This post is all about short prayers for children
Here is my personal collection of 38 short prayers for children!
I’ve written these prayers with so much love for my children, and I’m honored to share this with you.
The short prayers have themes like morning prayer, pet prayer, and parent prayer. I’m confident your child will find something that speaks directly to them here.
Whether they’re praying before bedtime, asking for strength to get through the day, or thanking God for blessings in their lives, these simple prayers offer solace, comfort, and guidance.
So let’s explore some of the ways our little ones can talk to God right now!
Ready? Let’s begin!
Why do families use short prayers for children?
Praying is an integral part of the Christian life, and these short prayers are designed to help young children connect with their faith.
Now here’s the thing…children can sometimes feel overwhelmed by longer traditional prayers, so this selection offers them a way to express themselves in a language that is both age-appropriate and meaningful. They can do this as they build their own faith and words. With time, the children will have more confidence to pray using their own words spontaneously.
38 Awesome Short Prayers for Children to Say!
All these prayers have been written by me 😊…but I’ve included 3 in italics that are super popular.
Before I provide the prayers, let me share three Bible verses about children:
Psalm 127:3-5, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”
Ephesians 6:4 says, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Ok great, here are the prayers:
1. Morning Prayer
Dear God, Thank you for this new day. Please help me to make the most of it and live in peace and harmony with those around me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
2. Bedtime Prayer
Dear God, thank You for watching over me today and keeping me safe all day. Let Your love surround me as I sleep and give me sweet dreams tonight. Amen.
Here is a popular one:
“Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep;
His Love to guard me through the night,
And wake me in the morning’s light, amen.“
Credit- Earliest original version by Sir George Wheler 1698 & Revised by Grace Bridges 1932
3. Family Prayer
Dear Father, thank You for all my family members who bring joy and love into my life every day. Please bless us all with peace, love, and happiness now and always. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
4. Prayer for Parents
Dear Lord, please bless my parents with patience, understanding, strength, and joy as they care for our family each day. Help us show them love and gratitude and bring us closer together through You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
5. Grandparents Prayer
Loving God, thank you for my grandparents. Please watch over them and keep them safe, healthy, and blessed with love. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.
6. Friendship Prayer
Dear God, please bless all my friends with Your love so that we may remain kind and helpful. In Jesus name, Amen.
7. Siblings Prayer
Dear Lord, please bring peace and understanding between all my siblings so that we may always remain close and loving towards each other. Let Your light of guidance show us the way. In Jesus mighty name, Amen.
8. Prayer for Pets
Dear Lord, thank You for the special blessing of my beloved pet(s). Protect them from harm and grant us many years together in love and joy. In Jesus name, Amen.
9. Kindergarten Prayer
Gracious God, I thank You for my kindergarten. Help me in class and give me the strength to learn new things and make many friends along the way! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
10. School Prayer
Loving Lord, please bless all the children at school today and help them learn, explore and grow. Let Your light of knowledge fill their minds so that they can become the best people they can be in life. In Jesus name, Amen.
11. Healing Prayer
Almighty God, please bring healing to those who are sick or suffering at this time, near and far away from me. Let Your light of health shine on them and bring peace to their hearts during this difficult time. I pray this in the name of Jesus- Amen!
12. Nature Prayer
Gracious Lord, thank You for the beauty of nature which surrounds me every day. I am so grateful for Your generous gifts of trees, oceans, stars, and animals that bring joy to my heart and peace to my soul. Thank you for creating this beautiful world. In Jesus name, Amen.
13. Prayer for Protection
Lord, I ask You to protect me and my family. Thank you for sending your angels to watch over us. Keep us safe in Your loving arms forevermore. Amen.
14. Gratitude Prayer
Almighty God, thank You for all the wonderful gifts You have given me, including my family, friends, health, and life itself. I am so grateful for all these blessings every day of my life. Amen.
Here is another popular one:
“Thank you, God, for the world so sweet,
Thank you, God, for the food we eat,
Thank you, God, for the birds that sing,
Thank you, God, for everything!”
15. Peaceful World Prayer
Dear Father, please bring peace to this world. Let Your love fill the hearts of all people on Earth so that we can always learn to live in harmony with each other. In Jesus name, Amen.
16. Prayer for Strength
Almighty God, I humbly ask You to fill me with strength and courage as I face each day. Please help me to stay positive and focused on the good things in life, no matter what challenges come my way. in Jesus name- Amen.
17. Joyful Life Prayer
Dear God, thank you for all the blessings You have given me in this life, including friends who are like family to me, a place to call home. Thank you for showers of blessing to help me grow and flourish. Please help me to live each day with joy in my heart. In Jesus name, Amen.
18. Prayer for Guidance
Heavenly Father, please guide and direct me on the right path as I make decisions in life which impact both myself and those around me. Help me to listen to Your voice of wisdom and trust You with all my heart. In Jesus name, Amen.
19. Miracle Prayer
Dear God, thank You for all the miracles You have worked in my life so far, big and small. I pray for one more miracle today – for a special blessing that will bring joy to my heart and peace to my soul. In Jesus name, Amen.
20. Compassion Prayer
Almighty God, please give me the strength to show compassion towards others no matter how difficult it may sometimes be. Help me to reach out with love and understanding always. In Jesus name, Amen.
21. Travel Prayer
Dear Lord, please protect me on my journey and keep me safe. Let Your love surround me wherever I go so I can find peace in my heart. In Jesus name, Amen.
22. Confidence Prayer
Lord, please give me courage to believe in myself and the strength to face any challenge or difficulty that comes my way. Help me to be confident in who I am and be true to myself at all times. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
23. Peace Prayer
Gracious Lord, fill my heart with peace so that I can stay calm no matter what storms come my way in life. Let Your peaceful presence touch every part of me so that I remain centered and grounded through it all. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
24. Courage Prayer
Mighty God, give me courage when I feel afraid and let Your love shine upon me when I am feeling lost or alone. Grant me the strength to stand up for what is right and true, no matter how difficult it may be. In Jesus name, Amen.
25. Guidance Prayer
Loving Father, please guide my steps today so that I can stay on the path of wisdom and knowledge. May Your light of understanding show me the way through all my choices and decisions in life. In the precious name of Jesus I pray- Amen.
26. Patience Prayer
Dear Lord, help me to have patience when things don’t go as planned or when someone upsets me. Fill my heart with peace so that I can have patience. In the precious name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
27. Wisdom Prayer
Almighty God, give me wisdom so that I can make wise and good decisions in life. May Your guiding hand show me the way to make wise choices at all times and help me to stay humble in the process. In Jesus name, Amen.
28. Graces Prayer
Gracious Lord, Thank you for your grace that is enough for me. I thank You for the many graces which You have put upon my life – big and small. In Jesus name, Amen.
29. Provision Prayer
Dear God, Thank you so much for providing food, friends and everything I need. Thank You for Your abundant supply! Please provide for those in need too. I love you Lord. Amen.
30. Forgiveness Prayer
Loving Father, please fill my heart with forgiveness so that I can forgive. Fill my heart with kindness and love. In Jesus’ name- Amen.
31. Blessing Prayer
Dear Lord, please bless all those around me – friends, family, pets, teachers, firemen- with health and happiness today and always. May your love shower down upon them from above! In the precious name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
32. Summertime Prayer
Gracious God, I thank You for the sun and the warmth of summer. Please help me to enjoy my time outside and all the fun stuff that this season brings. In the precious name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
33. Teacher Prayer
Dear Lord, please bless all my teachers with Your guiding wisdom so that they can teach us. May You grant them the strength to lead us along our class! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
34. Food Blessing Prayer
Dear Lord, please bless all the food prepared today with Your loving grace and nourishment so that everyone may be filled with joy, strength, and health through it. In Jesus name, Amen.
Here is another popular one:
God is Great, God is Good;
Let us thank Him for our food.
By His hands, we all are fed,
Give us, Lord, our Daily Bread.
35. Kindness Prayer
Almighty God, fill my heart with kindness so that I can spread love wherever I go in life – both in big and small ways! May Your guiding presence show me how always to be a blessing to others. In Jesus’ name- Amen.
36. Country Blessing Prayer
Almighty God, I thank You for the wonderful country of _____ that I call home. Help the leaders when they work. Please bless this place with Your love and protection so that all its people may live a life of joy and peace. In Jesus name, Amen.
37. A General Poetic Prayer for Children
Heavenly Father, You are so sweet,
Your grace and love for us are so complete.
Your blessings of compassion fill our souls,
Every moment with You leaves us feeling whole.
Please guide us through everything we face,
Let Your light shine down in every place.
Be our shield and protector every night and day,
In You, Lord, we put our trust, and may we never stray.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
38. A General Poetic Prayer for Children
Dear Lord, You are all-knowing and wise,
Your greatness is seen even in the sunrise.
You are kind and full of love
We thank you, Lord- who is up above!
Oh Lord, Your mercy and grace forever flows,
Giving us strength to take each step we go.
We thank you for your loving embrace,
And look to you as our Creator and King of Grace.
Bless every moment that we spend today,
That each of us may find peace along the way.
Help us show kindness at home or school,
As we seek your guidance and follow the golden rule.
Your mercy and grace ever fill no less,
As we look to You as our loving Father and Bless.
We are humbled by Your love and power,
For you are with us in each passing hour. Amen!
And that’s it, folks, short prayers for children
I hope these short prayers for children have encouraged your little ones to talk to God in their own language.
Additionally, you can use verses from the Bible, such as Psalm 23, as great memory verses and prayers.
May your children learn to trust in God’s love with each passing day!
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