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Scripture: Prayer & Praying

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Pray Without Ceasing

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“Pray without ceasing.” —I Thessalonians 5:17 


Old Testament Scripture on Prayer

“Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.” —Psalms 4:4 

“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” —Psalms 5:3 

“Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.” —Psalms 42:8 

“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” —Psalms 55:17 

“When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.” —Psalm 63:6 

“But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.” —Psalms 69:13 

“He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.” —Psalms 102:17 

“For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.” —Psalms 109:4 

“Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” —Psalms 141:2 

“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.” —Proverbs 15:8 

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

“Be not fainthearted when thou makest thy prayer, and neglect not to give alms.” —Ecclesiasticus 7:10 

“Use not many words in a multitude of elders, and make not much babbling when thou prayest.” —Ecclesiasticus 7:14 See Matthew 6:7 

“Return unto the Lord, and forsake thy sins, make thy prayer before his face, and offend less.” —Ecclesiasticus 17:25 

“Before thou prayest, prepare thyself; and be not as one that tempteth the Lord.” —Ecclesiasticus 18:23 

“Forgive thy neighbour the hurt that he hath done unto thee, so shall thy sins also be forgiven when thou prayest.” —Ecclesiasticus 34:24 See Matthew 5:44 and Mark 11:25 

So is it with a man that fasteth for his sins, and goeth again, and doeth the same: who will hear his prayer? or what doth his humbling profit him?” —Ecclesiasticus 34:26 

“He will not accept any person against a poor man, but will hear the prayer of the oppressed.” —Ecclesiasticus 35:13 

“The prayer of the humble pierceth the clouds: and until it come nigh, he will not be comforted; and will not depart, until the most High shall behold to judge righteously, and execute judgment.” —Ecclesiasticus 35:17 

“And above all this pray to the most High, that he will direct thy way in truth.” —Ecclesiasticus 37:15 

“My son, in thy sickness be not negligent: but pray unto the Lord, and he will make thee whole.” —Ecclesiasticus 38:9 

“I will praise thy name continually, and will sing praises with thanksgiving; and so my prayer was heard:” —Ecclesiasticus 51:11


New Testament Scripture on Prayer

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” —Matthew 5:44 See Ecclesiasticus 34:24 

“And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.” —Matthew 6:5 

“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” —Matthew 6:6 

“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” —Matthew 6:7 See Ecclesiasticus 7:14 

“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” —Matthew 6:9 

“Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” —Matthew 9:38 

“And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.” —Matthew 14:23 

“Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” —Matthew 17:21 

“And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.” —Matthew 21:13 

“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” —Matthew 21:22 

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.” —Matthew 23:14 

“But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:” —Matthew 24:20 

“Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.” —Matthew 26:36 

“And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” —Matthew 26:39 

“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” —Matthew 26:41 

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” —Mark 11:24 

“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” —Mark 11:25 See Ecclesiasticus 34:24 

“Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.” —Mark 13:33 

“Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.” —Mark 14:38 

“And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words.” —Mark 14:39 

“And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.” —Luke 5:16 

“And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” —Luke 6:12 

“Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.” —Luke 6:28 

“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” —Luke 18:1 

“Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” —Luke 18:10–14 

“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” —Luke 21:36 

“And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.” —Luke 22:40 

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;” —John 14:16 

“At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:” —John 16:26 

“I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.” —John 17:9 

“I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.” —John 17:15 

“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;” —John 17:15 

“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.” —Acts 1:14 

“And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,” —Acts 1:24 

“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” —Acts 2:42 

“And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” —Acts 4:31 

“But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.” —Acts 6:4 

“Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.” —Acts 6:6 

“A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.” —Acts 10:2 

“Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.” —Acts 12:5 

“And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;” —Acts 22:17 

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” —Romans 8:26 

“Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;” —Romans 12:12 

“Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.” —I Corinthians 11:4 

“But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.” —I Corinthians 11:5 

“Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?” —I Corinthians 11:13 

“What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” —I Corinthians 14:15 

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” —Ephesians 3:20 

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” —Ephesians 6:18 

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” —Philippians 4:6 

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;” —Colossians 4:3 

“Pray without ceasing.” —I Thessalonians 5:17 

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;” —I Timothy 2:1 

“I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” —I Timothy 2:8 

“For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” —I Timothy 4:5 

“Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.” —I Timothy 5:5 

“I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,” —Philemon 1:4 

“But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.” —Philemon 1:22 

“Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;” —Hebrews 5:7 

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” —James 1:5 

“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” —James 1:6 

“Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.” —James 4:2 

“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” —James 4:3 

“Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.” —James 5:13 

“Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:” —James 5:14 

“And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” —James 5:15 

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” —James 5:16 

“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” —I Peter 3:7 

“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.” —I Peter 3:12 

“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” —I Peter 4:7 

“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” —I John 3:22 

“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:” —I John 5:14 

“And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” —I John 5:15 

“If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.” —I John 5:16 

“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,” —Jude 1:20 

“And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.” —Revelation 5:8 

“And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.” —Revelation 8:4


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