Alleluia! Raise Your Joys and Triumphs High With These 50 Meaningful Easter Prayers

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Meaningful Easter prayers

There are many different emotions and themes involved in daily prayer—humility, repentance, sorrow, cheerfulness, seeking, requesting, celebrating and more. Yet some events on the Church calendar, like Easter Sunday, inspire prayers and blessings with a common focal point, such as encouraging believers to "raise your joys and triumphs high." Easter provides an opportunity for unified prayers that are generally overwhelmingly filled with delight, gratitude and the focus on victory. After all, He is risen—He is risen indeed! Celebrate this special holiday with these 50 meaningful Easter prayers.

John 3:16 is one of the most well-known verses of the Bible, which says, "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." This significant message is why we're able to celebrate Easter—Jesus was sent to Earth as a human to be the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf, taking our place in death and defeating death by rising from the grave and offering salvation to those who believe. Through His resurrection, He allows us to have a spiritual resurrection of our own.

As Easter commemorates the day that the stone was rolled away and salvation was made possible simply through faith, Christians can utilize Bible study and blessings to keep this truth at the forefront of our minds. Get ready to feel the rush of gratitude and the powerful reflections of questions such as, “Where oh death, is now your sting?” with these 50 Easter prayers!

50 Easter Prayers



1. "Jesus, this morning, we celebrate the history-altering event of Your resurrection. After dying on the cross for every one of us, You were raised to life so that we might be raised to life." — Sharon Hodde Miller

2. "Help me to understand that Your life, death and resurrection were not in vain. Every time a negative thought begins to form in my mind, help me to instead, be grateful that You suffered unbearably, just for me. That You suffered so that I did not have to, means I can give all my worries and cares to You, while at the same time, move forward, because of Your resurrection power that brings dead things to life. I claim Your resurrection power on this day to cover my mind, body and soul, my health, my finances, my family, my friends and each and every area of our lives in Jesus’ name. I understand that by claiming Your resurrection power for my life daily, I am joyful, in Jesus’ name. I have all my needs met, in Jesus’ name. I am healthy, in Jesus’ name. I am made whole, in Jesus’s name. I am healed, delivered and set free, because I claim the power of Your resurrection for my life daily, in Jesus’ name. Help me to remember this as long as I live – that each new day is an opportunity to recognize and claim the power of Your resurrection. Thank You in advance, God, for all things. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen." — Sheila Thomas

3. "Thank You, Lord, that in Your life and death and glorious resurrection, the great enemy has been defeated—sin, death and evil. You have launched a new creation and we can be a part of it." — Dr. Derwin L. Gray

4. "Lord, how can we ever thank You enough? You endured more pain, more shame, more sorrow, more grief than we can possibly fathom. Help us remember why You gave Your life. Because of love. Because of mercy. Because we desperately need them both. In Jesus’ Name, Amen." — Liz Curtis Higgs

5. "Lord, I thank You for Your sacrifice on the cross and I thank You for Your resurrection from the tomb, and God, I pray that this truth becomes alive in every person's heart today, that people stand up and respond to Your truth, saying, 'Jesus, I thank You for what You did. God, I lay down my old self, I step into my new self—resurrect me today.'" — Sadie Robertson Huff

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6. "Oh God, our gracious Heavenly Father, we come on this Easter morning, thanking Thee for revealing to us the ultimate meaning and the ultimate rationality of the universe. We thank You, this morning, for Your Son, Jesus, who came by to let us know that love is the most durable power in the world, who came by to let us know that death can’t defeat us, to take the sting out of the grave and death and make it possible for all of us to have eternal life. We thank You, oh God. And God grant that we will be grateful recipients of Thy eternal blessings. In the name and spirit of Jesus, we pray, Amen." — Martin Luther King, Jr.

7. "Our Father, we thank You for giving us what we need to know which is that Your son rose from the dead, and that we can know Him personally, not just as a dead prophet or teacher, but as a living Savior and that we can hear His voice speaking to us, calling us by name, giving us His love." — Tim Keller

8. "God, thank You, for sending Jesus and making a way in the middle just for me. Today, I give You my life. I turn from everything that's not like You, and I turn to You. God, heal me, deliver me, change me from the inside out." — Michael Todd

9. "Father, I thank You for the resurrection power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Father, it is good news, it is good news. We just take a moment right now to just thank You. Thank You, Lord Jesus, that You not only died on the cross for our sins, but You rose again from the dead so that we could have a victorious, overcoming, Christian life here on earth as it is in heaven. Father, let everyone walk in the power of that resurrection truth. I pray in Jesus' name, Amen." — Christine Caine

10. "Father, what grace—grace that has made us who we are in Your eyes through the blood of Your Son. Father, what grace—to make us Your elect exiles who are born again to a living hope, hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Take us, we pray, all the way home in that hope by Your grace for the glory of Christ. Amen." — Kathleen Nielson



11. "O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquillity the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." — Book of Common Prayer 

12. "We give You thanks, almighty Lord God, that You have refreshed us with this saving gift of Your Son’s body and blood. We pray, in Your mercy, that You would bless us with these for the strengthening our faith in You and for increasing the warmth of our love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen." — Martin Luther

13. "Our Father, we ask that You would help us to take this message of the resurrection to the world, that You would help us to always preach Christ when we preach because the resurrection has shown us that He is the meaning to the Scriptures. We pray that the resurrection would remind us that the truth is the truth whether we like it or not. But most of all, help us to remember that the resurrection shows us that Jesus is the King that our hearts have longed for." — Tim Keller

14. "Grant, Almighty God, that as thou appearest not now to us in shadows and types, as formerly to the holy fathers, but clearly and plainly in thy only-begotten Son, – O grant, that we may be wholly given to the contemplation of thine image, which thus shines before us; and that we may in such a manner be transformed into it, as to make increasing advances, until at length, having put off all the filth of our flesh, we be fully conformed to that pure and perfect holiness which dwells in Christ, as in him dwells the fulness of all blessings and thus obtain at last a participation of that glory which our Lord has procured for us by his resurrection. Amen." — John Calvin

15. "Father, we ask that You would help us now to understand the best way to appropriate these things for our life. Everybody in this room—some of us, intellectually, don't believe in the resurrection. I pray that You would break through that barrier and You'd show them the search is over. Some people haven't thought out the implications of it and even though they believe it in some way, they don't understand and they certainly don't have Jesus. I pray, Lord, that everybody in this room will be able to appropriate this great doctrine of Easter. We pray this in Jesus' name, Amen." — Tim Keller

16. "Heavenly Father, we thank You that You have given us, in Christ, the perfect representation of humanity. He is the perfect human. We pray, Lord, that we would desire to be like Him, our Brother...Help us to cry out to You, Lord, in our sin and say, 'Change us—bring out the image of God in me in a way that is currently obscured by that fall and that terrible thing that happened in the garden. Lord, remake me back into the image-bearer that I was created to be, that I might accurately represent You to a world that desperately needs to know who You are.' Father, thank You that we are stamped with Your image. May it be seen in us everywhere we go. This is the will of God for our lives. And we ask it in Your Son's name, Amen." — Jen Wilkin

17. "Lord, we thank You for the stunning wisdom that we find in Your Word. We wouldn't know how to think were it not for the wisdom on its pages. But we thank You most of all for the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the center of the wisdom of Scripture. We thank You that He is, in this moment, in us and for us and with us, and that gives us a right here, right now, hope." — Paul Tripp

18. "Keep us earnest, that our lives would speak of victory." — Steffany Gretzinger

19. "Thank You, Father, for the new birth. Thank You that You did not call us simply to live in a particular way and hope that perhaps, at the end, we might make the cut and go to heaven. Thank You for giving us new life, new sensibility, and new identity now. Thank You for the power of Your future in our life now, for change. Thank You for the supernatural nature of our salvation. Thank You for the new birth. And I pray that everyone listening here will either have experienced it or will ask themselves the question, 'What must I do?' Help us all to look to You and be saved. We pray this in Jesus' name, Amen." — Tim Keller

20. "Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray that we would experience that newness that is available to us because of Your resurrection—the resurrection of Your Son, Jesus...May Your kingdom come, may Your will be done. In Jesus' name we pray." — Rich Villodas



21. "'He has risen.' God, the fact that Jesus is risen should lift my head, my heart and my attitude. Help me to live today as if I really believe this with every part of my life." — Lysa TerKeurst

22. "God, I pray for those of us who already call ourselves followers, that we would be surprised anew today that You are still rolling stones, that You are still working new life out of death, that You are working in dark places to bring about resurrection—not apart from death, but in the midst of it, that in the midst of darkness You are bringing light and life." — Ike Miller

23. "Lord, thank You for Your body and Your blood that is Your life that was given for me, for all of mankind, desiring all to be saved and all to be victorious. Thank You that we are now looking at an empty tomb because we have a living, risen Savior." — Tony Evans

24. "Almighty and eternal God, merciful Father, You gave Your Son for our sins, and raised him up again for our righteousness. Through him You have overcome death and have opened up for us the way to eternal life. Through Your Holy Spirit, grant that we may rely on this in true faith, that our bodies also will arise with Christ to eternal life, and that by remembering this comfort we may endure all kinds of sorrow in this life with patience through the power of the resurrection of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who with You and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, forever and ever. Amen." — Martin Luther

25. "Lord, help us to take the gospel of the resurrected King, Jesus Christ, to the world, and lift it up in such a way that people are drawn to it because we are living representatives of that resurrected life ourselves. Do all this because it will glorify You. We pray this in Jesus' name, Amen." — Tim Keller

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26. "God, we pause with such gratitude for the gift of Your undeserved, unfailing, and unfathomably love. Thank You for walking around on this broken, dusty, and trouble-ridden planet for 33 years so that we might believe and have eternal life. Thank You for communicating Your love for us in a way that is so personal, so extravagant, and so gracious. Thank You for dying and then rising from the dead so we could have hope. Thank You for proving that You are real, You are powerful, and that only You give us the power to live our lives well through Your incarnation, death, and resurrection." — Amanda Idleman

27. "We ask, Lord...that we would daily thank You for our salvation that was, that we would daily cry out to You for a salvation that is ongoing as we battle sin during this lifetime and strive to obey You out of gratitude and joy." — Jen Wilkin

28. "Father, we acknowledge that by Your grace and Your goodness, You've redeemed us and called us by name. You've sent us on a mission for Your name's sake." — Ed Stetzer

29. "Lord, we again thank You for the majesty of Your Word. We thank You that You love us and You're with us and You are for us and that in Your grace, You take the darkest things—things that are unthinkable to us, and You can do the most wonderful things in them." — Paul Tripp

30. "O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord's resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen." — Book of Common Prayer



31. "King Jesus, just as You rose from the grave, I too shall rise from the grave. Death could not keep You, it cannot keep me. The grave could not hold You, it cannot hold me. Your life is my life. Therefore, I shall rise from the grave of idolatry, unforgiveness, and selfishness. Your eternal life is mine. Your unceasing love is mine. Your unending grace is mine. Your hope-giving peace is mine. Your mission is mine. In Jesus' name, Amen." — Dr. Derwin L. Gray

32. "Dear God, thank You for the resurrection of Your Son, Jesus. We want to celebrate Him every day of our lives. In a world that grows increasingly dark, help us hold up His light. Give us the courage to speak as boldly as Mary Magdalene did, and never be ashamed of proclaiming Your Good News. In Jesus’ Name, Amen." — Liz Curtis Higgs

33. "Almighty God, through the death of Your Son, You destroyed sin and death, and restored innocence and eternal life through His resurrection, so that we might be saved from the power of the devil, and live in Your kingdom. Grant that we may believe this with all our heart, and in such steadfast faith continually praise You, and give thanks to You; through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen." — Martin Luther

34. "Lord, I thank You for Yourself. Thank You for Your Son. Thank You for Your Spirit. I thank You that You are always pursuing us, You are always coming for us, You are always speaking to us, You are always providing for us, You are always being Yourself towards us, and I pray that You would open up our understanding and our heart to take hold of that truth." — Jackie Hill Perry

35. "Dear Lord, draw my thoughts upward toward You every minute of every day, but especially this Easter. Help me resist the temptation to focus on the painful things of this earthly life and learn to control my thoughts so they don’t sink my faith or joy in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen." — Traci Miles

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36. "God, I needed You. I've been thirsty, but now I want what You have for me. I believe You lived and You died just for me, and today I make You my Lord and Savior. Change me, renew me, transform me, I'm Yours. In Jesus' name, Amen." — Michael Todd

37. "Our Father, we thank You for this remarkable, remarkable promise, and maybe we should say to the degree that we can boast in the cross, to that degree the world will be crucified to us and us to the world, and we will really be new creations. Now, Lord, the reality is we so often...we have an old self and a new self. We go back into the old ways of getting glory and honor. We go back. We don't live my life for Yours. But we pray, Father, that because we've sat here and opened Your Word and Your Word has come home to us through the Holy Spirit, that more and more we can say, 'In the cross of Christ I glory and I boast in nothing except that cross.' Make us new creations thereby. We pray in Jesus' name, Amen." — Tim Keller

38. "Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia! Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia! Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia! Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia! King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia! Everlasting life is this, Alleluia! Thee to know, Thy power to prove, Alleluia! Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!" — Charles Wesley

39. "Heavenly Father, we thank You for the beautiful gift of Your Word. Your Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, the incarnate One, in whom Your glory dwelt—the fullness of it, bodily. We pray, Lord, that we would be students of the character of Christ, that we would look to Your Word as the measure for where our hope can safely be stored." — Jen Wilkin

40. "Lord Jesus Christ, You were poor and in distress, a captive and forsaken as I am. You know all man’s troubles; You abide with me when all men fail me; You remember and seek me; it is Your will that I should know You and turn to You. Lord, I hear Your call and follow; help me." — Dietrich Bonhoeffer



41. "God, as we celebrate Easter today, may we be reminded of the joy that we have in You, the hope that we have in You, the life that we have in You that only comes from You, that can't be taken away because You killed death in Your death and You were raised to life that we might all be raised to life as well." — Ike Miller

42. "Dear Jesus, I plead for You to give me Your grief over the people who have missed You and rejected You. This Easter, remind me just how much I need You. Help me see Your grace. Grant me that divine combination of sorrow and tenderness that points people to the cross and to new Life. Dear God, give me Your heart for my world, to see the desperate need for salvation we all have. In Jesus’ Name, Amen." — Amy Carroll

43. "Father, we thank You that You've given us Your gospel and we ask that You would find us a way to be people who not only take the gospel into every part of our lives, but take the gospel in the very depths of our heart so that we can have our relationships to other races changed, our relationship to our work changed, our relationship to our money changed, our relationship to ourselves changed. Lord, we want the transforming power of the gospel to go out from us, not only into our lives but into the lives of our friends and our neighbors and our colleagues." — Tim Keller

44. "Grant, Almighty God, that since thou hast once shone upon us by thy gospel, – O grant, that we may always be guided by this light, and so guided, that all our lusts may be restrained; and may the power of thy Spirit extinguish in us every sinful fervor, that we may not grow hot with our own perverse desires, but that all these being subdued, we may gather new fervor daily, that we may breathe after thee more and more: nor let the coldness of our flesh ever take possession of us, but may we continually advance in the way of piety, until at length we come to that blessed rest, to which thou invites us, and which has been obtained for us by the blood of thy only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen." — John Calvin

45. "Dear God, through Jesus Christ give us Your Holy Spirit that we may rightly be comforted by Your resurrection, and day by day increase in such faith and certainty and hope, and finally be saved. Amen." — Martin Luther

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46. "Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits thou hast given me, for all the pains and insults thou hast borne for me. O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may I know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, and follow thee more nearly, day by day. Amen." — Saint Richard of Chichester

47. "Dear Lord, help me to tell of Your wondrous power and mighty acts to those generations that come after me. May I not let the season pass by without pondering the real meaning of Easter. In Jesus' Name, Amen." — Karen Ehman

48. "Father, in the name of Jesus, thank You for gathering us in this place. Thank You for Your love which is better than life. Thank You for making all things new, including us. Lord, You simply ask us to say, 'Yes,' to deep down in our hearts say, 'Lord, make me new.' So, Lord, around this room, I pray that You would do that—for those of us who have never made a decision for Jesus, that we would be raised with You today, for those of us who have, that You would renew us, refresh us, restore us." — Rich Villodas

49. "Almighty God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen." — Book of Common Prayer

50. "Thank You Jesus. Thank You for Your sacrifice. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for overcoming death itself. We exalt You, You are worthy, and it is in Your name that we pray, Amen." — Sharon Hodde Miller

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