When my kids were little, we always took time to memorize Bible verses. One of my favorite Bible passages we learned together was Psalms 1. It’s one of the most important and powerful prayers in the Bible to memorize as it covers so many areas. If you are looking for the right Bible verses on prayer, you’ve come to the right place!
Powerful prayer Bible verses remind you not to hang out with ungodly friends, nor seek bad counsel, or even sit together with non-believers. Instead, a perfect prayer Bible verse gives you a road map to what you should do: pray and focus on Him day and night.
Have you ever studied the story of Hannah? She wanted a child so badly yet praised God for her blessings. He rewarded her for being faithful in prayer with a son named Samuel and even more children.
Powerful Prayer Bible Verses
Let’s start with my favorite prayer Bible verse to memorize. It’s a bit long, yet, it’s filled with wisdom and godly counsel. Our family memorized it over a span of 4 weeks with the kids when they were young, but as an adult, we should be able to memorize this powerful prayer passage in half the time, if not sooner. You may just surprise yourself with how quickly it takes you to remember this gem.
However, if you are looking for short Bible verses to memorize quickly, skip to the next section as I’ve got a great list for you. It’s my ‘on the go’ bible verses for quick recall and focus when you’re busy or in a hurry.
Psalm 1:1-3 KJV – 1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Short Bible Verses on Prayer
If you are looking for short bible verses on prayer for ‘on the go’ memorizing, check out these beauties below. And, just because they are short bible verses doesn’t mean they aren’t powerful. In fact, quite the opposite. When I’m starting to feel a sense of panic, worry, or fear, these are perfect for my situation.
For example, let’s say I get overwhelmed with the day’s responsibilities. There are too many things to do and I start panicking. I need a quick fix to get myself focused on God. The first few short Bible verses below is perfect for my situation. Can it get any shorter?!! Yet, these prayer bible verses are super powerful and succinct.
- Rejoice evermore. I Thessalonians 5:16
- Pray without Ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
- In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thessalonians 5:18
- Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually. I Chronicles 16:11
- Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41
How to Pray Like the Saints
God’s Word reveals to us how we can pray the right way. In Proverbs 2:3-5, we’re going to dissect it each step of the way so we can truly understand how to pray like the saints.
Proverbs 2:3-5 – Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
If you want to know how to pray the way God wants us to, then you must pray these 3 ways:
Pray with Fervency
Cry desperately to him, asking for knowledge as 2:3 requires us. Seek wisdom likes it’s a hidden treasure. These are humbling prayers, As James reminds us in James 5:16, the “effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man is key to successful prayer.
Pray with Persistency
If you knew someone was hiding a chest of treasures for you to find, wouldn’t you go to the ends of the earth looking for it? Being persistent in our prayer life is essential as part of our daily spiritual growth as Christians.
Pray with Expectancy
If you pray with fervency and persistence, God guarantees that you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God in Prov. 2:5-6. Have the expectations that He will provide when we are persistent with pursuits of knowing Him.
How to Pray Like the Lord
If you would like a pattern on how to pray, you can use Jesus’ Prayer Bible Verse Guide or the Lord’s Model Prayer to guide you. Many of us have memorized this over the years but it’s not meant to replace prayer, it’s meant as an example to follow when praying. Here’s a prayer pattern you’ll notice with the Lord’s Prayer.
- Praise God with his attributes.
- Acknowledge his sovereignty.
- Ask for our food.
- Repent of our sins and help us to forgive others just the same.
- Help us to avoid temptation, keep us on the right path spiritually.
- Wrap up with praising Him again for his kingdom, power, and glory.
In other words, we should praise God by acknowledging who He is, asking him to provide for our needs, repent of our sins and ask him to help us stay righteous, and then again, praising Him again for His glory. With this pattern, we should constantly be praising Him. It’s so important in our daily, minute-by-minute lives.
When we are having a rough day, praise Him. If our day is going great, praise Him. As our doubts cloud our judgment, praise Him. It reminds us subconsciously that He is in charge, and there’s no reason for fear, doubt, worry, or anxiety. He created the earth, our silly little problems are so small to Him and He can do anything if we ask, seek, and knock (A.S.K. method).
Let’s get to our model Lord’s Prayer:
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13
How to Pray Using the ACTS Method
The best way I have found to stay focused on the priorities of God is the A.C.T.S method. It’s a simple, yet really effective way to remember key points on how to pray. Here is a simple summary of how to use this practical Christian prayer model:
Adoration: Praise and honor the Lord with His amazing attributes.
Confession: Spell out all of your sins on a daily basis.
Thanksgiving: Thank Him for all of the blessings.
Supplication: Pray for others and yourself.
What’s your favorite prayer Bible verse? It’s critical that we get our prayer life right, otherwise, we won’t be as effective in our daily lives. We will make bad decisions, feed the flesh, and become weak. Let’s get right with the Lord, He’s waiting for us to call Him.