20 Powerful Daily Prayers to Give Thanks and Ask for Strength

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Job stresses, family problems, marital strife — life can be difficult at times, and it's easy to lose track of ourselves and our priorities when things are especially tough. One way to calm us down, center ourselves again, and remind us all of God's greatest gifts is to recite one of these powerful daily prayers in the morning, afternoon, or evening.

Reflecting every day on healing devotionals and inspirational scripture verses not only strengthens our faith in God but also provides us with enduring courage and wisdom while navigating times of immense anxiety, stress, and worry. This list of short daily prayers is meant to be used for any time or day of the week. Whether you're seeking grace or patience, in need of a reminder of the Holy Spirit's presence, or simply want to give thanks for your blessings and the joy you feel, these daily prayers offer the encouragement and positivity you need whenever you have a moment of free time to pray.

Remember: God is always ready to listen. Start offering up a daily prayer to the Holy Spirit today, and begin to feel peace, goodness, and comfort knowing that He is ready to help uplift you.

Short, Powerful Prayer for Inspiration

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be 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.

— St. Augustine

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A Devotional for Christ's Strength

Holy Spirit, come into my heart; draw it to yourself by your power, O my God, and grant me charity to filial fear. Preserve me, O beautiful love, from every evil thought; warm me, inflame me with your dear love, and every pain will seem light to me. My Father, my sweet Lord, help me in all my actions. Jesus, love, Jesus, love.

— St. Catherine of Siena

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Daily Prayer of Appreciation

Dear Lord, thank you so much for another day of life on Earth. Thank you for another beautiful sunrise to enjoy. Thank you for the wonderful sounds of nature, from the cool breeze brushing through the trees to the birds singing melodies. You are a wonderful God, full of grace and mercy. I praise you for allowing me another day to spend with my family.

— Unknown

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Prayer for Grace Every Day

O my God, I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to His infinite merits; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of His Merciful Love. O my God, I ask of Thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in heaven for all Eternity.

— St. Thérèse of Lisieux

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Prayer for Stress and Anxiety

Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything. Whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone suffices. Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which He is to bless His people.

— St. Teresa of Ávila

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Simple, Short Prayer

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here, ever this day, be at my side, to light and guard, rule and guide.

— The Guardian Angel Prayer

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Prayer for Gratitude

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.

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Prayer for Serenity

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. 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. Amen.

— The Serenity Prayer, Reinhold Niebuhr

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Prayer to Affirm Your Hope in God

O My God, relying on Thy infinite goodness and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Thy grace and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.

— Act of Hope

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Prayer for Counsel

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 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 I have that 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 perils alone.

— Lead Me, Thomas Merton

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Prayer for Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your 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;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.

— The Prayer of St. Francis

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Prayer for Forgiveness

Our Father who is in heaven, uphold the holiness of your name. Bring in your kingdom so that your will is done on earth as it’s done in heaven. Give us the bread we need for today. Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you, just as we also forgive those who have wronged us. And don’t lead us into temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.

— The Lord's Prayer

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Prayer for Intention

God, I want to give you every minute of this year. I shall try to keep you in my mind every moment of my waking hours.

— Frank Laubach

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Prayer for Comfort

The LORD is my shepherd. I lack nothing. He lets me rest in grassy meadows; he leads me to restful waters; he keeps me alive. He guides me in proper paths for the sake of his good name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger because you are with me. Your rod and your staff — they protect me. You set a table for me right in front of my enemies. You bathe my head in oil; my cup is so full it spills over! Yes, goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the LORD’s house as long as I live.

— Psalms 23: 1-6

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Prayer for Mornings

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

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Prayer for Strength

Father in heaven, I stand before You today in Your omnipotent presence to ask that You grant me strength. I want You to give me the strength to power through all of the tasks today — whether little or big. It is by Your will that I live oh Lord. And I know it is also by Your will I will not go weak today. I will not go lazy nor will I will fail to do all things set before me because You strengthen me. Thank You for Your everlasting presence Lord and in Jesus’ name, I pray.

Amen.

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Seeking Better Opportunities

Lord,

I ask for your guidance today as I set out for better opportunities than yesterday. Do not let me stray from my path for You're my shepherd, oh Lord. Let Your staff prevent me from any error and let Your eyes watch over me and protect me from all danger. You're the only God and no matter is too big for You Lord. So, let flattened all issues that may plague my day.

Amen.

Anonymous

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Prayer for Strength to Endure

Lord,

I am weary and don’t know when this “race” will end in my life. I feel like I’ve been running forever, trying to outrun this trial. Help me to stop trying to outrun my pain but rather run with endurance the race you have set before me. I know that because of you I am ultimately a victor over the trials in my life. I know that nothing in this world can separate me from your steadfast love.

Please give me a measure of your love today; give me the strength to endure this trial. Thank you for your love for me that never ends! And thank you for the crown of joy that awaits me forever in your Kingdom!

Adrian Rogers

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Prayer for Direction

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

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Before Going to Work

God,

As I go to work today, let me work by Your words, oh Lord. I want You to be my Rock and my Fortress and protect from all challenges that I might face today. From going to my workplace to the work itself and even leaving it, Lord, guide my actions and allow me great success. Walk with my decisions, Father, so that I may reap the fruits of my labour. I exalt Your name for the performed miracles and in Jesus’ name, I pray.

Amen.

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