In this article, we’ll discover 6 biblical prayers everyone can use to communicate with God in Times of Need, also be aware of how many prayers in the bible we have.
Prayer is an important part of Christianity. Christians are encouraged to pray when making important life decisions when they are sad when they are thankful, and at almost any other point in their lives. Prayer is also important in the Bible. The Bible lists nine major types of prayer, and five specific praying postures, and mentions prayer almost immediately in Genesis.
In addition, the Bible contains over 650 actual prayers. Surprisingly, most Christians do not use those prayers. They usually use prayers that have been written by more modern people or that they have made up on the spot.
How many prayers in the bible do we have?
Do you know how many prayers (and how many were answered) are mentioned in the Bible? Here’s the answer to that question, as well as some other information about the prayer in the Bible.
1. The Bible contains 650 different prayers. (Here is the complete list, as well as where you can find it.)
2. The Bible contains approximately 450 recorded answers to prayer.
3. Genesis 4:26 is the first time prayer is mentioned in the Bible (earlier dialogues where initiated directly by God, e.g., Genesis 3:8-13, Genesis 4:9).
4. During his earthly ministry, Jesus prayed 25 times, according to the Bible.
5. Paul mentions prayer (prayers, prayer reports, prayer requests, and exhortations to pray) 41 times in the Bible.
6. Although prayer can (and should) be done in any position, the Bible specifies five: sitting (2 Sam 7:18), standing (Mark 11:25), kneeling (Chronicles 6:13; Daniel 6:10; Luke 22:41; Acts 7:60, 9:40, 20:36, 21:5; Ephesians 3:14), with one’s face to the ground (Matthew 26:39; Mark 14:35), and with hands lifted up (1 Timothy 2:8).
7. Jesus provides five areas of focus in his model for how his disciples should pray (Luke 11:1-4): That God’s name be honored – the focus on his everlasting glory (“Father, hallowed be your name”); that God’s kingdom come – the focus on his eternal will (“your kingdom come”); that God’s provision is given – the focus on our present (“Give us each day our daily bread.”)
8. The Bible mentions at least nine different kinds of prayer: prayer of faith (James 5:15), the prayer of agreement (also known as corporate prayer) (Acts 2:42), the prayer of request (also known as petition or supplication) (Philippians 4:6), the prayer of thanksgiving (Psalm 95:2-3), the prayer of worship (Acts 13:2-3), the prayer of consecration (also known as dedication) (Matthew 26:39), prayer of intercession (1 Corinthians 14:14-15).
9. The word “Amen” (which means “let it be, “so be it,” “verily,” and “truly”) appears in the Bible for the first time in Numbers 5:22. God commands it to be said by someone who is yielding to his examination in that passage.
6 biblical prayers everyone can use to communicate with God in times of Needs
Of course, there is nothing wrong with this, but there is something to be said for using the words found in God’s Word to communicate with God Himself. Here are six biblical prayers that everyone can use every day.
1. Matt. 6:9-13
“Hallowed be Your name, Father in heaven.” Your kingdom has arrived. You will be done, both on earth and in heaven. Give us our daily bread today. And forgive our debts as we have forgiven our creditors. And bring us not to the time of trial, but deliver us from the evil one.”
This prayer from the Gospel of Matthew, known as the Lord’s Prayer, is arguably the most famous prayer in all of Christianity. The prayer has many applications and is commonly recited by Christians of all denominations during worship services or whenever they need a reminder of their faith. The Lord’s Prayer is so named because it was first recited by Jesus when he told the Apostles, “Pray in this manner.” It is still one of the first prayers that many Christians learn and, in some cases, their only formalized prayer.
2. Isaiah 6:24–26
“May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; may the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.”
Numbers is one of those books that most Christians ignore unless they are complaining about how difficult it is to stay interested in the first few books of the Old Testament.
A significant portion of Numbers is devoted to outlining the laws that God gave to the Israelites through Moses. As a result, most Christians are content to skip ahead to Exodus and the conquest of Canaan.
This means they will miss God’s command to Aaron to say a prayer over the Israelites. The prayer is brief and straightforward, but it is a straightforward prayer for protection and blessing that can be used at any time and directed at anyone. All that is required to make the prayer about someone specific is to replace “you” with their name in the prayer.
3. Luke 18:13
“God, have mercy on me, a sinner!”
Few prayers are shorter and more poignant than these seven words from the Gospel of Luke. The prayer is based on one of Jesus’ most famous parables, the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. In the story, the tax collector prays to God in this simple but heartfelt prayer, pleading for mercy. Because everyone sins, this is a good prayer to keep in your back pocket and use frequently, as long as you say it sincerely. Otherwise, you are more of a Pharisee than a tax collector.
4. Psalm 25
“I lift up my soul to you, O Lord.” O my God, I put my trust in You; do not put me to shame; do not let my enemies rejoice over me. Let not those who wait for You be ashamed; let those who are willfully treacherous be ashamed. O Lord, teach me Your ways; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are my salvation, and I wait all day for You.
Be mindful of Your mercy, O Lord, and Your unfailing love, as they have been from the beginning. Do not remember my youth’s sins or transgressions; remember me for Your goodness sake, O Lord, according to Your steadfast love!
Because the Lord is good and upright, He instructs sinners in the way. He guides the humble on the right path and teaches them His way. For those who keep His covenant and His decrees, all the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness.
For the sake of Your name, O Lord, pardon my great sin. Who are the people who fear the Lord? He will show them how to make the right decision. They will prosper, and their children will inherit the land. The Lord’s friendship is for those who fear Him, and He makes His covenant known to them. My gaze is fixed on the Lord, who will pull my feet free from the net.
Turn to me and be gracious to me; I am lonely and distressed. Relieve my heart’s troubles and bring me[a] out of my distress. Consider my plight and my distress, and forgive all my sins. Consider how many of my enemies I have, and how much they despise me. O protect my life and deliver me; do not let me be ashamed, for I seek refuge in You. May my integrity and uprightness protect me while I wait for You. Redeem Israel from all its troubles, O God.”
Almost all of the Psalms are prayers of some kind. Psalm 25 is well-known among Christians because it is primarily a prayer of praise. It extols God’s virtues and requests that He bestow some of His blessing on His people. Psalm 25 also does a good job of listing the various attributes for which God is known and demonstrating how similar the problems of yesterday are to those of today in many ways.
David asks God for understanding and for guidance. Every day in modern times, people make the same request. David requests victory over and protection from his adversaries. This is certainly true in many parts of the world today where Christians are persecuted. Throughout it all, David focuses on God’s glories and virtues. Psalm 25 is longer than most prayers used by Christians today, but that does not mean it is not a wonderful prayer or that it cannot be used by modern Christians.
5. Ephesians 3:14 – 19
“As a result, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.” I pray that, according to the riches of His glory, He may grant you power in your inner being through His Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are rooted and grounded in love. I pray for the ability to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth, length, height, and depth of Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who, through the power at work within us, is capable of accomplishing far more than we can ask or imagine, be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Ephesians 3 contains a longer prayer, but it is one that Christians should remember. It exhorts people to strengthen their spirits and become more aware of Christ, God, and His love. It is a rather broad prayer, but that is part of what makes it so memorable.
There are times when Christians may want to pray for a friend who is going through a difficult time but is hesitant to air their dirty laundry or reveal the specifics of the problem. A person may also be asked to pray for a neighbor even if they are unaware of the specifics of the situation that requires prayers. In such cases, a general prayer asking for strength, understanding, and God’s love is an excellent option.
6. Matt. 26:39
“If it is possible, my Father, let this cup pass from Me; but not what I want, but what You want.”
It is easy to become preoccupied with what you desire. After all, that is what most people are used to thinking about and what their brains are wired to consider. However, sometimes people need to be reminded that it is not all about them.
They are part of a larger scheme, but they are not the only character in the larger narrative. This prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane serves as a sobering reminder of that fact. The prayer also serves to remind Christians that they are not in control and never will be.
Things happen that they don’t always understand or explain. In such cases, a prayer that acknowledges that there is a greater will at work and that God has a plan for everyone is beneficial.
The Christian Bible is full of prayers that are appropriate for any situation. Rather than searching the internet for some blogger’s idea of great prayer, open your Bible and look for the perfect words to pull directly from God’s Word and whisper in God’s ear and God will surely answer you.