When we study bible verses on prayer, there are a few things that we have to get settled first.
We have to believe that God IS and that He hears our prayers. Also, we must have confidence in the Lord's willingness to fellowship with us in prayer, listen to our prayers, and that He want's to speak to us and answer our prayers. Finally, you have to believe that there is really power in prayer. Because if God isn't there, doesn't hear, or there is no power in prayer then why pray. So let us establish some foundation for bible verses on prayer.
Hebrews 11:6 (NASB)
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Psalms 65:2 (NASB)
O You who hear prayer,
To You all men come.
Psalms 34:15 (NASB)
The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
And His ears are open to their cry.
Proverbs 15:29 (NASB)
The Lord is far from the wicked,
But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
2 Chronicles 7:14-15 (ESV)
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. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.
Psalms 66:19-20 (NASB)
But certainly God has heard;
He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.
20 Blessed be God,
Who has not turned away my prayer
Nor His lovingkindness from me.
I would like to say yes. But what was it that separated Adam from God, stained all of mankind from that day forward, and was the reason that God sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross? Sin. So if a person has never put their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior then well...
John 14:6 (NASB)
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me."
If you have as Romans 10:9 says "confessed with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believed in your heart that God raised Him from the dead" you have been saved. And in confessing our sins to the Lord the bible verse 1 John 1:9 tells us that "He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." If you receive this gift of righteousness and put on Christ as Paul talks about in the book of Romans. Then the bible verses on prayer below will hold true for you.
Hebrews 4:15-16 (ESV)
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
John 16:23-24 (NASB)
23 In that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.
Matthew 7:7-8 (NASB)
Prayer and the Golden Rule
7 “ Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
1 John 5:14-15 (NASB)
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.
Ok, now that we have established a foundation to help us understand bible verses on prayer a little more. Let us get into the meat about verses on prayer.
Prayer is how we communicate with our God. It is where we humbly and earnestly ask our Heavenly Father for the things that we have need of. Prayer is our line of communication with the Father. Prayer can be talking to God, listening to God, praising God, or thanking God. It can be silent, spoken, sung, confessed, or written. Bible verses on prayer show us the different ways that we can worship God and make our requests known to him.
Prayer moves God and changes us. Prayer can be done because we have a need. We may pray for others when they are going through a problem or sickness. It is good to pray to God just because of who He is. Recognizing and acknowledging His greatness, majesty, love, mercy, forgiveness, and provision. Prayer can be offered up in response to God's goodness and blessings. Or in anticipation of them.
Luke 5:16 (NASB)
But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.
Luke 6:12 (NASB)
Choosing the Twelve
It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.
Luke 22:45-46 (NASB)
When He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow, 46 and said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
Matthew 14:23 (NASB)
After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.
Mark 6:46 (NASB)
After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray.
James 5:15-16 (NASB)
and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
1 Timothy 2:1 (NASB)
A Call to Prayer
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,
Mark 11:24 (NASB)
Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.
Matthew 21:22 (NASB)
And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
1 John 1:9 (NASB)
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Matthew 6:6 (ESV)
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.
Psalms 5:2-3 (NASB)
Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God,
For to You I pray.
3 In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice;
In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NASB)
pray without ceasing;
Matthew 6:5 (NASB)
“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.