Verses on Prayer

Instructions on How to Pray (we learn how to pray from the examples of prayer throughout all scripture, this category just lists passages with explicit instruction on prayer)
Job 15-17 (pray with pure motives even during life’s toughest trials)
Matthew 6:1-18 (v 9-13 is the Lord’s prayer – index prayer)
Matthew 26:36-45, Mark 14:32-41, Luke 22:39-46
Luke 6:27-31
Luke 8:9-14
Luke 11:1-13
Luke 18:1-8
Ephesians 6:18-20
1 Corinthians 11:2-16 (praying or prophesying with proper submission and motive towards applicable headship)
1 Corinthians 14:1-19
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17, 25
1 Timothy 2:1-8
James 5:13-18

Prayers that God will/will not Listen to
Proverbs 15:8
Proverbs 15:29
Proverbs 28:9
Isaiah 1 (verse 15 in context with rest of chapter)
Isaiah 56:1-8
Isaiah 58:1-5
Zechariah 7
Matthew 6:1-18 (to be seen by men – hypocritical)
Luke 18:9-14
John 15:5-8
1 Peter 3:7
1 Peter 3:10-12

Private
Exodus 34:8-9
1 Samuel 1
2 Kings 4:28-37
Nehemiah 1
Matthew 6:1-18 (The Lord’s prayer – index prayer)
Matthew 14:22-23, Mark6:45-48 (Jesus withdraws to pray alone for a long time)
Matthew 26:36-45, Mark 14:32-41, Luke 22:39-46 (Jesus praying and asking for Peter, James and John to pray as well)
Luke 5:15-17 (Jesus would OFTEN slip away to pray alone in the wilderness)
Luke 6:12-19 (Jesus prays all night before choosing the 12 and before the Sermon on the Mount)
Luke 9:18-27
Luke 9:28-37 (Transfiguration, when Jesus took Peter, John and James up to the mountain to pray)
Acts 10:1-8
Acts 10:9-23

Corporate (2 or more praying together or at once together)
1 Chronicles 29:20
2 Chronicles 7:1-3
2 Chronicles 20:1-29
Ezra 8:1-23
Nehemiah 9-10
Nehemiah 11:1-3, 15, 17
Esther 4
Matthew 26:36-46, Mark 14:33-37, Luke 22:39-47
John 17:1-6
John 17:6-19
John 17:20-26
Luke 1:5-10
Acts 1:12-14
Acts 4:23-31
Acts 12:5-12
Acts 13:1-3
Acts 20:36
James 5:14-16

Public
1 Samuel 2:1-10
2 Samuel 15:25-37 (31)
1 Kings 8:22-54 (Solomon prayed in front of the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly, kneeling with his hands spread toward heaven)*
1 Kings 18:30-39
1 Chronicles 29:10-20
2 Chronicles 6:12-42 and 7:1-4 (Solomon prays to God while atop a bronze platform, kneeling with his arms spread towards heaven, in the assembly of all the people)*
2 Chronicles 20:1-29 (King Jehoshaphat prays publicly standing, in the assembly of the people of Judah and Jerusalem)
Ezra 9:1-15, 10:1 (Ezra prays, confesses, weeps on his knees with this hands spread out to the Lord, with a large crowd of the Israelites gathered around him)
Nehemiah 8:1-6
Nehemiah 9-10
Daniel 6:1-13
Matthew 6:1-18 (do not give, pray or fast to be seen by men)
Matthew 14:18-21, Mark 6:41-44, Luke 9:14-17 (Jesus prays, looking toward heaven, before feeding the 5,000 thousand)
Matthew 19:13-15 (Jesus laid his hands on children and prayed for them)
Matthew 26:26-27, Mark 14:22-23 (Jesus praises God, gives thanks and asks Him to bless the food to their use)
Luke 2:21-35
Luke 2:36-38 (the prophet Anna worshiped day and night in the temple through fasting and praying)
Luke 23:32-43
Matthew 27:45-50, Mark 15:33-37, Luke 23: 44-29
John 11:41-42 (Jesus prays publicly to God, raising His eyes towards heaven before raising Lazarus from the dead)
Acts 7:54-60

Intercessory (begging/praying earnestly for others, intervening on their behalf)
Intercession is praying for others but praying for others may not be intercession – dependent on faith, perseverance and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.
Exodus 33:12-18
Exodus 34:8-9
Numbers 11:1-3
Numbers 14:11-38 (Moses prays God’s words from Exodus 34)
Numbers 21:5-9
Deuteronomy 9:8-21
1 Samuel 7:3-14
I Samuel 12:23-24
1 Chronicles 29:14-19
2 Chronicles 30:17-20
Ezra 9:1-15, 10:1
Nehemiah 1
Job 16:19-21
Job 42:7-17
Psalm 10:12-18
Psalm 20
Pslam 28:8-9
Psalm 44, 85
Psalm 125:4
Psalm 126:4
Psalm 130
Daniel 9:1-19
Joel 2:17
Micah 7:14
Matthew 5:43-48 (praying for your enemies and those who persecute you)
Luke 22:29-32
John 17:6-25 (Jesus intercedes for the disciples and all believers – for protection, for sanctification, for unity so that the wolrd may believe that Jesus is Lord, for us to see Christ’s glory and for Christ’s love to be made known to us so that Christ can live in us)
Romans 8:22-27
2 Corinthians 13:7-9
Ephesians 1:15-23
Ephesians 3:14-21
Ephesians 6:10-20
Philippians 1:3-6, 9-11
Colossians 1:2-4, 9-14
1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
1 Thessalonians 5:25
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
2 Thessalonians 3:1-2
1 Timothy 2:1-8
2 Timothy 1:3
Philemon 1:4-6
Hebrews 13:18-19
James 5:16
3 John 3:2

Reference to intercession in prophecy however overall message about unfaithfulness towards God and the consequences rather than prayer: Jeremiah 7:13-20, 11:3-14, 14:10-12, 15:1-2, 17:20-27

Fasting
Deuteronomy 9:8-21
Judges 20:24-28
1 Samuel 7:3-6 (fasted in humble repentance as they returned to the Lord)
1 Samuel 31:1-13, I Chronicles 10
2 Samuel 1
2 Samuel 12:1-23
1 Kings 21
2 Chronicles 20:1-29
Ezra 8:1-23
Ezra 10:6
Nehemiah 1
Nehemiah 9-10
Esther 4:1-3
Esther 4:4-17
Psalm 35:11-16
Psalm 69, 109
Isaiah 58
Jeremiah 36 (God gives the Israelites a chance to repent and petition for forgiveness and mercy while they fast)
Daniel 6:16-28
Daniel 9
Joel 1:13-20
Joel 2:12-17
Jonah 3
Zechariah 7
Matthew 4:1-11
Matthew 6:16-18 (do not give, pray or fast to be seen by men)
Matthew 9:14-17, Mark 2:18-22, Luke 5:33-39
Luke 2:36-38
Acts 13:1-3
Acts 14:19-25

Reference to fasting in prophecy however overall message about unfaithfulness towards God and the consequences rather than prayer, see chapter 7-17: Jeremiah 14:10-12
Reference to fasting in prophecy of God’s restoration of His people to Jerusalem: Zechariah 8:18-23

Seeking God (not for something but to find Him)
Psalm 24:3-6
Psalm 27
Psalm 42
Psalm 63
Psalm 73
Psalm 84
Psalm 86
Psalm 88
Psalm 90
Psalm 119
Psalm 123
Psalm 131
Psalm 132
Psalm 139
Isaiah 26:7-9

Prayers of Confession and/or Repentance seeking God’s Forgiveness
1 Samuel 7:3-6
2 Samuel 24:14-25
Job 22:27
Job 33:26 (both of these job verses are saying that if you have done wrong, if you repent and pray to God he will hear you and accept you)
2 Chronicles 7:12-14
2 Chronicles 32:24-26
2 Chronicles 33:10-13, 18-20
Ezra 9:1-15, 10:1 (confession)
Nehemiah 1
Nehemiah 9-10|
Psalm 6, 25
Psalm 31:5
Psalm 32:1-6
Psalm 38, 39, 51, 130
Isaiah 63:7-19, Isaiah 64
Jeremiah 29:10-14 (If you seek God/search for Him with all your heart you will find Him)
Daniel 9
Joel 2:12-17
Jonah 2
Jonah 3 (Nineveh’s repentance)
Matthew 6:9-15
Mark 11:25-26
Acts 8:17-24

Prayer for the Lost/Unsaved (specific intercession & supplication)
1 Kings 18:30-39
Matthew 9:35-38
Acts 7:54-60
2 Thessalonians 3:1-2
1 Timothy 2:1-8

Prayer for Deliverance, Restoration or Protection (specific supplication)
Genesis 32:9-12
Numbers 11:1-3
I Samuel 7:3-14
II Samuel 15:25-37
2 Kings 6:18-22
2 Kings 19:8-19, 35-37
2 Chronicles 20:1-29
2 Chronicles 32:16-23
2 Chronicles 33:10-13
Ezra 8:1-23
Nehemiah 4:6-23
Esther 4:4-17
Psalm 3, 5, 6, 10, 12
Psalm 16:1
Psalm 17
Psalm 22:1-21
Psalm 26, 28
Psalm 32:7
Psalm 31, 35, 36, 40, 41, 42, 43, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 64, 69, 70, 71, 74, 79, 80, 83, 86, 88, 89, 90, 102, 106, 108, 109, 119, 120, 121, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144
Isaiah 37:14-20
Isaiah 63: 7-19, Isaiah 64
Jeremiah 15:5-20
Jeremiah 29:10-14
Lamentations 3 (notice how Jeremiah twice states that he feels like God isn’t listening to His prayers, yet He also recognizes God’s awareness, His sovereignty, love and compassion and states that in spite of the current afflictions that trust and hope are in the Lord)
Lamentations 5
Habakkuk 3:1-2
Matthew 26:36-41, Mark 14:32-40
John 17:11-16 (Jesus prays for God to protect the disciples since Jesus was leaving the world to return to the Father)

Seeking God’s Guidance and/or Insight through Prayer (specific type of supplication/petition)
1 Samuel 2:1-3
1 Samuel 8:1-11
1 Samuel 23:7-13 (David asked God what would happen if he and his men stayed in Keilah)
1 Kings 3:4-15, 2 Chronicles 1:7-13
Psalm 25
Psalm 31:3
Psalm 119
Psalm 141
Jeremiah 12:1-4
Jeremiah 42
Judges 20:17-28
Acts 1:21-26

Prayer for Healing (specific supplication)
Genesis 20:17-18
Numbers 12:13
Numbers 21:5-9
1 Samuel 1
1 Kings 13:1-10 (12: 26-13:34 for full context)
2 Kings 20:1-11, 2 Chronicles 32:24, Isaiah 38:1-7
2 Chronicles 30:17-20 (spiritual healing)
Psalm 35:11-16 (we learn that David would fast and pray for others to be healed when they were ill)
Psalm 88
Mark 9:14-29, Matthew 17:14-21 (prayers for someone to be healed of an evil spirit)
Acts 28:7-10
James 5:14-16

Prayer for Resurrection from Dead (specific supplication)
1 Kings 17:17-24
2 Kings 4:28-37
John 11:41-42
Acts 9:36-43

Prayer of Supplication/Petition
Exodus 33:12 (Moses prays to know God, for God’s favor and for the people of Israel)
Exodus 33:18 (“I pray You, show me Your glory!”)
Deuteronomy 3:23-27 (Moses, to see the promised land)
1 Samuel 1
I Samuel 12:12-22 (Samuel prays for God to send rain and thunder during harvest)
2 Samuel 7:18-29 (David prays for God to confirm His promise, for God’s will to be done)
I Kings 8:22-61 (for God’s Word to be confirmed and to regard the supplication of Solomon and of the people, to hear their cry and forgive/judge accordingly/restore/deliver/teach/render accordingly/maintain their cause/ for God’s glory)*
1 Kings 18:30-39
2 Kings 6:12-17 (Elisha prays for God to open his servant’s eyes to see the angels of God)
I Chronicles 17:1-27 (prayer for God’s word to come to pass)
2 Chronicles 6:16-42 (for God’s word to be confirmed, for God to listen to the cry of Solomon as well as of the people when they pray towards the temple in faith, for God to hear and to forgive/judge/restore/teach/guide/provide/render accordingly/maintain their cause and for God to dwell in the temple and to not turn his face from His anointed)*
Nehemiah 1
Nehemiah 2:1-9 (prayer in v 4-5)
Psalm 88
Psalm 126
Daniel 9
Jonah 1:12-16
Jonah 3
Matthew 7:7-12
Matthew 21:18-22
Matthew 24:15-20, Mark 13:13-19
Matthew 26:36-41, Mark 14:32-39
Mark 11:19-26
John 14:11-14
John 15:5-17
John 17:1-5 (Jesus prays for himself to be glorified)
Acts 4:23-31
Acts 7:54-60

Prayer of Adoration, Praise, Blessing and Recognition of God
1 Samuel 2:1-10
1 Kings 8:22-24
2 Kings 19:14-15
1 Chronicles 29:10-17
2 Chronicles 6:14-15, 18
2 Chronicles 7:1-3
Nehemiah 9
Jeremiah 32:16-25
Psalm 16:5-11
Psalm 18, 19, 21
Psalm 22:22-31
Psalm 24:1-2, 7-10
Psalm 28: 6-9
Psalm 29, 30
Psalm 33:12-22
Psalm 34
Psalm 35:28
Psalm 36:5-9
Psalm 40, 42
Psalm 44:1-8
Psalm 46, 47, 48, 65, 66, 67, 68,
Psalm 69:29-36
Psalm 72:15-18 (Psalm 72 figuratively describes Christ’s reign)
Psalm 75, 76
Psalm 77 (meditating on God and what He has done during times of trouble and suffering)
Psalm 81, 86
Psalm 89:1-18
Psalm 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108
Psalm 109:30-31
Psalm 111, 113, 115, 116, 117, 118, 124, 134, 135, 136, 138, 139, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150
Isaiah 26
Isaiah 37:14-16
Micah 7:18-20
Habakkuk 3 (prayer of recognition, faith and praise in spite of hard times)
Luke 1:46-55
Luke 1:59-80
Luke 2:25-32
Ephesians 3:20-21
Hebrews 13:15

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Gratitude
1 Chronicles 17:16-27
Psalm 116
Psalm 118
Psalm 136
Ephesians 1:15-16
Philippians 1:3-6
Colossians 1:2-4
1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
2 Timothy 1:3
Philemon 1:4-5

Examples of Prayer where God Replies w/ Specific Response
Exodus 33:8-23 (continued in next chapter)
1 Samuel 2:1-3
1 Samuel 8:1-11
1 Kings 3:4-15, 2Chronicles 1:7-13
1 Kings 9:1-9
2 Kings 19:8-37
2 Kings 20:1-11, Isaiah 38:1-7
*2 Chronicles 7:9-21 (God responds to Solomon after his public prayer)
2 Chronicles 20:1-29 (God publicly responds to King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah and Jerusalem)
Psalm 32
Isaiah 37
Jeremiah 12
Jeremiah 14-15
Jeremiah 32:16-44
Jeremiah 37:1-10
Jeremiah 42
Daniel 9
Joel 2
Jonah 4
Habakkuk 1-2
Zechariah 7
Luke 1:5-25
Luke 9:28-37
Acts 10:1-8
Acts 10:9-23
Acts 13:1-3

Examples of Laying Hands on Someone and Praying for Them
Matthew 19:13-15
Acts 8:14-17
Acts 13:1-3
Acts 28:7-10

Prayer for City/Region/Country
2 Chronicles 20:1-29
Psalm 122 (Prayer for Jerusalem)
Jeremiah 29:7 (God commands His people to pray for the peace and welfare of Babylon, where they were exiles)
Lamentations 5
Daniel 9
Jonah 3

Reverently, Genuinely yet Humbly asking God Why (with the right heart as opposed to demanding or accusing. See the chastisement for questing/contending with God, Job 38-41)
Isaiah 26:7-9
Jeremiah 20:7-18 (notice Jeremiah still praises God and recognizes Him as God, v 11-13)
Jonah 4:2-3 (This prayer is honest, what Jonah felt, we can talk to God openly and honestly no matter how terrible it is, He is not surprised cause He already knows our heart. The key is to remain open to God’s correction and the transformation/renewal of our minds through the Holy Spirit living within us as opposed to hardening our hearts and refusing to allow Him to change us and our prayers.)
Habakkuk 1-2

Prayer to Idols/False gods
Isaiah 14:12-14
(prophecy that Moab would weary himself worshiping Chemosh the god of Moab (Jeremiah 48:13)- but that he will not prevail and Moab will be destroyed, all but a very small feeble remnant. The prophecy of Moab’s destruction is fulfilled after the death of King Ahaz somewhere around the 3rd year of King Hezekiah and completed by King Nebuchadnezzar in 582 B.C with ruins still existing today which confirm prophecy and fulfillment through modern research – from footnotes in Amplified Bible)
Isaiah 45:20-22
(those who pray to false god have no knowledge, there is no god besides God “a rigidly and uncompromisingly just and righteous God and Savior, there is none besides Me. Look to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am god, and there is no other.”)
Jonah 1:5

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