I found this short morning prayer today – “Now I wake and see the light” and although I have never spoken the words before, it prompted me to write it down as well as to record the other short prayers we said during our childhood days in Jamaica.
1) Short Morning Prayers:
Now I wake and see the light
God has kept us through the night.
Make us good, oh Lord, I pray
Keep and guide us through this day.
Thank you for waking me this morning,
Thank you for giving me today.
Thank you, for ev’ry new day dawning
I’ll be thanking you.
2) Short Bedtime Prayers:
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray thee, Lord, my soul to keep,
If I should die before I wake,
I pray thee Lord my soul to take.
If I should live for other days,
I pray the Lord to guide my ways.
In my little bed, I lie.
Heavenly Father hear my cry.
Lord protect me through this night
And keep me safe ’til morning light.
3) A Short Prayer Spoken At The Start Of A School Day:
Father, we thank thee for the night,
And for the pleasant morning light.
For rest and food and loving care,
And all that makes the world so fair.
Help us to do the thing we should,
To be to others kind and good,
In all we do, at work or play
To grow more loving every day.
4) A Song And The Short Prayers Spoken At The End Of A School Day:
Now the day is over,
Night is drawing nigh,
Shadows of the evening
Steal across the sky.
Glory to the Father,
Glory to the Son,
And to Thee, blest Spirit,
While all ages run.
Enlighten our darkness,
We beseech thee, O Lord;
And by thy great mercy
Defend us from all perils and dangers of this night;
For the love of thy only Son,
Our Savior Jesus Christ.
School is over for today,
We’ve done our work and done our play.
Before we go we have to say,
Thank you Heavenly Father for one more day.
Go home with us Lord Jesus,
A place is there for you;
Our home will be much brighter
If you are with us too.
5) Short Prayers Spoken Before Meals:
For health and strength
And daily food,
We praise thy name, O Lord.
God is good. God is great.
Let us thank him for our food.
By His hands, we all are fed,
Give us Lord our Daily Bread.
Bless us, Oh Lord, and these thy gifts
Which we are about to receive from thy bounty,
Through Christ, Our Lord.
In Jesus’ name, we sit an eat,
May God now bless the food we eat.
Thank you, Lord, for the food we are about to receive,
For the nourishment of our bodies,
For Christ’s sake,
We thank you, God, for this our food,
For life and health and every good.
Let manna to our souls be given,
The bread of life sent down from heaven.
6) Short Prayers Spoken After Meals:
Thank you for the world so sweet;
Thank you for the food we eat,
Thank you for the birds that sing;
Thank you Lord for everything.
Thank you God for food so good,
And help us do the things we should.
Help us with our work and play,
And everything we do and say.
If you said others short prayers while growing up in Jamaica, please share them in the comment section below.