Prayer Verses In The Bible – Prayer primarily is fellowship with the Father; it is a privilege and right given to us to approach Him in faith and through His Word by the Holy Ghost. Every moment of prayer is an investment in eternity and true prayer is a romance of righteousness.
Through prayer we establish the Father’s will in our lives, the lives of others, and order things according to God’s plan and purpose by the Spirit. The beauty of prayer is the answers we receive; if there were no answers, our praying would be mere religion. This is one reason the Scriptures enjoin us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17); hence Prayer is the Christian lifestyle. We don’t pray just because we have requests of the Father, rather, our prayer is our participation in the communion of the God-kind. Hallelujah!
What Is Prayer?
Prayer is fellowshipping with the Father. Prayer is exercising our authority in Christ.
Prayer is activating and walking in the consciousness of the divine presence. Prayer is enforcing the will of the Father in the earth.
Prayer is the exercise of the human spirit.
There are different kinds of prayer, and an extensive study on this topic can be carried out by reviewing our books: Praying the Right Way, How to Pray Effectively, and Prophecy; you may also avail yourself our rich catalogue of teachings on the subject of Prayer on the Pastor Chris Digital library.
Prayer Is GOD`s Idea
Jesus taught that men ought always to pray and not to faint (Luke 18:1). We pray because God invited us to pray. Prayer was not our idea; it was God’s idea, because prayer gives Him the legal right to enter into our circumstances and intervene. With prayer, God can take hold together with us, as we take hold together with Him especially when we pray for others. Prayer is about bringing God’s will into life’s situations; we pray the will of God; we make His will happen. That’s an aspect of prayer that makes it exciting, because we watch things change in our direction as we pray.
Prayer is not a mere religious activity; it is real communication; you’re actually talking to someone that is listening to you, hearing you and ready to answer you. God knows your mind, yet he wants you to pray, because God operates in legality in spite of the fact that He loves you.
God gave the earth to man to live in and run it, and so He requires our invitation to intervene in our circumstances. Prayer doesn’t change God, but it positions you in the situation where He can respond to you in a way that He wouldn’t do otherwise.
Let’s examine inspiring characters in Scripture who established God’s will in their time, changed their lives, or caused changes in their society through prayer.
In Genesis chapter 18:23-33, we see an inspiring account of intercession made on the behalf of the righteous in a sinful city that God had determined for destruction. In this portion of Scripture, we observe Abraham’s conversation with the Lord, as he presents his case for the salvation of Sodom:
“22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the Lord.And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
- Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
- That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
- And the Lord said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
- And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
- Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.
- And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake.
- And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.
- And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake.
- And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.
- And the Lord went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place. ”
Two angels with the Lord had been en route to Sodom to execute judgement, yet Abraham entreated the Lord, interceding for the city. The Bible says Abraham drew near and said “Lord; will you destroy the wicked and the righteous? That be far from you.”
The account gives us the picture of Abraham as an intercessor; we hear his plea for Sodom. He says to the Lord, if we can get 50 righteous there then don’t destroy it; and the Lord said I agree with you if we have 50 I won’t destroy it. His petition continued till the required number for righteous people came to 10; Abraham must have thought surely there are at least 10 righteous in Sodom, considering Lot and his family, so he stopped at 10. If he went on to 2, the Lord would have heeded; that’s the power of intercession. Nothing is impossible. Abraham was an intercessor. Let’s examine other examples in scripture.
In Daniel 9, the Bible tells us that Daniel, while in exile with the children of Israel, understood God’s timing as he studied the writings of Jeremiah the Prophet. He found out they were meant to be in that captivity for seventy years and had almost exhausted their time in captivity. However, as nothing seemed to be changing, Daniel decided to seek the Lord in fasting and prayer to bring God’s programme into reality.
It’s important we realize that God’s will does not always happen in the lives of men, and this is because men have a role in establishing God’s will in their life and times.
Let’s read Daniel 9:
“9 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans;
- In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
- And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
- And I prayed unto the Lord my God…” (Daniel 9:1-4)
“20 And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God;
- Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
- And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.
- At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.” (Daniel 9:20-23)
Prayer helps you get into sync with God’s will and timing for your life. But if you don’t know God’s will and timing, things will happen in the earth that are neither in your interest nor in the Lord’s interest. This is why you must pray in the Spirit for the nations, for the Church of God, and for ministers of the Gospel around the world. Pray as though the advancement of the kingdom depends on you only. We’re sent by God to enforce His will in the earth, using the Name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Let’s examine a portion of scripture from the New Testament.
Peter And The Disciples
In Acts 12, we read an inspiring account of the disciples’ intercession in the behalf of Peter after he was imprisoned by Herod. They had learnt their lesson with James death, and took action immediately upon Peter’s arrest.
1 “Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. 2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
- And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)
- And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
- Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
- And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
- And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.
- And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.
- When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.”
Someone once rightly said that evil prevails when good men to do nothing. This statement is indeed true, especially because a lot of Christians try to make God responsible for what is actually their responsibility. The authority to change things on the earth has been delegated to us. We have the responsibility of changing things, and the way we do this is through prayer.
In the passage we just read, the Bible gives us an example of how to take responsibility through prayer. As a Christian, you can’t sit and wait in hope that things will get better in your city; you have to pray.
Learn to take up your responsibility of prayer. You don’t have to wait for evil to strike your home, city or country before you learn to pray and cause changes in the Name of Jesus. Remember that
God has given you the dominion and the authority to alter the course of events in the earth. It’s your responsibility, not His.
Inspiring Scriptures On Prayer
Let’s review some scriptures on prayer, especially intercessory prayer:
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
“And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none…” (Ezekiel 22:30-31).
“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1).
“Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way” (1 Samuel 12:23).
“And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.” (Jeremiah 29:7).
“Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” James 5:16.
“But if they be prophets, and if the word of the Lord be with them, let them now make intercession to the Lord of hosts…” (Jeremiah 27:18).
“Never stop praying, especially for others…stay alert and keep praying for God’s people” (Ephesians 6:18 CEV).
“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers….” (1 Peter 3:12)
“Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
“And this is the confidence that we have in him that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” (1 John 5:14-15)