8 Beautiful Birthday Prayers for Family and Friends

Birthday prayers are heartfelt because it reminds us of all God’s blessings and guidance in the past year. 

Birthday celebrations are always grand and essential. Though we all have different preferences on how we want to celebrate them, there is no denying that we all look forward to our birthdays. It’s why birthday prayers are essential. 

Aside from asking for blessings and guidance, we also have to thank God for everything He has done for us in the past year. Birthday prayers are just as important as the celebration itself. Learn about why they are essential and more here!

What are Birthday Prayers?

Birthday prayers are our way of thanking God for a blessed past year of our lives. It is also an opportunity to ask for His guidance for the new year ahead. Birthday prayers aren’t only for us but also for those we love and cherish. 

Like how we give thanks for every breath, so should we be grateful for the years that God is continually blessing us. Let us have a grateful heart on our special day and give back all the praise and thanksgiving to our gracious and merciful God.

Birthday Prayers

Bible Verses for Birthday Prayers

Numbers 6:24-26

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turns his face toward you and gives you peace.”

James 1:17

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Psalm 118:24

“The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.”

Psalm 20:4

“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”

Best Birthday Prayers

Short Birthday Prayers

May God almighty bless you with a life full of joy and happiness. And may you always find favor in His eyes. Have a happy birthday.

Here’s wishing you God’s protection and love as you commemorate this special day you came into this world. Happy birthday.

I ask for God’s unconditional love and blessing upon you as you celebrate the day you were ushered into this world. I wish you all the best in life, and may you never lack.

It brings me so much joy to celebrate your birthday with you. I pray that our God blesses you and wraps His mighty arms of protection around you on this extra special day and forever.

I am so grateful that you have been blessed with another great year. On this blessed day, I pray that all your wishes come true and that you have eternal happiness. Happy birthday to you, my dear friend.

Simple Birthday Prayers

Happy Birthday! I pray that God fills this special day with His presence and love so that you may remember that He has been and will always be good to you in all the days of your life. May this day be filled with blessings and thanksgiving.

Lord, we lift this special day unto Your Name. Let this special day in our beloved’s life be filled with your grace and love. Let this day be a reminder that You have and will always be faithful to your promises. We thank you for blessing our beloved another year to continue the work you have given them.

I pray that the Lord blesses you with His unfailing love and heavenly joy on this special day and for the rest of the year. May the Lord fill your heart with anticipation and hope for the future. Happy birthday to you!

For your parents

Heavenly Father, 

We thank you for the new year you have blessed our mother/father. Lord, we thank you for your sacrifices so that we grow up knowing you as our Lord and Savior. We know that You know the plans and desires of their hearts; we lift these desires unto You because You alone have provided for us. 

God, we ask that you continually bless our mother/father with opportunities to grow and mature in Your love. Let the people around them be blessed through our mother/father. Continue to use them, Lord, and let Your kingdom be glorified through their works

Though You already know the future, we still ask for guidance and protection for the journey ahead. We again thank you, Lord, for our their life. Please bless this day with joy and hope for the future that only comes from your throne. All this we ask and pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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For your spouse

Dear Lord, 

We are coming to you on this day to celebrate my spouse’s birthday. You have blessed him/her and the people around him/her with the joy of knowing You. You only give the best, and I am always in awe that You allowed me to have him/her as my spouse, my lifelong partner. 

Father, you know my spouse’s struggles and concerns. You know all of his/her worries, and I pray that You give him/her peace and calm that only comes from You alone. Remind them that You already have an answer to what troubles them; they only need to trust in You.

We thank you for this day, this new year in their lives. We ask that you continue to bless them as you have in the past year. In this new year, we ask that you renew their strength and hope for the year ahead. Amen. 

For your children

My God, 

We lift to you this new year in the life of our son/daughter. Please continue to lead them toward the path that draws them nearer to Your presence and love. Help them grow and learn more about You and your everlasting love. Though they make mistakes, help remind them that You are a merciful God of infinite chances, a God who doesn’t keep track of their wrongs but instead rejoices in their progress. 

We ask that you bless them with a cheerful and grateful heart because You are their provider and comfort in times of trouble. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

For a dear friend

Dear Lord, 

On this day that we celebrate our friend’s birth, I pray for blessings and joy over them. You knew everything about them before their birth, and You have a plan of prosperity and hope for their life! I thank You for our friends, for loving them with unconditional love, and for the promises, You have spoken over her life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

For yourself

Heavenly Father, 

I thank you in prayer for the kindness, mercy, and boundless love you have showered me. You have remained faithful, Lord, and I want to thank you for everything you have done for me. In this new year in my life that you have blessed me, I am once again asking for your guidance on my journey. Let Your desires fill my heart so I may remember not to be selfish and arrogant. Continually remind me of the future You have planned for me. Remind me, O Lord, that you know best. Amen.

For a deceased loved one

Lord, on this day, we celebrate the life of our beloved who has already come home to you in heaven. Though we miss them dearly, we know they are with You in a better place. We thank you for giving us this opportunity for us to gather and celebrate as a family. Amen.

Importance of Birthday Prayers

To humble us because life comes from God.

Birthday prayers can be a humbling act because then we remember that everything we are and have comes from God. Sometimes we get so caught up with the grand celebration that we forget to thank the Lord for His faithfulness in the past year. Though it is good to celebrate events such as birthdays, let us not forget the main reason why we are still here on earth. 

To give thanks for the past year of our lives.

Birthdays celebrate the new year the Lord has gifted us in our lives and an opportunity to thank Him for the year that has passed. Take this special day to remember how far God has helped you push through your journey. Look back and reminisce on all the instances where God has shown His sovereignty where things seemed bleak and hopeless. Say a heartfelt prayer of thanksgiving for the bountiful blessings God has rained throughout the past year.

To ask for God’s guidance for the new year of our lives.

Nothing is for sure here on earth; every day is a new experience and always has something new to teach us. So on the first day of the new year of our lives, let us ask for God’s guidance so that we may continue to take the path He set out for us. Pray that He constantly reminds us of our mistakes to keep us humble and prevent us from doing them again. Let the new year God has blessed us be an excellent opportunity to draw closer to Him and grow in His love and presence. 

Birthday Prayers

In Summary

Birthday prayers are a humbling part of a grand celebration because they remind us that our God is gracious and faithful. Take this time to thank God for His guidance and faithfulness throughout our struggles. Reminisce on all the times that the Lord has displayed His tremendous power and timing. Dwell in His presence and love, and celebrate the new year He has given you in life. Start the new year in your life by being in God’s presence and thanking Him for His mercy and guidance.

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Alex Shute
Alex Shute, MBA
Alex is a family man and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. His passion is to serve the global Church and bring people of diverse backgrounds together to learn & grow.

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