What Are Some Well-Known Prayers?

Some well-known prayers are "The Lord's Prayer" and "Psalm 23." Another well-known prayer is "Hail Mary," a prayer that Catholic worshippers pray to the mother of Jesus.

"The Lord's Prayer" begins by praising God and calling for his kingdom to come into existence. In the prayer, the person offering the prayer asks God for forgiveness for his own sins and for any sins others have committed against him. The person prays that God grants him enough daily bread to meet his daily needs. The prayer ends by saying that God's kingdom and power last forever.

In "Psalm 23," the speaker begins by calling God his shepherd. Because God is the shepherd, the person knows that God takes care of all of his wants. The prayer goes on to say that God restores the soul and leads his followers into green pastures. Even when bad things happen and the person must "walk through the darkest valley," God comforts and restores the person's faith. The prayer ends by saying that goodness and mercy follow the person throughout their life, and they look forward to eternity in the presence of God.

Similarly, in "Hail Mary," the speaker compliments Mary and says that she is full of grace. The speaker says that Mary is blessed among women and that Jesus is the fruit of her womb. The speaker calls Mary the mother of God, and then asks her to pray for humankind both in the present and when each person dies.