I grew up in an evangelical tradition where prayers were rarely written but here is a written prayer by Francis of Assisi that is insightful:
Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God,
Grant us the desire to do only what pleases You,
and the strength to do only what You command.
Cleanse our souls,
enlighten our minds,
and inflame our hearts with Your Holy Spirit,
that we may follow in the footsteps of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
On some occasions I have prayed written prayers from the Bible. Here are some of them:
- Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. - Psalm 90:12 NIV
- Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. - Psalm 51:10 ESV
- Make Your ways known to me, LORD, teach me your paths. - Pslam 25:4 HCSB
What Bible verses and written prayers have you prayed?