prayer

prayer

The act of petitioning, praising, giving thanks, or confessing to God; it is expressed by several different words in the Bible. Prayer can be individual or corporate, audible or silent. It is conditioned by the biblical understanding of God as a personal being who hears prayers (1Kgs 9:3; Ps 34:15; Ps 65:2; Matt 7:11; 1John 5:15). The earliest instances of prayer in the OT are conversations between persons and God (Gen 3:9-12; Gen 15:1-6; Exod 3:1-4:17). It is said that God spoke to Moses “face to face, as one speaks to a friend” (Exod 33:11). Kings (1Sam 23:2-4; 1Kgs 3:5-14) and prophets (1Sam 3:4-9; Isa 6:1-13; Jer 1:4-19) are portrayed as conversation partners with God. The forms of prayer in the OT include petitions for guidance (Gen 24:12-14; Num 11:11-15; 1Kgs 3:5-14), requests for divine help (Gen 32:11; 1Kgs 8:22-53; Ps 31:15; Prov 30:8), intercessions (Gen 18:22-32; Exod 5:22-23; Exod 32:11-13; 2Sam 12:16-17; Amos 7:1-6; Ezek 9:8; Ezek 11:13), praise and thanksgiving (Ps 100:4-5; Ps 108:3-4; Ps 145-150:3), and confession (Exod 32:31-32; Judg 10:10; 2Sam 24:17; Ps 51; Neh 9:16-37; Dan 9:20). In the NT, Jesus is portrayed as a model and instructor in prayer: he prays at decisive moments in his life (Luke 3:21; Luke 6:12; Luke 9:29; Luke 22:39-46; Luke 23:46) and he teaches his disciples a model prayer (Matt 6:9-13). Within the early church, prayer was addressed directly to God (1Cor 1:4; Col 1:3) or “through” Christ (Rom 1:8). As in the OT, the prayers of the NT are of several kinds: thanksgiving (Rom 1:8-9; 1Cor 1:4; Phil 1:3-5), requests for daily needs (Matt 7:11; Phil 4:6) and for the healing of the sick (Jas 5:13-16), intercessions (Rom 15:13; Phil 1:9-11; 1Tim 2:1-2), and prayers for forgiveness (Luke 18:13; Matt 6:12) and guidance (Acts 1:24-25; Acts 6:6; Acts 13:2-3).

1Kgs 9:3

3The Lord said to him, “I have heard your prayer and your plea, which you made before me; I have consecrated this house that you have built, and put my name the ... View more

Ps 34:15

15The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their cry.

Ps 65:2

2O you who answer prayer!
To you all flesh shall come.

Matt 7:11

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

1John 5:15

15And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him.

Gen 3:9-12

9But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”10He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; ... View more

Gen 15:1-6

God's Covenant with Abram
1After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be v ... View more

Exod 3:1-4:17

Moses at the Burning Bush
1Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Ho ... View more

Exod 33:11

11Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then he would return to the camp; but his young assistant, Joshua son of Nun, wo ... View more

1Sam 23:2-4

2David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” The Lord said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines and save Keilah.”3But David's men ... View more

1Kgs 3:5-14

5At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.”6And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast l ... View more

1Sam 3:4-9

4Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!”5and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie d ... View more

Isa 6:1-13

A Vision of God in the Temple
1In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. ... View more

Jer 1:4-19

Jeremiah's Call and Commission
4Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,5“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated ... View more

Gen 24:12-14

12And he said, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham.13I am standing here by the spring ... View more

Num 11:11-15

11So Moses said to the Lord, “Why have you treated your servant so badly? Why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people o ... View more

1Kgs 3:5-14

5At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.”6And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast l ... View more

Gen 32:11

11Deliver me, please, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I am afraid of him; he may come and kill us all, the mothers with the children.

1Kgs 8:22-53

Solomon's Prayer of Dedication
22Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands to heav ... View more

Ps 31:15

15My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.

Prov 30:8

8Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that I need,

Gen 18:22-32

22So the men turned from there, and went toward Sodom, while Abraham remained standing before the Lord.23Then Abraham came near and said, “Will you indeed sweep ... View more

Exod 5:22-23

22Then Moses turned again to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have you mistreated this people? Why did you ever send me?23Since I first came to Pharaoh to speak ... View more

Exod 32:11-13

11But Moses implored the Lord his God, and said, “O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great ... View more

2Sam 12:16-17

16David therefore pleaded with God for the child; David fasted, and went in and lay all night on the ground.17The elders of his house stood beside him, urging h ... View more

Amos 7:1-6

Locusts, Fire, and a Plumb Line
1This is what the Lord GOD showed me: he was forming locusts at the time the latter growth began to sprout (it was the latter gr ... View more

Ezek 9:8

8While they were killing, and I was left alone, I fell prostrate on my face and cried out, “Ah Lord GOD! will you destroy all who remain of Israel as you pour o ... View more

Ezek 11:13

13Now, while I was prophesying, Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I fell down on my face, cried with a loud voice, and said, “Ah Lord GOD! will you make a full ... View more

Ps 100:4-5

4Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
5For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
a ... View more

Ps 108:3-4

3I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples,
and I will sing praises to you among the nations.4For your steadfast love is higher than the heavens,
and ... View more

Ps 145-150:3

The Greatness and the Goodness of God
Praise. Of David.
1I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.2Every day I will bless you,
an ... View more

Exod 32:31-32

31So Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Alas, this people has sinned a great sin; they have made for themselves gods of gold.32But now, if you will only forg ... View more

Judg 10:10

10So the Israelites cried to the Lord, saying, “We have sinned against you, because we have abandoned our God and have worshiped the Baals.”

2Sam 24:17

17When David saw the angel who was destroying the people, he said to the Lord, “I alone have sinned, and I alone have done wickedly; but these sheep, what have ... View more

Ps 51

Prayer for Cleansing and Pardon
To the leader. A Psalm of David, when the prophet Nathan came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
1Have mercy on me, O Go ... View more

Neh 9:16-37

16“But they and our ancestors acted presumptuously and stiffened their necks and did not obey your commandments;17they refused to obey, and were not mindful of ... View more

Dan 9:20

The Seventy Weeks
20While I was speaking, and was praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord ... View more

Luke 3:21

The Baptism of Jesus
21Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened,

Luke 6:12

Jesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles
12Now during those days he went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God.

Luke 9:29

29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.

Luke 22:39-46

Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
39He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him.40When he reached the place ... View more

Luke 23:46

46Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last.

Matt 6:9-13

9“Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.10Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.11Give us this day our ... View more

1Cor 1:4

4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus,

Col 1:3

Paul Thanks God for the Colossians
3In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Rom 1:8

Prayer of Thanksgiving
8First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the world.

Rom 1:8-9

Prayer of Thanksgiving
8First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the world.9For God, whom I serve ... View more

1Cor 1:4

4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus,

Phil 1:3-5

Paul's Prayer for the Philippians
3I thank my God every time I remember you,4constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you,5because of y ... View more

Matt 7:11

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

Phil 4:6

6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Jas 5:13-16

The Prayer of Faith
13Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise.14Are any among you sick? They should ca ... View more

Rom 15:13

13May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Phil 1:9-11

9And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight10to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of ... View more

1Tim 2:1-2

Instructions concerning Prayer
1First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone,2for kings and all ... View more

Luke 18:13

13But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’

Matt 6:12

12And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Acts 1:24-25

24Then they prayed and said, “Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen25to take the place in this ministry and apostleshi ... View more

Acts 6:6

6They had these men stand before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

Acts 13:2-3

2While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”3Then afte ... View more

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