Bible Verses on Prayer

The Scriptures are full of Bible verses on prayer, giving us insight into how important prayer is and how necessary it is for us to pray.

There are many bible passages that teach us how to pray, and others that record the prayers of others. God has called all Christians to pray without ceasing and to speak to him whenever we have needs or requests.

Prayer makes a great subject for a topical sermon, and study of prayer can benefit any Christian. We have searched through the entire Bible to identify and quote the best 20 prayer bible verses we could find.

Scripture on Prayer



“Pray without ceasing,” [English Standard Version, 1 Thessalonians 5:17]


“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” [Mark 11:24]


“Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice.” [Psalm 55:17]


“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;” [Isaiah 55:6]


“But I, O Lord, cry to you; in the morning my prayer comes before you.” [Psalm 88:13]


“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]


“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,” [Ephesians 6:18]


“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.” [Romans 8:26]


“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]


“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]


“Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!” [Psalm 4:1]


“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.” [James 5:14]


“If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life–to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that.” [1 John 5:16]


“Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.” [Hebrews 13:18]


“I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;” [1 Timothy 2:8]


“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.” [Luke 11:1]


“Brothers, pray for us.” [1 Thessalonians 5:28]


“In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.” [Hebrews 5:7]


“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]


“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” [Psalm 145:18]

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What do these Bible verses teach us?

The command to pray without ceasing is just one of the things we learn in these Bible verses on prayer. We also discover that God wants Christians to talk to him and ask him for the things they need.

Even Jesus prayed and taught us how to pray, suggesting we simply ask for what we need without any necessity of long wordy prayers for God to hear us.

When we do pray to God, we learn that we must ask in sincere faith, believing that God will hear us and answer our prayers. In addition, these passages instruct us that our prayers must be according to God’s will to be granted. And we also must be living a godly life to be heard. Even when we don’t know what to pray, one verse above tells us the Holy Spirit will intercede for us.

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