14 Bible Verses for Daily Prayer_

14 Bible Verses for Daily Prayer

Prayer is powerful! As Believers, we should spend time in prayer as much as possible. Prayer strengthens our relationship with God, prayer brings change into the world, and prayer empowers us to live the life God has called us to live.

I grew up attending church every Sunday, but the only time I spent praying was a quick sentence before eating dinner. I didn’t have a prayer life, or any devotion to God. Church was simply a check in the box, and that’s not God’s intention for us.

God wants to draw near to us and develop a real relationship with us, and He does that when we pray.

Prayer should be something we look forward to every day, but it’s challenging in our busy world to spend time in prayer. We have jobs to work, school, families, and a long list of to-do’s which usually doesn’t include prayer. It can take a while to begin a habit of prayer, but it will become something you can’t live without.

Just like we communicate with our spouse, parents, children, and friends, God wants to communicate with us through prayer.

Here are 14 Bible verses that will help you develop a life of daily prayer.

What Jesus said about prayer

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say:

hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
    for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.”
Luke 11:1-4 NIV

This is the outline of prayer that Jesus gives His disciples. You don’t need to say these exact words, but you can take the principles and apply them to your own prayers. It starts by honoring God for who He is. Then asks God for His will to be done. Then ask for your needs, forgiveness, forgiveness for others, and protection.

“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”
Matthew 6:5-6 NLT

We should be praying when no one else knows about it. You don’t need to tell other people that you woke up early to pray, and you don’t need to post about it on social media. Remember, prayer is to develop your personal relationship with God, not to impress other people with your devotion.

“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.”
Matthew 6:7 NLT

Your prayers don’t become more effective the more words you use. Sometimes short and simple prayers are the most powerful.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

How we should approach God

“In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”
Ephesians 3:12 NIV

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”
Hebrews 11:6 NASB

We need to approach God with confidence, and trust in Him. We don’t need to fear approaching God because we are justified through Jesus. When we approach God, He sees us as His perfect children. He doesn’t look at our wrong, sinful choices, but looks at us as His sons and daughters. 

We can draw near to God because of what Jesus did on the cross. In the Old Testament, the priests lived in constant fear of God’s judgement. Jesus’ death absorbed God’s judgement, so when we’re in Christ, we are free from judgement and punishment.

“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.”
Romans 5:1 NLT

How often should we pray?

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV

“O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.”
Psalm 63:1 NLT

The Bible doesn’t tell us to pray for a specific amount of time every day. Instead of setting a goal of praying for 30 minutes every day, your goal should be to pray often. Every healthy relationship has healthy communication. We talk to our significant other, children, and friends often, and we should be communicating with God often.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Philippians 4:6 NIV

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
Luke 5:16 NIV

We should also pray when we’re worried about something. Prayer helps us cast our burdens onto Christ. He is available 24/7/365 to help us, but we need to ask for help. 

God’s response to prayer

If we’re going to spend time in prayer, we should know and expect that God will respond. When we pray, we’re praying to a personal God who hears us and responds to us.

John Wesley once said that “God does nothing except in response to believing prayer.

Some people will tell you that God’s will is automatic. This idea would make prayer, specifically praying for other people, essentially useless. Prayer develops our relationship with God, so it’s not always about getting something or changing a situation, but those things are the results of prayer.

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
James 5:16 NIV

“You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
James 4:2-3 NIV

“You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!”
John 14:13-14 NLT

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Matthew 7:11 NIV

Matthew 7:11

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