41 Powerful Quotes about Prayer

We all have times when we forget to seek God's help or guidance. These quotes from the Bible and well-known Christians remind us how prayer brings us back to what we truly need.

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Jan 26, 2022
41 Powerful Quotes about Prayer

Sometimes, I forget to make the most of this gift I have been given as a child of God. I try to handle my struggles, challenges, concerns, and needs, as though I don’t have a Heavenly Father who is willing — no, who longs — to hold my hand. To guide me. Provide for me. Carry the weight of my burdens. And most of all, God wants me to crawl into His lap and share my heart with Him. It’s this time together that He cherishes. 

We don’t need to face this life on our own. In fact, God doesn’t want us to do that. So if you also need this reminder of just how powerful and important prayer is, I have compiled a list of prayer quotes and Bible verses that will inspire you to stay in constant communication with your Heavenly Father. This will give you the boost of encouragement and motivation you need to prioritize an ongoing conversation with Christ

Because let’s face it: This life is too much for us to face on our own. Thank God we don’t have to! 

Bible Quotes about Prayer

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

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.” Hebrews 4:14

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

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 John 5:14

“The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12

“The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.” Proverbs 15:29

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2

 “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.” Psalm 37:5

 “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:44

 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18

 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2

 “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

 “Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24

 “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.” Psalm 17:6

 “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

Modern Christian Quotes about Prayer

“To have God speak to the heart is a majestic experience, an experience that people may miss if they monopolize the conversation and never pause to hear God’s responses.” Charles Stanley

“Prayer is sitting calmly in God’s lap and placing our hands in his steering wheel. He handles the speed and ensures safe arrival.” Max Lucado

“As prayer warriors, we must remember that no matter how hopeless a situation may appear to us, God gives us power in prayer to do something about it. We may be overwhelmed by it, but God isn’t. We may not see a way out, but God can. Because of Him, we can make a difference!” Stormie Omartian

“If your day is hemmed in with prayer, it is less likely to come unraveled.” Cynthia Lewis

To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.” Billy Graham

Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” Max Lucado

“God can handle your doubt, anger, fear, grief, confusion, and questions. You can bring everything to him in prayer.” Rick Warren

“Praying always means praying through things and not giving up. It means being ever-watchful and persevering in prayer in order to see breakthrough. God wants us to be persistent in our praying. Don’t forget to spend some quiet time praying to your Heavenly Father today.” Stormie Omartian

“What causes us to think of prayer as the last option rather than the first? I can think of two reasons: feelings of independence and feelings of insignificance.” Max Lucado

“Perhaps you will have to spend hours on your knees or upon your face before the throne. Never mind. Wait. God will do great things for you if you will wait for Him. Yield to Him. Cooperate with Him.” John Smith

“Open the window of prayer and invoke the presence of God in your world.” Max Lucado

Classic Christian Quotes About Why Prayer Helps

“Prayer is the gate of heaven.” Thomas Brooks

“Prayer is exhaling the spirit of man and inhaling the spirit of God.” Edwin Keith

“Prayer delights God’s ear; it melts His heart; and opens His hand. God cannot deny a praying soul.” Thomas Watson

“Prayer is the exercise of drawing on the grace of God.” Oswald Chambers

“Prayer is the link that connects us with God.” A. B. Simpson

“Prayer lays hold of God’s plan and becomes the link between his will and its accomplishment on earth. Amazing things happen, and we are given the privilege of being the channels of the Holy Spirit’s prayer.” Elisabeth Elliot

“Fervent prayers produce phenomenal results.” Woodrow Kroll

When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don’t, they don’t.” William Temple

“Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God’s gift of himself.” Mother Theresa

“Prayer is the nearest approach to God and the highest enjoyment of Him that we are capable of in this life.” William Law

“The reason why we obtain no more in prayer is because we expect no more. God usually answers us according to our own hearts.” Richard Allein

“Satan cannot deny but that great wonders have been wrought by prayer. As the Spirit of prayer goes up, so his kingdom goes down.” William Gurnall

“Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness.” Martin Luther

For Further Reading:

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35 Blessed Quotes about God's Blessings For Us

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Tessa Emily HallTessa Emily Hall is an award-winning author who wrote her debut novel when she was sixteen. She is now a multi-published author of fiction and non-fiction inspirational yet authentic books for teens, including her latest release, LOVE YOUR SELFIE (October 2020, Ellie Claire). Tessa's passion for shedding light on clean entertainment and media for teens led her to a career as a Literary Agent at Cyle Young Literary Elite, YA Acquisitions Editor for Illuminate YA (LPC Imprint), and Founder/Editor of PursueMagazine.net. She is guilty of making way too many lattes and never finishing her to-read list. When her fingers aren’t flying 128 WPM across the keyboard, she can speak to teens, teach at writing conferences, and act in Christian films. Her favorite way to procrastinate is to connect with readers on her mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website: www.tessaemilyhall.com.

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