It is not always easy to pray, even when we really want to. Even when we need it most. When we are stressed or anxious, prayer can be even more challenging.
So here are some “fill in the blank” prayers for you to try. Think of them as “prayer prompts” – you can fill in the blanks and personalize them with whatever is on your heart and mind today. Use the ones that speak to you, skip the ones that don’t.
Your prayers may change day by day or even moment by moment, so fill in the blanks as often as necessary.
Loving and holy God, thank you for your promise to be with us always. Today I am finding that very __________ to believe. Thank you for loving me just as I am.
Compassionate God, you meet us wherever we are.
Holy God, today I am feeling ______________.
I’m alone in my house and I feel ___________.
I’m usually alone in my house but now it’s full of people not in school or at work. That makes me feel _____________.
Creator God, thank you for the glory of this earth and the mystery and miracle of spring. Today when I look outside, I see you in ________________.
Generous God, thank you for the gift of music, art, and poetry that comfort my spirit. Thank you for artists of all kinds. Today I rejoice in this song/image/expression: ____________.
Thank you for the helpers in the world. Please bless first responders, doctors, nurses, and health care workers who are facing extra challenges. Give them strength and resilience. Today I especially pray for _______.
God of all people, across the globe, everyone is impacted by this virus, no matter their culture, language, sexual orientation, economic status, or beliefs. Surround all of us with your healing presence. Please bless _______.
Loving God, you care about our worries big and small. So many people are affected by workplace closing and loss of income. I lift up prayers for _____.
Even before the pandemic began, many already had concerns and worries. Help us not forget those who are mourning, sick, or struggling. God of compassion, I ask you especially to be with _________.
You told us to love our neighbors and to love ourselves. Knowing that you love me today and always, I lift up a prayer for myself. You who created me in your holy image and you call me your beloved child, I ask you to be with me. Please help me ________________.
And God who knows my heart, I add these prayers: _________.
To you be the honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.
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This is inspired! You always find new and meaningful ways to bring the best parts of religion into daily life. I’m especially touched by the prayer for artists. What would this homebound time of isolation and uncertainty be without great books, beautiful images, uplifting music, engaging movies, and clever cards and digital message? All made possible by creative folks we often take for granted (and in many cases “underreward”). Thanks Pastor Susie!
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