The Bible is replete with prayers you can adapt for family prayer time. These bite-sized prayers are perfect for kids to memorize so they will always have a quick devotional prayer handy.
This article is adapted from 77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids.
The Bible is replete with prayers you can adapt for Family Prayer Time. The psalms are a rich source, of course, but there are prayers and canticles (songs) scattered throughout the Bible. You can either read these as part of your prayer time, or meditate on them through repetition or the method of Lectio Divina.
Even single lines of Scripture may be adapted to prayer. These bite-sized verses are perfect for children, who can memorize them so they will always have a quick devotional prayer handy (see Memorizing Prayers).
Biblical Prayers to Use with Kids
These verses are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition; you may find other translations (such as the New American Bible, Revised Edition) more to your liking.
“The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” (Exodus 34:6)
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3)
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. . . .” (Psalm 100)
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.” (Psalm 118:24)
“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1)
“I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart.” (Psalm 138:1)
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)
“Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!” (Psalm 150:6)
“Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord. . . .” (Daniel 3:26–45, Canticle of the Three Youths)
“I believe; help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24)
“Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)
“My soul magnifies the Lord. . . .” (Luke 1:46–55, Canticle of Mary)
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel. . . .” (Luke 1:68–79, Canticle of Zechariah)
“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace. . . .” (Luke 2:29–32, Canticle of Simeon)
“God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” (Luke 18:13)
“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” (Luke 23:42)
“Father, into your hands I commit My spirit.” (Luke 23:46)
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)