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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