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Powerful Psalms to Pray [When you need God’s help]

Powerful Psalms to Pray When you need God's help

In this devotional, we’ll read Powerful Psalms to Pray when you need God’s help. Because the truth is… life is hard. And we all need a little help to get through the day. So, if you don’t know what to pray, let the Psalms encourage your heart and inspire your prayer life today.

 

Is Psalms a book of prayer?

The Old Testament book of Psalms is different from other books of the Bible. Instead of giving us a glimpse of God’s grace throughout history, these songs or poems show us an intimate relationship between God and the psalmist.

Just like Christian music today, they are an intimate look inside the heart of mankind searching for answers only God can provide. And just like we sing along with our favorite song, we can pray the psalms to God.

 

How to pray the Psalms?

The Bible is called God’s Word for a reason. It is a living, breathing thing that shows us how to live out our faith every day. The meaning stays the same, but God uses these Bible Verses to meet us exactly where we are right now.

The Word of God and prayer are our tools in the daily fight we face to stand firm in the faith. The Bible gives us instruction. And prayer is our personal and direct line to our Heavenly Father.

King David made this part of Christian life easy for us when he wrote most of the book of Psalms.

He was a man after God’s own heart. And in his psalms, we see a pattern of crying out to God for help, then praising the Lord for all He has done. This is the same pattern of prayer Jesus Christ taught us in the Lord’s Prayer.

That’s why some of our favorite Psalms make the perfect prayers to offer up to the Lord. You can use the entire psalm or just a part of it as a starting point for your personal prayer.

And because scripture has the power of the Holy Spirit within it, when you pray God’s Word back to Him your prayer life will change forever!

 

What is a good Psalm to pray?

Are you wondering… What is a good Psalm to pray? Whatever it is that you’re facing today, God has a word for you in the Psalms.

This special book of songs, poetry, and prayers is full of hope for any circumstance.

From the psalmist’s earnest cry for help to the pouring out of the human soul and the unending praise of God’s glory, we find every emotion we feel is accounted for in the Psalms.

But only you can answer the question of which Psalm fits the situation you find yourself in right now.

However, I promise you this, if you’ll keep reading, God will speak to your heart through one or more of these powerful psalms.

So, let’s get started…

Psalms to Pray in the Morning

 

Praying the psalms first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day!

Entering the presence of God and turning to His glorious light gives us a sense of renewed hope for what the day will bring. These scriptures will fill you with anticipation as you apply them to your morning routine.

 

Hear my prayer, O Lord;

    give ear to my pleas for mercy!

    In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!

                           Psalm 143:1 ESV

 

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,

    for I have put my trust in you.

Show me the way I should go,

    for to you I entrust my life.

                          Psalm 143:8 NIV

 

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

                          Psalm 51:10 NIV

 

From the rising of the sun to its going down The Lord’s name is to be praised.

                          Psalm 113:3 NKJV

 

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Psalms to Pray at Night

 

After a long day, we just want to go to bed and try to forget the busyness of life. But before our heads hit the pillow, we should take a moment to connect with God.

When you’re tired, these Psalms to pray at night will give you an easy place to start your bedtime prayers.

And if you have kids, they are a great way to teach children how to pray. Use them over and over again, and before long they’ll become second nature.

 

 

I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.

                            Psalm 77:11 NKJV

 

On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.

                           Psalm 63:6 NIV

 

My eyes are awake before the watches of the night,

    that I may meditate on your promise.

                           Psalm 119:148 ESV

 

May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the Lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.

                          Psalm 141:2 NIV

 

Psalm 91 Prayer

Psalm 91 is a prayer of protection and trust in God. It emphasizes the closeness we have with Him when we trust in His love.

Because at its core, this Psalm of prayer is all about love. The unique and special love we share with God Himself. And it encourages us to stay close to God in both the good and bad times.

Verses 14 through 16 give us an amazing promise. Because we have chosen to walk closely with Him, He will in return hold us close and keep us under His protection.

 

 

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High

    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

 

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,

    my God, in whom I trust.”

 

                          Psalm 91:1-2 NIV

 

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;

                          Psalm 91:9-10 NKJV

 

For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.

                         Psalm 91:11 NKJV

 

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

                         Psalm 91:14-16 NKJV

 

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The Lord is my Shepherd Prayer

We all know the 23rd Psalm. So much so, we may gloss over it.

But this Psalm 23 prayer is worth a second look.

Because in this very popular psalm we find our Savior Jesus. He is our Good Shepherd leading us through the darkest times and renewing our spirit with His gentle touch.

So, let’s read it with fresh eyes and see what God has to say to us in this great scripture.

The Lord is my shepherd;

I shall not want.

 

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still waters.

 

He restores my soul;

He leads me in the paths of righteousness

For His name’s sake.

 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil;

For You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil;

My cup runs over.

 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

All the days of my life;

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Forever.

 

                           Psalm 23:1-6 NKJV

 

Psalms to Pray for Healing

We all have times of physical illness or weakness. It’s just part of our human condition. And we have people we love who suffer from physical ailments too.

But we serve a God who cares deeply about every aspect of our lives, including what is happening inside of our bodies.

In these Psalms to pray for healing, we find the word to lift up to our Heavenly Father when we are sick or in pain.

 

 

Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.

                            Psalm 28:2 NIV

 

Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

                            Psalm 51:11 NIV

 

Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.

                            Psalm 6:2 NIV

 

Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

                            Psalm 31:5 NIV

 

Psalms to Pray Over Family

Praying for our family is the best thing we can ever do for them.

Naturally, our human nature wants to jump in and fix whatever is broken in their lives. But putting them in God’s hand allowing Him to work all things to their good is the way we should go.

When you pray these Psalms over your family, you will see His hand and feel His love covering your loved one with grace upon grace.

 

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!

                            Psalm 20:1 ESV

 

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

                           Psalm 121:7-8 NIV

 

For You formed my inward parts;

You covered me in my mother’s womb.

 

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Marvelous are Your works,

And that my soul knows very well.

                            Psalm 139:13-14 NKJV

 

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

                            Psalm 139:6 NIV

 

 

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Psalms to Pray for Others

Praying for our families is great. But there are so many other people in our lives that we want to lift up in prayer.

Whether it’s friends, co-workers, neighbors, or someone you met in line at the grocery store, prayer is an important part of our everyday relationships with these wonderful people.

And just like our family members, prayer is the very best thing we can do for them.

So, let’s look at these Psalms to pray for others and learn how we can help them the most.

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

                             Psalm 133:1 NIV

 

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.

                             Psalm 34:17 NKJV

 

How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

                              Psalm 36:7 ESV

 

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!

                            Psalm 139:17 NKJV

 

 

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Best Psalms to Pray for Strength

 

As followers of Christ, we strive to live out our faith boldly. But sometimes our strength fails us.

But that’s okay because God is always there offering us His strength.

If you’re feeling weak, read these Psalms to pray for strength and remember the Lord is your stronghold and fortress. Call out to Him and He will renew your strength.

 

The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.

                             Psalm 37:39 ESV

 

O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.

                            Psalm 59:17 ESV

 

He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the mud; And He set my feet on a rock, making my footsteps firm.

                           Psalm 40:2 NASB

 

My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

                          Psalm 73:26 NKJV

 

You who have shown me many troubles and distresses Will revive me again, And will bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

                           Psalm 71:20 NASB

 

You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.

                           Psalm 63:1 NIV

 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

                           Psalm 19:4 NKJV

 

I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.

                           Psalm 3:4 NIV

 

 

Popular Psalms to Pray for Protection

 

Similar to the previous scriptures, these popular Psalms to pray for protection remind us God will protect us and keep us safe.

He will never leave us alone to fight the battle raging in our lives. And He will give us hope for a better day to come.

Because no matter what you’re facing today, the victory is God’s and He will gladly share it with you if you will put your trust in Him.

 

May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.

                           Psalm 25:21 NIV

 

May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever;

    appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.

                           Psalm 61:7 NIV

 

Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

                           Psalm 4:1 NIV

 

Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.

                           Psalm 17:7 NIV

 

Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings,

                          Psalm 17:8 ESV

 

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

                          Psalm 20:7 NKJV

 

 

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Praying the Psalms for Spiritual Warfare

Christians should always be aware of the spiritual warfare going on around us. When we speak openly about our faith in Jesus there will be push back from the unbelieving world. And even though we can only see it with “spiritual eyes” we come up against the forces of darkness every time we stand up for what we believe.

Psalm 46 is a reminder that God is with us even in the midst of the spiritual battle we face each day.  He is our refuge and strength in every struggle. Run to His mighty fortress and be safe today!

 

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.

                           Psalm 46:1 NKJV

 

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

 

though its waters roar and foam

    and the mountains quake with their surging.

                          Psalm 46:2-3 NIV

 

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

    the holy place where the Most High dwells.

                          Psalm 46:4 NIV

 

God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.

                         Psalm 46:5 NIV

 

The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

                         Psalm 46:7 NIV

 

 

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The Most Powerful Prayer in the Book of Psalms

 

Jesus is our Rock. He is the firm foundation we can always stand on no matter what may be happening in our lives.

And when we’re overwhelmed by life’s demands, or the many disappoints we face each day, the best thing we can do is pray and allow God to lead us to the Rock that is higher!

Hear my cry, O God;

Attend to my prayer.

 From the end of the earth I will cry to You,

When my heart is overwhelmed;

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

                          Psalm 61:1-2 NKJV

 

 

Psalms to Pray about God’s Right Hand

Here at Master’s Hand Collection, the mission is always to show you God’s hand working in your life.

And these Psalms about God’s right hand offer us an intimate look at how He is always there for us, lifting us up when we need Him the most.

 

I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

                          Psalm 16:8 NKJV

 

You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

                          Psalm 16:11

 

 Wondrously show your steadfast love,

    O Savior of those who seek refuge

    from their adversaries at your right hand.                            

                           Psalm 17:7 ESV

 

Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory; his holy arm has shown his saving power!

                              Psalm 98:1 NLT

 

As your name, O God, so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with righteousness.

                            Psalm 48:10 ESV

 

When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.

                            Psalm 104:28 NIV

 

In his hand are the depths of the earth,

    and the mountain peaks belong to him.

                            Psalm 95:4 NIV

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Praying Psalms of Praise

 

One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.

                           Psalm 27:4 NKJV

 

Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!

                          Psalm 103:1 NKJV

 

Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name.

                          Psalm 30:4 NIV

 

 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

    for his steadfast love endures forever.

 

Give thanks to the God of gods,

    for his steadfast love endures forever.

 

Give thanks to the Lord of lords,

    for his steadfast love endures forever;

 

                          Psalm 136:1-3 ESV

 

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

                         Psalm 7:17 ESV

 

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.

                           Psalm 100:1-2 NKJV

 

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.

                          Psalm 9:1 ESV

 

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

                        Psalm 37:4 ESV

 

I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.

                       Psalm 18:3 NIV

 

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

                      Psalm 100:4 NKJV

 

Psalms to Pray for Forgiveness

Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.

                         Psalm 51:1 NLT

 

He has put a new song in my mouth—

Praise to our God;

Many will see it and fear,

And will trust in the Lord.

                       Psalm 40:3 NKJV

 

I said, Have mercy on me, Lord; heal me, for I have sinned against you.”

                       Psalm 41:4 NIV

 

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

                       Psalm 10:1 NIV

The wicked are too proud to seek God.
They seem to think that God is dead.

                       Psalm 10:4 NLT

 

Turning Psalms 1 Into a Prayer

 

And finally, we will end our devotional on Psalms to Pray at the beginning of the book of Psalms.

The whole Psalm is a reminder of how we should conduct ourselves as Christians in an ungodly world. Because sometimes life takes over and we forget to put God first.

So, let’s read Psalm 1 and be encouraged by its truth…

 

Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,

                         Psalm 1:1 NIV

 

but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.

                       Psalm 1:2 NIV

 

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

                        Psalm 1:3 NIV

 

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

                        Psalm 1:6 NIV

Any of these Powerful Psalms to Pray can be turned into beautiful prayers that will transform your prayer life.

They are a powerful way to take your deepest hurts or highest praise to the Lord.

So, the next time you find yourself wondering what to pray… turn to the words of the psalmist and find new inspiration for your daily prayers!

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Power of Prayer – James 5:16

Power of Prayer James 5:16 Why is prayer so powerful?

Prayer is powerful! And the power of prayer is real and tangible. As real as anything we can see or touch. It is a source of strength that we, as Christians, can tap into at any time, day or night. This verse from James 5:16 sums up this incredible power perfectly.

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

                                                               James 5:16

 

As I was researching, I came across some articles that claimed the power of prayer is a mysterious force. Honestly, I just don’t believe that. Prayer is not a mystery that we can’t comprehend. Like most things pertaining to God, it is simple and easy to understand.

So, if prayer is not a mysterious force, what is it? And why is prayer so powerful?

Prayer is our direct line to God. When we call on Him, He hears us and He answers. It’s simple, maybe too simple for some people. Maybe they want it to be mysterious and complicated for some reason that is beyond me. But I believe in a God who loves me and wants to hear from me as much as I want to hear from Him. And I believe in the power of prayer too.

Prayer has the power to make things happen. Not because of our own strength, but because we have been declared righteous through faith in Jesus. He alone is the reason that our prayers have power!

 

What does James 5:16 mean?

For the answer let’s look at an example of the power of prayer in action in the next scripture…

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.

                                                              James 5:17-18

Elijah believed in God and therefore was a righteous man. He prayed for the rain to be withheld and the Lord answered him. Then he prayed for the rain to come, and the Lord answered again.

Through his faith, Elijah shows us the meaning of fervent prayer and how it avails much. He didn’t just say a little prayer every now and then. He prayed continually and earnestly that God would keep the rain from falling. Then he prayed for the Lord to bring the rain. In both circumstances, the Lord heard and answered Elijah’s prayers. (You can read more about Elijah in 1 Kings)

And because we are righteous in God’s eyes, our prayers are effective and powerful tools too. We just need to practice the same kind of faithful and consistent prayer that Elijah did. Then the results will be undeniable.

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Is there real power in prayer?

The answer is a simple yes. But for us to see the power of prayer in our lives we must first believe in it and have faith in God. This is where the real power comes from… our faith.

Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

                                                             Mark 11:24

 

With His words here in Mark 11:24, Jesus emphasized believing in the power of prayer and having faith that God will not only hear our prayer but answer it also.

Sometimes we pray but we don’t really believe that anything will actually happen. Or we pray and think that our problems are too big, too small, too whatever for God. We have a “wing and a prayer” mentality. Kind of like luck or happenstance. Maybe our prayers are heard and maybe they’re not.

But what Jesus is talking about here is the condition of our hearts. Do we really believe deep down inside that God will hear our prayers? Do we have faith God will answer us? Because if we want to see the power of prayer, we must truly believe in our hearts that He will.

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Beyond just believing, we can have confidence in the power of prayer. Here’s an open invitation from God to us…

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

 

Prayer is not a last resort. Even though we may see it that way sometimes. When something bad happens, we try to fix it on our own and only turn to praying once we have failed. (Believe me, I’m guilty of this sometimes too!)

But prayer is not our last hope. Instead, it is our greatest offense and our best option in all circumstances. No matter what is going on in our lives, good or bad, God wants to hear about it. There is no need to worry about if it’s okay to pray or how our prayers will be received. We can boldly take all of our problems right to God’s throne of grace in our time of need.

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In my life, I have seen the power of prayer many times. But never more than when my mom had cancer. The doctors gave her about three months to live, however, God gave us three more years together. And I have no doubt that it was the power of prayer at work. So many people were praying for my mom. Our family and friends, two whole churches, even people we didn’t know. They were all praying for her.

And guess what… God heard their prayers. He listened and He cared. He knew that our family was in need and He didn’t let us down. It was during this time that God allowed me to experience the power of prayer firsthand. I could see how prayer is the solution to all of life’s problems and how we can have complete confidence in taking everything to God in prayer.

So, you see, understanding the power of prayer is not a mysterious thing. We are simply having a conversation with a loving and faithful God.

Isn’t it amazing to know that the Creator of the universe, the One who spoke the world into motion wants to speak to you? God loves you and He wants to hear from you.

Today, I pray you will claim the power of prayer, find encouragement and strength in it, and see the undeniable results in your life.

Now is the time to declare I believe in the power of prayer!

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How a Prayer Journal will Change your Life

How a Prayer Journal will Change your Life

A few years ago I started keeping a prayer journal. A lot has happened in my life since then. Truthfully, it’s been quite a rollercoaster ride. Along the way, I’ve offered up many prayers to God and received many answers back. So much happens that it’s easy to lose track of all of the things He has to say. That’s why I’m glad I started a prayer journal. When I get discouraged and think I’ll never hear from God again, I can look over my journal entries and see the goodness of God as He answered my prayers and kept me going when I wanted to give up.

I tend to keep journaling pretty simple and I don’t write in it every day.  But when God has something important to say to me or I have a deep down need to write to Him, I get it out and make an entry. Whether I feel good or bad, I pour my heart out to God on paper. Sometimes I’ll write out a prayer directly to God just as I would say it to Him.  And sometimes it’s just my feelings about the day or situation I’m in. (Hey, sometimes its silly doodles of flowers, cuz I’m girly like that!)

No matter what I write or have to say about my crazy life, the best part of my prayer journal is keeping track of what God says back to me. His answers always give me comfort in the moment. But I also know that I will look back over them sometime in the future and find strength in His words again.

It’s interesting to see the many different ways God has of answering prayer.

God uses His own word to speak to us. So it’s no wonder that the pages of my prayer journal are filled with scripture after scripture. Each one of them holds a special meaning to me, so I make sure to write out not only the verse but also why God gave me that particular scripture in response to my prayer.

Recently I read through some of my old entries and found a verse from Romans 15:5 “Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus.” What really sticks out to me in this verse are the words perseverance and encouragement. I’m positive that God spoke these words into my heart that day because I had asked Him for those two exact things the day before. But if I had not recorded that response from God in my journal along with my thoughts and prayer I wouldn’t be able to look back on it now and remember just how good God is in answering my prayers.

Sometimes God will speak to us through a thought or just one word. When He speaks to us in this way, there is no doubt that the one word or thought is directly from Him. I have pages and pages of notes God has given to me in a sudden burst of inspiration. A single thought or word that He has shared to inspire and encourage my heart. Heck, once it was a number. That one was interesting!

God speaks to us through other people. How many times have I been minding my own business and God has said something to me through another person? More times than I can count. It could come from hearing the pastor preach a sermon that gets right to the heart of the matter. Or having a conversation with a dear friend who openly shares her own circumstances with me. Or even sitting in traffic and listening to a song on the radio. However, God speaks to me I try to write about it in my journal. I don’t want to forget what He said and I don’t want His words to fall away unnoticed just because I get busy in this crazy mess we call life.

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Just like me, I’m sure you’re on your own rollercoaster ride of nonstop action. And I promised you in the title of this post that a prayer journal would change your life. So I’d like to share with you three things that have really changed in my life since I began keeping a prayer journal in the hope that it will change yours too. Each of them builds on the next. And before you know it your life, in particular, your prayer life will be changed!

#1 I realized God really does listen when we pray.

Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.

                                                              Jeremiah 29:12

Seeing is believing. So, when we see God’s answers to our prayers written down in black and white, we start to understand that God really listens when we pray. As I said before, it is incredible to look back at my previous journal entries and see the way God has faithfully answered my prayers. In those times when I was desperate for an answer and couldn’t wait to hear from God, He listened and He answered.

#2 Thankfulness filled my heart.

but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

                                                                 Philippians 4:6

How is it possible to go through difficulties and at the same time pray with thanksgiving? The answer is simple, as the pages of our journals begin to fill up, thankfulness is a natural reaction to so many answered prayers. That thankfulness builds up inside and covers all of the dark places we try so hard to hide. It grows and takes root until our hearts are filled to the brim with thankfulness for everything God has done.

#3 My relationship with God grew closer and closer the more I prayed.

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.

                                                                Psalm 145:18

Isn’t it amazing to know that God wants to talk to us? And He wants to have a real and meaningful relationship with us? Closeness with God is what I crave the most and it’s what I’ve found through my prayer life. The more time I spend with Him, the better my relationship with Him becomes. If like me, you’re longing for closeness with God, it’s just a prayer away. The more you call upon Him the nearer He is to you. All you have to do is start the conversation, He’ll do the rest.

I hope that this Bible Study has given you a few ideas of where to start with your prayer journal. There is no right or wrong way to do it.  A lot of people fill their journals with pictures and artwork or maybe stickers that have meaning to them. (Who doesn’t love a cute sticker?) Others just want to write down their feelings, thoughts or answered prayers. Whatever you choose to put in your journal, the real power within its pages is knowing that God is listening when you pray and that He is answering you too. It may sound simple, but that’s how a prayer journal will change your life! Praying for you to see answered prayers filling up your pages soon!

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Encouraging Bible Verses about Prayer

Bible Verses About Prayer

Prayer has the ability to accomplish so much in our lives! It’s our direct line to the Creator of the world. And a huge part of our faith. Each prayer lifted up to God is a powerful and effective tool. So, let’s read some Encouraging Bible Verses About Prayer and see the power this simple act of faith has to change our lives.

Scriptures on Prayer for Encouragement and Strength

What does the Bible say to pray for? The answer is simple… pray for anything and everything. And pray without ceasing. Do it with joy in your heart, Do it believing you will see the results. And be thankful for this tool of the faith.

 

Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

                                                             1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;

                                                               Romans 12:12

 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God

                                                             Philippians 4:6

 

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

                                                               James 5:16

 

 

God hears our prayers.

The Lord hears our prayers. Every single one of them. And we can be sure God will answer our prayers too. This is our promise, God hears our cries for help, and He will not ignore or forsake us in our weakness. That’s the kind of promise that gives us complete confidence in our loving and faithful Father.

These scriptures on God hearing our prayer are a testament to the fact that we can take anything to God in prayer. No matter how big or small our troubles are, He wants to hear about it.

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

                                                                 1 John 5:14-15

 

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.

                                                                Psalm 145:18

 

Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.

                                                                Jeremiah 29:12

 

The Lord is far from the wicked,
But He hears the prayer of the righteous.

                                                               Proverbs 15:29

 

 

Inspirational Prayer in the Psalms Bible Verses

The Psalms are filled with heartfelt cries to Our Heavenly Father. Here are a select few to start with. I encourage you to seek out others. They will lift you up as you lift up your prayers to God. And don’t forget, praying scripture, God’s own word, back to Him is powerful. So, don’t be afraid to recite these verses or even part of them to God.

I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God;
Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.

                                                                Psalm 17:6

 

My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up.

                                                              Psalm 5:3

 

He shall regard the prayer of the destitute,
And shall not despise their prayer.

                                                              Psalm 102:17

 

Let my prayer be set before You as incense,
The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

                                                               Psalm 141:2

 

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress;
Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

                                                             Psalm 4:1

 

I love the Lord, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.

                                                             Psalm 116:1-2

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What did Jesus say about praying?

Here’s an amazing thought… Jesus prayed for help the same way we do. When He needed help, He went to God in prayer. And we can follow His example when we need help. During hard times we should take a cue from our Lord and Savior and take our troubles to God too.

Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”

                                                                  Matthew 26:42

 

Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

                                                                 Luke 6:12

 

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The Lord’s Prayer teaches us how to Pray

With the Lord’s Prayer Jesus taught us how to pray. It’s a passage of scripture we’re all familiar with. We’ve heard it many times and probably know it by heart.

But there is a pattern to this prayer that teaches us how to pray. Within the Lord’s Prayer, there are six requests. The first three are to see the kingdom come, or God’s will in our lives. The second three are to meet the daily needs of the one praying. Then it ends with praise for God. It’s perfectly okay to recite these words of Jesus as is. Or we can use them as a template to follow in our own prayers. Here’s what Jesus said about how to pray.

In this manner, therefore, 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 this day our daily bread.
 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
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.

                                                          Matthew 6:9-13

 

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The Holy Spirit Intercedes for Us

Sometimes we just don’t know what to pray. The words get caught in our throat or they just don’t come at all. But that’s okay. Because in these moments, the Holy Spirit, prays for us. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be our Helper, Comforter, and Counselor. When we don’t know what to pray, the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf.

This verse about the Holy Spirit praying for us is one of my favorite Bible verses for hard times. It shows how much love God has for us and how He accounted for every hardship we could possibly face. It gives me so much encouragement to know that in my weakness the Holy Spirit is praying for me. If you’re facing a hard time, I hope knowing the Spirit is praying for you gives you the same encouragement it has given me. Here’s the scripture on intercession in the Bible that will change your life!

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

                                                                  Romans 8:26

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Bible Verses About Praying for Others

As Christians, we spend a great deal of time praying for other people. It’s what we do! And it’s Biblical too. We believe in God, in the power prayer has in our lives, and that it will change the lives of others also. So why wouldn’t we lift up the needs of those closest to us? This Bible verse is meant to remind us of this power and to pray for one another.

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men

                                                                1 Timothy 2:1

 This is not a comprehensive list of Bible verses about Prayer. There are many more scriptures on prayer. But I hope each one here encourages you in your daily walk with Christ. And I pray they give you a starting place to search out more scriptures for a fulfilling prayer life. May you pray without ceasing and see the results today!

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