What does the bible say about prayer?

Is praying really that important?

Why would I pray?

These are good questions! If you want to have a relationship with God, and to know him more, to experience him in your life, than prayer is absolutely essential. What is prayer? One of the definitions that Google’s search results give to prayer is “contacting higher powers.” If you assume this definition to be correct, you will read the first spoken prayer in the Bible in Genesis 2:23. A more Biblical definition of prayer would simply to be in a relationship with God, our heavenly father. The Bible says quite a bit about prayer! Hopefully these Bible verses about prayer will encourage you.

Pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

John 16:24

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

Jeremiah 29:12

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12

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 6:6

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

James 5:16

By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.

Psalm 42:9

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

Matthew 6:5

Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

​​Matthew 7:9-11

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