Kids' Prayer Sampler Chart

Kids' Prayer Sampler Chart

Children's Prayer Sampler
What prayers were you taught as a child? Find prayers and blessings
from many backgrounds on this chart.


Tradition Prayer(s)
African O God, You are on high with the great spirits.
You lift up the grassy hills
Above the earth, and create the rivers,
O Gracious One.

O God, Creator,
The One who is good to us,
Good day to you, God,
Good day.
I am learning, God;
Let me learn well.
Buddhist May all beings be happy
May all beings live in peace
May all beings be at ease
May all beings live in safety.
Catholic O Angel of God, my Guardian dear,
To whom God's love commits me here
Ever this day be at my side,
To light, to guard, to rule and guide.
Christian (nondenominational) Thank you for the world so sweet,
Thank you for the food we eat,
Thank you for the birds that sing,
Thank you God for everything.

Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray to God my soul to take.
If I should live for other days,
I pray the Lord to guide my ways.
Hindu We love God for
God teaches the birds
To sing lovely songs.
We love God for
God loves children and
Blesses them with intelligence and goodness.
Jewish Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One

Blessed art though, O Lord our God, ruler of the universe, who bringest forth this bread from the earth.
Muslim In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Praise be to God
The Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds;
Most Gracious, Most Merciful;
Master of the Day of Judgement
Thee do we worship,
And Thine aid we seek.

Say: He is God, the One and Only;
God, the Eternal, Absolute;
He begetteth not;
Nor is He begotten
And there is none
Like unto Him.
Native American Grandfather, Great Spirit you have been always,
And before you nothing has been.
There is no one to pray to but you.
The star nations all over the heavens are yours,
And yours are the grasses of the earth.
Grandfather, Great Spirit, fill us with the light.
Teach us to walk the soft earth as relatives to all that live.
Help us, for without you we are nothing.
Pagan Now I lay me down to bed
Great Spirit, bless my sleepy head
As I journey in my sleep
I know the Dragons, my soul will keep
Mother Earth and Father Sky
Watch over me here where I lie

Bless me, Maiden, Mother, Crone.
[Touching head and feet]
All between my hands and feet belongs to
the Goddess.
Russian Orthodox The soul that is not nourished by prayer
Is like a tree without soil.
Pray in the woods
Pray in the fields,
Pray when you dig ditches,
Pray in silence
So that no one can see you.
Taoist O Master of the Earth,
You live without growing old.
You cover everything like the sky.
Give me the joy of understanding You
As the earth and the sky understand You.
Unitarian Universalist From all that dwells below the skies
Let faith and hope with joy arise:
Let beauty, truth and good be sung
Though every land, by every tongue.