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Birthdays are a wonderful time to celebrate the life God has given us and to encourage our friends and family with uplifting words. Below is a compilation of Birthday Prayers and encouragement to give to someone on their special day!
These beautiful prayers and Scriptures are a wonderful way to thank God for your loved one on their birthday and to help wish them a blessed birthday. Encourage them today and remind them of God's great love and presence in their life and yours! Use the table of contents below to quickly jump to a specific birthday prayer topic or continue to scroll to see all.
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Simple Birthday Prayers
Dear God, today I bring my loved one before you on their birthday and pray your blessings and guidance over their life. Thank you for leading them and guiding them in life. Help them to know how loved and cherished they are. Bless and protect them in the year ahead. May they know your peace and strength when they wake and your comfort and rest when they lay down to sleep. May their future be filled with hope. Amen.
May God bless you with his boundless love, calming peace, and heavenly joy throughout the coming year. Happy birthday, child of God!
A Birthday Prayer of Blessings
The Lord enlighten you
through the teachings of Jesus Christ
and strengthen you as you walk in his light.
The Lord give you joy
as he shows you his Fatherly mercies
new every morning.
The Lord give you wisdom in happiness,
comfort in suffering,
rest in death,
and one day,
the peace of eternal life.
Source: Schleswig-Hosteinsche Kirchen-Agende, 1797, Segenswünsche, p. 146#5, translated for A Collection of Prayers.
A Birthday Prayer for My Son
Heavenly Father, Please bless MY SON for his birthday. Dear Lord, please protect and guide him as he continues along the path you’ve chosen for him.
Give him the courage to follow in your light, and feel your love wherever he goes. Make him strong and give him the strength to make good decisions in the coming year. Keep him free from illness and sadness, for he is a truly good person who deserves happiness and success in all aspects of life.
We know that life is like a book. With each new chapter, we learn and grow towards what you would have us be. Bless my baby now on this day, and in the future. In your name, we pray. Amen.(Source: praywithme.com)
To one of the best guys I know, I hope your birthday is as great as you are!
Birthday wishes for my son: Lots of laughs, lots of love, lots of Jesus, lots of hugs, and lots of cake!
A Birthday Prayer for My Daughter
My God, please bless my daughter with a new year full of grace and kindness. Shower your everlasting mercy on her. Guide her and keep her from treading the wrong ways and path of evil sources.
Help her to grow spiritually through your divine words and everlasting love. Thank you Lord for hearing my prayer. (Source: praywithme.com)
You are cherished and adored birthday girl!
Birthday Prayer for A Loved One
Dear Lord, on this day that we celebrate “insert name”'s birth, I pray for blessings and joy over “insert name”. You knew everything about “insert name” before her birth and You have a plan of prosperity and hope for their life! Let them feel confident and ready for the year ahead knowing that You have an order to her steps and a purpose for their life. Help them to find joy in every circumstance in life, knowing that You work all things out for good. I thank You for “insert name”, for loving them with unconditional love, and for the promises You have spoken over her life. In Jesus Name, Amen.
"Happy Birthday to You" Prayer
Another year of life upon this earth:
I hope that you have used it full and well.
And yet another starting now, today:
Perhaps you should rededicate your life,
And give it to the Lord, who gave you yours.
For all that went before has passed behind;
Your future lies before you like a road.
And so I pray the Lord will be with you,
And dwell with you, and keep you as His own,
And walk with you, beside you, down the road.
And now I pray that He will make today
The finest birthday that you ever had.
by Rev. Bill McGinnis - Public Domain
Traditional Irish Birthday Blessing (great for encouraging friends and family on their birthday!)
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm on your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
May God be with you and bless you,
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness From this day forward.
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind always be at your back,
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home,
And may the hand of a friend always be near.
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the sky above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hears that love you.
Blessings of Wisdom, Patience, and Hope
May the Lord show you
the greatness of his goodness,
that you overflow with thanks
May the Lord bless you abundantly
with rest for the heart,
power for virtue,
wisdom for life,
and patience in suffering.
May the Lord bless you
with joyful hope,
and one day
with the inexpressible joys
of eternal life.
Source: Schleswig-Hosteinsche Kirchen-Agende, 1797, Segenswünsche, p. 146#1, translated for A Collection of Prayers.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I've even lived one day. Your Thoughts - how rare, how beautiful! God, I'll never comprehend them! I couldn't even begin to count them - any more than I could count the sand of the sea. Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you!
Birthday Prayers for My Wife
Thank you, Father, for the gift of my wife. You are the giver of all good and perfect blessings, and I’m amazed how You show Your love through her. Please help me to cherish such an amazing gift. Each day, circumstances and frustrations can easily steal the joy from ________. Please keep her from letting these challenges turn her focus from You, the author of her faith.
Give my wife the joy that Jesus had as He accomplished the Father’s will on earth. May she consider each struggle as a reason to find hope in You. When she feels tired, Lord, renew her strength. Surround her with friends who love You and will bear her burdens. Give her reason to feel refreshed by their encouragement. May she know that the joy of the Lord is the source of her strength. Protect her from growing tired of doing what You’ve called her to do each day.
God, help ________ to grow first in her love for You. May she be increasingly in awe of Your power, beauty, and grace. May my wife know more each day about the depth and width of Your love and respond with increasing love of her own. Help her to love me through all my failures while I learn to love her as Christ loves the church. May we see each other as You see us, and may we enjoy fulfilling each other’s desires in our marriage. (excerpts from Prayers for Your Wife, John Upchurch)
Birthday Prayers for My Husband
Lord, with Your Word as my husband's source of wisdom, I will rest secure in his leadership of our home. I trust Your Word to fill ____ with the insight he will need for our relationship, his work, and so much more. Your Word will unite his heart to Yours. His oneness with You will lead his pursuit of oneness with me. Your ways will become His ways.
God, Send my husband an abundance of confidants whose faith in You is bold and courageous. Let them be men who do not lean on their own understanding, but always acknowledge You and Your Word.
Father, You inhabit the praises of Your people, and I want ____ to enjoy the comfort and power of Your presence every moment. So, Father, please grant my husband an irrevocable gift of praising You. Let Your Spirit continually offer up a sacrifice of praise through _____ so that his lips always acknowledge Your name. (excerpts provided by Prayers for Your Husband, Jennifer O. White)
Short Birthday Blessings
Use these short birthday prayers and religious blessings to send a birthday text, write in a card or share on social media.
Wishing you a year filled with the warmth of family, the joy of friends, and the love of the Father.
You are dearly beloved friend, and I am deeply grateful for you.
Wishing you the very best of days! May God bless you abundantly this year!
May you truly count it all joy on your birthday today! You are a joy-filled blessing in our lives! Happy Birthday!
May God comfort you and bless you today with His peace-filled presence now and always.
Praying that you feel God's guiding light leading you on toward increased wisdom and strength as you celebrate another birthday.
I pray this past year has shown you the love that God has for you and that as you step into another year, you step into more of the calling God has placed on your life!
May you feel fully alive and loved on this special day! You are a beautiful creation and I thank God for you!
You have brought us so much joy and laughter. I thank God for you and hope you know just how loved you are,
Happy birthday! Wishing you a sweet day full of God's peace and favor.
Birthday wishes: lots of love, lots of hugs, lots of laughs, lots of Jesus, lots of cake!
You are a dearly beloved friend and I am deeply grateful for you! Happy Birthday!
Wishing you a wonderful day today and always, my beautiful friend!
You are a gift from God and I thank Him for you today!
May God bless you abundantly in this coming year!
I am blessed to be your friend!
Wishing you a year filled with the warmth of family, the joy of friends, and the love of our father.
You are cherished and adored, birthday girl!
You are one of God's greatest gifts!
Wishing you a beautiful and wonderful birthday filled with abundant blessings.
To one of the best guys I know, hope your birthday is as great as you are!
Happy Birthday. I thank my Heavenly Father for the honor of calling you my friend.
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you.
Bible Verses for Celebrating Birthdays
Celebrate God's blessing of life with these Bible verses that are perfect for sending to someone on their birthday. Every life is precious and God has a plan for every baby that is born. The Bible is filled with promises of hope and a future. Take time on your birthday or the birthday of a family member or friend to remember that God is the giver of life and He loves you!
"The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26
"This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24 b
"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." - Ephesians 2:10
"I always thank God for you!" 1 Corinthians 1:4
"Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun." - Psalm 37: 4-6
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