Prayer Quotes from the Bible and History

Where can we find the best prayer quotes? Social media posts, speaking engagements, and conversations with churchmates often leave us with the need to make insightful thoughts to say. Instead of harvesting words from common day to day experiences, it may be better to get wisdom from the greatest source of wisdom, the Bible.

Here are great Bible quotes you will want to share and may even be relatable to your peers. Having these holy words will make it easier to get your message across in a positive and encouraging light. Mind you, these might even be something you can use to find guidance in healing, love, strength, and inspiration.

Prayer Quotes in Scripture

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  (Philippians 4:6)

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.  (Jeremiah 33:3)

In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.  (Psalm 18:6)

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  (Mark 11:24)

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.  (Matthew 6:6)

Prayer Quotes from History

“Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays.”  (Søren Kierkegaard)

“Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.”  (Benjamin Franklin)

“Pray. To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.’  (Ambrose Bierce)

“Prayer should be short, without giving God Almighty reasons why he should grant this, or that; he knows best what is good for us.”  (John Selden)

“Listen close and you can hear, “Please, bless us and forgive us, and make us good here and strong here. Let us get along here. Let those we love and left behind be blessed. Let us find the proper path and keep to it. Help us act harmoniously, and find work pleasing in the sight of God and man.”  (Janet Morris, Chris Morris)

“All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother. I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”  (Abraham Lincoln)

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”  (Søren Kierkegaard)

“Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.”  (George Herbert)

Prayer for Healing Quotes

Lord Jesus Christ, by your patience in suffering you hallowed earthly pain and gave us the example of obedience to your Father’s will. Be near me in my time of weakness and pain; sustain me by your grace, that my strength and courage may not fail; heal me according to your will; and help me always to believe that what happens to me here is of little account if you hold me in eternal life, my Lord and my God. Amen.  — Book of Common Prayer Chapel Edition

Lord, look upon me with eyes of mercy. May Your healing hand rest upon me, may Your life-giving powers flow into every cell of my body and into the depths of my soul, cleansing, purifying, restoring me to wholeness and strength for service in Your Kingdom. Amen.  — Cope by Faith

Lord, please heal my broken heart. Fill me with the peace and joy I know can only come from You during this hard time. Walk closely beside me during my journey to healing and recovery that I know is possible through Your power alone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.  — Anonymous

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Morning Prayer Quotes

Dear Lord, help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in body and spirit each day with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance, and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.  —Traci Miles

As the sun rises, may your love rise in my heart. A love that dispels tiredness. A love that overcomes difficulty. A love that builds relationship. A love that inspires diligence. A love that delivers excellence. A love that develops trust. A love that produces praise. Lord, may I live in the light of your love. Amen.  —Unknown

Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily; to lean on your great strength, trustfully, restfully; to wait for the unfolding of your will, patiently, serenely; to meet others, peacefully, joyfully; to face tomorrow, confidently, courageously.  —St. Francis of Assisi

Prayer Quotes for Strength

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  (Philippians 4:13)

We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul…Strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy…Strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that the Father has for you.  (Colossians 1:10-12)

Steer the ship of my life, good Lord, to your quiet harbour, where I can be safe from the storms of sin and conflict. Show me the course I should take. Renew in me the gift of discernment, so that I can always see the right direction in which I should go. And give me the strength and the courage to choose the right course, even when the sea is rough and the waves are high, knowing that through enduring hardship and danger in your name we shall find comfort and peace.  – Basil of Caesarea

Inspirational Prayer Quotes

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.”  – John F. Kennedy

“When you feel like worrying, try praying instead. Worrying only creates more stress, but prayer creates more peace. God is bigger than whatever is stressing you out.”  – Dave Willis

“Our prayers are sometimes answered without us realizing.”  – Catherine Pulsifer

“If you have faith, don’t overlook the power of just praying for strength every day.”  – Jennifer Roskamp

“Prayer changes us in ways that we never thought would be possible. When we are unhappy, prayer can lift our hearts and fill it with unspeakable joy.”  – Julia Bristol


Taking a quote from the Bible never fails to give us the necessary boost from our Creator. It feels refreshing to live in these words bestowed to us in the power of our ever-loving God. Use these to affect others in a positive way, and avoid throwing this to hurt others. These are really powerful words that could make a huge impact on people’s lives. Bookmark or pin these quotes to find guidance whenever you need to. And always thank our Lord Jesus for inspiring us to use his words for good.

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