The Bible mentions prayer a lot, but prayer is much more than simply repeating words or wishful thinking. Prayer is talking and listening to God. Prayer, like a conversation, can be done at any time, anywhere – because God is always with us and is always listening. Read through these verses from both the Old and New Testaments about how and why to pray.
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Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.
- Jeremiah 29:12
Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.
- 1 Chronicles 4:10
And listen to the plea of your servant and of your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. And listen in heaven your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive.
- 1 Kings 8:30
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.
- Matthew 6:6
Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!
- Psalm 66:20
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
- 2 Corinthians 10:3-4
And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
- Luke 11:9
And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
- James 5:15
By day the LORD commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
- Psalm 42:8
The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
- Proverbs 15:29
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
- Hebrews 11:6
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.
- James 5:16
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith."
- matthew 21:22
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 4:7
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
- Romans 12:12
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
- Matthew 28:20
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
- Proverbs 3:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
- Philippians 4:6
Never underestimate the power of prayer. God always hears us when we pray, and He wants to help us and bless us. Never stop praying!