The Scriptures are full of Bible verses on prayer, giving us insight into how important prayer is and how necessary it is for us to pray.
There are many bible passages that teach us how to pray, and others that record the prayers of others. God has called all Christians to pray without ceasing and to speak to him whenever we have needs or requests.
Prayer makes a great subject for a topical sermon, and study of prayer can benefit any Christian. We have searched through the entire Bible to identify and quote the best 20 prayer bible verses we could find.
- 1 Scripture on Prayer
- 2 What do these Bible verses teach us?
- 3 Add a Bible Verse or Comment
- 4 H – “Hear me lord and answer me for I am poor and needy.” Psalm 86:1
- 5 E – “Establish my steps in your word.” Psalm 119:133
- 6 L – “Let your compassion quickly meet our needs because we are on the brink of despair.” Psalm 79:8
- 7 P – “Protect me God because I take refuge in You. I say to the Lord, You are my Lord, apart from You I have nothing good.” Psalm 16:1
- 8 20 Bible Verses about Prayer
- 9 Your Turn
Scripture on Prayer
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
“Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice.”
“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;”
“But I, O Lord, cry to you; in the morning my prayer comes before you.”
“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,”
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
“Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!”
“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”
“If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life–to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that.”
“Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.”
“I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;”
“Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”
“In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.”
“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”
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What do these Bible verses teach us?
The command to pray without ceasing is just one of the things we learn in these Bible verses on prayer. We also discover that God wants Christians to talk to him and ask him for the things they need.
Even Jesus prayed and taught us how to pray, suggesting we simply ask for what we need without any necessity of long wordy prayers for God to hear us.
When we do pray to God, we learn that we must ask in sincere faith, believing that God will hear us and answer our prayers. In addition, these passages instruct us that our prayers must be according to God’s will to be granted. And we also must be living a godly life to be heard. Even when we don’t know what to pray, one verse above tells us the Holy Spirit will intercede for us.
Add a Bible Verse or Comment
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16 nkjv).
The door is unlocked for you; it’s been thrown wide open! You can come as often as you want, and you can come as you are. You don’t need an appointment to walk straight to the throne of grace when you need help.
When you’re worn out or stressed out or burnt out or just plain out of options, you can run into the throne room of grace and crawl up into the lap of your Abba Father.
You don’t have to tiptoe or tremble. You don’t have to wonder if you are good enough to be there, because you don’t have to be. Jesus is. In Christ, you are just as welcome to come to God’s Throne as God’s only begotten son.
The One who sits on the throne of grace is the King of kings – and He is your Father. You can talk to Him, sit with Him, tell Him your hurts and find grace to help in your time of need.
God’s help is as near as our cry. But, let’s face it. We can get all twisted up trying to figure out how to pray or what to say when we get to that throne of grace! When we’re at the bottom of ourselves, we often don’t know how to put our requests, our needs, and our heartaches into words.
Sometimes we just stumble into the throne room mumbling, “help Lord, help!”
Oh my friend, the same God who gives you an open invitation to His throne of grace when you need help is the same God who gives you the words to say when you just can’t find any of your own. He gives you Psalms so you can find ways to express what your heart feels.
So, when you need help, step into – or stumble into the throne room of grace and use these four Scriptures as the substance of your prayer.
H – “Hear me lord and answer me for I am poor and needy.” Psalm 86:1
Beginning with a plea for help is the way to let God know you need Him. And, as you do, you can just lay it all out… I am poor and needy! I am worn out. I am scared. I am totally confused. The Psalmists didn’t hold back when they needed help or protection or deliverance and neither should you. Whatever your need is, tell God. Acknowledge that your soul is needy for God’s strength and your spirit is poor, humbled, and contrite before Him. He hears you and He will help.
E – “Establish my steps in your word.” Psalm 119:133
When you ask God to establish your steps like the Psalmist did, you are asking Him to direct you – to be the captain of the ship as you cross stormy seas! You are asking Him to show you how to stand firm when the wind blows strong and how to run the course He has laid out for you. Tell God you need His direction and ask Him to steady you and keep you walking within the safety of His Word. He will help you stand on His Word and walk by faith.
L – “Let your compassion quickly meet our needs because we are on the brink of despair.” Psalm 79:8
The Psalmist was asking – pleading with God not to hold their past against them but instead, lavish them with His compassion because they were on the edge of despair. Ever felt like that? Sometimes when we need God’s help it’s because we have blown it and we are having to eat the bitter fruit from the sinful seeds we have sown. But, God is compassionate and we can ask Him, even though we may not deserve it, to show us mercy and grace in spite of our past choices. If you are on the “brink of despair” because of circumstances that may have roots in your past, ask God to let His compassion lift you from that low place. God’s compassion will comfort and strengthen you
P – “Protect me God because I take refuge in You. I say to the Lord, You are my Lord, apart from You I have nothing good.” Psalm 16:1
Often when we run to God for help, it’s because our circumstances or heartache have made us feel vulnerable. And when we feel that way, we just want a refuge – we need to be protected. We need spiritual protection from the darts of the enemy; we often need physical protection from danger. You may need protection from worry or stress or unbelief. God promises His protection to those who take refuge in Him. Pray along with the Psalmist and adopt His humble spirit. Tell God that outside of Him, you have nothing good to offer or lean on. You don’t need to take refuge in your own abilities or strength, you take refuge in Him and He will protect and help you when you need it most.
If you need some grace today, come to His throne. If you need mercy or help, walk through the “door,” Jesus Himself, to your Father God and receive the help you need.
God shows His love to us through the book of Psalms, it’s the way our good shepherd leads us. Yet, God loves us through every book of the Bible. So, if you want to discover the other ways God loves you through Scripture, check out 66 Ways God Loves You. www.66WaysBook.org
Jennifer Rothschild is a nationally known speaker and author of 13 books, including bestsellers Lessons I Learned in the Dark, Self Talk, Soul Talk and her latest release,66 Ways God Loves You. She’s been featured on Good Morning America, The Dr. Phil Show, The Learning Channel, Women of Faith and Extraordinary Women. She is the founder of Fresh Grounded Faith events and womensministry.net. She and her husband, whom she affectionately calls “her very own Dr. Phil,” have two sons and a lovely daughter-in-law. She is a C.S. Lewis junkie who enjoys strong coffee, dark chocolate, great conversation, international travel and audio books. Jennifer became blind at age fifteen and now helps others live beyond limits.
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20 Bible Verses about Prayer
Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer in the U.S. and all week here at FaithGateway we are featuring articles by popular Christian authors and verses about prayer to provide you with encouragement to pray for our nation and your local communities. To kick off our commemorations, we’ve collected a list of 20 Bible Verses about Prayer. As you read through these scriptures about prayer, be encouraged. It is our prayer for you that God will help you understand more fully the depth of His love for you and His great desire for you to walk with Him daily in prayer.
God invites the followers of Christ to boldly approach Him with their praises, thoughts, needs, hurts, hopes and requests. ─ NIV Quickview Bible
Bible Verses about Prayer – God hears our prayers
Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. ─ Psalms 4:3
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. ─ 1 John 5:14
Bible Verses about Prayer – Lay your requests before God
Listen to my words, Lord
consider my lament
Hear my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray. In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly. ─ Psalms 5:1-3
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ─ Philippians 4:6-7
Bible Verses about Prayer – How to pray
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. ─ Colossians 4:2
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ─ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. ─ Matthew 26:41
Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. ─ 1 Timothy 2:8
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. ─ Matthew 6:7-8
This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’ ─ Matthew 6:9-13
For more reading on how to pray, check out this article from John Eldredge about how prayer works.
Bible Verses about Prayer – Jesus’s example
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. ─ Mark 1:35
Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba,Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” ─ Mark 14:35-36
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. ─ Luke 6:12
For further reading about praying in Jesus’ name, check out our blog post from Ann Spangler about praying the names of Jesus.
Bible Verses about Prayer – Confession and Forgiveness
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. ─ Mark 11:25
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. ─ James 5:16
Bible Verses about Prayer – Give Praise to God!
On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. ─ Acts 4:23-24
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus. ─ 1 Corinthians 1:4
Bible Verses about Prayer – Pray for peace and for our leaders
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. ─1 Timothy 2:1-2
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May they be secure who love you! ─ Psalm 122:6
Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success! ─ Psalm 118:25
We hope these Bible verses about prayer have inspired you to start a meaningful conversation with the Lord. After all, that’s what prayer is all about, isn’t it? Do you keep a prayer list at home, perhaps something you write in a journal or on a chalkboard or another place where you have a daily visual reminder? Do you go back and look at past prayer requests and record answered prayers? Leave a comment and let us know the importance of prayer in your walk with the Lord. If you want to learn how to set up a specific place for prayer, read this helpful article from Anne Graham Lotz excerpted from her book The Daniel Prayer about making a prayer space in your home. ~ FaithGateway