Prayer is essential to the Christian life. It is an opportunity to communicate with the Creator and sustainer of the world. Prayer involves many different elements including praise, confession, petition, and intercession. It requires, however, like any good conversation a time of listening. God communicates with us through his Word. It is always effective to pray with an open Bible. Bible verses about prayer can be found all throughout the Bible.
The book of Psalms is said to be the Jewish hymnbook. It contains songs of worship and praise, confession, and request. In the Psalms we can find many Bible verses about prayer. David one of the primary authors of the book of Psalms was described as “a man after God’s own heart”. He had a passionate desire to commune with God and for those who want to learn how to pray his example is one to follow.
Another great example of how we can pray can be found in the book of Nehemiah. He was an exile from Judea who was working as the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes. When he received word that the city of Jerusalem remained in destruction (particularly the walls) he prayed. He confessed his personal sin as well as that of his people. He surrendered himself to God and fell upon his mercy. Later when the king asked Nehemiah why he was upset. Nehemiah once again prayed. This time his prayer was a very short “Help me!” He knew that God would hear him in his time of need because he had already prepared himself through prayer and fasting.
Bible verses about prayer can also be found in the New Testament. The Apostle Paul commanded believers to “pray without ceasing”. This is done by recognizing God’s presence with us at all times. Paul also modeled that the things we pray for should not focus upon our basic needs; rather we should desire holiness, greater love for each other, unity in the church, knowledge about God. Ephesians 3:14-21 is a great illustration of this. Prayer gives us a chance to speak to our God and Father. We can approach God boldly but let us also do it with a reverent fear and a desire to listen above all else.
Bible Verses About Prayer
- Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1
- Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. Matthew 24:42
- I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. Psalms 18:3
- He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalms 91:1
- Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalms 106:1
- Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. Psalms 150:6