All-time​ best prayer

1. The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come, 
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our debts and we forgive
our debtors,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil,
for thine is the kingdom and the power
and the glory, forever. Amen. 

— Matthew 6:9-13

2. Make Me an Instrument of Your 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,
not so much to be understood as to understand,
not so much to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.

— St. Francis of Assisi

3. Twenty-Third Psalm 

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley 
of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff–they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

— Psalms 23: 1-6

4. Christ Be With Me 

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Christ.
May your salvation, Lord, be ever with us.

— St. Patrick

5. A Table Blessing 

God is great and God is Good, 
And we thank God for our food; 
By God’s hand we must be fed, 
Give us Lord, our daily bread. Amen. 

— Traditional

6. A Short Grace For Use Before Meals 

O Lord, bless this food to our use, 
and us to your service; 
make us grateful for all your mercies, 
and mindful of the needs of others. Amen. 

— with many variants, anonymous

7. The Prayer of Jabez

Jabez called out to the God of Israel, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me and keep me from harm, so that it will not hurt me.” And God granted what he asked.

1 Chronicles 4:10

8. Children’s Bedtime Prayer 

Now I lay me down to sleep, 
I pray the Lord my soul to keep: 
May God guard me through the night
And wake me with the morning light. 

— Traditional

9. The Jelly Bean Prayer

Red is for the blood He gave,
Green is for the grass He made,
Yellow is for the sun so bright,
Orange is for the edge of night.

Black is for the sins that were made
White is for the grace He gave,
Purple is for the hour of sorrow,
Pink is for the new tomorrow.

Give a bag full of jelly beans,
Colorful and sweet,
Tell them it’s a Prayer….
It’s a promise..
It’s an Easter Treat!

10. HailMary

Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.

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