Retirement Prayers

When someone close to you that you care about is retiring you want to wish them the best for the future. You can obviously wish them a happy retirement and all the best for the next chapter of their life. But sometimes you want to say more. Something you can do is to say a prayer for them.

Retirement prayers can help both those about to retire or yourself if you are on the verge of retirement. It can be a comfort to have others thinking of you as you face a new and often frightening part of life. Having friends and family offer support through prayer can be a real help and give strength if it's needed. And if you are praying for yourself to get through a worrying retirement it can also be a great way to find strength, peace and resolve.

So use one of these retirement prayers below to pray for someone close to you to have a happy and long retirement free of fear and anxiety.

Short Retirement Prayers

These are short and concise prayers that would be an ideal fit for a card or on a note.

Retirement Prayers

Dear Heavenly Father,

We come to you in thankfulness for the many years of service given by our friend and colleague who is retiring. We thank you for the long term contributions they have made in the execution of daily tasks, in their loyalty to our organization and in their sharing of their experience and wisdom with others.

We are appreciative of their hard work and dedication. They have adapted to many changes over the years and have made sacrifices of their personal time when the job demanded it. They have been a mentor and friend to their fellow employees and have worked faithfully despite their own personal obligations, joys and challenges.

We pray your continued blessings on them during this next phase of their life. May your Presence be with them as they choose new paths and explore new horizons. May they be blessed with strong networks of friends and family to enjoy the journey that lies ahead.

Keep them vigorous in body, mind, soul and spirit. Open new doors of service that will satisfy their desire to give and that will make a lasting difference in our world. May they find many receptive hearts and minds for the wisdom they have to offer and many recipients to receive their love and care.

And so we end our prayer, thankful for what has been and grateful for what has yet to be.


By Karen Barber

Dear God, you have given me so many blessings in my life, biggest of all my two beautiful children that turned out so well. For this I thank you.

With your help God and that of their mom, we managed to steer them and help them with opportunities to get them to at least some decent start in life. Bless them with abundance please.

But God, as my friends and family are preparing for and looking forward to their retirement in comfort, I have to start off once again, as so many times before. A whole lifetime of trying to acquire wealth and to be able not to look in others’ eyes at retirement age, has borne no fruits. I feel like giving up after so many attempts, but as You’ve given me the the strenght and courage before, to keep on trying and persevering, I know You will help me again.

Only, this time God, I ask that you shower me with the abundance that will also give me the opportunity to look forward to a carefree retirement.

Even though I don’t know how yet God, may I leave it in your hands to give me the guided path?


I have come to an important cross-roads of my life and know that there are many unknown opportunities in the horizons of my life, and I pray that You would take my hand and guide me along the path that You would have me to go.

Thank You that Your word has been a lamp to my feet and a light to my path and as I now step out into the unknown, I pray that You would continue to guard and guide the way that I take - and thank You that You have scheduled every day of my life, including the unknowns in this retirement.

Lord I pray that this may be a wonderful new beginning for me and not the end of the road, that is so often the case when retirement arrives. Help me to seize every opportunity that arises and to explore the skills and gifts that You have given me, so that they may be used to glorify Your name.

I trust You Lord Jesus to be with me in sickness and in health, in poverty and in wealth and pray that I will submit day by day to the leading of Your Spirit and simply rest in Your love, knowing that You are my light and my life, my way and my end.


Loving Lord, I thank You for the opportunity to step aside from the hustle and bustle of work-a-day living and for the opportunity to enjoy a slower pace of life, in the twilight years of my retirement.

Thank You for the way that You have led me and been with me throughout my busy working career and I pray that You will not forsake me now that life is about slow down as I face my forthcoming retirement.

Keep me I pray, from regretting the passing of my life and may I see this time as an opportunity to seek You more and to live in the expectation that You will open new horizons and opportunities to serve You in ways that will bring blessings to many and glory to Your name.

Help me Lord to see that as this one door on my past life is closing that the exciting door of my eternal future starts today. Thank You that I am Your child. Thank You that You died for me and that heaven is my ultimate "retirement" home and may I live the rest of my days in closer fellowship as I seek to do Your will in every area of my life, from this day forward - even for evermore.


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for a season of rest following years of hard and fruitful labor. I pray that you would help me remember that as long as I’m alive on this earth, there’s no such thing as retirement from Your service. Keep fresh on my mind the responsibility I bear for stewarding well the time, talents, and treasure You have given me. May I use them always for Your glory. It’s in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, that I pray.

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Retirement Prayers for a Friend

Dear Lord,

Thank you for this special day that we have dedicated to celebrating with our friend _______.

We ask that you would remind __________ of warm, happy memories and inspire __________ with thoughts of future joyful times.

May all his/her paths be filled with your best gifts.

In Jesus' name we pray,


By Beth McLendon

Dear Lord,

Thank you for this special day.

We are excited about the opportunity to honor ____________ and celebrate the event of his/her retirement.

Lord, we thank you for all the ways that you have protected him/her and provided for him/her through the years.

We pray that you would make this retirement party a special time of joyful fellowship and warm memories.

In Jesus’ name we pray,


By Beth McLendon

Retirement Bible Verses

These are good bible verses for retirement that can be used to give strength and comfort to those about to retire.

"Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!"

(Matthew 25:23)

"So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim Your might to another generation, Your power to all those to come"

(Psalm 71:14-18)

"For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven"

(Ecclesiastes 3:1)

"Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is"

(Ephesians 5:15-17)

"Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness."

(Proverbs 16:31)

"So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim Your might to another generation, Your power to all those to come"

(Psalm 71:14-18)

"Do not be conformed to this world, but continuously be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may be able to determine what God’s will is - what is proper, pleasing, and perfect.

(Romans 12:2)

"I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

(Genesis 28:15)

"Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength fails"

(Psalm 71:9)

"And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home"

(Luke 1:23)

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope"

(Jeremiah 29:11)

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

(2 Timothy 4:7)

"And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ"

(Philippians 1:6)

"For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do"

(Hebrews 6:10)

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