Meaning of Life Prayers

Elvis Elvis

It is through understanding our individual meaning of life that we can feel assured of our own well-being. As we age, we tend to question this more and more. We wonder if we have accomplished what we have come here for, and sometimes this motivates us to push ourselves a little harder toward some goal or dream.

Life is so enriched by knowing our purpose, believing in a higher power, and by serving others. There are many fulfilling choices we can make, but no one else can do this for us.

There are several prayers I have known over the years that help me to hold on to my positive attitude. Some of these are The Lord’s Prayer, The Serenity Prayer and The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. In each case, my research resulted in several different versions with differing names. An example of this is the hymn version of The Prayer of St. Francis which is known as Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace. Here, I have included two prayers with words most familiar to me, so please forgive me for any incorrectness in what I have printed.

Meaning of Life Prayers

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

And wisdom to know the difference.

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me a channel of your peace,

Where there is hatred let me bring your love,

Where there is injury your pardon Lord,

And where there’s doubt true faith in you.

Make me a channel of your peace,

Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope,

Where there is darkness, only light,

And where there’s sadness, ever joy.

O Divine Master grant that I may never seek,

So much to be consoled as to console,

To be understood as to understand,

To be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace,

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

In giving to all men that we receive

And in dying that we are born to eternal life.


I have a CD of songs by Skye Dyer, Dr. Wayne Dyer’s daughter, which includes The Prayer of St. Francis. I could not make out some of the words, and this is what led me to search the Internet for more details.

I hope these prayers may be of use to you as they have been to me in feeling comfort in the meaning of life for myself.