Using Scripture as Examples of Prayer

Using Scripture as Examples of Prayer

Listed below are selected examples of how prayer was utilized in the scripture. In other words, this is how Jesus and the Apostles prayed….and how some of the Old Testament saints prayed.  The idea of the list is this: If you are ever stumped about how to pray for someone or something (a church, for example), you can look at this list and see how Jesus and the Apostles would have prayed for that someone or something.

  • Pray for those who persecute you
  • Without hopes of acknowledgement
  • Honoring and praising God
  • With His kingdom and will in mind
  • For protection from temptation and deliverance
  • Praise
  • For God to send laborers
  • In solitude
  • As a corporate group
  • In faith
  • In/According to God’s will
  • In honesty
  • With steadfastness and devotion
  • At set times, and other times
  • That others might be filled with the Spirit
  • For the right intentions
  • For others health
  • For others protection and deliverance
  • When readying oneself for service
  • During fasting
  • For protection during tribulation
  • To be a blessing to other Christians
  • The Spirit intercedes for us
  • For salvation of others
  • Constant
  • Asking others to pray FOR you to be delivered
  • To be refreshed
  • To be joyful
  • Pray in Spirit and your mind
  • In thankfulness
  • For others to walk according to the will of God and not the flesh
  • For restoration (equipping, perfection)
  • Giving thanks for others impacts on our lives
  • That others have a Spirit of Wisdom
  • For wisdom for ourselves
  • That others have a revelation knowledge of Him
  • Making supplications for others
  • That others love may abound
  • That they might have knowledge
  • For discernment
  • For believers to approve of those things which are excellent
  • To be sincere and without offense
  • To be filled with the fruits of righteousness
  • To understand the will of God, even when it seems like things are going bad
  • To be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding
  • That others might walk worthy of the Lord
  • That others might be fruitful
  • That others will increase in the knowledge of God
  • That others will be strengthened
  • That others may be strengthened in might according to His glorious power
  • That others might have patience and longsuffering and be joyful about it
  • Being thankful for our salvation and that we have been delivered from darkness to light
  • Being thankful for our redemption and forgiveness
  • Watch for answered prayers with thanksgiving
  • That a door of utterance will be opened to proclaim the word and the Gospel
  • That others might stand mature and fully assured of God’s will
  •  Remembering others work for the Lord, their patience and love
  • To give supply to those who are lacking
  • Without ceasing
  • That others may be worthy of their calling
  • That others may fulfill every resolve for good works by His power
  • That God’s word would be honored in others ministry
  • In supplications, intercessions and thankgivings
  • To live quiet, peaceable lives in goodness and honesty
  • Pray lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling
  • That others may effectively share their faith
  • That those we share our faith with will come to full knowledge
  • That we will be sent to minister to others of the faith
  • To relieve our own suffering or sickness
  • Praying for others healing and for good health
  • Praying for one another’s weaknesses
  • Praying effectually and fervently
  • That our prayers be not hindered…so show us what is hindering them
  • That others will be protected from sin
  • That it may go well with others
  • That we stay in the love of God
  • In the Holy Spirit
  • Giving thanks to those who stand firm for the Gospel at the sake of their own lives
  • For the grace others have
  • Giving thanks for the impacts others have on us (their blessing to us)
  • Giving thanks in EVERY circumstance
  • Giving thanks for others sanctification
  • That other’s faith may grow abundantly
  • That love would increase
  • That others might be built up
  • Ask in faith, not doubting

Prayer in Psalms:

  • 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!
  • Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray.
  • The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD accepts my prayer.
  • Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry! Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
  • 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.
  • But I, when they were sick— I wore sackcloth; I afflicted myself with fasting; I prayed with head bowed on my chest.
  • “Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears! For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers.
  • By day the LORD commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
  • O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth.
  • Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!
  • Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer;
  • O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come.
  • Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!
  • But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.
  • O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
  • O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah.
  • Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.
  • Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry!
  • But I, O LORD, cry to you; in the morning my prayer comes before you.
  • A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the LORD. Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry come to you!
  • He regards the prayer of the destitute and does not despise their prayer.
  • In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer.
  • When he is tried, let him come forth guilty; let his prayer be counted as sin!
  • Then I called on the name of the LORD: “O LORD, I pray, deliver my soul!”
  • Save us, we pray, O LORD! O LORD, we pray, give us success!
  • Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!
  • Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it. Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.
  • Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!

Prayer in the Gospels:

  • John 17 prayer
  • The Lord’s Prayer: Matthew 6; Luke 11
  • Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
  • But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute 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.
  • 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.
  • Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people,
  • He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”
  • “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
  • Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.”
  • “And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
  • “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
  • Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”
  • So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again.
  • 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.
  • And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.
  • And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
  • Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
  • 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.”
  • But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.
  • In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.
  • Bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
  • And he said to them, “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.
  • I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.

Prayer in Acts:

  • All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
  • And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
  • We will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
  • These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.
  • The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray.
  • So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.
  • About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,
  • When our days there were ended, we departed and went on our journey, and they all, with wives and children, accompanied us until we were outside the city. And kneeling down on the beach, we prayed

 

Prayer in Romans:

  • That our faith (your faith) is proclaimed to all
  • That God’s will be done in our travels and ministry
  • That we could impart some spiritual gift to strengthen the body of Christ
  • That we would be mutually encouraged by the exercising of our gifts.
  • To strive together in prayers for ministry
  • That we would be delivered from harm
  • That our service would be acceptable to the saints
  • That we will have joy and be refreshed

Prayer in Ephesians:

  • give thanks for you,
  • remembering you in my prayers,
  • that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom
  • revelation in the knowledge of him,
  • having the eyes of your hearts enlightened,
  • that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you,
  • Know what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
  • Know the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe,
  • He may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being
  • so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—
  • that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
  • may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
  • to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge
  • that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
  • Make supplication for all the saints that words may be given to them in opening their mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel
  • Pray they declare it boldly, as they ought to speak.
  • 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 

Prayer in Philippians:

  • I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,
  • making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
  • that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
  • it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
  • my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed,
  • that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
  • Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
  • in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
  • Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
  • To our God and Father be glory forever and ever.

Prayer in Colossians:

  • We have not ceased to pray for you
  • asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding
  • to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him
  • bearing fruit in every good work
  • increasing in the knowledge of God.
  • May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
  • giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
  • Continue steadfastly in prayer
  • being watchful in in prayer with thanksgiving.
  • that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ
  • that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
  • Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.
  • Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Prayer in 1 Thessalonians:

  • Remembering before God your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope
  • Thanksgiving to God for the joy we feel towards others
  • Praying to return to see each other face to face
  • May God direct our way
  • That God would supply whatever is lacking in our faith
  • May you increase and abound in Love
  • May He establish our hearts blameless in Holiness before God at the coming of Jesus Christ
  • To know how we ought to walk and to please God
  • To abstain from sin…and sexual immorality and to know how to control our bodies
  • That we should be Holy
  • Pray without ceasing
  • Give thanks in all circumstances because it’s God’s will

Prayer in 2 Thessalonians:

  • We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly,
  • the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.
  • steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.
  • that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering
  • To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling
  • That God may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power,
  • that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
  • Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
  • Pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored
  • That we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful.
  • He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.
  • May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

Prayer in Philemon:

  • That the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.
  • For freedom from imprisonment

Prayer in 1 Corinthians:

  • Thanks that others (the object of our prayers) have received the Grace of Christ Jesus
  • That they be enriched by this grace in speech and all knowledge
  • That they be given a testimony about Christ and that this testimony is confirmed
  • That the be not lacking in any gift
  • That they have patience and wait for the Lord to be revealed
  • That they be sustained to the end
  • That they be guiltless on the Day of the Lord Jesus
  • That they agree and that there are no divisions among you (us)
  • That we (they) be united in the same mind and the same judgment

Prayer in 2 Corinthians:

  • You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
  • But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed.
  • For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for.

Prayer in 1 Timothy:

  • 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.
  • I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling
  • She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day

Prayer in 2 Timothy:

  • I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.

Prayer in Hebrews:

  • 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 

Prayer in James:

  • 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. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.

Prayer in 1 Peter:

  • 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.
  • For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
  • The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.

Prayer in 1 John:

  • If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that.

Prayer in 3 John:

  • Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.

Prayer in Jude:

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

Prayer in Revelation:

  • 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.
  • And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.