Some religious poems used for prayer include "The Serenity Prayer," "The Peace Prayer of Saint Francis" and "The Unity Prayer." The Bible offers poetry in the book of Psalms, and the 23rd Psalm is commonly used as a prayer.
"The Serenity Prayer" reads "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference." Anonymous addiction support groups often use this prayer. Prayers-For-Special-Help.com publishes the longer version of this poem, along with other prayer-style poems that give no specific author.
"The Peace Prayer of Saint Francis" emphasizes a sense of dying to the self as the person offering the prayer asks to become "an instrument of peace." Rather than seeking something from God, this prayer captures a person's desire for fulfillment by giving to others.
"The Unity Prayer," also used frequently in 12-step meetings, begins with the words "I put my hand in yours and together we can do what we could never do alone." This prayer expresses the power that comes from joining with others rather than striving for something greater in isolation, and it is suitable for a group to read or say aloud in unison.