Historic and Famous Prayers Used to Connect with God
Whether it’s a prayer for healing, prosperity, wellness or forgiveness, your connection with God is important. While prayers don’t always need a set script, there are many prayers used by Christians of all denominations to connect with God.
Some of these prayers come from the very early ages of Christianity, others have been developed in the last few generations.
Christians looking for help with their prayers who are looking for the right words to connect with God can turn to a large number of famous prayers.
The Serenity Prayer
The Serenity Prayer was written by Reinhold Niebuhr, an American theologian and commentator on political affairs. He was one of the leading intellectuals in the United States during the 20th Century, and he even received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964.
The prayer was written for a sermon that took place in the Heath Evangelical Union Church, in Massachusetts. It was used in sermons in the church from 1934, but in 1951 it was published in a magazine. Since then, the Serenity Prayer has been popular with Christians of many denominations.
The most commonly known form of the prayer is as follows:
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.”
There are other versions of this prayer, including a popular variation that has been used since 1951. It reads as follows:
“God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
The Lord’s Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer is arguably the most popular prayer in the world. It is found in many versions of the Bible.
A popular 1928 version of the prayer, which is used by Catholics and Protestants, reads as follows:
“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.”
This is a translation taken from the Prayer Book of the Episcopal Church of the United States.
The prayer itself comes straight from the New Testament—in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4. Jesus used these words to teach followers how to pray.
Moses’ Intercession for Israel
Before an angry God, Moses prayed for a sinful Israel. This prayer, according to the Bible, saw Moses successfully appeal for mercy. While it is not used in churches to worship God, it is one of the important prayers to be aware of, as it shows the real power of prayer.
In Exodus 32:11, Moses said:
“O Lord, why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand?”
In Exodus 32:11a, Moses said to God:
“Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth?’”
No matter the occasion, these prayers are not only popular, but useful in times of strife and distress.