Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


A Graduation Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“God, today is like any other. The sun rises. The winds blow. Rain falls. Rain does not fall. People are born. They laugh. They cry. They dance. They die. Today “chronos” time is as it has been since You gave it beginning, and will be as it is until you bring things to an end. Today is like any other.

Today is also fresh and new, and like no other day. Today is a “kairos” moment of opportunity that has come and will pass in a moment. Today is a passage from one epoch to another. Today is a gift from you. Grant grace to see it and seize it.

Today is a graduation, a passage, a completion, an inauguration. Today we pray for all those who have met the challenge and kept the faith to the commitments of their studies. Now they have a new “kairos” before them. We first offer thanks for the success of their journey. We thank for you granting them focus and direction and then strength and endurance. You created the knowledge and understanding they have mastered. You have created the curiosity and capacity determination that led them in pursuit. All these good things came from you. Thank you.

Today we also pray for tomorrow. This graduation opens another door to another time. As you have led in the past, lead now into the future. Give them focus and clarity and a calling from you to understand their purpose and the courage to respond and step toward that purpose.

We pray in the words of scripture: “Bless them indeed. Expand their territory. Let your hand be with them. Keep them evil, that they will not cause or experience pain.”

In Jesus, we bless our graduations…”



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Kelly Rightmire

    I hope you don’t mind, as I liked this so much I used part of it in my graduation prayer.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sandra

    I was hoping to find the author of this graduation prayer because I am using this at our graduation service. I will cite Mr Mark Herringshaw since he posted this. I hope you don’t mind. Of all the ones I read online, this was definitely the best.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Merry

    I think there is a missing word in the next to the last sentence – shouldn’t it be “keep them FROM evil”? Otherwise very nice prayer!

  • http://kansasbob.com/ KC Bob

    Loved this prayer. Posted it on the Daily Prayer blog with a link back here. Blessings to you! -Bob

    • MarkandJill

      Thank you, Bob! God’s best blessings to you!

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