Verses on Prayer

Prayer verses

 

Ephesians 6:18 (KJV)

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Acts 1:14 (ESV)
14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

Acts 6:4 (ESV)
4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

Romans 10:1 (ESV)
1 Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.

Romans 12:12 (ESV)
12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

1 Corinthians 7:5 (ESV)
5 Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self- control.

2 Corinthians 1:11 (ESV)
22 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.

2 Corinthians 9:14 (ESV)
while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you.

Philippians 1:4 (ESV)
always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,

Philippians 1:19 (ESV)
for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance,

Philippians 4:6 (ESV)
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Colossians 4:2 (KJV)
2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

1 Timothy 4:5 (KJV)
5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

James 5:15-16 (KJV)
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

1 Peter 4:7 (KJV)
7 But the end of all things is at hand:be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

What is Prayer?

What is Prayer?

By Ashley Dickie

The exact definition of prayer is: a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship.

Prayer is daily recognition of one; Who created you and, two; That you constantly need him

We constantly need Jesus.

1 John 5:14 Says

“And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.”

It also says in Matthew (Matthew 7:7)

7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

God wants you to ask for things that will please him.  I’m not saying asking for prevision is wrong, just use it in the right manner.

Prayer is not only about asking God for things, it’s also praising him for the things he’s been doing in your life. Have you ever thought, “Why would I need to pray? If God already knows my needs and thoughts what’s the use?” I know I have! God wants you to humble yourself into showing your weakness. Its confessing your weakness to him. And when your praise him, Its showing that you are grateful for for what he’s given you.

Philippians 4:6 says:

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

In everything, and anything, the good, the bad, the crappy, and the fabulous, Jesus is there for us to run to in prayer.

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Ashley Dickie is a 14 year old girl living in Tomball Texas, with a heart for Jesus. She’s an artist, writer, musician, and the second oldest of 6.

 

This is not a 15 Minute Prayer Guide

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What a wonderful gift prayer is, eh? I admit that sometimes it’s talked about a lot in Church and sometimes it feels a little repetitious to talk about it more. You know how it is. You read the story of David throwing the stone at Goliath so many times in Sunday school that you start to forget the significance. Or you’ve heard the story of Esther over and over (thanks VeggieTales!) that you start thinking about what you’re having for lunch today instead of to the awesome story of God’s love. It’s just the way we people are. So when we hear the word prayer a lot of times we think – “Oh, here we go again. 15 easy steps to becoming a prayer warrior. Lay it on me.” And you shut off that part of your mind and contemplate the universe or the latest episode of Parks and Recreation.

I’m saying all of that to get you to listen because I think God has some pretty good things to say.

So, prayer. What is it exactly? There’s a ton of definitions in Joannah Zimmerman’s list of quotes below this which are great to read and see what other folks think about prayer. It’s good to understand all kind of cultures and the way they define prayer!

Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary says this

PRA’YER, n. In a general sense, the act of asking for a favor, and particularly with earnestness. 1. In worship, a solemn address to the Supreme Being,

A solemn address to the Supreme Being. What a fantastic and simple way to put things!

That’s all it really is. It’s coming before God with a heart set on things above, the serious stuff that stays in the backs of our minds, or sits in the center of our stomachs like a heavy weight until we address it.

Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says to “pray without ceasing”. This always bothered me growing up. How could you possibly do anything without ceasing? He also says in this verse to rejoice always and to give thanks in all circumstances. All that coming from a man who spent most of his ministry years in and out of prison! I’ve never been able to comprehend how that was possible though. How can all of the thoughts going through your mind be full of supplication and thanksgiving, praise and adoration, and confessions? It’s impossible.

Except for that it isn’t quite impossible. Hard, yes, impossible, no. Matthew 19:26 says “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” If you want to have a heart full of prayer, you have to pursue God’s gift. In my own life it was simply saying “Father, remind me to direct my thoughts to you.” Now, I’m not saying that I truly live 24/7 in constant prayer – I don’t. But I want to and I understand that it’s not impossible, it’s not something God can not do in my life.

God is far too big to be held back by our weak will. He’ll build us up and makes the way for us to do what He needs from us. Our lives are so much richer when we understand that. Noble and I have been discussing this a lot lately, prayer in general and in our lives. It’s kept this topic stirring in my mind throughout the whole month and it’s been good. We’ve decided that it comes down to a conscious choice to pray more. I’m not talking waking up at 4am to fall asleep on your knees next to your bed and beat yourself up because you’re not spiritual enough. No, not that at all. But it’s the simple things; I pray for my mom when I think about her, slowly those thoughts turn into prayers from the start. Before you know it, your thoughts are being fueled by prayer and it’s something I can’t get enough of.

I think it’s important for Christians to discuss these things with one another so that we understand why it’s important, not just because someone told you that it is. When you discuss things you get personal history and emotion, not just words on a page.

And I think all of us at Grafted would love to know your personal prayer stories! Are you going through struggles in your prayer life, do you have a praise report? Or do you need prayer for anything? Leave a comment or send us a note at contact@graftedmagazine.com!

Quotes on Prayer

Quotes

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

 

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

 

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”
― Bruce Lee

 

“Let us never forget to pray. God lives. He is near. He is real. He is not only aware of us but cares for us. He is our Father. He is accessible to all who will seek Him.”
― Gordon B. Hinckley

 

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”
― Mother Teresa

 

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”
― Abraham Lincoln

 

“The Simple Path
Silence is Prayer
Prayer is Faith
Faith is Love
Love is Service
The Fruit of Service is Peace”
― Mother Teresa

 

“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.”
― Khalil Gibran

 

“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.”
― Corrie ten Boom

 

“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
― John Bunyan

 

“In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.”
― Mother Teresa

 

“Prayer may just be the most powerful tool mankind has.”
― Ted Dekker

 

“Many people pray to be kept out of unexpected problems.
Some people pray to be able to confront and overcome them.”
― Toba Beta

 

“The more you pray, the less you’ll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You’ll feel more patient and less pressured.”
― Rick Warren


 

“God, grant me strength to accept those things I cannot change.”
― Dan Brown

 

“I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”
― Martin Luther

 

“The wise man in the storm prays God not for safety from danger but for deliverance from fear.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“He who kneels the most, stands the best.”
― D.L. Moody

 

“For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”
― Thérèse de Lisieux

 

“The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching.”
― Joseph Smith Jr.

 

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”
― Corrie ten Boom

 

“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.”
― Oswald Chambers

Communicating

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Communicating

Communicating is a daily part of life, whether it’s asking your mom if she can pick up your favorite book from the library, telling your siblings a story, or ordering dinner with your loved ones. Prayer is also the way we communicate with God; He’s our Father, Savior, and best friend. God enjoys us communicating with Him, because we can’t build a relationship without communication. He is then able to guide and lead us in a personal walk with Himself.

 

1 Peter 2:9 says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

 

Many of us never truly believe that we are 100% forgiven, even though our continual communication with Christ tells us that all sin is gone, spread as far as the east is from the west, and that we don’t have to live in guilt and fear. We tend to feel guilty (it’s fallen human nature), and think we can’t talk to God, then we fail behind in our walk with Him.

 

Everyone has shame, pain, hurt, and self doubt. We doubt so much; how can Christ possibly love, care, and even want to talk to us? Well, if He didn’t want to talk to us, He wouldn’t have made us, shaped us, died for us, and then drawn us to Himself.

 

I’ve talked to and read about many missionaries, and they said over and over that they didn’t get a breakthrough until they started praying more. One aspect of prayer is asking God to lay a path for us, to make it possible to reach and talk to more people about Him. Praying in a group is a way we connect in Him, together seeking His will in which path the group should go.