Bible Verses about Prayer

This article, Bible verses about prayer looks at the numerous time the word of God looks at the importance of prayers.

During prayers we need to have the faith, faith is only build by hearing the word of God. When you go before God you will have a more fulfilling relationship with Him if only you understanding what He has directed us.

There is no way specific way to pray, no one is perfect in prayers, only Jesus our high priest understands the perfect way to pray for us. However even in our imperfection we could still have the confidence that when we call upon the name of the Lord He will answer us.

To help you understand what the bible says about prayers below we have looked at Bible verses about prayers

Bible Verses about Prayer

1. Prayer should not be done for show
This bible verse looks at how we are to pray in secrecy. When we pray in secrecy our God in heaven will reward us openly

Matthew 6:6
6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. (NKJV)

2. Jesus taught us how to pray
Jesus taught us how to pray, He even gave us a good illustration on how to pray.

Matthew 6:9-13
9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. (NKJV)

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3. How to prayer according to God’s will

1 John 5:14-15

14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. (NKJV)

4. How to pray with right motives

James 4:3

3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. (NKJV)

5. Prayers requires persistence

Matthew 7:7

7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (NKJV)

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6. Praying expecting answer from the Lord

Matthew 7:8-11

8 For everyone who asks receive, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (NKJV)

7. In prayers humble yourselves and ask forgiveness

2 Chronicles 7:14
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (NKJV)

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8. The prayer without doubts

James 1:6

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. (NKJV)

9. We should pray for others

2 Thessalonians 1:11
Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, (NKJV)

10. We are expected to pray at all time

Ephesians 6:18
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— (NKJV)

11. When you pray believe your prayers are heard in heaven

2 Chronicles 6:21
21 And may you hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and when You hear, forgive. (NKJV)

Psalm 17:6
6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.

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12. Pray in Jesus name

John 16:23-24
23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.
24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. (NKJV)

13. How to pray with humility

Prayers require humility, when a Pharisee and tax collector pray we would expect the Pharisee prayer’s to be answered. But it is in fact the tax collector’s prayers that were heard. In prayers he humbled himself.

Luke 18:9-14
9 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortions, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.
12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’
13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”(NKJV)

14. Let go of doubt during prayers

Matthew 21:21-22
21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.
22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”(NKJV)

15. We should pray for those who wrong us

Genesis 20:17-18
17 So Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants. Then they bore children;
18 for the Lord had closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife. (NKJV)

16. After persistence prayers and having no doubt God will answer.

Genesis 30:22-23
22 Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb.
23 And she conceived and bore a son, and said, “God has taken away my reproach.(NKJV)

17. When we pray and believe even our enemies will acknowledge the power of God

Genesis 41:15-16
15 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it.”
16 So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.”(NKJV)

18. Prayers makes God make a way where seems to be no way

Exodus 14:15-16
15 And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.
16 But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea (NKJV)

19. God hears the prayer of the upright

Proverbs 15:8
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.(NKJV)

20. Our prayers are like an incense before God

Psalm 141:2
Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.(NKJV)

Revelation 5:8
Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. (NKJV)

21. Jesus our High priest prays for us

Romans 8:34
Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. (NKJV)

22. Pray always and pray in spirit

Ephesians 6:18
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— (NKJV)

23. Forgive those who have wronged you before prayers

Mark 11:25
“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.(NKJV)

24. Even during the hard time do not give up on prayers

Acts 16:25
But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. (NKJV)

25. Always find time to spend time in prayers

Matthew 14:23

And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. (NKJV)