Praying is part of our daily lives, from the moment we wake up to the moment we close our eyes at night. Sometimes we pray because we feel lost. Other times we give thanks for being found.
However you pray to God, it’s important to do it often and with feeling.
Other than the guidelines Matthew gives us in 6:9-13 (below), the bible does not teach us one right way to pray. Since God made us each unique, our praying styles are and should be different.
To help on your heavenly journey, we’ve collected our top 10 Bible verses about prayer below.
Top 10 Bible Verses About Prayer
Being vulnerable and open during prayer is difficult, but we have scripture to help guide us towards developing an enriching prayer life. We hope the verses below bring you the peace and inspiration they bring us.
1.) Job 22:27
- “You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.”
2.) 1 John 5:14
- “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
3.) Daniel 9:18
- “We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.”
4.) James 5:16
- “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
5.) James 5:13-14
- “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.”
6.) Ephesians 6:18
- “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
7.) Matthew 6:9-13
- “This, then, is how you should pray: ” ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today 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 the evil one.”
8.) Philippians 4:6-7
- “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
9.) Philippians 1:9-11
- “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, (10) so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, (11) filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
10.) Thessalonians 5:16-18
- “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
*Bonus – Jesus Prays for You (All Believers)
- “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Whether the Thessalonians verse reminded you to pray more often or the Philippians verse 4 affirmed that prayer can and will calm chaos, take inspiration from these verses going forward.
We encourage you to come back here anytime you need to be reminded of God’s love.
What are your favorite Bible verses about prayer? Tell us in the comments below!