” – Unknown

14.) “O Lord, we are at the limits of our power to help. For what we have left undone, forgive us. For what you have helped us to do, we thank you. For what must be done by others, lend your strength. Now shelter us in your peace which passes our understanding. Amen.” – Episcopal prayer

15.) “…yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk” 3:18

“Breathe in me O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me O Holy Spirit, that my work may be, too, holy. Draw my heart O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.” – St. Augustine of Hippo

16.) “I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.” – Paul’s letter to the Ephesians

17.) “Gracious God, the only source of life and health: Help, comfort, and relieve me, and give your power of healing to those who minister to my needs; that my weakness may be turned to strength and confidence in your loving care; for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.” – Episcopal prayer

18.) “When evil darkens our world, give us light. When despair numbs our souls, give us hope. When we stumble and fall, lift us up. When doubts assail us, give us faith. When nothing seems sure, give us trust. When ideals fade, give us vision. When we lose our way, be our guide! That we may find serenity in Your presence and purpose in doing Your will.” – John D. Rayner

19.) “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”– Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr

20.) “Lord, I give you all that I am this day. Please brush away my weariness, so that I may be inspired in my work. Help me to discover new ways to reveal your love to all I meet. Keep my mind clear and focused on all I need to achieve and give me the wisdom to overcome difficulties and find solutions. I look to you and trust you are with me on this day.” – Unknown

21.)Having enough courage and strength to deal with life’s hardships is a tough skill to master. But if you pray and ask for God’s guidance, you will surely be able to endure everything.

22.) “God, I want to believe that you’re with me and that I am known and loved by you… but some days, it’s hard. Help me to speak the truth from your Word back to myself. Take it from my head to my heart. Give me peace and wisdom and courage to live like a conqueror – because you’ve already given me victory over every challenge and obstacle. Amen.” – Amy Green

23.) “Father God, come be with us today. Fill our hearts with joy. Fill our minds with learning. Fill our classrooms with peace. Fill our lessons with fun. Fill our friendships with kindness. Fill our school with love.” – Unknown

24.) “The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.” – Psalm 65:8

25.) “Jesus, as I work and rest and play, please be with me all day. You are my special friend, I can depend on you.” – Unknown

26.) “But I cry to you for help, Lord; in the morning my prayer comes before you.” – Psalm 88:13

27.) “Gracious Father, as we begin a new day, help us to engage your will with reckless faith. Teach us to trust in you, and help us grow in righteousness. Heavenly Lord, give us the courage to step out in faith this day. Fill our hearts with your spirit, and let us speak your words with pride.” – Debbie Przybylski

28.) “Heavenly Father and Your Beloved Son Jesus Christ, we thank you for giving us another life; we thank you for another beautiful morning. As we go on through our lessons today, make us instruments to do good things. Please enlighten our minds, and give us the strength to participate in our subject today.” – Unknown

29.) “As the sun rises, may your love rise in my heart—a love that dispels tiredness, a love that overcomes difficulty, a love that builds a relationship, a love that inspires diligence, a love that delivers excellence, a love that develops trust, a love that produces praise. Lord, may I live in the light of your love.” – Rick Warren

30.) “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” – Psalm 90:14

31.) “Father, my heart is heavy. I feel like I have to carry the burden alone. Words like overwhelmed, distraught, exhausted seem to describe where I am. I am not sure how to let you carry my heavy load, so please show me how. Take it from me. Let me rest and be refreshed so that my heart won’t be so heavy in the morning. In Jesus’ name. Amen.” – Ron Moore

32.) “Dear God, thank you for our school. We pray it would be a safe place of learning, fun, and friendship. Please watch over all our teachers, children and families. Help us to learn new things, explore the world together, and to play and be happy. Help us to have a love for each other, to have forgiveness at our heart,and to build kindness to every day.” – Unknown

33.) “All praise to You, Lord Jesus, lover of children. Bless our family and help us lead our children to You. Give us light and strength and courage when our task is difficult. Let Your Spirit fill us with love and peace, so that we may help our children to love You. All glory and praise are Yours, Lord Jesus, forever and ever.” – Catholic Doors Ministry

34.) “Give us, O Lord, a steadfast heart, which no unworthy affection may drag downwards. Give us an unconquered heart, which no tribulation can wear out. Give us an upright heart, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Bestow upon us also, O Lord our God, understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace you through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Thomas Aquinas

35.) “Dear Gracious Father, I praise You for my family. Thank you for my spouse. Even in their weaknesses, I love them unconditionally. Thank you for my children. Every time I hear the pitter-patter of their feet across the house I smile. Joy overwhelms me, Father! Be with my family today as they go their separate ways. Bring us all back home safely to each other I pray.” – Unknown

36.) “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Matthew 11:28

37.) “I come before you, O Lord. As the sun rises, may your hope rise up in me. As the birds sing, let your love flow out of me. As the light floods into this new day, may your joy shine through me. I come before you, O Lord And drink in this moment of peace, That I may carry something of your hope, love, and joy today in my heart. Amen.” – Unknown

38.) “Father God, my heart is filled with chaos and confusion. I feel as if I am drowning in my circumstances and my heart is filled with fear and confusion. I really need the strength and peace that only You can give. Right now, I choose to rest in You. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.” – Unknown

39.) “Heavenly Father, I have been so wishy-washy when it comes to taking hold of Your promises and making them mine. But today, I’m putting my foot down! I will not allow my human reason to talk me out of my spiritual inheritance. I will set my foot down on every promise that You have given me today. I’m going in! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” – Sharon Jayes

40.) “Living Lord, be with us as we work today. Fill this office with inspiration and energy. Help us to work as a team, and bring out the best in each other. May we be efficient and achieve all we need to, but also remember to rest. May this place be full of fun and friendship and may relaxation and harmony inhabit this space. Thank you for this new day and the opportunity to work together.” – Unknown

41.) “Dear God, thank you for the gift of family and friends. Holding them in my heart is one of the most precious things I can never get tired of. Bless everyone, for they deserve all the goodness You have given to me. If I may do something wrong today, please forgive me.” – Unknown

42.) “Lord, Jesus, today is Your day, and I want Your will to be done. So, whatever happens, hold my hand and let’s face it together. Amen.” – Back to the Bible

43.) “Father God, let me take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful gift of life. Thank you for enabling me to have this work I’m doing. I praise and glorify you for the provision. Protect me and cover me with the blood of Jesus. May I be able to get along well with my workmates and my employer. Thank you for hearing and answering me in Jesus’ name.” – Unknown

44.) “Good morning, Lord! Today’s a new day, a chance for a new start. Yesterday is gone and with it any regrets, mistakes, or failures I may have experienced. It’s a good day to be glad and give thanks, and I do, Lord. Thank you for today, a new opportunity to love, give, and be all that you want me to be. Amen.” – Rebecca Barlow Jordan

45.) “Dear God, thank you for the gift of family and friends. Holding them in my heart is one of the most precious things I can never get tired of. Bless everyone, for they deserve all the goodness You have given to me. If I may do something wrong today, please forgive me.” – Unknown

46.) “Dear Lord, as we rise to meet each new day, please let us be filled with Your spirit. Wherever we go, let us spread love, joy, peace, goodness, and faithfulness. Let us desire to become more like you and to worship you in all we do. Help us desire these things so much more than the sin that entices us. Thank you for always going before us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” – Dr. Charles Stanley

47.) “Father, today I ask forgiveness of all the negative and harmful words I have spoken about myself. I do not want to abuse myself in such a way again. Transform my thoughts and let me understand how marvelously you made me. Change my habits so I use my tongue to speak hope and favor upon my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” – Sarah Coleman

48.) “For this new morning with its light; for rest and shelter of the night; for health and food; for love and friends—for everything Thy goodness sends, we thank Thee, dearest Lord.” – Unknown

49.) “God, sometimes life gets me down and I find it hard to see things to be thankful for. Open my eyes to see the gifts you’ve given me in my life. I’m going to start by thanking you for loving me enough to come to earth and die so we can live together forever. Amen.” – Wendy van Eyck

50.) “Heavenly Father I pray that you will give me the guidance that I need to have fun while still maintaining a schedule of proper study and needed rest. Help me to know that sometimes I need to “bow out” of a particular social event in order to meet the needs of academic success. Protect me as I seek your help in scheduling time for everything. I love you Father and pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.” – Unknown

51.) “Father, thank you for the blessing of your family. Today, please keep the enemy at bay. Increase their faith. Protect them from falling into temptation. Grant them the opportunity to shine a light in the darkness and lead others to you. Whatever is making my family anxious today, I ask that you comfort them, and that they can rest in your complete sovereignty. Amen.” – Topher Haddox

52.) “Lord, grant me tenacious winsome courage as I go through this day. When I am tempted to give up, help me to keep going. Grant me a cheerful spirit when things don’t go my way. And give me the courage to do whatever needs to be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” – Dr. Ray Pritchard

53.) “Father, Praise You for the sky and sun, for both remind us of a new day’s challenge and chance to chase You. Thank You for reminding us life is not always easy, but that we don’t have to carry the hard into each new day. Forgive us for dwelling on the past and for holding onto grudges. Bless our hearts to be held back by nothing as we seek You each day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” – Meg Bucher

54.) Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily; to lean on your great strength, trustfully, restfully; to wait for the unfolding of your will, patiently, serenely; to meet others, peacefully, joyfully; to face tomorrow, confidently, courageously.” – St. Francis of Assisi

55.) “Father, thank you for intervening in my life and allowing me to have a personal relationship with you. Thank you for your love for me today and forever. Thank you for the blessings you’ve given me and my family. Help us use those blessings to bless others. May I live a life of true joy as I see you at work around me today! In Jesus’ name. Amen.” – Ron Moore

56.) “Dear heavenly Father, what a joy to see another day of my life. I take this opportunity to say thank you for the mercies that you have renewed this morning. As I start this day, I want to call upon your heavenly angels to guide and protect me. I know you have marvelous things for my life on this day. Thank you, God, for hearing and answering my prayer in Jesus name. I pray and believe.” – Unknown

57.) “Lord, I pray you would move the Spirit more boldly in my life. I know that any sin can grieve and diminish the voice of the Spirit, and I pray against the temptation to sin. Help me crave your presence more than I crave sin. Help me grow in the fruit of the Spirit and so walk closer with Yourself. I pray for guidance from your Spirit- let your will and promises always be a meditation of my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” – Kenny Luck

58.) “Dear Lord, Thank You for fearfully and wonderfully creating each of us. Thank You for giving us worth in Your eyes. Help us live as the one You uniquely intended us to be. Help us abide instead of strive, living peacefully and joyfully as heirs to Your Kingdom and co-heirs with Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” – Julie Sunne

59.) “Dear Lord, today I offer you myself. Come breathe your life into my working day. Cause me to awake, to embrace the moment, and to go in Your name. Today, thank you that I can run without fear, serve with kindness, and walk with You in this great adventure.” – Unknown

60.) “Lord, help me not to lean on my own understanding, but in everything acknowledge You, so that You can direct my words, thoughts, and actions. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” – Sharon Glasgow

61.) “Lord, thank you for your abundant, abounding grace. Thank you that we don’t have to earn a drop of the mighty river of grace that flows freely for us today. Thank you for the unexpected, unmerited favor you’ve showered on my life. Help me put myself in the path of your love and grace. Help me not neglect the disciplines I need to meet with you regularly and to drink from the water of life. Thank you for your rich love. Amen.” – David Mathis

62.) “God, help me love the life I live right now. Show me the good things I often overlook and help me be content with what I have. Forgive me when I compare myself to others, forgive me for longing for things outside of you and your kingdom. Thank you for loving me right where I am, right as I am. Help me keep my eyes on you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” – Nicki Koziarz

63.) “Father, I need to hear from You. Today, I make the commitment to start having a daily quiet time. I will listen for Your voice above all of the other voices in my life. Lord, teach me how to center my life on You and help me obey what I hear You say. In Jesus’ name, amen.” – Mary Southerland

64.) “Dear Lord, I love You. All that I’ve expressed above is the desire of my heart. I confess that sometimes my actions and reactions betray my love for You. Please forgive me. Thank You for Your grace that is able to recognize this new day as a new chance to walk closer with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” – Lysa TerKeurst

65.) “Lord, I want to lay before you all that weighs heavy on my heart. Reveal even the sin I am not aware of, Lord. I lay these at your feet and pray for your forgiveness. I believe you when you say that you wash us whiter than snow. Thank you, Lord, for your unending love for me! Help me start fresh right now to make choices that honor you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” – Rick Warren

66.) “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” – 2 Cor. 9:8

67.) “God, please enlighten my mind with truth, inflame my heart with love, inspire my will with courage, enrich my life with service. Pardon what I have been, sanctify what I am, and order what I shall be. Amen” – Author Unknown

68.) “Dear Lord, help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in body and spirit each day with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance, and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” – Traci Miles

69.) “O God, perfect us in love, that we may conquer all selfishness and hatred of others. Fill our hearts with Thy joy, and shed abroad in them Thy peace which passeth understanding; that so those murmurings and disputings to which we are too prone may be overcome. Make us long-suffering and gentle, and thus subdue our hastiness and angry tempers, and grant that we may bring forth the blessed fruits of the Spirit, To Thy praise and glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Reverend Henry Alford

70.) “Dear Father in Heaven, so much in my life is broken. I have so many concerns and cares, and they weigh me down. While I desire to cast my cares upon You, I find I usually pick them back up again, and they only add more anxiety and stress. Please help me learn to cast my cares on You as I learn what it means to rest and trust in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” – Chrystal Evans Hurst

71.) “O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter your cheerful beams.” – St. Augustine of Hippo

Summary

Prayers are an excellent way to make your connection with God stronger. It is one of the best gifts to Christians through which they can conversate with their Lord and receive answers in ways we cannot comprehend.

This is a reminder to begin your day by spending a few moments in prayer with God. Adopting this habit will motivate you and give you the strength to overcome your hardships. Praying to God will help you understand your life’s purpose and allow you to seek his blessings. 

We hope you found this list of prayers resourceful and will incorporate them into your daily schedule.