Looking for verses to inspire you toward a deeper life of prayer? That’s what today’s article is all about.
As we’ve journeyed so far into the Inner Life of Powerful Prayer, we’ve talked about asking the Spirit of God to be our Teacher and How to Pray When You Don’t Know Where to Start.
Now it’s time to take a closer look at what God Himself says about prayer, some examples of prayers from the Bible, and verses that inspire us in our prayer lives.
How to use these verses
- Print out this article and post it somewhere you can read a quick verse throughout the day to remind you to pray.
- Study one passage every day for a month (using the SOAP method) to strengthen your prayer life.
- Pick your favorite verses and write them on index cards to memorize and renew your perspective on prayer.
- Share this post with someone who needs encouragement to keep praying when they don’t see immediate answers to prayer.
- Pray for a friend who’s on your heart, and then write them a note with one of these verses to encourage him or her.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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.
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.
1 John 5:14-15
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
1 Timothy 2:5
And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Pray then like this: “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 also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
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.
And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’”
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
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.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
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.”
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 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.
You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand.
If my people who are called by my name 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.
2 Chronicles 7:14
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. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.
Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.
Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.