Our call in life is to love others and to give freely from our hearts what God has given to us. Here are 10 powerful prayers for generosity. Along with the prayers are printable images for you to use or share.
A Prayer for Generosity
My Righteous God, you created us, male and female, in your image. Because we are made in your image, we are made to reflect your giving and generous nature. Therefore, we ask that you mold us to better reflect this image. Shape our hearts, minds, and souls that we might learn to give as freely as you give. For you are a God who holds nothing back but lays down even your own life for us. Amen.
A Prayer for Kindness of Heart
Jesus, my Savior, you teach us that good fruit is produced from a good tree. Likewise, kindness flows not from a heart that is made of stone, but from a new heart that is given to us through your spirit. Lord, teach us to be kind in heart, so that love, grace, and charity flow forth like a river. Give us a generosity that reflects your own, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for Compassionate Generosity
Father of Compassion, generosity derives from compassion – a compassion that you have for the world. For how can we be generous if we have no compassion for those who are less fortunate than we? Lord, make our hearts compassionate towards others. Let us look upon the world and take pity on those who are in peril. Help us rise to the challenge that you set before all of us, that we might share your wondrous gifts of faith, hope, and eternal life with the world. Lord, have mercy and hear us. Amen.
A Prayer for Trust Within Charity
God, our Great Provider, you encouraged the rich young ruler to sell his possessions and give unto the poor if he were to come and follow you. He rejected you, and he went away disappointed, for he loved what he already had. Lord, teach our hearts to give freely without counting the cost. Let nothing in this world keep us from reflecting your generosity. Let us trust that when we are generous, you will ensure that our needs are taken care of, for you are our good shepherd. Amen.
A Prayer for Peaceful Giving
Lord, our Peace-Bringer, it is good to give. But merely giving does not mean we have peace about it. We may give, but if our hearts are troubled and we do not give in faith, then our works mean nothing. It is as if we are clanging a loud cymbal. Therefore, calm our troubled hearts so that we may give joyfully and in faith, without reservation. May this giving let our light shine before all, and bring all glory to your name. Amen.
A Prayer for Faithful Generosity
O Jehovah, my God, through your Son Jesus, you showed us what it meant to walk in faith. With this belief in You comes generosity, which is planted like a seed in all who are Christians. Lord, teach me to give in trust of Your word. Help me to believe in your promise of your coming kingdom. Help me to walk with conviction and with total devotion to you, doing nothing out of compulsion but letting generosity flow forth naturally from the new heart you have given me through the blood of the lamb. Amen.
Courage to Give Prayer
All-Powerful Father, it may seem easy for us to trust in you to provide. Often our spirit is willing to be generous, but our flesh clings to the material promises of this world. Therefore, we humbly come before your throne, seeking the courage to lay down our own prosperity and comfort for the sake of others. Help us to live as Gospel people, not swayed by the luxuries of the world, but animated by your spirit that we might become renewed in our minds by the washing of your word. Do this that we may become truly generous in your sight. Amen.
A Prayer for Lovingkindness
O God of Loving Devotion, in your ministry, you stressed the importance of kindness. You taught us about the generosity of the Good Samaritan, how he cared for the one who was robbed and left to die. You showed us how the Good Samaritan followed in your footsteps as he bound the man’s wounds and generously paid for his care and upkeep. Lord, teach us to be generous with the lovingkindness of the Good Samaritan. Help us to follow this template that you have laid out before us so that we might learn to be more generous like you. Amen.
A Prayer for Generous Self-Sacrifice
Blessed Lord Jesus, in all eternity you enjoyed perfect harmony with your Father. Yet, you did not see equality with the Father as something to be grasped, but instead, you emptied yourself and took the form of a servant. This you did not because you had to, but because of your tremendous love and generosity toward mankind. Therefore, I humbly stand before you to beg of your mercy. By your grace, mold and refine me until I can learn to live as humbly and as sacrificially as you have lived. Give me compassion and generosity that refuses to stand by idly, but give me a true zeal to see your name glorified so that all my doings in this life might bring honor to you. Amen.
A Prayer to be a More Kind Giver
Sovereign Lord, I want to learn to imitate you. I want to be able to walk away from the petty things that the world tempts me with. But alas, I find it difficult to break away from distractions. What I could use for generosity, I often use to entertain myself. Lord, help me see the needs that are always around me. Give me a more kind and gracious heart, that I might be of some use to those who are around me and so that I am not fixated upon my own desires. Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.