9 Prayer Poems

Be inspired and uplifted by these prayer poems. Find Christian poems of prayer and poems about prayer to reflect upon. Prayer is simply talking to God, communicating with our Father. We hope these poems inspire you to offer prayer and thanksgiving to the Lord.

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  1. The Prayer Of The People
    Poet: Thomas Hood

    There is a cry upon the earth,
    A cry of want and woe,
    It rises from our cities vast,
    From hamlets lone and low;
    Where roll our commerce-laden waves,
    Where fields of verdure spread,
    Ascends the still unanswered prayer
    Give us our daily bread.

    The voice of wasted youth is there
    Of childhood early chilled ;
    Of famine, ruined homes, and hopes
    Which time can ne'er rebuild ;
    Of age, upon whose downward way
    No genial lights are shed;
    All all are blended in the prayer
    Give us our daily bread.

    O! fair and fresh the early spring
    Her budding wreath displays,
    To all the wide earth promising
    The joy of harvest days ;
    Yet many a waste of wavy gold
    Hath bent above the dead ;
    Then let the living share it too
    Give us our daily bread.

    Of old a nation's cry shook down
    The sword-defying wall,
    And ours may reach the mercy-seat,
    Though not the lordly hall.
    God of the Corn! shall man restrain
    Thy blessings, freely shed?
    O! look upon the isles at last
    Give us our daily bread.



  2. Social Prayer
    Poet: Daniel C. Colesworthy

    Father, we meet, a little band,
    In Jesus's name to pray:
    The blessing of thy grace command,
    And turn us not away.

    We would be more like him we love,
    And less to sin inclined:
    Our best affections place above,
    And peace and pardon find.

    When Jesus deigns to be our guest,
    How sweet the moments fly!
    True love beams brightly in the breast,
    And all "see eye to eye."



  3. A Prayer
    Poet: Berton Braley

    Lord, let me live like a Regular Man,
    With Regular friends and true;
    Let me play the game on a Regular plan
    And play it that way all through ;
    Let me win or lose with a Regular smile
    And never be known to whine,
    For that is a "Regular Fellow's" style
    And I want to make it mine!

    Oh, give me a Regular chance in life,
    The same as the rest, I pray,
    And give me a Regular Girl for wife
    To help me along the way;
    Let us know the lot of humanity,
    Its regular woes and joys,
    And raise a Regular family
    Of Regular girls and boys!

    Let me live to a Regular good old age,
    With Regular snow-white hair,
    Having done my labor and earned my wage
    And played my game for fair;
    And so at last when the people scan
    My face on its peaceful bier,
    They'll say, "Well, he was a Regular Man!"
    And drop a Regular tear!



  4. A Prayer To The Father
    Poet: Theodore Parker

    Father, I will not ask for wealth or fame,
    Tho once they would have joyed my carnal sense;
    I shudder not to bear a hated name,
    Wanting all wealth, myself my sole defence.
    But give me, Lord, eyes to behold the truth;
    A seeing sense that knows the eternal right;
    A heart with pity filled, and gentlest ruth;
    A manly faith that makes all darkness light.
    Give me the power to labor for mankind ;
    Make me the mouth of such as cannot speak;
    Eyes let me be to groping men and blind;
    A conscience to the base; and to the weak
    Let me be hands and feet; and to the foolish, mind;
    And lead still further on such as Thy kingdom seek.



  5. A Child's Prayer
    Poet: M. Betham Edward

    God make my life a little light,
    Within the world to glow
    A tiny flame that burneth bright,
    Wherever I may go.

    God make my life a little flower,
    That bringeth joy to all,
    Content to bloom in native bower,
    Although its place be small.

    God make my life a little song,
    That comforteth the sad,
    That helpeth others to be strong,
    And makes the singer glad.



  6. God's Will Be Done
    Poet: Charlotte Elliott

    My God, my Father, while I stray
    Far from my home, on life's rough way,
    O teach me from my heart to say,
    "Thy will be done!"

    Though dark my path, and sad my lot,
    Let me "be still," and murmur not;
    O breathe the prayer divinely taught,
    "Thy will be done!"

    What though in lonely grief I sigh
    For friends beloved, no longer nigh,
    Submissive still would I reply
    "Thy will be done!"

    Though thou hast called me to resign
    What most I prized, it ne'er was mine;
    I have but yielded what was thine;
    "Thy will be done!"

    Should grief or sickness waste away
    My life in premature decay;
    My Father! still I strive to say,
    "Thy will be done!"

    Let but my fainting heart be blest
    With thy sweet Spirit for its guest;
    My God! to thee I leave the rest:
    "Thy will be done!"

    Renew my will from day to day!
    Blend it with thine; and take away
    All that now makes it hard to say,
    "Thy will be done!"

    Then, when on earth I breathe no more
    The prayer oft mixed with tears before,
    I'll sing upon a happier shore:
    "Thy will be done!"



  7. An Every-Day Prayer
    Poet: Lucy P. Scott

    Dear Father help me to be good.
    Help me to want to try.
    Help me to tell the truth, it's hard
    Never to tell a lie.

    Help me to say the kindest things,
    To brave and honest be.
    To help in every way I can
    All those who so love me.

    Teach me to love my friends enough
    Unselfishness to learn,
    And when things are too hard to bear.
    Always to You to turn.
    Amen.



  8. This poem would be a wonderful poem to pray each morning to help us to be a better person each day, doing all that we can to make this world a better place. It needs all the help it can get but what better way to help it by speading God's love in us to the world all around us.

  9. Morning Prayer
    Poet: Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    Let me to-day do something that shall take
    A little sadness from the world's vast store,
    And may I be so favored as to make
    Of joy's too scanty sum a little more.

    Let me not hurt, by any selfish deed
    Or thoughtless word, the heart of foe or friend;
    Nor would I pass, unseeing, worthy need.
    Or sin by silence when I should defend.

    However meager be my worldly wealth
    Let me give something that shall aid my kind,
    A word of courage, or a thought of health,
    Dropped as I pass for troubled hearts to find.

    Let me to-night look back across the span
    'Twixt dawn and dark, and to my conscience say
    Because of some good act to beast or man
    "The world is better that I lived to-day."



  10. How Prayer Is Answered
    Poet: Bessie Shaffer

    I asked the Lord that I might grow
    In faith, and love and every grace,
    Might more of His salvation know
    And seek more earnestly His face.

    'Twas He who taught me thus to pray,
    And He, I trust, has answered prayer;
    But it has been in such a way
    As almost drove me to despair.

    I hoped that in some favored hour
    At once He'd answer my request;
    And by His love's constraining power
    Subdue my will and give me rest.

    In stead of this. He made me feel
    The hidden evils of my heart;
    And let the angry powers of hell
    Assault my soul in every part.

    Yea, more, with His own hand He seemed
    Intent to aggravate 'my woe;
    Crossed all the fair designs I schemed;
    Blasted my gourd, and laid me low.

    Lord, why is this? I, trembling, cried,
    Wilt Thou pursue Thy worm to death?
    '"Tis in this way," the Lord replied,
    "I answered prayer for grace and faith.

    "These inward trials I employ,
    From self and pride to set thee free;
    And blast the schemes of earthly joy.
    That thou may'st seek thy all in Me."

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