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Prayers for Families

Here are some of our favorite family prayers to bless your loved ones, strengthen your relationships and nurture your family’s faith.

Here are some of our favorite family prayers to bless your loved ones, strengthen your relationships and nurture your family’s faith.

Plan for a better, more spiritual year for you and your family with the new Daily Guideposts.

Prayers for Families

1 of 8/ Prayer for Your Children

Almighty God, heavenly Father,
You have blessed us with the joy and care of children:
Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up,
that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good,
following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

—The Book of Common Prayer

Prayer for a Happy Marriage

2 of 8/ Prayer for a Happy Marriage

Heavenly Father, thank You for my marriage.
Please help my spouse and I grow together.
Deepen our bonds as we face life’s challenges.
Harmonize our misunderstandings and show us the good in one another.
Guide our hearts to see our marriage as a precious gift;
a reflection of Your love;
that should be handled with care
May our relationship flourish in Your loving hands.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer for Relationships

3 of 8/ Prayer for Relationships

Heavenly Father,
I confess my heart is not always tender and kind to those in my life.
I ask You to give me as a gift,
Your tenderness,
Your kindness and generosity of spirit.
Give me patience and understanding
to bear disagreements and generosity to share my joys.
Open my heart with Your understanding
and help me bring comfort to those around me.

House Blessing

4 of 8/ House Blessing

God bless the corners of this house,
And be the lintel blest;
And bless the hearth and bless the board
And bless each place of rest;
And bless each door that opens wide
To stranger as to kin;
And bless each crystal window pane
That lets the starlight in;
And bless the rooftree overhead
And every sturdy wall,
The peace of man, the peace of God,
The peace of love on all.

—Arthur Guiterman



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A Parent’s Prayer

5 of 8/ A Parent’s Prayer

Thank You for my children Lord;
I know they are a gift from You.
Give me the strength and wisdom,
to guide them on the right path.
Help me to be an example of Your love and kindness.
Thank You, father, for blessing me
with the honor of being a parent.

When You are Far Away from Home

6 of 8/ When You are Far Away from Home

I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go. Genesis 28:15

Dear Lord,
I am far from home and I miss everyone and everything.
I think about my children and wish I could tuck them in at night.
I miss my spouse, my family and our special times.
I miss all the little things I usually take for granted.
Help this time pass quickly.
Bless those I love.
Help them know they are always in my thoughts and prayers.
And bring me home safely. Amen.

—Norman Vincent Peale

When a Loved One Is Ill

7 of 8/ When a Loved One Is Ill

With God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26

God, my loved one is ill.
I ask for Your healing power to come upon them.
You give us life and You have the power to renew life.
I believe in Your power to heal.
Open my loved one to whatever form Your healing power takes.
And help me remember that,
no matter what happens,
You are the same yesterday,
today and forever.
You are always with us. Amen.

—Norman Vincent Peale

Teach Us to Love

8 of 8/ Teach Us to Love

O God, perfect us in love,
That we may conquer all selfishness and hatred of others;
Fill our hearts with Thy joy,
And shed abroad in them Thy peace which passeth understanding;
That so those murmurings and disputings
To which we are too prone may be overcome.
Make us long-suffering and gentle,
And thus subdue our hastiness and angry tempers,
And grant that we may bring forth the blessed fruits of the Spirit,
To Thy praise and glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

—Reverend Henry Alford (1810-1871)

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