Prayers For Joy And Laughter

Bible Verses About Joy, Laughter

Prayers For Joy And Laughter

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We believe the following 22 Bible verses about joy have the power to turn your attitude around.

In the words of American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr “Humor is a prelude to faith and laughter is the beginning of prayer.” St. Thomas Aquinas himself said “It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.“

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Thank you to pastor Laura Gentry for compiling the following list of Bible verses about joy (and laughter!)

14 Bible Verses about Joy in the Old Testament

The ancient Psalms are filled with expressions of human emotions, some of which are great joy. Many personify the earth to imply that nature itself rejoices. So when we laugh, we are laughing along with the earth!

  1. “A merry heart doeth good a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” — Proverbs 17:22
  2. “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.” – Psaml 47:1
  3. “God has a smile on His face.” — Psalm 42:5
  4. “God, who sits in Heaven, laughs!” — Psalm 2:4
  5. “He that is of a merry heart has a continual feast.” — Proverbs 15:15
  6. “I commend mirth.” — Ecclesiastes 8:15
  7. “I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them and give them gladness for sorrow.” — Jeremiah 31:13
  8. “Let the shield exult and everything in it. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy.” — Psalm 96:12
  9. “Let your heart be merry.” — Judges 19:6
  10. “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break into joyous song and sing praises.” — Psalm 98:4
  11. “The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves wiht joy; The meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.” — Psalm 65:12-13
  12. “Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, the Lord has done great things for them.” — Psalm 126:2
  13. “You have turned my mourning into dancing; You have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.” — Psaml 30:11
  14. “You shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and hills before you shall burst into song, and the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” — Isaiah 55:12

8 Bible Verses About Joy in the New Testament

Notice that the verses about Christ and his coming speak emphatically of joy. This is why many of the Christmas carols have the word “joy” in them: Christ brings joy!

  1. “Although you have not seen Jesus, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy.” — Peter 1:8
  2. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh!” — Luke 6:21
  3. “But in so far as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed.” — Peter 4:13
  4. “I have said these things to you,” Jesus said to his disciples, “so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.” — John 15:11
  5. “The angel said to Mary: You will have joy and gladness and many will rejoice at the birth of your son.” — Luke 1:14
  6. “The angels said to the shepherds: Do not be afraid, for see – I am bringing good news of great joy for all the people.” — Luke 2:10
  7. “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 18:3
  8. “When the wise men saw that the star had stopped over the place where the christ child lay, they were overwhelmed with joy.” — Matthew 2:10

Holy Laughter

A few churches in the USA use laughter for inner healing, and it works for them. Read more.

Here is what Rev. John and Pattie Chappell ( recommend you do: “When you are feeling discouraged or have hurts that need healing, close your eyes, force yourself to raise your head, and begin praising the Lord in tongues or English for a minute or two.

Then begin saying ‘Hee, hee, ha, ha, ho, ho!’ and repeat it several times. If you cooperate with the Holy Spirit, this will usually release a flow of holy laughter. If that doesn’t work, try saying, ‘Ho, ha, hee, hee’ or ‘ho, ho, hee, hee, ha, ha! This is not being silly.

It is being spiritual! God takes the “foolish things of the world to confound the wise.” These words are holy words, heavily anointed by the Holy Spirit, and amazingly effective.

To the natural mind, this “method” is so absurd, so ridiculous, but it will usually produce holy laughter in anyone. God’s methods bear fruit.”

Laughter Sunday

Recently there has been a liturgical reclamation of what is known as “Laughter Sunday,” “Holy Humor Sunday” or “Lighten Up Sunday”. It is sometimes observed on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which is called “Laetare Sunday,” which comes from the first word of the traditional collect for the day – Rejoice.

It is also sometimes observed during Eastertide. Early Orthodox churches gathered on the Monday after Easter to tell stories, jokes and anecdotes.

To this day in Slavic regions Christians gather the day after Easter for folk dancing and feasting in the churchyard. This was a time of celebrating the big joke that God pulled on Satan.

It is known as Bright Monday, White Monday, and Emmaus Day in various countries. It is also called it ̃Risus Paschalis” – God’s Joke, the Easter Laugh.

Whenever “Laugher Sunday” is celebrated, and by whatever name, it is characterized by joking around, singing, dancing, and merry-making. And it reminds participants that God is a God of laughter as well as of sorrow – much as God is Lord of the valleys as well as the mountain tops (Genesis 21:1-6).

Read more.
How to open Laughter Sunday in your church.

Hymn: “Give to Us Laughter” Words: Walter Farquharson

Tune: Slane (Be Thou My Vision)

1. Give to us laughter, O Source of our life. Laughter can banish so much of our strife! Laughter and love give us wholeness and health. Laughter and love are the coin of true wealth.

2. Give to us laughter as sign of deep joy; let us in laughing find Christian employ, joining with stars and with bright northern lights, laughing and praising and sharing delights.

3. Even in sorrow and hours of grief, laughter with tears brings us healing relief! God, give us laughter, and God, give us peace, joy of your promise among us increase.

What are your favorite Bible verses about joy? Are there more Bible verses on joy that you ? Join the conversation by leaving a comment below!

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Prayers of Joy

Prayers For Joy And Laughter

Prayers of Joy,

Expressions of Jubilance,


Silly Stuff


Welcome to all those who feel silly happy and

those who want to feel silly happy!


My Lord,

You are my exceeding joy!

Psalm 43:4

Celebrating the Wonders of God

We begin with a prayer


The Wonders of God.

Dear Lord,

I praise you for you are an Amazing Artist.
You are the Master Painter of our World.

From your palette, you brushed the world with splashes of forest green, sky blue, and sunny yellow.

You created lush jungles of jade and arid deserts of gold.

You formed majestic mountains, and then you took scoops of brilliant white snow and topped their peaks.

You shaped multi-layered canyons and adorned them with copper-colored hues.

Your exquisite creation is vibrant and full of variety.

Joy and thankfulness rise in me as I meditate on the beauty of your world.


Copyright © 2013 Beth Mc Lendon of

Celebrating Silly

It is good to 


and be


Overheard Girl Talk:

“Exercise? The only reason

I came with you this morning

was because I thought

you said we were going to,


Overheard comment:

Do you want to know how I deal with bumper to bumpertraffic?

I open my glove compartment and get out my bubbles.

Then I lowermy window and blow a few bubbles out my window.

How can I stay upset whilesilly bubbles are blowing across the highway?

William Shakespeare Humor

Humor Billy Shakespeare!

Beth McLendon's son is very witty:

My son was studying William Shakespeare in school.

One day he came to me and said,

Mom, I can sum up all of William Shakespeare's

plays into one: 

Much Ado About Nothing!


William Shakespeare is famous for saying:

“To thine own self be true.”

That is a nice saying,

but I think his wife would prefer

something a little different.

I'll explain below…

After telling my friend, Linda, about a

Spectacular Shoe Shopping Spree that I had  –

I received a birthday card from Linda.

William Shakespeare was on the front, and inside it said:

To thine own self give shoes.

What great advice!

Do I hear an “amen” from the women?


What shoe is the most fun shoe?


Flip flops

They are the slap-happy shoes !

From Walking in the Spirit by Patsy Clairmont

Beth says,

“I to pitter, patter, and putter in my flip flops!”

O God, in mercy bless us;
let your face beam with joy as you look down at us.

Psalm 67:1 TLB


How the nations will be singing for joy
because you are their King.

Psalm 67:4 TLB

Celebrating Childhood

Jesus loves the little children!

Prayers of Joy presents a prayer to celebrate childhood.

Dear Lord,

You are amazing.

You varied the trunks of trees to become footholds for little lads.

You made strong tree branches that reach out to support sturdy swings.

You think ahead and provide all we need.

You are our provider of everything.


Copyright 2005 Beth McLendon of

Celebrating Nature

Caught any Lightning Bugs lately?

It sure is fun to catch lightning bugs and

put them in a jar with small holes for air.

Then set them free after an hour or two.


Would you to read our

Delightful Devotion about

Lightning Bugs?


What did you used to do as a child

that might still be kinda fun?


Water pistols anyone?


Are you brave enough to be silly?


Hey, if you're married,why not go out and buy an ice cream cone…..and share it!-

Then  – Take a walk around your neighborhood, and enjoy the amazing world God made, and choose to look so in-love that you make everyone who sees you



Enjoy whatever God has given you!


Here are folks who had a Beary Friendly Day.

Need more help around the house?

Consider this!

Are you getting motivated to lift up your own

prayers of joy

to your fun-loving Heavenly Father?

God created fun


God created laughter.

Celebrating Truth

Have a Problem?

Sometimes you just need a manual.

In 2016, I suggest we need an


~ ~

We have e-books.

We have e-commerce.

But what we really need is an


Have you ever searched for a manual

to help you fix  a problem?

Even before looking for a manual, the first place

we should look is to


Jesus is called “Emmanuel” which means “God with us.”

My Lord,

In your presence is fullness of joy!

Psalm 16:11  NKJV

Celebrating Joy

Let your joy show for all the world to see!

Shouts of Joy and Victory resound in the tents of the Righteous of the Lord.

Psalm 118:15 NIV

Celebrate the joy in your heart with little ones.

If you are a parent or grandparent, consider teaching your little ones

a silly, fun Bible song –  …..

I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.


Down in my heart.


Down in my heart.

I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.

Down in my heart to stay.

I've got the love of Jesus, love of Jesus down in my heart.


Down in my heart.


Down in my heart.

I've got the love of Jesus, love of Jesus down in my heart.


Down in my heart to stay.

And I'm so happy. So very happy, happy, happy.

I have the love of Jesus in my heart, down in my heart.

And I'm so happy. So very happy, happy, happy.

I have the love of Jesus in my heart.

If you have forgotten how to have fun and be joyful,

consider allowing yourself to be a kid again.

There are many reasons why God tells us to come to him
as little children.

If you need help having fun,

watch kids.

They will teach you!

Consider signing up to work with the little kids at church!

To see a list of all our prayers, go to: Prayers For All Occasions

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