424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray

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424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray

424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray


By Makko Musagara


424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray


Matthew 26:41 [All Scriptures from the Amplified Bible]

Keep actively watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Genesis 4:26

To Seth, also, a son was born, whom he named Enosh (mortal man, mankind). At that [same] time men began to call on the name of the Lord [in worship through prayer, praise, and thanksgiving].

Genesis 12:8

Then he moved on from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord [in worship through prayer, praise, and thanksgiving].


424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray

Genesis 13:4

where he had first built an altar; and there Abram called on the name of the Lord [in prayer].

Genesis 20:7

So now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her [to him], know that you shall die, you and all who are yours (your household).”

Genesis 20:17

So Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his maids, and they again gave birth to children,

Genesis 21:33

Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the Lord [in prayer], the Eternal God.

Genesis 24:15

[ Rebekah Is Chosen ] Before Eliezer had finished speaking (praying), Rebekah came out with her [water] jar on her shoulder. Rebekah was the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor.

424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray

Genesis 24:45

“Before I had finished praying in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her [water] jar on her shoulder, and she went down to the spring and drew water. And I said to her, ‘Please, let me have a drink.’

Genesis 24:63

Isaac went out to bow down [in prayer] in the field in the [early] evening; he raised his eyes and looked, and camels were coming.


Genesis 25:21

Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was unable to conceive children; and the Lord granted his prayer and Rebekah his wife conceived [twins].

424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray

Genesis 25:22

But the children struggled together within her [kicking and shoving one another]; and she said, “If it is so [that the Lord has heard our prayer], why then am I this way?” So she went to inquire of the Lord [praying for an answer].


Genesis 26:25

So Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord [in prayer]. He pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.

424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray

Genesis 30:8

So Rachel said, “With mighty wrestlings [in prayer to God] I have struggled with my sister and have prevailed.” So she named him Naphtali (my wrestling).


Genesis 30:17

God listened and answered [the prayer of] Leah, and she conceived and gave birth to a fifth son for Jacob.


Genesis 30:22

Then God remembered [the prayers of] Rachel, and God thought of her and opened her womb [so that she would conceive].

Exodus 8:29

Moses said, “I am going to leave you, and I will urgently petition (pray, entreat) the Lord that the swarms of insects may leave Pharaoh, his servants, and his people tomorrow; only do not let Pharaoh act deceitfully again by not letting the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.”

Exodus 8:30

So Moses left Pharaoh and prayed to the Lord [on behalf of Pharaoh].

Exodus 9:28

Pray and entreat the Lord, for there has been enough of God’s thunder and hail; I will let you go, and you shall stay here no longer.”

Exodus 10:17

Now therefore, please forgive my sin only this once [more], and pray and entreat the Lord your God, so that He will remove this [plague of] death from me.”

424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray

Exodus 33:13

Now therefore, I pray you, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways so that I may know You [becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, recognizing and understanding Your ways more clearly] and that I may find grace and favor in Your sight. And consider also, that this nation is Your people.”

424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray

Exodus 40:27

he burned fragrant incense [as a symbol of prayer] on it, just as the Lord commanded him.


Leviticus 26:19

I will break your pride in your power, and I will make your sky like iron [giving no rain and blocking all prayers] and your ground like bronze [hard to plow and yielding no produce].


Numbers 11:2

So the people cried out to Moses, and when Moses prayed to the Lord, the fire died out.

424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray

Numbers 20:6

Then Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the doorway of the Tent of Meeting (tabernacle) and fell on their faces [before the Lord in prayer]. Then the glory and brilliance of the Lord appeared to them;


Numbers 21:7

So the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord, so that He will remove the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.


Deuteronomy 3:25

I pray, let me go over and see the good land that is beyond the Jordan, that good hill country [with Hermon] and Lebanon.’


424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray

Deuteronomy 9:20

The Lord was very angry with Aaron, angry [enough] to destroy him, so I also prayed for Aaron at the same time.


Deuteronomy 9:26

Then I prayed to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord God, do not destroy Your people, even Your inheritance, whom You have redeemed through Your greatness, whom You have brought from Egypt with a mighty hand.


Deuteronomy 28:23

The heaven which is over your head shall be bronze [giving no rain and blocking all prayers], and the earth which is under you, iron [hard to plow and yielding no produce].


1 Samuel 1:10

Hannah was greatly distressed, and she prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish.


1 Samuel 1:12

Now it happened as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli was watching her mouth.

424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray

1 Samuel 1:19

[ Samuel Is Born to Hannah ] The family got up early the next morning, worshiped before the Lord, and returned to their home in Ramah. Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her [prayer].


1 Samuel 1:26

Hannah said, “Oh, my lord! As [surely as] your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood beside you here, praying to the Lord.


1 Samuel 1:27

For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my request which I asked of Him.


424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray


1 Samuel 2:1

[ Hannah’s Song of Thanksgiving ] Hannah prayed and said, “My heart rejoices and triumphs in the Lord; My horn (strength) is lifted up in the Lord, My mouth has opened wide [to speak boldly] against my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation.


1 Samuel 7:5

Samuel said, “Gather all Israel together at Mizpah and I will pray to the Lord for you.”


1 Samuel 8:6

But their demand displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge and rule over us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord.


1 Samuel 12:18

So Samuel called to the Lord [in prayer], and He sent thunder and rain that day; and all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel.


1 Samuel 12:19

Then all the people said to Samuel, “Pray to the Lord your God for your servants, so that we will not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil—to ask for a king for ourselves.”


1 Samuel 12:23

Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you; but I will instruct you in the good and right way.


1 Samuel 23:11

Will the men of Keilah hand me over to him? Will Saul come down just as Your servant has heard? O Lord, God of Israel, I pray, tell Your servant.” And the Lord said, “He will come down.”


2 Samuel 7:18

[ David’s Prayer ] Then King David went in and sat [in prayer] before the Lord, and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house (family), that You have brought me this far?

424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray

2 Samuel 7:27

For You, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, have revealed this to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house (royal dynasty).’ For that reason Your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to You.


2 Samuel 15:31

David was told, “Ahithophel [your counselor] is among the conspirators with Absalom.” David said, “O Lord, I pray You, turn Ahithophel’s counsel into foolishness.”


2 Samuel 21:14

They buried the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son in the country of Benjamin in Zela, in the tomb of Kish his father; and they did all that the king commanded. After that, God was moved by prayer for the land.


2 Samuel 24:25

David built an altar to the Lord there, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord was moved [to compassion] by [David’s] prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel.

1 Kings 3:6

[ Solomon’s Prayer ] Then Solomon said, “You have shown Your servant David my father great lovingkindness, because he walked before You in faithfulness and righteousness and with uprightness of heart toward You; and You have kept for him this great lovingkindness, in that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is today.


1 Kings 8:22

[ The Prayer of Dedication ] Then Solomon stood [in the courtyard] before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven.

424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray

1 Kings 8:28

Yet graciously consider the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Lord my God, to listen to the [loud] cry and to the prayer which Your servant prays before You today;


1 Kings 8:29

that Your eyes may be open toward this house night and day, toward the place of which You have said, ‘My Name (Presence) shall be there,’ that You may listen to the prayer which Your servant shall pray toward this place.


1 Kings 8:30

Listen to the prayer of Your servant and of Your people Israel which they pray toward this place. Hear in heaven, Your dwelling place; hear and forgive.


1 Kings 8:33

“When Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You, and then they turn to You again and praise Your Name and pray and ask for Your favor and compassion in this house (temple),


1 Kings 8:35

“When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, and they pray toward this place and praise Your name and turn from their sin when You afflict them,


1 Kings 8:38

whatever prayer or pleading is made by any individual, or by Your people Israel, each knowing the affliction of his own heart, and spreading his hands out toward this house;


1 Kings 8:42

(for they will hear of Your great name, Your strong hand [of power], and outstretched arm); when he comes and prays toward this house (temple),


1 Kings 8:43

hear in heaven, Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls upon (prays to) You, so that all peoples of the earth may know Your name and fear You [with reverence and awe], as do Your people Israel, and that they may know [without any doubt] that this house which I have built is called by Your name.


1 Kings 8:44

“When Your people go out to battle against their enemy, by whatever way You send them, and they pray to the Lord toward the city which You have chosen and the house that I have built for Your Name and Presence,


1 Kings 8:45

then hear in heaven their prayer and their pleading, and maintain their right and defend their cause.


1 Kings 8:47

if they take it to heart in the land where they have been taken captive, and they repent and pray to You in the land of their captors, saying, ‘We have sinned and done wrong and we have acted wickedly;’


1 Kings 8:48

if they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies who have taken them captive, and they pray to You toward their land [of Israel] which You gave to their fathers, the city [of Jerusalem] which You have chosen, and the house which I have built for Your Name and Presence;


1 Kings 8:49

then hear their prayer and their supplication in heaven Your dwelling place, and maintain their right and defend their cause,


1 Kings 8:54

[ Solomon’s Benediction ] When Solomon finished offering this entire prayer and supplication to the Lord, he arose from before the Lord’s altar, where he had knelt down with his hands stretched toward heaven.


1 Kings 9:3

The Lord told him, “I have heard your prayer and supplication which you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built by putting My Name and My Presence there forever. My eyes and My heart shall be there perpetually.



1 Kings 13:6

The king answered and said to the man of God, “Please entreat [the favor of] the Lord your God and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me.” So the man of God entreated the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored to him and became as it was before.


1 Kings 18:36

[ Elijah’s Prayer ] At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet approached [the altar] and said, “O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel (Jacob), let it be known today that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and that I have done all these things at Your word.


2 Kings 4:33

So he went in, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the Lord.


2 Kings 6:17

Then Elisha prayed and said, “Lord, please, open his eyes that he may see.” And the Lord opened the servants eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha.


2 Kings 6:18

When the Arameans came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord and said, “Please strike this people (nation) with blindness.” And God struck them with blindness, in accordance with Elisha’s request.


2 Kings 19:4

It may be that the Lord your God will hear all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to taunt and defy the living God, and will rebuke the words which the Lord your God has heard. So offer a prayer for the remnant [of His people] that is left [in Judah].’”


2 Kings 19:14

[ Hezekiah’s Prayer ] Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the house (temple) of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord.

424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray

2 Kings 19:15

Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said, “O Lord, the God of Israel, who is enthroned above the cherubim [of the ark in the temple], You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made the heavens and the earth.


2 Kings 19:20

[ God’s Answer through Isaiah ] Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent word to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: ‘I have heard your prayer to Me regarding Sennacherib king of Assyria.’


2 Kings 20:2

Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, saying,


2 Kings 20:5

“Go back and tell Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father (ancestor): “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears. Behold, I am healing you; on the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord.


1 Chronicles 17:16

[ David’s Prayer in Response ] Then David the king went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house and family that You have brought me this far?


1 Chronicles 17:25

For You, O my God, have revealed to Your servant that You will build for him a house (descendants); therefore Your servant has found courage to pray before You.


1 Chronicles 29:10

[ David’s Prayer ] Therefore David blessed the Lord in the sight of all the assembly and said, “Blessed (praised, adored, and thanked) are You, O Lord God of Israel (Jacob) our father, forever and ever.


2 Chronicles 1:8

[ Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom ] Then Solomon said to God, “You have shown great lovingkindness and mercy to my father David, and have made me king in his place.


2 Chronicles 6:12

[ Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication ] Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of the entire assembly of Israel and spread out his hands.


2 Chronicles 6:19

Yet have regard for the prayer of Your servant and for his supplication, O Lord my God, to listen to the cry and to the prayer which Your servant prays before You,


2 Chronicles 6:20

that Your eyes may be open toward this house day and night, toward the place in which You have said that You would put Your Name (Presence), to listen to the prayer which Your servant shall pray toward this place.


2 Chronicles 6:21

So listen to the requests of Your servant and Your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from Your dwelling place, from heaven; and when You hear, forgive.


2 Chronicles 6:24

“If Your people Israel have been defeated by an enemy because they have sinned against You, and they return to You and confess Your name, and pray and make supplication before You in this house,


2 Chronicles 6:26

“When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because Your people have sinned against You, and they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin when You afflict and humble them;


2 Chronicles 6:29

then whatever prayer or request is made by any man or all of Your people Israel, each knowing his own suffering and his own pain, and stretching out his hands toward this house,


2 Chronicles 6:32

“Also in regard to the foreigner who is not from Your people Israel, but has come from a far country for the sake of Your great name and Your mighty power and Your outstretched arm—when they come and pray toward this house,


2 Chronicles 6:34

“When Your people go out to war against their enemies, by the way that You send them, and they pray to You facing this city [Jerusalem] which You have chosen and the house which I have built for Your Name,


2 Chronicles 6:35

then hear from heaven their prayer and their request, and maintain their cause and do justice.


2 Chronicles 6:37

if they take it to heart in the land where they have been taken captive, and repent and pray to You in the land of their captivity, saying, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong and have acted wickedly’;


2 Chronicles 6:38

if they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, and pray facing their land which You have given to their fathers and toward the city which You have chosen, and toward the house which I have built for Your Name;


2 Chronicles 6:39

then hear from heaven, from Your dwelling place, their prayer and requests, and maintain their cause and do justice and forgive Your people who have sinned against You.


2 Chronicles 6:40

“Now, O my God, I pray, let Your eyes be open and Your ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.


2 Chronicles 7:1

[ The Shekinah Glory ] When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the [Shekinah] glory and brilliance of the Lord filled the house.


2 Chronicles 7:12

Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.


2 Chronicles 7:14

and My people, who are called by My Name, humble themselves, and pray and seek (crave, require as a necessity) My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear [them] from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.


2 Chronicles 7:15

Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer offered in this place.


2 Chronicles 20:5

[ Jehoshaphat’s Prayer ] Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord in front of the new courtyard,


2 Chronicles 20:14

[ Jahaziel Answers the Prayer ] Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph.


2 Chronicles 30:18

For the majority of the people, many from Ephraim and Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, had not purified themselves, and yet they ate the Passover contrary to what had been prescribed. For Hezekiah had prayed for them, saying, “May the good Lord pardon


2 Chronicles 30:27

Then the priests and Levites stood and blessed the people; and their voice was heard and their prayer came up to His holy dwelling place, to heaven.


2 Chronicles 32:20

[ Hezekiah’s Prayer Is Answered ] But Hezekiah the king and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz prayed about this and cried out to heaven [for help].


2 Chronicles 32:24

In those days Hezekiah became terminally ill; and he prayed to the Lord, and He answered him and gave him a [miraculous] sign.


2 Chronicles 33:13

When he prayed to Him, He was moved by his entreaty and heard his pleading, and brought him back to Jerusalem to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.


2 Chronicles 33:18

Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer to his God, and the words of the seers who spoke to him in the name of the Lord God of Israel, behold, they are among the records of the kings of Israel.


2 Chronicles 33:19

His prayer also and how God heard him, and all his sin, his unfaithfulness, and the sites on which he built high places and set up the Asherim and the carved images, before he humbled himself, behold, they are written in the records of the Hozai.


Ezra 6:10

so that they may offer pleasing (sweet-smelling) sacrifices to the God of heaven and pray for the life of the king and his sons.


Ezra 9:5

[ Prayer of Confession ] At the evening offering I arose from my [time of] humiliation and penitence and having torn my clothing and my robe, I fell on my knees and stretched out my hands to the Lord my God,


Ezra 10:1

[ Reconciliation with God ] Now while Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and laying himself face down before the house of God, a very large group from Israel, of men, women, and children, gathered to him, for the people wept bitterly.

Nehemiah 1:4

Now it came about when I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying [constantly] before the God of heaven.


Nehemiah 1:6

please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You, day and night, on behalf of Your servants, the sons (descendants) of Israel (Jacob), confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have committed against You; I and my father’s house have sinned.

Nehemiah 1:11

Please, O Lord, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who delight to [reverently] fear Your Name [Your essence, Your nature, Your attributes, with awe]; and make Your servant successful this day and grant him compassion in the sight of this man [the king].” For I was cupbearer to the king [of Persia].


Nehemiah 2:1

[ Nehemiah’s Prayer Answered ] In the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was placed before him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not [previously] been sad in his presence.


Nehemiah 2:4

The king said to me, “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven.


Nehemiah 4:4

[And Nehemiah prayed] Hear, O our God, how we are despised! Return their taunts on their own heads. Give them up as prey in a land of captivity.


Nehemiah 4:9

[ Discouragement Overcome ] But we prayed to our God, and because of them we set up a guard against them day and night.


Nehemiah 11:17

Mattaniah the son of Mica, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, who was the leader to begin the thanksgiving in prayer, and Bakbukiah, second among his brothers; and Abda the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.


Job 16:17

Although there is no violence or wrongdoing in my hands, And my prayer is pure.


Job 22:27

“You will pray to Him, and He will hear you, And you will pay your vows.


Job 33:26

“He will pray to God, and He shall be favorable to him, So that he looks at His face with joy; For God restores to man His righteousness [that is, his right standing with God—with its joys].


Job 42:8

Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to My servant Job, and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves, and My servant Job will pray for you. For I will accept him [and his prayer] so that I may not deal with you according to your folly, because you have not spoken of Me the thing that is right, as My servant Job has.”


Job 42:9

So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.

Job 42:10

[ God Restores Job’s Fortunes ] The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.


Psalm 3:1

[ Morning Prayer of Trust in God. ] [ A Psalm of David. When he fled from Absalom his son. ] O Lord, how my enemies have increased! Many are rising up against me.


Psalm 4:1

[ Evening Prayer of Trust in God. ] [ To the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. ] Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have freed me when I was hemmed in and relieved me when I was in distress; Be gracious to me and hear [and respond to] my prayer.


Psalm 5:1

[ Prayer for Protection from the Wicked. ] [ To the Chief Musician; on wind instruments. A Psalm of David. ] Listen to my words, O Lord, Consider my groaning and sighing.


Psalm 5:2

Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, For to You I pray.


Psalm 5:3

In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will prepare [a prayer and a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait [for You to speak to my heart].


Psalm 6:1

[ Prayer for Mercy in Time of Trouble. ] [ To the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments, set [possibly] an octave below. A Psalm of David. ] O Lord, do not rebuke or punish me in Your anger, Nor discipline me in Your wrath.


Psalm 6:9

The Lord has heard my supplication [my plea for grace]; The Lord receives my prayer.


Psalm 10:1

[ A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked. ] Why do You stand far away, O Lord? Why do You hide [Yourself, veiling Your eyes] in times of trouble?


Psalm 13:1

[ Prayer for Help in Trouble. ] [ To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. ] How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?


Psalm 17:1

[ Prayer for Protection against Oppressors. ] [ A Prayer of David. ] Hear the just (righteous) cause, O Lord; listen to my loud [piercing] cry; Listen to my prayer, that comes from guileless lips.


Psalm 18:35

You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your right hand upholds and sustains me; Your gentleness [Your gracious response when I pray] makes me great.


Psalm 20:1

[ Prayer for Victory over Enemies. ] [ To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. ] May the Lord answer you (David) in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high [and defend you in battle]!


Psalm 25:1

[ Prayer for Protection, Guidance and Pardon. ] [ A Psalm of David. ] To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.


Psalm 26:1

[ Protestation of Integrity and Prayer for Protection. ] [ A Psalm of David. ] Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity; I have [relied on and] trusted [confidently] in the Lord without wavering and I shall not slip.


Psalm 27:8

When You said, “Seek My face [in prayer, require My presence as your greatest need],” my heart said to You, “Your face, O Lord, I will seek [on the authority of Your word].”


Psalm 28:1

[ A Prayer for Help, and Praise for Its Answer. ] [ A Psalm of David. ] To you I call, O Lord, My rock, do not be deaf to me, For if You are silent to me, I will become like those who go down to the pit (grave).


Psalm 32:6

Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You [for forgiveness] in a time when You [are near and] may be found; Surely when the great waters [of trial and distressing times] overflow they will not reach [the spirit in] him.


Psalm 35:1

[ Prayer for Rescue from Enemies. ] [ A Psalm of David. ] Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me; Fight against those who fight against me.


Psalm 35:13

But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth (mourning garment); I humbled my soul with fasting, And I prayed with my head bowed on my chest.


Psalm 38:1

[ Prayer in Time of Discipline. ] [ A Psalm of David; to bring to remembrance. ] O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your wrath, Nor discipline me in Your burning anger.


Psalm 38:16

For I pray, “May they not rejoice over me, Who, when my foot slips, would boast against me.”


Psalm 39:12

“Hear my prayer, O Lord, and listen to my cry; Do not be silent at my tears; For I am Your temporary guest, A sojourner like all my fathers.


Psalm 42:8

Yet the Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song will be with me, A prayer to the God of my life.


Psalm 43:1

[ Prayer for Rescue. ] Judge and vindicate me, O God; plead my case against an ungodly nation. O rescue me from the deceitful and unjust man!


Psalm 51:1

[ A Contrite Sinner’s Prayer for Pardon. ] [ To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David; when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had sinned with Bathsheba. ] Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.


Psalm 54:1

[ Prayer for Defense against Enemies. ] [ To the Chief Musician; with stringed instruments. A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, “David is hiding among us.” ] Save me, O God, by Your name; And vindicate me by Your [wondrous] power.


Psalm 54:2

Hear my prayer, O God; Listen to the words of my mouth.


Psalm 55:1

[ Prayer for the Destruction of the Treacherous. ] [ To the Chief Musician; with stringed instruments. A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of David. ] Listen to my prayer, O God, And do not hide Yourself from my plea.


Psalm 57:1

[ Prayer for Rescue from Persecutors. ] [ To the Chief Musician; set to [the tune of] “Do Not Destroy.” A Mikhtam of David. [A record of memorable thoughts of David] when he fled from Saul in the cave. ] Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious and merciful to me, For my soul finds shelter and safety in You, And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge and be confidently secure Until destruction passes by.


Psalm 58:1

[ Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked. ] [ To the Chief Musician; set to [the tune of] “Do Not Destroy.” A Mikhtam of David. [A record of memorable thoughts of David]. ] Do you indeed speak righteousness, O gods (heavenly beings)? Do you judge fairly, O sons of men?


Psalm 59:1

[ Prayer for Rescue from Enemies. ] [ To the Chief Musician; set to [the tune of] “Do Not Destroy.” A Mikhtam of David, [a record of memorable thoughts] when Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him. ] Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; Set me securely on an inaccessibly high place away from those who rise up against me.


Psalm 60:1

[ Lament over Defeat in Battle, and Prayer for Help. ] [ To the Chief Musician; set to [the tune of] “The Lily of the Testimony.” A Mikhtam of David [intended to record memorable thoughts and] to teach; when he struggled with the Arameans of Mesopotamia and the Arameans of Zobah, and when Joab returned and struck twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt. ] O God, You have rejected us and cast us off. You have broken [down our defenses and scattered] us; You have been angry; O restore us and turn again to us.


Psalm 61:1

[ Confidence in God’s Protection. ] [ To the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. ] Hear my cry, O God; Listen to my prayer.


Psalm 64:1

[ Prayer for Protection from Secret Enemies. ] [ To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. ] Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint; Guard my life from the terror of the enemy.


Psalm 65:2

O You who hear prayer, To You all mankind comes.


Psalm 66:1

[ Praise for God’s Mighty Deeds and for His Answer to Prayer. ] [ To the Chief Musician. A Song. A Psalm. ] Shout joyfully to God, all the earth;


Psalm 66:19

But certainly God has heard [me]; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.


Psalm 66:20

Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer Nor His lovingkindness from me.


Psalm 69:13

But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord, at an acceptable and opportune time; O God, in the greatness of Your favor and in the abundance of Your lovingkindness, Answer me with truth [that is, the faithfulness of Your salvation].


Psalm 70:1

[ Prayer for Help against Persecutors. ] [ To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance. ] O God, come quickly to save me; O Lord, come quickly to help me!


Psalm 71:1

[ Prayer of an Old Man for Rescue. ] In you, O Lord, I have put my trust and confidently taken refuge; Let me never be put to shame.


Psalm 72:15

So may he live, and may the gold of Sheba be given to him; And let them pray for him continually; Let them bless and praise him all day long.


Psalm 72:20

The prayers of David son of Jesse are ended.


Psalm 77:2

In the day of my trouble I [desperately] sought the Lord; In the night my hand was stretched out [in prayer] without weariness; My soul refused to be comforted.


Psalm 77:3

I remember God; then I am disquieted and I groan; I sigh [in prayer], and my spirit grows faint. Selah.


Psalm 79:1

[ A Lament over the Destruction of Jerusalem, and Prayer for Help. ] [ A Psalm of Asaph. ] O God, the nations have invaded [the land of Your people] Your inheritance; They have defiled Your sacred temple; They have laid Jerusalem in ruins.


Psalm 80:4

O Lord God of hosts, How long will You be angry with the prayers of Your people?


Psalm 84:8

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; Listen, O God of Jacob! Selah.


Psalm 85:1

[ Prayer for God’s Mercy upon the Nation. ] [ To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. ] O Lord, You have [at last] shown favor to Your land [of Canaan]; You have restored [from Babylon] the captives of Jacob (Israel).


Psalm 86:1

[ A Psalm of Supplication and Trust. ] [ A Prayer of David. ] Incline Your ear, O Lord, and answer me, For I am distressed and needy [I long for Your help].


Psalm 86:4

Make Your servant rejoice, For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul [all that I am—in prayer].


Psalm 86:6

Hear, O Lord, my prayer; And listen attentively to the voice of my supplications (specific requests)!


Psalm 88:2

Let my prayer come before You and enter into Your presence; Incline Your ear to my cry!


Psalm 88:9

My eye grows dim with sorrow. O Lord, I have called on You every day; I have spread out my hands to You [in prayer].


Psalm 88:13

But I have cried out to You, O Lord, for help; And in the morning my prayer will come to You.


Psalm 90:1

[ Book Four ] [ God’s Eternity and Man’s Transitoriness. ] [ A Prayer of Moses the man of God. ] Lord, You have been our dwelling place [our refuge, our sanctuary, our stability] in all generations.


Psalm 95:6

O come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker [in reverent praise and prayer].

Psalm 102:1

[ Prayer of an Afflicted Man for Mercy on Himself and on Zion. ] [ A Prayer of the afflicted; when he is overwhelmed and pours out his complaint to God. ] Hear my prayer, O Lord, And let my cry for help come to You!


Psalm 102:17

He has regarded the prayer of the destitute, And has not despised their prayer.


Psalm 109:4

In return for my love, they attack me, But I am in prayer.


Psalm 109:7

When he enters into dispute, let wickedness come about. Let his prayer [for help] result [only] in sin.


Psalm 119:1

[ Meditations and Prayers Relating to the Law of God. ] [ Aleph. ] How blessed and favored by God are those whose way is blameless [those with personal integrity, the upright, the guileless], Who walk in the law [and who are guided by the precepts and revealed will] of the Lord.


Psalm 119:147

I rise before dawn and cry [in prayer] for help; I wait for Your word.


Psalm 120:1

[ Prayer for Breaking Away from the Treacherous. ] [ A Song of Ascents. ] In my trouble I cried to the Lord, And He answered me.


Psalm 122:1

[ Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem. ] [ A Song of Ascents. Of David. ] I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”


Psalm 122:6

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you [holy city].


Psalm 123:1

[ Prayer for the Lord’s Help. ] [ A Song of Ascents. ] Unto you I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens!


Psalm 129:1

[ Prayer for the Overthrow of Zion’s Enemies. ] [ A Song of Ascents. ] “Many times they have persecuted me (Israel) from my youth,” Let Israel now say,


Psalm 132:1

[ Prayer for the Lord’s Blessing Upon the Sanctuary. ] [ A Song of Ascents. ] O Lord, remember on David’s behalf All his hardship and affliction;


Psalm 140:1

[ Prayer for Protection against the Wicked. ] [ To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. ] Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men; Protect me from violent men.


Psalm 141:1

[ An Evening Prayer for Sanctification and Protection. ] [ A Psalm of David. ] Lord, I call upon You; hurry to me. Listen to my voice when I call to You.


Psalm 141:2

Let my prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering.


Psalm 141:5

Let the righteous [thoughtfully] strike (correct) me—it is a kindness [done to encourage my spiritual maturity]. It is [the choicest anointing] oil on the head; Let my head not refuse [to accept and acknowledge and learn from] it; For still my prayer is against their wicked deeds.


Psalm 142:1

[ Prayer for Help in Trouble. ] [ A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of David; when he was in the cave. A Prayer. ] I cry aloud with my voice to the Lord; I make supplication with my voice to the Lord.


Psalm 143:1

[ Prayer for Help and Guidance. ] [ A Psalm of David. ] Hear my prayer, O Lord, Listen to my supplications! Answer me in Your faithfulness, and in Your righteousness.


Psalm 144:1

[ Prayer for Rescue and Prosperity. ] [ A Psalm of David. ] Blessed be the Lord, my Rock and my great strength, Who trains my hands for war And my fingers for battle;


Proverbs 15:8

The sacrifice of the wicked is hateful and exceedingly offensive to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright is His delight!


Proverbs 15:29

The Lord is far from the wicked [and distances Himself from them], But He hears the prayer of the [consistently] righteous [that is, those with spiritual integrity and moral courage].


Proverbs 28:9

He who turns his ear away from listening to the law [of God and man], Even his prayer is repulsive [to God].


Isaiah 1:15

“So when you spread out your hands [in prayer, pleading for My help], I will hide My eyes from you; Yes, even though you offer many prayers, I will not be listening. Your hands are full of blood!


Isaiah 12:4

And in that day you will say, “Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name [in prayer]. Make His deeds known among the peoples [of the earth]; Proclaim [to them] that His name is exalted!”


Isaiah 16:12

So it will come to pass when Moab presents himself, When he wearies himself [worshiping] on his high place [of idolatry] And comes to his sanctuary [of Chemosh, god of Moab] to pray, That he will not prevail.


Isaiah 26:16

O Lord, they sought You in distress; They managed only a prayerful whisper When Your discipline was upon them.


Isaiah 37:4

It may be that the Lord your God will hear the words of the Rabshakeh [the commander], whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to taunt and defy the living God, and will avenge the words which the Lord your God has heard. Therefore, offer a prayer for the remnant [of His people] that is left.’”


Isaiah 37:14

[ Hezekiah’s Prayer in the Temple ] Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord.


Isaiah 37:15

And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord saying,


Isaiah 37:21

[ God Answers through Isaiah ] Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent word to Hezekiah, saying, “For the Lord, the God of Israel says this, ‘Because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria,


Isaiah 38:2

Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord,


Isaiah 38:5

“Go and say to Hezekiah, ‘For the Lord, the God of David your father says this, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; listen carefully, I will add fifteen years to your life.


Isaiah 41:25

“I have stirred up and put into action one from the north [the king of Persia, Cyrus the Great], and he has come; From the rising of the sun he will call on My Name [in prayer]. And he will trample on [the Babylonian] officials as on mortar, Even as a potter treads clay.”


Isaiah 43:22

[ The Shortcomings of Israel ] “Yet you have not called on Me [in prayer and worship], O Jacob; But you have grown weary of Me, O Israel.


Isaiah 44:17

But from what is left of the wood he makes a god, his carved idol. He falls down before it, he worships it and prays to it and says, “Save me, for you are my god.”


Isaiah 45:20

“Assemble yourselves and come; Come together, you survivors of the nations! They are ignorant, Who carry around their wooden idols [in religious processions or into battle] And keep on praying to a god that cannot save them.


Isaiah 56:7

All these I will bring to My holy mountain And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.”


Isaiah 62:7

And give Him no rest [from your prayers] until He establishes Jerusalem And makes her a praise on the earth.


Isaiah 64:1

[ Prayer for Mercy and Help ] Oh, that You would tear open the heavens and come down, That the mountains might quake at Your presence—


Jeremiah 7:16

“Therefore, do not pray for this people [of Judah] or lift up a cry or entreaty for them or make intercession to Me, for I do not hear you.


Jeremiah 11:14

“Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, for I shall not listen when they cry to Me in the time of their disaster.


Jeremiah 12:1

[ Jeremiah’s Prayer ] You, O Lord are [uncompromisingly] righteous and consistently just when I plead my case with You; Yet let me discuss issues of justice with You: Why has the way of the wicked prospered? Why are those who deal in treachery (deceit) at ease and thriving?


Jeremiah 14:1

[ Drought and a Prayer for Mercy ] The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought:


Jeremiah 14:7

“O Lord, though our many sins testify against us” [prays Jeremiah], “Act now [for us and] for Your name’s sake [so that the faithless may witness Your faithfulness]! For our backslidings are countless; We have sinned against You.

Jeremiah 14:11

So the Lord said to me, “Do not pray for good things for this people.


Jeremiah 15:15

[ Jeremiah’s Prayer and God’s Answer ] O Lord, You know and understand; Remember me [thoughtfully], take notice of me, take vengeance for me on my persecutors. Do not, in view of Your patience, take me away; Know that for Your sake I endure [continual] rebuke and dishonor.


Jeremiah 29:7

Seek peace and well-being for the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its peace (well-being) you will have peace.’


Jeremiah 29:12

Then you will call on Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear [your voice] and I will listen to you.


Jeremiah 31:9

“They will come with weeping [in repentance and for joy], And by [their] prayer [for the future] I will lead them; I will make them walk by streams of waters, On a straight path in which they will not stumble, For I am a Father to Israel, And Ephraim (Israel) is My firstborn.”


Jeremiah 32:16

[ Jeremiah Prays and God Explains ] “Now when I had delivered the purchase deed to Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed to the Lord, saying,


Jeremiah 37:3

Yet King Zedekiah sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah [along] with Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, to the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “Please pray [now] to the Lord our God for us.”


Jeremiah 42:2

and said to Jeremiah the prophet, “Please let our petition be presented before you, and pray to the Lord your God for us, that is, for all this remnant [of the people of Judah]; for we were once many, but now [only] a few of us are left, as you see with your own eyes, [so please pray]


Jeremiah 42:4

Then Jeremiah the prophet said to them, “I have heard you. Now hear me, I will pray to the Lord your God in accordance with your words; and I will declare to you whatever message the Lord answers; I will keep nothing back from you.”

Jeremiah 42:7

Now after ten days [of prayer] had passed the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah.


Jeremiah 42:20

that you have deceived yourselves; for you sent me to the Lord your God, saying, “Pray for us to the Lord our God; and whatever the Lord our God says, declare it to us and we will do it.”


Lamentations 3:8

Even when I cry out and shout for help, He shuts out my prayer.

Let us lift up our hearts and our hands [in prayer] Toward God in heaven;


Lamentations 3:44

You have covered Yourself with a cloud So that no prayer can pass through.


Lamentations 3:56

You have heard my voice, “Do not hide Your ear from my prayer for relief, From my cry for help.”


Lamentations 5:1

[ A Prayer for Mercy ] O Lord, remember what has come upon us; Look, and see our reproach (national disgrace)!


Ezekiel 8:11

Standing before these [images] were seventy elders of the house of Israel, and among them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan [the scribe], each man with his censer in his hand and a thick and fragrant cloud of incense was rising [as they prayed to these gods].


Daniel 6:7

All the commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors have consulted and agreed together that the king should establish a royal statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who petitions (prays to) any god or man besides you, O king, during the next thirty days, shall be thrown into the den of lions.


Daniel 6:10

Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he went into his house (now in his roof chamber his windows were open toward Jerusalem); he continued to get down on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.

Daniel 6:11

Then, by agreement, these men came [together] and found Daniel praying and making requests before his God.


Daniel 6:12

Then they approached and spoke before the king regarding his injunction, “Have you not signed an injunction that anyone who petitions (prays to) any god or man except you, O king, within the designated thirty days, is to be thrown into the den of lions?” The king answered, “The statement is true, in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be altered or revoked.”


Daniel 6:13

Then they answered and said before the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, does not pay any attention to you, O king, or to the injunction which you have signed, but keeps praying [to his God] three times a day.”


Daniel 9:1

[ Daniel’s Prayer for His People ] In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of Median descent, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans—


Daniel 9:3

So I directed my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.


Daniel 9:4

I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed and said, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and extends lovingkindness toward those who love Him and keep His commandments,


Daniel 9:17

Now therefore, our God, listen to (heed) the prayer of Your servant (Daniel) and his supplications, and for Your own sake let Your face shine on Your desolate sanctuary.


Daniel 9:20

[ Gabriel Brings an Answer ] While I was still speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God,


Daniel 9:21

while I was still speaking in prayer and extremely exhausted, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me about the time of the evening sacrifice.


Hosea 5:6

They will go with their flocks and with their herds To seek the Lord [diligently searching for Him], but they will not find Him; He has withdrawn from them [refusing to hear the prayers of the unrepentant].


Joel 1:13

Clothe yourselves with sackcloth And lament (cry out in grief), O priests; Wail, O ministers of the altar! Come, spend the night in sackcloth [and pray without ceasing], O ministers of my God, For the grain offering and the drink offering Are withheld from the house of your God.


Jonah 2:1

[ Jonah’s Prayer ] Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish,


Jonah 2:7

“When my soul was fainting within me, I remembered the Lord, And my prayer came to You, Into Your holy temple.


Jonah 4:2

He prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is this not what I said when I was still in my country? That is why I ran to Tarshish, because I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and great in lovingkindness, and [when sinners turn to You] You revoke the [sentence of] disaster [against them].


Habakkuk 3:1

[ God’s Salvation of His People ] A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, set to wild and enthusiastic music.


Matthew 5:44

But I say to you, love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,


Matthew 6:1

[ Giving to the Poor and Prayer ] [very] careful not to do your good deeds publicly, to be seen by men; otherwise you will have no reward [prepared and awaiting you] with your Father who is in heaven.


Matthew 6:5

“Also, when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to pray [publicly] standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets so that they may be seen by men. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, they [already] have their reward in full.


Matthew 6:6

But when you pray, go into your most private room, close the door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you.

424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray

Matthew 6:7

“And when you pray, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.


Matthew 6:8

So do not be like them [praying as they do]; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.


Matthew 6:9

Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father, who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.


Matthew 7:7

[ Prayer and the Golden Rule ] “Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.


Matthew 9:38

So pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”


Matthew 14:23

After He had dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When it was evening, He was there alone.


Matthew 17:21

[But this kind of demon does not go out except by prayer and fasting.]”


Matthew 18:15

[ Discipline and Prayer ] “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens and pays attention to you, you have won back your brother.


Matthew 19:13

[ Jesus Blesses Little Children ] Then children were brought to Jesus so that He might place His hands on them [for a blessing] and pray; but the disciples reprimanded them.


Matthew 21:13

Jesus said to them, “It is written [in Scripture], ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a robbers’ den.”


Matthew 21:22

And whatever you ask for in prayer, believing, you will receive.”


Matthew 23:14

[Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you swallow up widows’ houses, and to cover it up you make long prayers; therefore you will receive the greater condemnation.]


Matthew 24:20

Pray that your flight [from persecution and suffering] will not be in winter, or on a Sabbath [when Jewish laws prohibit travel].


Matthew 26:36

[ The Garden of Gethsemane ] Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane (olive-press), and He told His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”

Matthew 26:39

And after going a little farther, He fell face down and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible [that is, consistent with Your will], let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”


Matthew 26:41

Keep actively watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”


Matthew 26:42

He went away a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.”


Matthew 26:44

So, leaving them again, He went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words once more.


Mark 1:35

Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left [the house], and went out to a secluded place, and was praying there.


Mark 6:46

And after He said goodbye to them, He went to the mountain to pray.


Mark 9:29

He replied to them, “This kind [of unclean spirit] cannot come out by anything but prayer [to the Father].”


Mark 11:9

Those who went in front and those who were following [Him] were shouting [in joy and praise], “Hosanna (Save, I pray)! Blessed (praised, glorified) is He who comes in the name of the Lord!


Mark 11:17

He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a robbers’ den.”


Mark 11:24

For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.


Mark 11:25

Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him [drop the issue, let it go], so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions and wrongdoings [against Him and others].


Mark 12:40

[these scribes] who devour (confiscate) widows’ houses, and offer long prayers for appearance’s sake [to impress others]. These men will receive greater condemnation.”


Mark 13:18

Pray that it will not occur in winter,


Mark 13:33

“Be on guard and stay constantly alert [and pray]; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.


Mark 14:32

[ Jesus in Gethsemane ] Then they went to a place called Gethsemane; and Jesus said to His disciples, “Sit down here until I have prayed.”


Mark 14:35

After going a little farther, He fell to the ground [distressed by the weight of His spiritual burden] and began to pray that if it were possible [in the Father’s will], the hour [of suffering and death for the sins of mankind] might pass from Him.


Mark 14:38

Keep [actively] watching and praying so that you do not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”


Mark 14:39

He went away again and prayed, saying the same words.


Luke 1:10

And all the congregation was praying outside [in the court of the temple] at the hour of the incense offering.


Luke 1:13

But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, because your petition [in prayer] was heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John.


Luke 2:37

and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She did not leave the [area of the] temple, but was serving and worshiping night and day with fastings and prayers.


Luke 3:21

[ Jesus’ Baptism ] Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, the [visible] heaven was opened,


Luke 5:16

But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray [in seclusion].


Luke 5:33

Then they said to Him, “The disciples of John [the Baptist] often practice fasting and offer prayers [of special petition], and so do the disciples of the Pharisees; but Yours eat and drink.”


Luke 6:12

[ Choosing the Twelve ] Now at this time Jesus went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.


Luke 6:28

bless and show kindness to those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

Luke 9:18

Now it happened that as Jesus was praying privately, the disciples were with Him, and He asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”


Luke 9:28

[ The Transfiguration ] Now about eight days after these teachings, He took along Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray.


Luke 9:29

As He was praying, the appearance of His face became different [actually transformed], and His clothing became white and flashing with the brilliance of lightning.


Luke 10:2

He was saying to them, “The harvest is abundant [for there are many who need to hear the good news about salvation], but the workers [those available to proclaim the message of salvation] are few. Therefore, [prayerfully] ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.


Luke 11:1

[ Instruction about Prayer ] It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”


Luke 11:2

He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.


Luke 18:1

[ Parables on Prayer ] Now Jesus was telling the disciples a parable to make the point that at all times they ought to pray and not give up and lose heart,


Luke 18:10

“Two men went up into the temple [enclosure] to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.


Luke 18:11

The Pharisee stood [ostentatiously] and began praying to himself [in a self-righteous way, saying]: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like the rest of men—swindlers, unjust (dishonest), adulterers—or even like this tax collector.


Luke 19:46

saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer’; but you have made it a robbers’ den.”


Luke 20:47

These [men] who confiscate and devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense [to appear devout] offer long prayers. These [men] will receive the greater [sentence of] condemnation.”


Luke 21:36

But keep alert at all times [be attentive and ready], praying that you may have the strength and ability [to be found worthy and] to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man [at His coming].”


Luke 22:32

but I have prayed [especially] for you [Peter], that your faith [and confidence in Me] may not fail; and you, once you have turned back again [to Me], strengthen and support your brothers [in the faith].”

Luke 22:40

When He arrived at the place [called Gethsemane], He said to them, “Pray continually that you may not fall into temptation.”


Luke 22:41

And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed,


Luke 22:44

And being in agony [deeply distressed and anguished; almost to the point of death], He prayed more intently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down on the ground.


Luke 22:45

When He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow,


Luke 22:46

and He said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not fall into temptation.”


John 9:33

If this Man were not from God, He would not be able to do anything [like this because God would not hear His prayer].”


John 16:23

[ Prayer Promises ] In that day you will not [need to] ask Me about anything. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name [as My representative], He will give you.


John 17:1

[ The High Priestly Prayer ] When Jesus had spoken these things, He raised His eyes to heaven [in prayer] and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, so that Your Son may glorify You.


John 17:9

I pray for them; I do not pray for the world, but for those You have given Me, because they belong to You;


John 17:20

“I do not pray for these alone [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for [all] those who [will ever] believe and trust in Me through their message,


Acts 1:14

All these with one mind and one purpose were continually devoting themselves to prayer, [waiting together] along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.


Acts 1:24

They prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know all hearts [their thoughts, motives, desires], show us which one of these two You have chosen


Acts 2:42

They were continually and faithfully devoting themselves to the instruction of the apostles, and to fellowship, to eating meals together and to prayers.


Acts 3:1

[ Healing the Lame Beggar ] Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour (3:00 p.m.),


Acts 4:31

And when they had prayed, the place where they were meeting together was shaken [a sign of God’s presence]; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness and courage.


Acts 6:4

But we will [continue to] devote ourselves [steadfastly] to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”


Acts 6:6

They brought these men before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them [to dedicate and commission them for this service].


Acts 8:15

They came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit;


Acts 8:22

So repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, this thought of your heart may be forgiven you.


Acts 8:24

But Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me both of you, so that nothing of what you have said will come upon me.”


Acts 9:11

And the Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul; for he is praying [there],


Acts 9:40

But Peter sent them all out [of the room] and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise!” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

Acts 10:2

a devout man and one who, along with all his household, feared God. He made many charitable donations to the Jewish people, and prayed to God always.


Acts 10:4

Cornelius was frightened and stared intently at him and said, “What is it, lord (sir)?” And the angel said to him, “Your prayers and gifts of charity have ascended as a memorial offering before God [an offering made in remembrance of His past blessings].


Acts 10:9

The next day, as they were on their way and were approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof of the house about the sixth hour (noon) to pray,


Acts 10:30

Cornelius said, “Four days ago to this hour, I was praying in my house during the ninth hour (3:00-4:00 p.m.); and a man [dressed] in bright, dazzling clothing suddenly stood before me,

Acts 10:31

and he said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your acts of charity have been remembered before God [so that He is about to help you].

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Acts 11:5

“I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision of an object coming down from heaven, like a huge sheet being lowered by the four corners; and [it descended until] it came right down to me,


Acts 12:5

So Peter was kept in prison, but fervent and persistent prayer for him was being made to God by the church.


Acts 12:12

When he realized what had happened, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, who was also called Mark, where many [believers] were gathered together and were praying continually [and had been praying all night].

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Acts 13:3

Then after fasting and praying, they laid their hands on them [in approval and dedication] and sent them away [on their first journey].


Acts 14:23

When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they believed [and joyfully accepted as the Messiah].


Acts 16:13

and on the Sabbath day we went outside the city gate to the bank of the [Gangites] river, where we thought there would be a place of prayer, and we sat down and began speaking to the women who had come there.


Acts 16:16

It happened that as we were on our way to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave-girl who had a spirit of divination [that is, a demonic spirit claiming to foretell the future and discover hidden knowledge], and she brought her owners a good profit by fortune-telling.

424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray

Acts 16:25

But about midnight when Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;

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Acts 20:36

When he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.


Acts 21:5

When our days there came to an end, we left and proceeded on our journey, while all of the disciples, with their wives and children, escorted us on our way until we were outside the city. After kneeling down on the beach and praying, we told one another goodbye.


Acts 22:17

“Then it happened when I had returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple [enclosure], that I fell into a trance (vision);


Acts 28:8

And it happened that the father of Publius was sick [in bed] with recurring attacks of fever and dysentery; and Paul went to him, and after he had prayed, he laid his hands on him and healed him.


Romans 1:10

in my prayers; always pleading that somehow, by God’s will, I may now at last come to you.


Romans 8:26

[ Our Victory in Christ ] In the same way the Spirit [comes to us and] helps us in our weakness. We do not know what prayer to offer or how to offer it as we should, but the Spirit Himself [knows our need and at the right time] intercedes on our behalf with sighs and groanings too deep for words.


Romans 10:1

[ The Word of Faith Brings Salvation ] Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for Israel is for their salvation.


Romans 10:12

For there is no distinction between Jew and Gentile; for the same Lord is Lord over all [of us], and [He is] abounding in riches (blessings) for all who call on Him [in faith and prayer].


Romans 10:13

For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord [in prayer] will be saved.”

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Romans 12:12

constantly rejoicing in hope [because of our confidence in Christ], steadfast and patient in distress, devoted to prayer [continually seeking wisdom, guidance, and strength],

I urge you, believers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join together with me in your prayers to God in my behalf,


Romans 15:31

[and pray] that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints (Jewish believers) there;


1 Corinthians 7:5

Do not deprive each other [of marital rights], except perhaps by mutual consent for a time, so that you may devote yourselves [unhindered] to prayer, but come together again so that Satan will not tempt you [to sin] because of your lack of self-control.


1 Corinthians 11:4

Every man who prays or prophesies with something on his head dishonors his head [and the One who is his head].

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1 Corinthians 11:5

And every woman who prays or prophesies when she has her head uncovered disgraces her head; for she is one and the same as the woman whose head is shaved [in disgrace].


1 Corinthians 11:13

Judge for yourselves; is it proper for a woman to offer prayer to God [publicly] with her head uncovered?


1 Corinthians 11:28

But a person must [prayerfully] examine himself [and his relationship to Christ], and only when he has done so should he eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

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1 Corinthians 14:13

Therefore let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may [be gifted to] translate or explain [what he says].


1 Corinthians 14:14

For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unproductive [because it does not understand what my spirit is praying].


1 Corinthians 14:15

Then what am I to do? I will pray with the spirit [by the Holy Spirit that is within me] and I will pray with the mind [using words I understand]; I will sing with the spirit [by the Holy Spirit that is within me] and I will sing with the mind [using words I understand].

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2 Corinthians 1:11

while you join in helping us by your prayers. Then thanks will be given by many persons on our behalf for the gracious gift [of deliverance] granted to us through the prayers of many [believers].


2 Corinthians 9:14

and they also long for you while they pray on your behalf, because of the surpassing measure of God’s grace [His undeserved favor, mercy, and blessing which is revealed] in you.


2 Corinthians 13:7

But I pray to God that you may do nothing wrong. Not so that we [and our teaching] may appear to be approved, but that you may continue doing what is right, even though we [by comparison] may seem to have failed.

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2 Corinthians 13:9

We are glad when we are weak [since God’s power comes freely through us], but you [by comparison] are strong. We also pray for this, that you be made complete [fully restored, growing and maturing in godly character and spirit—pleasing your heavenly Father by the life you live].


Ephesians 1:16

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers;


Ephesians 1:17

[I always pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son].

424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray

Ephesians 1:18

And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people),


Ephesians 3:20

Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us,


Ephesians 6:18

With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all God’s people.


Ephesians 6:19

And pray for me, that words may be given to me when I open my mouth, to proclaim boldly the mystery of the good news [of salvation],

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Ephesians 6:20

for which I am an ambassador in chains. And pray that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly and courageously, as I should.


Philippians 1:4

always offering every prayer of mine with joy [and with specific requests] for all of you,


Philippians 1:9

And this I pray, that your love may abound more and more [displaying itself in greater depth] in real knowledge and in practical insight,

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Philippians 1:19

for I know [with confidence] that this will turn out for my deliverance and spiritual well-being, through your prayers and the [superabundant] supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ [which upholds me].


Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.


Colossians 1:3

We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, as we pray always for you,


Colossians 1:9

For this reason, since the day we heard about it, we have not stopped praying for you, asking [specifically] that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [with insight into His purposes], and in understanding [of spiritual things],

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Colossians 1:11

[we pray that you may be] strengthened and invigorated with all power, according to His glorious might, to attain every kind of endurance and patience with joy;


Colossians 4:2

Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving.


Colossians 4:3

At the same time pray for us, too, that God will open a door [of opportunity] to us for the word, to proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I have been imprisoned;

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Colossians 4:12

Epaphras, who is one of you and a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. [He is] always striving for you in his prayers, praying with genuine concern, [pleading] that you may [as people of character and courage] stand firm, [spiritually mature] and fully assured in all the will of God.


1 Thessalonians 1:2

We give thanks to God always for all of you, continually mentioning you in our prayers;


1 Thessalonians 3:10

We continue to pray night and day most earnestly that we may see you face to face, and may complete whatever may be imperfect and lacking in your faith.

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1 Thessalonians 5:17

be unceasing and persistent in prayer;


1 Thessalonians 5:25

Brothers and sisters, pray for us.


2 Thessalonians 1:11

With this in view, we constantly pray for you, that our God will count you worthy of your calling [to faith] and with [His] power fulfill every desire for goodness, and complete [your] every work of faith,

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2 Thessalonians 3:1

[ Exhortation ] Finally, brothers and sisters, pray continually for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be honored [triumphantly celebrated and glorified], just as it was with you;


2 Thessalonians 3:2

and [pray] that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not everyone has the faith.


1 Timothy 2:1

[ A Call to Prayer ] First of all, then, I urge that petitions (specific requests), prayers, intercessions (prayers for others) and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all people,


1 Timothy 2:3

This [kind of praying] is good and acceptable and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,

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1 Timothy 2:8

Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger and disputing or quarreling or doubt [in their mind].

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1 Timothy 4:5

for it is sanctified [set apart, dedicated to God] by means of the word of God and prayer.


1 Timothy 5:5

Now a woman who is really a widow and has been left [entirely] alone [without adequate income] trusts in God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day.


2 Timothy 1:3

I thank God, whom I worship and serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day,


Philemon 1:4

[ Philemon’s Love and Faith ] I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers,


Philemon 1:6

I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective and powerful because of your accurate knowledge of every good thing which is ours in Christ.

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Philemon 1:22

At the same time also prepare a guest room for me [in expectation of a visit], for I hope that through your prayers I will be [granted the gracious privilege of] coming to you [at Colossae].


Hebrews 13:18

Keep praying for us, for we are convinced that we have a good conscience, seeking to conduct ourselves honorably [that is, with moral courage and personal integrity] in all things.


Hebrews 13:19

And I urge all of you to pray earnestly, so that I may be restored to you soon.


James 5:13

Is anyone among you suffering? He must pray. Is anyone joyful? He is to sing praises [to God].


James 5:14

Is anyone among you sick? He must call for the elders (spiritual leaders) of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;


James 5:15

and the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.


James 5:16

Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].


James 5:17

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours [with the same physical, mental, and spiritual limitations and shortcomings], and he prayed intensely for it not to rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months.


James 5:18

Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its crops [as usual].


1 Peter 3:7

In the same way, you husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way [with great gentleness and tact, and with an intelligent regard for the marriage relationship], as with someone physically weaker, since she is a woman. Show her honor and respect as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered or ineffective.

424 Bible Verses encouraging you to pray

1 Peter 3:9

and never return evil for evil or insult for insult [avoid scolding, berating, and any kind of abuse], but on the contrary, give a blessing [pray for one another’s well-being, contentment, and protection]; for you have been called for this very purpose, that you might inherit a blessing [from God that brings well-being, happiness, and protection].


1 Peter 3:12

“For the eyes of the Lord are [looking favorably] upon the righteous (the upright), And His ears are attentive to their prayer (eager to answer), But the face of the Lord is against those who practice evil.”


1 Peter 4:7

The end and culmination of all things is near. Therefore, be sound-minded and self-controlled for the purpose of prayer [staying balanced and focused on the things of God so that your communication will be clear, reasonable, specific and pleasing to Him.]


1 John 5:16

If anyone sees his brother committing a sin that does not lead to death, he will pray and ask [on the believer’s behalf] and God will for him give life to those whose sin is not leading to death. There is a sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for this [kind of sin].

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3 John 1:2

Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually].


Jude 1:20

But you, beloved, build yourselves up on [the foundation of] your most holy faith [continually progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], pray in the Holy Spirit,


Revelation 5:8

And when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb (Christ), each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of fragrant incense, which are the prayers of the saints (God’s people).

Revelation 8:3

Another angel came and stood at the altar. He had a golden censer, and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints (God’s people) on the golden altar in front of the throne.

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Revelation 8:4

And the smoke and fragrant aroma of the incense, with the prayers of the saints (God’s people), ascended before God from the angel’s hand.


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