Throughout Scripture, we are challenged to pray so let’s look at a few wonderful passages on prayer.
Be reminded of Nehemiah’s dependence on prayer. He turned to God—for strength, for guidance, for protection, and for power. Ask God to make you a Nehemiah!
- Nehemiah 1:6—Let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before You day and night for your servants, the people of Israel.
- Nehemiah 1:11—Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” I was cupbearer to the king.
- Nehemiah 2:4—The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven,
- Nehemiah 4:9—But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.
- Nehemiah 6:9—They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.” But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”Be encouraged, convicted, and motivated by these Scriptures:
- Deuteronomy 4:7—What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?
- 1 Samuel 1:10—In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly.
- 1 Samuel 12:23—As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right.
- 1 Kings 8:28—Yet give attention to Your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that Your servant is praying in Your presence this day.
- 2 Chronicles 7:14—If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
- Proverbs 18:10—The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
- Matthew 6:6—But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
- Matthew 26:41—Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
- Mark 11:25—And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
- Luke 5:1—But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
- Romans 12:12—Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
- Ephesians 1:18—I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people,
Philippians 4:6—Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Many hymns speak of our prayer privilege as children of God: Sweet Hour of Prayer; Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior; Blessed Assurance; Tell It to Jesus, and so many more. I was drawn to these words from In the Garden as I thought about the privilege we have to pray in holy communion with our loving God:I come to the garden alone, While the dew is still on the roses, And the voice I hear falling on my ear The Son of God discloses.He speaks, and the sound of His voice Is so sweet the birds hush their singing, And the melody that He gave to me Within my heart is ringing.
Talk with God and process what He is doing for you, in you and through you. Thank Him and say “yes” to where He wants to take you.
- And He walks with me, and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own; And the joy we share as we tarry there, None other has ever known.
Brenda Harris is a student of God’s Word…and a wife, mother, and grandmother! She loves uncovering truths and promises in Scripture. Brenda serves as prayer coordinator for Kendrick Brothers Productions.