What Does The Bible Say About Prayer? A Christian Study

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May I ask you a question?  How often do you pray?  Prayer is the “direct line” to God.  It is the way that we communicate verbally and silently with God.  Prayers that are said from faithful stewards are always heard and answered by God. If you don’t pray often, I encourage you to start praying on a daily basis.  When you are communicating with God, you are utilizing a “life-line”.  What does the Bible say about prayer?  Let us search the scriptures for clear answers.

How Often Should we Pray?

“Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)  As God’s children, we need to uplift each other in prayer, and also pray for all of the other blessings and trials that are in our lives.  This verse is truly inspiring because there is always something to pray about, whether it is driving home safely from work, having a romantic evening with your spouse or uplifting our leaders of the government in prayer.  There is never a second that goes by where we shouldn’t be able to think of something or someone to pray for.

If you don’t pray often, I encourage you to start praying on a daily basis.

If you don’t pray often, I encourage you to start praying on a daily basis.

In Colossians we read about how the church in Colossae truly loved Paul and Timothy in the Spirit (Colossians 1:8).  Paul’s response to this love is “and so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you.” (Colossians 1:9a)  When you are in your day to day life, think about people you love and pray for each one individually all day.  Along with those you love, pray for those that are hurting.  Pray for the orphans with no mommies or daddies to take care of them.  Pray for the widows that haven’t a man by their side.  There truly is always something to pray about.

It is a Command

There are numerous passages in scripture that tell us to pray.  Here are some of them.

“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)

“Pray then like this.  Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” (Matthew 6:9)

“Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:38)

“And He told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” (Luke 18:1)

“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation.  The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mark 14:38)

If we are commanded to pray, we had better.  Failure to pray as commanded is sin.  If we don’t pray for our enemies, we are in sin.  If we refuse to pray that God would send out laborers into the harvest, we are in sin.  If there is anything that is tearing at you to the point that you are not willing to pray about it, you are in sin.  We must give everything to God in prayer.

Prayer is a Wellspring of Life

“I thank God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” (Philippians 1:3-4)  Paul was filled with joy every time he prayed for those he loved.  Prayer is a wellspring of life.  When you concentrate on the blessings and those you love, prayer can be a wonderful, joyous time.

“By day the Lord commands His steadfast love, and at night His song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.” (Psalm 42:8)  The psalmist beautifully portrays a song of the Lord as a prayer.  There is refreshing waters in the thoughts that God gives you when you pray to Him.  Take advantage of every opportunity to pray.  Don’t drain the wellspring.

Prayer has Great Power

One of the best passages of scripture to show the power of God when we pray is found in 1 Kings 18:36-38.  This is where Elijah has challenged the prophets of Baal to pray that their god would burn up the sacrifice they had made.  After they failed, Elijah completely drenched his offering with water and offered this prayer to God: “’O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word.  Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that You, O Lord, are God, and that You have turned their hearts back.’  And look what God does as the Scripture concludes:  Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.”

Prayer has power!  Not every prayer is going to be answered by God this way, of course, but the power is there nonetheless.


Prayer is a must for anyone who believes in God.  Prayer connects us to God.  We are commanded to pray unceasingly and our prayers are indeed powerful.  Whatever is in your life, whether it be blessings or trials, give them all to God in prayer. Lift up those you love and your enemies. You will see God’s handy-work when you pray.  God bless you as you live a life worthy of the calling!

Here is another great article about prayer, take a look:

Why does God wait to answer prayer?

Resources –  The Holy Bible, English Standard Version “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Jack Wellman February 23, 2013 at 11:36 am

Beautiful work my brother. I give thanks to you in prayer to God and I love the Scripture that God inhabits the prayers of His saints. Well done as always.


Derek Hill February 24, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Thank you Jack. I know from my own experience that when I am in prayer and communion with God, He is there too and He does answer prayer. Just this past week God answered a prayer of mine and blessed me more than I could have imagined! I thank God for you too brother and I pray for you also. God bless!


Johanna February 24, 2013 at 7:02 am

Great encouragement! I love this site!


Derek Hill February 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Thank you Johanna for such joy and encouragement! It is an honor to be used as a vessel of the Lord to write articles for His glory! God bless you!


A.J. Thomas February 24, 2013 at 11:10 am

Thank the Lord above for sites like this one. You help keep my focus on Him and His will. Thank you and God Bless…


Derek Hill February 24, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Thank you for your kind words A.J. I am thankful for you and all of the readers of this site. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we can encourage each other as we walk through this short life into heaven. God bless you!


Jack Wellman February 24, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Thank you Derek. I remember in the Garden the Son of God prayed three times to have this cup removed and if the Father declined to answer Jesus’ prayer in this, I must not be discourage when He answers no to me for it is always in my best interest. God answers EVERY prayer: Sometimes it is yes, sometimes it is no, sometimes it is not yet!


adanech g/mariam April 8, 2015 at 1:13 pm

I agree what you said .May God bless you .What important is being with God always..


Chris February 25, 2013 at 11:51 am

Thank you for these verses on prayer. If you would like to pray for some people on our prayer list, check out http://www.praybuddy.com.

Also, let us know if we can pray for you in any way!


Jack Wellman February 25, 2013 at 12:36 pm

What an amazing site Chris. I love it and the way you designed it is so user friendly and many prayer warriors are on that website. My compliments and thank you sir for sharing this valuable resource and for visiting us.


Derek Hill February 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I agree with Jack. You have a great website and ministry. I read a couple of the prayers and replies on it. God has His hand on you site for sure! It is wonderful to see Christian brothers and sisters praying for each other on the web. God bless you and your ministry on your website.


Isaac Micthel February 25, 2013 at 12:40 pm

pls i need you people to help me in prayer
1. Understanding 2. Wisdom. 3. Seed of righteousness


Isaac Micthel February 25, 2013 at 12:51 pm

He dat dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of almighty. when u abide in him all poverty in not ur portion when u abide in him sickness is nt ur for u bcos ur body is the temple of God.


Derek Hill February 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Hello Isaac. I can definitely pray for you, that you may find understanding and wisdom through the trials you are in right now. As Christians we are not promised an easy life and many times we must go through trials to become stronger in our faith and in the Lord. So whatever you are facing right now, make sure to ask God, “Father, what do you want me to learn from this?” God bless you and my prayers are on the way!


Kenneth April 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Blessed article Derek. The power of prayer is so great! I’ve been praying everyday (except for being in a coma for a month) for 5 years now. 2 years of that i wasn’t a reborn Christian yet. 3 years ago God answered me something that i always asked in prayer to be with me where i go during the day & bring me safe back home. By His grace & mercy i survived a train accident & is healthy as can be. My mom, some of my family & other people also prayed while i was in a coma. In the name of Jesus God answered them. My day start with prayer. I don’t believe in starting without it. I pray for my family, my friends, my neighbours, the goverment, the whole world, the homeless, the convicts, the hunger starvation countries & those that get struck by natural disasters aswell as for myself & whatever the Holy Spirit is giving me to communicate with God. Peace be with you brother in Christ. God bless.


Derek Hill April 21, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Kenneth, that was a really inspiring comment! Thank you for it! I love the list of things that you pray about and they are all soooo important! I’m so glad to hear that God brought you through the train accident and coma safely. Our God is an AWESOME God! God bless you and your loved ones!


Erin July 11, 2013 at 5:16 am

Since two days i wanted to listen a words of God from bible and in family devotion also i told this but those verses didnt quence my thirst but today when i read your article i was like oh God this is what i was in need. Thank you so much. Its inspiring one and made me feel good again. I pray to God that you will continuosly keep on writing Derek sir.


Derek Hill July 11, 2013 at 10:51 am

Thank you Erin! It is absolutely a joy to be a vessel for God on this site! Prayer is so powerful! May you continue to pray and may God bless you!


Yinka August 15, 2013 at 4:02 am

Wonderful words on prayer Mr Derek; your article of encouragement to prayer has really enhanced my trust and devotion to God and in the process inspired and made me more strong in faith. Now being more enlightened, i stand more firm in the light of God goodness and glory. May the Lord forever strenghten you and bestow His grace continually upon you. Amen


Derek Hill August 15, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Thank you Yinka! Your words of encouragement are just what I needed. God’s timing is always perfect! May God continue to guide you and give you wisdom as you rely on His love and knowledge! God Bless you!


Genesis June 30, 2014 at 4:15 pm

there is this guy i knew at my sisters wedding and i like him,and he likes me, he says that i remind him if his friend and that i have a great smile but i think he is an unbeliever and every time i would try and stop thinking about him i would still think about him. Is it a sin to be thinking about an unbeliever like this? and i know that i shouldn’t be with him but it is so hard. i have tried to stop thinking about him all day but i keep falling into that sin and when i would confess, i would fell no conviction but i know that i shouldn’t be thinking like this and i wonder why i am not being convicted and then i focus on the sin i have so that i can properly receive gods forgiveness, meaning not doubting. I want to fell sorry for what i have done so that i can sincerely ask god for forgiveness. Please help me.


Jack Wellman June 30, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Hello Genesis. It is good to hear from you again. It is easy to let our feelings push out the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. I cannot help you but you must pray for God’s help. I can give you support by praying for you but you must try as best you can to stop thinking about him and reading the Bible will help and perhaps this article that deals specifically about it at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/unequally-yoked-meaning-scriptures-and-lesson/ and I pray that gives you the Bible verses that will help for there is real power in the Word of God. I would also suggest you speak with your pastor about this.


Karene Totten October 29, 2016 at 10:47 pm

what does the bible say about tithes and offerings


Pamela Rose Williams October 31, 2016 at 8:30 am

Hello Karen, Thank you for your question. My brother Jack wrote the following article that I think addresses your question well. I hope it is helpful: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-does-the-bible-teach-about-giving-is-tithing-biblical/


petra botha February 13, 2017 at 4:43 am

Thank you all for your encouragement…Thank you God for loving us


Genny November 24, 2017 at 11:26 am

As I begin my study on prayer I was led her first. I want to thank you for pointing out that if we do not pray for our enemies it is a sin. I never realized this until I pondered, and reread the scripture. Powerful! What a blessing this has been for me.


Samuel December 27, 2017 at 6:17 pm

Thank God I found a site like this. I need help.
Is it right for me to be thinking about marriage at the age of 20?
I have feelings for a girl I think of marrying her I don’t lust after her but it sometimes happens but that’s not much what I think about when I think of her, I don’t even know what I think of most of the time I think about her.
She is an unbeliever I would not tell her about marriage I would make sure she becomes a child of God these are some of my thoughts
And I want to know if its Gods will. I need help in my life.


Jack Wellman December 27, 2017 at 6:51 pm

Hello Sameul. You obviously already know God doesn’t want us to marry unbelievers, so you show good wisdom in that. Pray for her salvation and I will too. Please check out this article about how to know if its true love: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/true-love-how-do-you-know-when-you-find-it/


sunday October 22, 2019 at 3:28 pm

I am here to get the deep knowledge of the type of prayers I can offer to God. To my surprise, I got all what I need here. Thanks and God bless.


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