This article will list prayers for specific situations (ongoing of course). In general, there are 5 basic types of prayers in most Christian faiths. Even other religions and faiths have the same or similar types of prayers, simply because they are common themes for any type of prayer.
Supplication means to ask or petition. Asking God for things we want is one of the most common forms of prayer. However, if the entirety of our communion with God consists of asking Him for something, we’ll live very shallow, self-centered Christian lives. Supplication should be present in our prayer lives, but should not consume the totality of our prayer lives.
Thanksgiving is a grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favor. Spend time in prayer acknowledging the good gifts God has given you, the grace and mercy He’s extended to you, and the love He’s shown towards you. Call out by name the things you are thankful to Him for.
To adore is to give reverent homage – to gaze upon the beauty of a thing. A prayer of adoration is one in which we acknowledge and proclaim the reality of who God is. Adoration is the natural response to viewing God rightly.
Confession is an acknowledgment and disclosure of sin. It’s not enough to acknowledge the fact that you’ve sinned. God already knows everything you’ve done before you even acknowledge it yourself. However, there is a liberating power in verbally disclosing your sins before the Lord.
Intercession is an intervening or pleading on behalf of another person. Or more simply, praying for someone else. Spend time in prayer thinking about others who you could pray for – especially those who likely are not praying for themselves.
Guardian Angel Prayer
O’ Angel of God,
my Guardian dear,
to whom God’s love,
commits me here;
Ever this day,
be at my side,
to light and guard,
to rule and guide.
Prayer for Strength for a Friend
(prayer for someone who is going through a hard time)
God be surrounding you, his peace be yours, Amidst this great storm, you’re safe in his arms. God be above you, his lighthouse will shine, Rays of pure kingdom light gently down. God be behind you, with waves that will cleanse, Sweeping away hurt to new life again. God be beneath you, your bare feet will tread Upon the softest grace sand wherever you’re led. God be beside you, you walk hand in hand, Filling your mind with new colors and plans. God be within you, restoring your soul, With breezes of healing and eternities gold. Amen.
Prayer for my Pet
In Your infinite wisdom, Lord God,
when You created the universe You
blessed us with living creatures.
We especially that You for giving
us our pets, who are our friends
and who bring us so much joy in
life. Their presence very often helps
us get through trying times. Please
bless my pet. May my pet continue
giving me joy and remind me of
May we realize that as our pets
trust us to take care of them, so we
should trust You to take care of us,
and in taking care of them we share
in your love for all Your creatures.
Enlighten our minds to preserve
all endangered species so that we
may continue to appreciate all
of Your creation. Grant this through
Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Pet that passed away
Almighty God, I was fortunate to receive the gift of [pet’s name] from You. Now that [he/she] has left this life, please help me cope with my loss with strength and courage. I know that my beloved companion no longer suffers and will live on in many fond memories. May they be treated with care and respect. As [he/she] has enriched my life, I pray that I may enrich the lives of others. Amen.
Prayers for a Sick Pet
God of healing, please comfort and strengthen [pet’s name] during his/her illness. Ease his/her fear and pain and guide the vet and all caring for him/her, that he/she may recover fully. Comfort us, too, God, that we may better care for [name of pet] and make decisions that are best for him/her. Amen.
May God, who heals the sick, defends the vulnerable, cares for the poor, and liberates all creation from suffering and injustice, bring us all to that peaceable kingdom when all creatures shall live in harmony and all suffering shall be transformed into joy. Amen.