100 Bible Verses about Prayer

Philippians 4:6 ESV / 1,198 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

John 15:7 ESV / 993 helpful votes

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Mark 11:24 ESV / 972 helpful votes

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV / 745 helpful votes

Pray without ceasing,

Romans 8:26 ESV / 735 helpful votes

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Matthew 6:6 ESV / 722 helpful votes

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Matthew 6:7 ESV / 661 helpful votes

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.

Luke 11:9 ESV / 548 helpful votes

And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Jeremiah 33:3 ESV / 473 helpful votes

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

James 5:16 ESV / 456 helpful votes

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Matthew 26:41 ESV / 430 helpful votes

Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV / 428 helpful votes

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Ephesians 6:18 ESV / 363 helpful votes

Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

1 Timothy 2:5 ESV / 338 helpful votes

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

Matthew 6:5-8 ESV / 329 helpful votes

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 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. “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Matthew 6:9-13 ESV / 292 helpful votes

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day 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 evil.

Psalm 34:17 ESV / 288 helpful votes

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.

Luke 18:1 ESV / 287 helpful votes

And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.

Colossians 4:2 ESV / 270 helpful votes

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV / 230 helpful votes

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.

Luke 6:27-28 ESV / 223 helpful votes

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

1 Timothy 2:8 ESV / 220 helpful votes

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;

Jeremiah 29:12 ESV / 202 helpful votes

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.

Matthew 21:22 ESV / 194 helpful votes

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Matthew 18:19-20 ESV / 187 helpful votes

Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

James 5:13-18 ESV / 184 helpful votes

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. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. ...

1 John 5:14-15 ESV / 183 helpful votes

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

Mark 1:35 ESV / 147 helpful votes

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.

Proverbs 15:29 ESV / 139 helpful votes

The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

Matthew 9:35-38 ESV / 136 helpful votes

And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Hebrews 4:16 ESV / 134 helpful votes

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.

1 John 3:22 ESV / 132 helpful votes

And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.

Matthew 7:7 ESV / 130 helpful votes

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Isaiah 59:2 ESV / 130 helpful votes

But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.

Matthew 6:1-34 ESV / 126 helpful votes

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. ...

Luke 11:9-13 ESV / 124 helpful votes

And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

John 16:23-24 ESV / 115 helpful votes

In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

John 9:31 ESV / 114 helpful votes

We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.

Psalm 145:18-19 ESV / 113 helpful votes

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.

James 4:3 ESV / 112 helpful votes

You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

Luke 18:1-8 ESV / 101 helpful votes

And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” ...

Proverbs 28:9 ESV / 97 helpful votes

If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV / 96 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Luke 21:36 ESV / 87 helpful votes

But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

1 John 5:14 ESV / 84 helpful votes

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.

Romans 12:12 ESV / 81 helpful votes

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

John 14:13 ESV / 81 helpful votes

Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

Psalm 66:18 ESV / 78 helpful votes

If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

James 1:6-7 ESV / 74 helpful votes

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;

Psalm 141:2 ESV / 73 helpful votes

Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

Psalm 55:17 ESV / 73 helpful votes

Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice.

James 4:2 ESV / 72 helpful votes

You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.

Acts 1:14 ESV / 69 helpful votes

All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

Matthew 6:9 ESV / 68 helpful votes

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 62 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

James 1:5 ESV / 60 helpful votes

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Psalm 145:18 ESV / 60 helpful votes

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Luke 22:31-32 ESV / 59 helpful votes

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

Hebrews 5:7 ESV / 56 helpful votes

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.

1 Samuel 12:23 ESV / 56 helpful votes

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

Zechariah 13:9 ESV / 55 helpful votes

And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people’; and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”

1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV / 54 helpful votes

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

Luke 11:1 ESV / 50 helpful votes

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV / 49 helpful votes

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Luke 6:12 ESV / 48 helpful votes

In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.

Matthew 5:44 ESV / 48 helpful votes

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Romans 8:28 ESV / 46 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 46 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

1 Peter 5:7 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 45 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Psalm 121:1-8 ESV / 45 helpful votes

A Song of Ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. ...

1 John 5:15 ESV / 44 helpful votes

And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV / 44 helpful votes

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

John 14:13-14 ESV / 43 helpful votes

Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

Psalm 55:22 ESV / 43 helpful votes

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Jude 1:20 ESV / 42 helpful votes

But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,

Luke 18:10-14 ESV / 42 helpful votes

“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Matthew 6:9-14 ESV / 42 helpful votes

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day 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 evil. ...

Acts 2:42 ESV / 41 helpful votes

And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

1 Thessalonians 5:25 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Brothers, pray for us.

Luke 22:42 ESV / 39 helpful votes

Saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”

Matthew 21:12-13 ESV / 38 helpful votes

And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”

James 1:6 ESV / 37 helpful votes

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

John 16:13 ESV / 37 helpful votes

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

Psalm 66:17 ESV / 37 helpful votes

I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue.

Psalm 32:6 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.

Colossians 1:3 ESV / 35 helpful votes

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,

Psalm 4:1 ESV / 35 helpful votes

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

Ephesians 3:14 ESV / 34 helpful votes

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,

Psalm 122:6 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! “May they be secure who love you!

Psalm 18:6 ESV / 32 helpful votes

In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.

James 5:13 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.

Revelation 5:8 ESV / 30 helpful votes

And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

Psalm 91:1-16 ESV / 30 helpful votes

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, ...

Mark 11:25 ESV / 29 helpful votes

And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

1 Peter 3:7 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

Romans 8:26-27 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

James 5:16-18 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.

1 Samuel 3:1-10 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Now the young man Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. ...

James 5:14 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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.

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