Prayer seems to be a confusing thing for most people. What is it exactly? How should we pray? Is it even worth praying? The Bible not only gives us many promises on prayer, but teaches that it’s obedience for followers of Christ to pray.
No matter how “good” or how “bad” we think we are when it comes to praying, let’s remember how often Jesus practiced this and what kind of prayer life He had. We have an example who has gone before us to teach us how to pray and show us just how important it really is.
Here is what the Bible has to say with Scripture on Prayer:
John 15:7 – If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Psalm 17:6 – I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words.
Matthew 7:8 – For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
Matthew 21:22 – And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.
John 16:24 – Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
Romans 8:26 – 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 5:44-45 – But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Ephesians 6:18 – 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.