The Prayer of Jabez
Jabez's prayer for blessing and prosperity:-
Jabez cried out to the God of Israel,
“Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory!
Let your hand be with me,
and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.”
And God granted his request.
(1 Chronicles 4:10, NIV)
An ancient prayer for blessings and favour:-
May the blessing of light be on you
May the blessing of light be on you– light without and light within. May the blessed sunlight shine on you like a great peat fire, so that stranger and friend may come and warm himself at it.
read the full version of this on the scottish wedding blessings page
Here is a contemporary version of the ancient celtic blessing "May the road rise up to meet you":-
(For its clergy and people)
Almighty and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift:
Send down upon our bishops, and other clergy, and upon the congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and, that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing.
Grant this, O Lord, for the honor of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ.
(source: Book of Common Prayer, 1979 version, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA)
A short blessing suitable for printing out or emailing to a friend for their birthday:-