Christian Prayers

Christian Prayers | Maine NicheA collection of Christian prayers, scriptures, bible verses and quotes are included below to help begin your day.  Taking action through prayer and reading the Bible can help place focus on God. One needs to look no further than our Bible Search | Daily Verse page to begin your day with an uplifting daily reading. After your reading, you may want to seek guidance with our Father in the Bible. If you would like to search within the Bible or have access to the complete Bible, click on Bible Search | Complete Bible.

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Remember, prayer is one of the most important ways Christians can take action through communicating with God. In addition, prayer does not need to be complicated and something anyone can do anywhere at any time.

Three Expressions of Prayer

Encouraging Bible Verses

Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Psalm 16:8:
“I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”

Psalm 23:4
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Isaiah 41:10
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Matthew 11:28
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Mark 10:27
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.’”

1 Thessalonians 5:11
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

Philippians 4:19
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

1 Peter 5:7
“Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

Encouragement Quotes

“My home is in heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.” —Billy Graham

“Meet your fears with faith” —Max Lucado

“This life was not intended to be the place of our perfection, but the preparation for it.” —Richard Baxter

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

“Afflictions are but the shadows of God’s wings.” —George MacDonald

“Prayer puts God’s work in his hands and keeps it there.” —E.M. Bound

“God is more glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” —John Piper

Inspirational Bible Verses

Nahum 1:7
“The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.”

Psalm 27:4
“One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.”

John 15:13
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

Romans 8:28
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:31
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Romans 8:38-39
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 15:13
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Inspirational Quotes

“Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.” ―Jonathan Edwards

“We often can’t see what God is doing in our lives, but God sees the whole picture and His plan for us clearly.” ―Tony Dungy

“God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile.” —Max Lucado

“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” —Augustine

“You are the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read.” —John MacArthur

“Pray, and let God worry.” —Martin Luther

“Happiness does not depend on outward circumstances, but on the state of the heart.”  —J.C. Ryle

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Bible Verses About Strength

Exodus 15:2
“The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.”

1 Chronicles 29:12
“Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.”

Psalm 27:1
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Isaiah 12:2
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”

Matthew 6:34
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Mark 12:30
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

Philippians 4:13
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

2 Timothy 1:7
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

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Encouraging Bible Verses About Strength

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Mark 12:30
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

Matthew 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Comforting Bible Verses About Love

1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. and it does not insist on its own way; and it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; and as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

1 Corinthians 16:14
Let all that you do be done in love.

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 13:34-35
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

1 Peter 4:8
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Mark 12:29-31
Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

1 Corinthians 13:13
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Romans 5:8
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

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Encouraging Scriptures About Having Faith1

Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

2 Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight.

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Romans 12:12
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Psalm 118:24
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 | Faith2
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Great Bible Prayers
If you pray the Lord’s Prayer, you already pray at least one of the prayers found in the Bible. But there are many that can offer help when you’re not sure what to pray.

A Prayer of Surrender
When my friend entered hospice care, I wasn’t sure whether I should pray for miraculous healing or a smooth transition into heaven. I told God about my mixed feelings and expressed my desire that my friend be healed, adding the prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane:

“Nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” —Matthew 26:39, ESV

A Prayer for Strength, Faith and Love
Sometimes when I am asked to pray for someone without knowing details, I will pray Ephesians (changing the pronouns from “you” to “him” or “her,” or inserting the person’s name):

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, [asking] that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19, ESV

A Prayer for Enlightenment
Similarly, I often pray Paul’s prayer for enlightenment in Colossians (again altering the pronouns):

We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

We also pray that you will be strengthened with all His glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. Colossians 1:9-12, NLT

A Prayer for Understanding and Favor
Moses’ prayer for guidance and favor often helps me, too:

If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. Exodus 33:13, NLT

A Prayer for Blessing
I will often pray Aaron’s blessing for my wife, children and grandchildren, as well as for family and friends as we part from each other:

The Lord bless you and keep you;
may the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26, ESV

A Prayer of Repentance
David’s prayer of repentance after his shameful treatment of Uriah and Bathsheba, found in Psalm 51, is a helpful prayer of confession and repentance from beginning to end, but especially the middle verses):

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow…
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you.
—Psalm 51:7, 10-12, NLT

A Prayer for Mercy
The prayer of the tax collector in Jesus’ story of the Pharisee and the tax collector is an appropriate prayer anywhere, anytime:

God, be merciful to me, a sinner. Luke 18:13, ESV

A Prayer for Boldness
When the first Christians prayed, they apparently didn’t ask for prosperity or ease, but for boldness and power–a good prayer for us today:

Give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching Your word. Stretch out Your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.
Acts 4:29-30, NLT

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The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our debts and we forgive
our debtors,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil,
for thine is the kingdom and the power
and the glory, forever. Amen.
— Matthew 6:9-13
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Twenty-Third Psalm

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
and he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff–they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.
— Psalms 23: 1-6
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Children’s Bedtime Prayer

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep:
May God guard me through the night
And wake me with the morning light.
Amen.
—  Traditional
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The Jelly Bean Prayer

Red is for the blood He gave,
Green is for the grass He made,
Yellow is for the sun so bright,
Orange is for the edge of night.

Black is for the sins that were made
White is for the grace He gave,
Purple is for the hour of sorrow,
Pink is for the new tomorrow.

Give a bag full of jelly beans,
Colorful and sweet,
Tell them it’s a Prayer….
It’s a promise..
It’s an Easter Treat!
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The Serenity Prayer

God grant me
Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can, and
Wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship
as the pathway to peace.

Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.
Amen.
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Sources:
https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/encouraging-bible-verses/1
https://www.biblestudytools.com/1-corinthians/passage/?q=1-corinthians+13:4-82

 

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