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The Top Ten Prayers of All Time

My selections include all time favorite and familiar prayers like the Lord's Prayer, the Serenity Prayer, and the Prayer of St. Francis, along with the contemporary, and very popular prayer of Jabez and the Jelly Bean Prayer. Here you will find prayers for healing, prayers for use at mealtime and bedtime. While I have no scientific measure of how "popular" a prayer might be, nor is popularity to be equated with quality, there is something about the following prayers that make them surely among the world's most favorite.

The Lord's Prayer

Twenty-Third Psalm

Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace

The Irish Blessing

A Short Grace For Use Before Meals

Christ Be With Me

A Table Blessing

Children's Bedtime Prayer

The Jesus Prayer


And, I'd want to add that prayer which is probably used more than any of these, or any of the ones you think I should have mentioned, but didn't.

Namely ...

And, there are two additional prayers that might be included on this list. Both are among the most popular prayers today, but I'm not so sure about their holding power:

The Prayer of Jabez

The Jelly Bean Prayer

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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and author of Faith, Science and the Future, published in 1994 by CrossCurrents Press. He is also the author of God and Science (John Knox / Westminster, 1986) which he is now rewriting to incorporate more recent developments in the conversation taking place between scientists and theologians. He has also written widely for such publications as The New York Times, The Nation, Commonweal, The Christian Century and others.

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