Easter is a time to celebrate new beginnings, hope, and redemption. It’s a time when Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s a time for reflection and faith, and for thanking God for salvation.
If you’re looking for prayers to help you celebrate Easter, here are 18 powerful Easter prayers to get you started. Whether you’re celebrating at church or at home with your family, these prayers will help you reflect on the meaning of Easter and what it means for your faith. Happy Easter!
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What is the Easter Message?
At the core of Easter is the message of Salvation, that is pointed to throughout the Bible. From the fall of man, God put into motion a redemption story like none-other, and the core of that message is that God sent his son to Earth, in the form of a man. To walk amongst us, and live a sinless life (because he is God and cannot sin). To be the living sacrifice that would atone for the sins of the world.
For him to die and then rise again, overcoming death and sin, and giving us the gift of salvation and everlasting life. It Christmas is the beginning of the chapter of salvation, then the Easter message is the triumphant finale!
As we prepare our hearts to pray during this time of year, whether you participate in Lenten ceremonies or you are just intentional about dedicating your mind to meditating on the solemnity of the time, starting your prayers from this place of triumphant reverence is a fantastic place to start.
Prayer Points for Easter
As you are preparing your mind and heart to pray during the resurrection season, here are a few prayer points for Easter to guide your prayers:
- Give thanks for the gift of salvation
- Praise God for the Good news
- Pray for those who do not know God
- Pray for those who have not given their hearts to the Lord
- Praise God for his faithfulness towards us
- Praise God for Victory over death
- Confess your sins
- Ask for forgiveness
- Pray for a clean heart
- Pray for wisdom to do God’s will
- Worship God for his righteousness
These are just a few prayer points that can inspire you as you speak to the Lord in Prayer. Remember that prayer is a conversation, and he is a loving father!
Read also: Hearing the Voice of God
18 Powerful Easter Prayers
Prayer is one of the most powerful gifts we have as Christians, and one of the beautiful blessings of Easter is that in dying on the cross and becoming the sacrifice for us, we were given direct access to God through prayer. Let’s celebrate that access by praying through these Easter Prayers.
Short Easter prayers
These Easter prayers and poems can inspire us to give thanks and Worship the Lord all the more during this time.
Read this Verse: “For He has not despised or detested the torment of the afflicted. He did not hide His face from him but listened when he cried to Him for help.” Psalm 22:23-24 (HCSB)
Pray this Prayer: “My God, my God, why have your forsaken me?” I feel your cry, Lord Jesus. Yet even in your torment you recalled the goodness of the Father, the full Psalm, that he’s never left us on our own. Thank you for making the way for me to have full relationship with you and sending your Spirit to live within me.
Prayer Written by Leah Lesesne
Read this Verse: “Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” – Romans 8:34
Pray this Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your son, Jesus Christ to die for me. Thank you for defeating the grave and giving me hope beyond this life. You paid the ultimate price and sits at the right hand of God interceeding on my behalf. As I celebrate your death, burial and ressurection help me to focus on the precious gift you have given and renew my faith in you. In Jesus name, amen.
Prayer Written by Keneesha Liddie
Read this Verse: He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Philippians 2:8 (NLT)
Pray this Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your great love for us. I pray that I will never forget nor take advantage of the sacrifice that needed to happen in order for my sins to be forgiven. May I continually die to myself as Your Son Jesus died to himself so that others may experience new life. May I choose to daily take up my cross to be obedient to You as Jesus was obedient unto death. May my life be a pleasing aroma to You and to others so that they may know who the Living God is this Easter and all the days of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer Written by Jackie Newton
Read this Verse: I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:10-11
Pray this Prayer: Lord Jesus, I pray that I may get to know you deeper this Easter season. Let my suffering be united with your suffering. Help me to become more like you, Jesus and to focus on the hope of the resurrection, especially when all else seems hopeless.
Prayer Written by Maribeth Ditmars
Easter prayers for dinner
Pray these prayers as you prepare for Easter dinner with family and friends.
Read this Verse: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you (1 Peter 1:3-4, NIV).
Pray this Prayer: Father, We know that all good gifts come from you and we thank you for the blessings of family, friends and this food. And we can’t thank you enough for sending your Son to die for our sins. The Lord Jesus is risen! We’re on our way to Heaven because of our faith in him. We can’t praise you enough for how good you are to us! In Jesus name, amen.
Prayer Written by Patti Burkett
Read this Verse: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”2 Corinthians 5:17
Pray this Prayer: The resurrection is a symbol of hope, new beginnings, and redemption. Thank you for your promise of a new beginning, God. May we live our lives in anticipation of the glory that awaits us in heaven. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Read this Verse: “As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. ‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.'” Mark 16:5-6
Pray this Prayer: Thank you for your guidance, Lord. Easter is a time to reflect on the meaning of the resurrection and what it means for our faith. May we come to know you more intimately as we journey through this holy season. We praise you for the blessing of everlasting life and freedom from sin. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to fellowship with one another during this time. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Family easter prayers
One Easter Family tradition can be to pray together as a family throughout the lenten season. These prayers can be used to guide family easter prayer time.
Read this Verse: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NIV
Pray this Prayer: Dear God, thank you that you love us so much that you sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. We ask that you will help us to never forget this great love and to live like we are grateful. God, help us to demonstrate your love to others so that they might see you through us. Give us the words to tell them of your sacrifice and how you died for sinners to be saved. We praise you Jesus for your death, burial, and resurrection. Amen.
Read this Verse: And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. Matthew 27:51
Pray this Prayer: God, thank you for this gift of life! Thank you for coming to Earth, sacrificing Yourself for our sins, and rising again! You are a good, good Father. We’re so thankful that we can be with You at any time because removed the barriers from You. We love you! Amen.
Prayer Written by Cortney Loui
Read this Verse: “The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. ” Romans 6:8-11
Pray this Prayer: Lord in Heaven, thank Jesus for taking our place. Thank you for taking on the price of our sin. Thank you for victory over death and destruction. We praise you because you live. Even after suffering on the cross you rose with all power in your hand and in you, we rise! In your precious name. Amen.
Read this Verse: “Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'” Luke 24:6-7
Pray this Prayer: Lord, we praise your name for your faithfulness towards us. Thank you for sending your son. Thank you for his faithfulness. Thank you for providing the sacrifice we could never provide. Thank you for access to you. Thank you for saving us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Read this Verse: “Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Romans 8:24
Pray this Prayer: Heavenly Father, We praise you, Lord, for your faithfulness and for never abandoning us. Thank you for your victory over death and for the gift of everlasting life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Read this Verse: “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:2
Pray this Prayer: Easter is a time to celebrate new beginnings, hope, and redemption. Thank you, God, for sending your son to Earth to die for our sins and rise again, giving us the gift of salvation. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Easter prayers for kids
These short Easter prayers are great for little hearts and minds learning about the resurrection.
Read this Verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Pray this Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for sending your Son Jesus for me. You love me so much, you sent Him to come and die on the cross for my sins, so that I may have eternal life. Help me listen to you and do your will. Help me fall more in love with you on Easter and every day.
Prayer Written by Kristin of Raising Disciples Mom
Read this Verse: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1-3
Pray this Prayer: Dear Father, Thank you for sending Jesus to die for us. Thank you for being faithful and saving us. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Read this Verse: “He is not here; he has risen!” Luke 24:6
Pray this Prayer: Heavenly Father. We praise your holy name. Thank you for raising Jesus from the dead to save us. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Read this Verse: “And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.” 1 Corinthians 6:14
Pray this Prayer: Thank you for your faithfulness towards us, God. We praise you for your righteousness and your victory over death. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Read this Verse: “For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” Thessalonians 4:14
Pray this Prayer: Heavenly Father, We confess our sins and ask for your forgiveness, Lord. Help us to have a clean heart so that we may walk in your ways. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Rejoice in the Resurrection
As we dwell on the gift of salvation that we have received, may our prayer lives be enriched during this Easter season. If you are looking for more ways to pray and reflect on Easter, check out these Easter devotions. These devotionals will help you celebrate Jesus’ victory over death and sin in a deeper way. We hope that as you take time to slow down and rest in His presence this Easter season, you will come away feeling refreshed and renewed in your faith.