Essential Prayers

Here are some simple prayers to help get you started. Read the words, think about what you are saying & adapt them to suit your circumstances.

The Lord’s Prayer (traditional)

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 trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer (modern – currently used in the Church of England)

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours
Now and forever. Amen.

The Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women
And blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God,
Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Prayer of St Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
Where there is hatred, let me sow peace,
Where there is injury, let me sow pardon,
Where there is doubt, let me sow faith,
Where there is despair, let me give hope,
Where there is darkness, let me give light,
Where there is sadness, let me give joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may
Not try to be comforted, but comfort,
Not try to be understood but to understand,
Not try to be loved but to love.
Because it is in the giving that we receive
It is in the forgiving that we are forgiven
And it is in the dying that we are born to eternal life.

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God
To whom all hearts are open,
All desires known,
And from whom no secrets are hidden:
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
By the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
That we may perfectly love you,
And worthily magnify your holy name;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Grace – this can be used at the end of prayer.

The Grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all now and for evermore. Amen.

The Jesus Prayer:

'Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'

Prayer ideas to fit in with your daily life


O Lord, enable us this day to reveal your glory in all we think and say and do; that your presence may bless and strengthen us all the day long, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Lord, the smile of the dawn lights up the sky.
May the smile of your face, light up our day. Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God,
We thank you that you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day.
Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger,
Order us in all our doings
And guide us to do always what is righteous in your sight;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Jesus, be close to me and those I love through the twists and turns of today and be with me at the day’s end. Amen.

Travelling/On a journey

May our Lord Jesus Christ go before us to guide us;
Stand behind us to give us strength;
And watch over us to protect us as we travel. Amen.

In the name of God I go on this journey. May God the Father be with me, God the Son protect me, and God the Holy Ghost be by my side. Amen.

Lord, be our guide and our protector 
on the journey we are about to take.
Watch over us.
Protect us from accidents.
Keep us free from harm to body and soul.
Lord, support us with your grace when we are tired.
Help us be patient in any trouble which may come our way.
Keep us always mindful of your presence and love. Amen.

Dear Saint Christopher,
protect me today
in all my travels
along the road's way.
Give your warning sign
if danger is near
so that I may stop
while the path is clear.
Be at my window
and direct me through
when the vision blurs
From out of the blue.
Carry me safely
to my destined place,
like you carried Christ
in your close embrace.


For what we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly thankful. Amen.

O Lord, bless this food to our use and ourselves to your service and keep us ever mindful of the needs of others. Amen.

In a world where so many are hungry, we give thank you for food. In a world were so many are lonely, we thank you for each other. Amen.

At the end of the day

Save us, O Lord, while waking and guard us while sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ and when we sleep, we may rest in peace. Amen.

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
Watch and guard me through the night,
and wake me with the morning light.