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Prayers & The Bible

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Prayers From the Bible

The following are some prayers from Holy Scripture. Click link below or scroll down to view all.

Angelic Prayer of Praise at the Nativity (Lk. 2:14)

Apostolic Prayer for Faith (Lk. 17:5)

Benedictus Deus (Canticle of Zachary) (Lk. 1:68-79)

Biblical Pleadings That God Might Listen to Prayers

The Blind Man's Prayer (1) (Lk. 18:38)

The Blind Man's Prayer (2) (Lk. 18:41)

Heavenly Prayer (Rv. 4:8)

Heavenly Prayer (cf. Rv. 7:12)

Into Thy Hands... (Ps. 30/31:6)

Keep Me, O Lord... (Ps. 16/17:8)

Listen to My Prayer, Lord... (Ps. 38/39:13-14)

The Lord's Prayer (Mt. 6:9-15)

The Lord's Prayer (Lk. 11:1-4)

Magnificat (Canticle of Our Lady) (Lk. 1:46-55)

Nunc Dimittis (Canticle of Simeon) (Lk. 2:29-32)

Prayer Before Praying (1 Sam. 3:9)

Prayer for Assistance (Ps. 68/69:14)

Prayer for Assistance (Ps. 69/70:2)

Prayer for Assistance (Ps. 78/79:8-9)

Prayer for Deliverance From One's Enemies (Ps. 58:2/59:2)

Prayer for Mercy (Ps. 40/41:5)

Prayer for Protection Against the Wicked (Ps. 139/140:7-10)

Prayer for the Lord's Assistance (Ps. 5:2-13)

Prayer in Thanksgiving for Deliverance (Ps. 17/18:2-4)

'Prayer in the Fiery Furnace' (Dan. 3:52-66, 69-90)

Prayer in Time of Tribulation (Ps. 85/86:1-7)

Prayer of Asa (2 Chron. 14:10)

Prayer of Azariah in the Fiery Furnace (Dan. 3:26-36, 41-45)

Prayer of Daniel (Dan. 9:4-19)

Prayer of David (1 Chron. 29:10-18, 20)

Prayer of Hezekiah (2 Kgs. 19:15-19)

Prayer of Hezekiah (2 Chron. 30:18-19)

Prayer of Longing for God (Ps. 41/42:2)

Prayer of Longing for God (Ps. 62/63:2-9)

Prayer of Mordecai (Esth. C:2-10)

Prayer of Nehemiah (Neh. 1:5-11)

Prayer of Praise (Ps. 116/117)

Prayer of Praise (2 Cor. 1:3)

Prayer of Queen Esther (Esth. C:14-30)

Prayer of Repentance (Miserere Mei) (Psalm 50/51)

Prayer of Solomon (cf. 1 Kgs. 8:56-60)

Prayer of Solomon (cf. 2 Chron. 6:14)

Prayer of Solomon (2 Chron. 6:39-42)

'Prayer of St. Paul' (Acts 22:10)

Prayer of Thanksgiving (Isa. 12:1-6)

Prayer of Tobiah (cf. Tobit 8:5)

Prayer of Tobit (cf. Tobit 3:2-3)

Prayer of Tobit (Tobit 13:1-18)

Psalm 22 (23)

Psalm 70/71

The Publican's Prayer (Lk. 18:13)

Reward Us Not According to Our Iniquities (Ps. 102/103:10)

Tu es Christus (Mt. 16:16)

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Prayer Before Praying 

(1 Sam. 3:9)

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Prayer of Solomon

(cf. 1 Kgs. 8:56-60)

Blessed be the LORD who has given rest to his people Israel, just as he promised. Not a single word has gone unfulfilled of the entire generous promise he made through his servant Moses. May the LORD, our God, be with us as he was with our fathers and may he not forsake us nor cast us off. May he draw our hearts to himself, that we may follow him in everything and keep the commands, statutes, and ordinances which he enjoined on our fathers. May this prayer I have offered to the LORD, our God, be present to him day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and of his people Israel as each day requires, that all the peoples of the earth may know the LORD is God and there is no other.

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Prayer of Hezekiah 

(2 Kgs. 19:15-19) 

O LORD, God of Israel, enthroned upon the cherubim! You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made the heavens and the earth. Incline your ear, O LORD, and listen! Open your eyes, O LORD, and see! Hear the words of Sennacherib which he sent to taunt the living God. Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands, and cast their gods into the fire; they destroyed them because they were not gods, but the work of human hands, wood and stone. Therefore, O LORD, our God, save us ... that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, O LORD, are God.

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Prayer of David 

(1 Chron. 29:10-18, 20)

Blessed may you be, O LORD, God of Israel our father, from eternity to eternity. Yours, O LORD, are grandeur and power, majesty, splendor, and glory. For all in heaven and on earth is yours; yours, O LORD, is the sovereignty; you are exalted as head over all. Riches and honor are from you, and you have dominion over all. In your hand are power and might; it is yours to give grandeur and strength to all. Therefore, our God, we give you thanks and we praise the majesty of your name. But who am I, and who are my people, that we should have the means to contribute so freely? For everything is from you, and we only give you what we have received from you. For we stand before you as aliens: we are only your guests, like all our fathers. Our life on earth is like a shadow that does not abide. O LORD our God, all this wealth that we have brought together to build you a house in honor of your holy name comes from you and is entirely yours. I know, O my God, that you put hearts to the test and that you take pleasure in uprightness. With a sincere heart I have willingly given all these things, and now with joy I have seen your people here present also giving to you generously. LORD, God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, keep such thoughts in the hearts and minds of your people forever, and direct their hearts toward you...Now bless the LORD your God!

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Prayer of Solomon 

(cf. 2 Chron. 6:14)

LORD, God of Israel, there is no god like you in heaven or on earth; you keep your covenant and show kindness to your servants who are wholeheartedly faithful to you.

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Prayer of Solomon 

(2 Chron. 6:39-42)

Listen from your heavenly dwelling place, hear their prayer and petitions, and uphold their cause. Forgive your people who have sinned against you. My God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayer of this place. And now, Advance, LORD God, to your resting place, you and the ark of your majesty. May your priests, LORD God, be clothed with salvation, may your faithful ones rejoice in good things. LORD God, reject not the plea of your anointed, remember the devotion of David, your servant.

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Prayer of Asa

(2 Chron. 14:10)

O LORD, there is none like you to help the powerless against the strong. Help us, O LORD, our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. You are the LORD, our God; let no man prevail against you.

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Prayer of Hezekiah

(2 Chron. 30:18-19)

May the LORD, who is good, grant pardon to everyone who has resolved to seek God, the LORD, the God of his fathers, though he be not clean as holiness requires.

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Prayer of Nehemiah

(Neh. 1:5-11)

O LORD, God of heaven, great and awesome God, you who preserve your covenant of mercy toward those who love you and keep your commandments, may your ear be attentive, and your eyes open, to heed the prayer which I, your servant, now offer in your presence day and night for your servants the Israelites, confessing the sins which we of Israel have committed against you, I and my father's house included. Grievously have we offended you, not keeping the commandments, the statutes, and the ordinances which you committed to your servant Moses. But remember, I pray, the promise which you gave through Moses, your servant, when you said: 'Should you prove faithless, I will scatter you among the nations; but should you return to me and carefully keep my commandments, even though your outcasts have been driven to the farthest corner of the world, I will gather them from there, and bring them back to the place which I have chosen as the dwelling place for my name.' They are your servants, your people, whom you freed by your great might and your strong hand. O Lord, may your ear be attentive to my prayer and that of all your willing servants who revere your name. Grant success to your servant this day...

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Prayer of Tobit 

(cf. Tobit 3:2-3)

You are righteous, O Lord, and all your deeds are just; All your ways are mercy and truth; you are the judge of the world. And now, O Lord, may you be mindful of me, and look with favor upon me. Punish me not for my sins, nor for my inadvertent offenses, nor for those of my fathers.

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Prayer of Tobiah

(cf. Tobit 8:5)

Blessed are you, O God of our fathers; praised be your name forever and ever. Let the heavens and all your creation praise you forever.

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Prayer of Tobit 

(Tobit 13:1-18)

Then Tobit composed this joyful prayer: Blessed be God who lives forever, because his kingdom lasts for all ages. For he scourges and then has mercy; he casts down to the depths of the nether world, and he brings up from the great abyss. No one can escape his hand. Praise him, you Israelites, before the Gentiles, for though he has scattered you among them, he has shown you his greatness even there. Exalt him before every living being, because he is the Lord our God, our Father and God forever. He scourged you for your iniquities, but will again have mercy on you all. He will gather you from all the Gentiles among whom you have been scattered. When you turn back to him with all your heart, to do what is right before him, Then he will turn back to you, and no longer hide his face from you. So now consider what he has done for you, and praise him with full voice. Bless the Lord of righteousness, and exalt the King of the ages. In the land of my exile I praise him, and show his power and majesty to a sinful nation. Turn back, you sinners! do the right before him: perhaps he may look with favor upon you and show you mercy. As for me, I exalt my God, and my spirit rejoices in the King of heaven. Let all men speak of his majesty, and sing his praises in Jerusalem. O Jerusalem, holy city, he scourged you for the works of your hands, but will again pity the children of the righteous. Praise the Lord for his goodness, and bless the King of the ages, so that his tent may be rebuilt in you with joy. May he gladden within you all who were captives; all who were ravaged may he cherish within you for all generations to come. A bright light will shine to all parts of the earth; many nations shall come to you from afar, And the inhabitants of all the limits of the earth, drawn to you by the name of the Lord God, Bearing in their hands their gifts for the King of heaven. Every generation shall give joyful praise in you, and shall call you the chosen one, through all ages forever. Accursed are all who speak a harsh word against you; accursed are all who destroy you and pull down your walls, And all who overthrow your towers and set fire to your homes; but forever blessed are all those who build you up. Go, then, rejoice over the children of the righteous, who shall all be gathered together and shall bless the Lord of the ages. Happy are those who love you, and happy those who rejoice in your prosperity. Happy are all the men who shall grieve over you, over all your chastisements, For they shall rejoice in you as they behold all your joy forever. My spirit blesses the Lord, the great King; Jerusalem shall be rebuilt as his home forever. Happy for me if a remnant of my offspring survive to see your glory and to praise the King of heaven! The gates of Jerusalem shall be built with sapphire and emerald, and all your walls with precious stones. The towers of Jerusalem shall be built with gold, and their battlements with pure gold. The streets of Jerusalem shall be paved with rubies and stones of Ophir; The gates of Jerusalem shall sing hymns of gladness, and all her houses shall cry out, "Alleluia! Blessed be God who has raised you up! may he be blessed for all ages!" For in you they shall praise his holy name forever. The end of Tobit's hymn of praise.

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Prayer of Mordecai

(Esth. C:2-10)

O Lord God, almighty King, all things are in your power, and there is no one to oppose you in your will to save Israel. You made heaven and earth and every wonderful thing under the heavens. You are Lord of all, and there is no one who can resist you, Lord. You know all things. You know, O Lord, that it was not out of insolence or pride or desire for fame that I acted thus in not bowing down to the proud Haman. Gladly would I have kissed the soles of his feet for the salvation of Israel. But I acted as I did so as not to place the honor of man above that of God. I will not bow down to anyone but you, my Lord. It is not out of pride that I am acting thus. And now, Lord God, King, God of Abraham, spare your people, for our enemies plan our ruin and are bent upon destroying the inheritance that was yours from the beginning. Do not spurn your portion, which you redeemed for yourself out of Egypt. Hear my prayer; have pity on your inheritance and turn our sorrow into joy: thus we shall live to sing praise to your name, O Lord. Do not silence those who praise you.

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Prayer of Queen Esther

(Esth. C:14-30)

My Lord, our King, you alone are God. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you, for I am taking my life in my hand. As a child I was wont to hear from the people of the land of my forefathers that you, O Lord, chose Israel from among all peoples, and our fathers from among all their ancestors, as a lasting heritage, and that you fulfilled all your promises to them. But now we have sinned in your sight, and you have delivered us into the hands of our enemies, because we worshiped their gods. You are just, O Lord. But now they are not satisfied with our bitter servitude, but have undertaken to do away with the decree you have pronounced, and to destroy your heritage; to close the mouths of those who praise you, and to extinguish the glory of your temple and your altar; to open the mouths of the heathen to acclaim their false gods, and to extol an earthly king forever. O Lord, do not relinquish your scepter to those that are nought. Let them not gloat over our ruin, but turn their own counsel against them and make an example of our chief enemy. Be mindful of us, O Lord. Manifest yourself in the time of our distress and give me courage, King of gods and Ruler of every power. Put in my mouth persuasive words in the presence of the lion, and turn his heart to hatred for our enemy, so that he and those who are in league with him may perish. Save us by your power, and help me, who am alone and have no one but you, O Lord. You know all things. You know that I hate the glory of the pagans, and abhor the bed of the uncircumcised or of any foreigner. You know that I am under constraint, that I abhor the sign of grandeur which rests on my head when I appear in public; abhor it like a polluted rag, and do not wear it in private. I, your handmaid, have never eaten at the table of Haman, nor have I graced the banquet of the king or drunk the wine of libations. From the day I was brought here till now, your handmaid has had no joy except in you, O Lord, God of Abraham. O God, more powerful than all, hear the voice of those in despair. Save us from the power of the wicked, and deliver me from my fear.

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Prayer for the Lord's Assistance

(Ps. 5:2-13)

Hear my words, O LORD; listen to my sighing. Hear my cry for help, my king, my God! To you I pray, O LORD; at dawn you will hear my cry; at dawn I will plead before you and wait. You are not a god who delights in evil; no wicked person finds refuge with you; the arrogant cannot stand before you. You hate all who do evil; you destroy all who speak falsely. Murderers and deceivers the LORD abhors. But I can enter your house because of your great love. I can worship in your holy temple because of my reverence for you, LORD. Guide me in your justice because of my foes; make straight your way before me. For there is no sincerity in their mouths; their hearts are corrupt. Their throats are open graves; on their tongues are subtle lies. Declare them guilty, God; make them fall by their own devices. Drive them out for their many sins; they have rebelled against you. Then all who take refuge in you will be glad and forever shout for joy. Protect them that you may be the joy of those who love your name. For you, LORD, bless the just; you surround them with favor like a shield.

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Keep Me, O Lord...

(Ps. 16/17:8)

Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of Thine eye; beneath the shadow of Thy wings protect me. 

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Prayer in Thanksgiv-

ing for Deliverance

(Ps. 17/18:2-4)

I love you, LORD, my strength, LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, My God, my rock of refuge, my shield, my saving horn, my stronghold! Praised be the LORD, I exclaim! I have been delivered from my enemies.

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Psalm 22 (23) 

The Lord [Is my shepherd]: and I shall want nothing. He hath set me in a place of pasture. He hath brought me up, on the water of refreshment: He hath converted my soul. He hath led me on the paths of justice, for his own name's sake. For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils, for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they have comforted me. Thou hast prepared a table before me against them that afflict me. Thou hast anointed my head with oil; and my chalice which inebreateth me, how goodly is it! And thy mercy will follow me all the days of my life. And that I may dwell in the house of the Lord unto length of days.

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Into Thy Hands...

(Ps. 30/31:6)

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Latin 

(Why Latin?)

Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

In manus tuas, Domine, commendo spiritum meum. 

[In manus tuas, Dómine, comméndo spíritum meum.]

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Listen to My Prayer, Lord...

(Ps. 38/39:13-14)

Listen to my prayer, LORD, hear my cry; do not be deaf to my weeping! I sojourn with you like a passing stranger, a guest, like all my ancestors. Turn your gaze from me, that I may find peace before I depart to be no more.

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Prayer for Mercy

(Ps. 40/41:5)

LORD, have mercy on me; heal me, I have sinned against you.

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Prayer of Longing for God

(Ps. 41/42:2)

As the deer panteth after the water-springs, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God.

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Prayer of Repentance (Miserere Mei) 

(Psalm 50/51)

Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness; in your abundant compassion blot out my offense. Wash away all my guilt; from my sin cleanse me. For I know my offense; my sin is always before me. Against you alone have I sinned; I have done such evil in your sight. That you are just in your sentence, blameless when you condemn. True, I was born guilty, a sinner, even as my mother conceived me. Still, you insist on sincerity of heart; in my inmost being teach me wisdom. Cleanse me with hyssop, that I may be pure; wash me, make me whiter than snow. Let me hear sounds of joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

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Prayer for Deliverance From One's Enemies

(Ps. 58:2/59:2)

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; and defend me from them that rise up against me.

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Prayer of Longing for God

(Ps. 62/63:2-9)

O God, you are my God - for you I long! For you my body yearns; for you my soul thirsts, Like a land parched, lifeless, and without water. So I look to you in the sanctuary to see your power and glory. For your love is better than life; my lips offer you worship! I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands, calling on your name. My soul shall savor the rich banquet of praise, with joyous lips my mouth shall honor you! When I think of you upon my bed, through the night watches I will recall That you indeed are my help, and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy. My soul clings fast to you; your right hand upholds me.  

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Prayer for Assistance

(Ps. 68/69:14)

I pray to you, LORD, for the time of your favor. God, in your great kindness answer me with your constant help.

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Prayer for Assistance

(Ps. 69/70:2)

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Latin 

(Why Latin?)

O God, come unto my assistance: O Lord, make haste to help me.

Deus, in adiutorium meum intende: Dominie, ad adiuvandum me festina. 

[Deus, in adiutórium meum inténde: Dóminie, ad adiuvándum me festína.]

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Psalm 70/71

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Prayer for Assistance

(Ps. 78/79:8-9)

Remember not our former iniquities: let thy mercies speedily prevent us, for we are become exceeding poor. Help us, O God, our savior: and for the glory of thy name, O Lord, deliver us: and forgive us our sins for thy name's sake

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Prayer in Time of Tribulation

(Ps. 85/86:1-7)

Hear me, LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and oppressed. Preserve my life, for I am loyal; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; pity me, Lord; to you I call all the day. Gladden the soul of your servant; to you, Lord, I lift up my soul. Lord, you are kind and forgiving, most loving to all who call on you. LORD, hear my prayer; listen to my cry for help. In this time of trouble I call, for you will answer me.

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Reward Us Not According to Our Iniquities

(Ps. 102/103:10)

O Lord, reward us not according to our sins which we have done, neither according to our iniquities.

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Prayer of Praise

(Ps. 116/117)

O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise Him, all ye peoples. For His mercy is confirmed upon us: and the truth of the Lord remaineth for ever.

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Prayer for Protection Against the Wicked

(Ps. 139/140:7-10)

I say to the LORD: You are my God; listen, LORD, to the words of my prayer. My revered LORD, my strong helper, my helmet on the day of battle. LORD, do not grant the desires of the wicked; do not let their plots succeed...Around me they raise their proud heads; may the mischief they threaten overwhelm them.

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Prayer of Thanksgiv-

ing

(Isa. 12:1-6)

I give you thanks, O LORD; though you have been angry with me, your anger has abated, and you have consoled me. God indeed is my savior; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the LORD, and he has been my savior. With joy you will draw water at the fountain of salvation, and say on that day: Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name; among the nations make known his deeds, proclaim how exalted is his name. Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement; let this be known throughout all the earth. Shout with exultation, O city of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel!

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Prayer of Azariah in the Fiery Furnace

(Dan. 3:26-36, 41-45)

Blessed are you, and praiseworthy, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and glorious forever is your name. For you are just in all you have done; all your deeds are faultless, all your ways right, and your judgments proper. You have executed proper judgments in all that you have brought upon us and upon Jerusalem, the holy city of our fathers. By a proper judgment you have done all this because of our sins; For we have sinned and transgressed by departing from you, and we have done every kind of evil. Your commandments we have not heeded or observed, nor have we done as you ordered us for our good. Therefore all you have brought upon us, all you have done to us, you have done by a proper judgment. You have handed us over to our enemies, lawless and hateful rebels; to an unjust king, the worst in all the world. Now we cannot open our mouths; we, your servants, who revere you, have become a shame and a reproach. For you name's sake, do not deliver us up forever, or make void your covenant. Do not take away your mercy from us, for the sake of Abraham, your beloved, Isaac your servant, and Israel your holy one, To whom you promised to multiply their offspring like the stars of heaven, or the sand on the shores of the sea... And now we follow you with our whole heart, we fear you and we pray to you. Do not let us be put to shame, but deal with us in your kindness and great mercy. Deliver us by your wonders, and bring glory to your name, O Lord: Let all those be routed who inflict evils on your servants; Let them be shamed and powerless, and their strength broken; Let them know that you are the Lord God, glorious over the whole world.

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'Prayer in the Fiery Furnace'

(Dan. 3:52-66, 69-90)

Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever; And blessed is your holy and glorious name, praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages. Blessed are you in the temple of you holy glory, praiseworthy and glorious above all forever. Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever. Blessed are you who look into the depths from your throne upon the cherubim, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever. Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven, praiseworthy and glorious forever. Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord, praise and exalt him above all forever. Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord, praise and exalt him above all forever. You heavens, bless the Lord, praise and exalt him above all forever. All you waters above the heavens, bless the Lord, praise and exalt him above all forever. All you hosts of the Lord, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. Sun and moon, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. Stars of heaven, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. Every shower and dew, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. All you winds, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. Fire and heat, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever... Frost and chill, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. Ice and snow, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. Nights and days, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. Light and darkness, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. Let the earth bless the Lord, praise and exalt him above all forever. Mountains and hills, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. Everything growing from the earth, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. You springs, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. Seas and rivers, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. All you birds of the air, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. You sons of men, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. O Israel, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. Spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. Holy men of humble heart, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. Hananiah, Azariah, Mishael, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. For he has delivered us from the nether world, and saved us from the power of death; He has freed us from the raging flame and delivered us from the fire. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever. Bless the God of gods, all you who fear the Lord; praise him and give him thanks, because his mercy endures forever.

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Prayer of Daniel

(Dan. 9:4-19)

I prayed to the LORD, my God, and confessed, "Ah, Lord, great and awesome God, you who keep your merciful covenant toward those who love you and observe your commandments! We have sinned, been wicked and done evil; we have rebelled and departed from your commandments and your laws. We have not obeyed your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers, and all the people of the land. Justice, O Lord, is on your side; we are shamefaced even to this day: the men of Judah, the residents of Jerusalem, and all Israel, near and far, in all the countries to which you have scattered them because of their treachery toward you. O LORD, we are shamefaced, like our kings, our princes, and our fathers, for having sinned against you. But yours, O Lord, our God, are compassion and forgiveness! Yet we rebelled against you and paid no heed to your command, O LORD, our God, to live by the law you gave us through your servants the prophets. Because all Israel transgressed your law and went astray, not heeding your voice, the sworn malediction, recorded in the law of Moses, the servant of God, was poured out over us for our sins. You carried out the threats you spoke against us and against those who governed us, by bringing upon us in Jerusalem the greatest calamity that has ever occurred under heaven. As it is written in the law of Moses, this calamity came full upon us. As we did not appease the LORD, our God, by turning back from our wickedness and recognizing his constancy, so the LORD kept watch over the calamity and brought it upon us. You, O LORD, our God, are just in all that you have done, for we did not listen to your voice. Now, O Lord, our God, who led your people out of the land of Egypt with a strong hand, and made a name for yourself even to this day, we have sinned, we are guilty. O Lord, in keeping with all your just deeds, let your anger and your wrath be turned away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain. On account of our sins and the crimes of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become the reproach of all our neighbors. Hear, therefore, O God, the prayer and petition of your servant; and for your own sake, O Lord, let your face shine upon your desolate sanctuary. Give ear, O my God, and listen; open your eyes and see our ruins and the city which bears your name. When we present our petition before you, we rely not on our just deeds, but on your great mercy. O Lord, hear! O Lord, pardon! O Lord, be attentive and act without delay, for your own sake, O my God, because this city and your people bear your name!"

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The Lord's Prayer 

(Mt. 6:9-15)

Thus therefore shall you pray: 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, as we also forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen. For if you will forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offences. But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your offences.

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Magnificat (Canticle of Our Lady)

(Lk. 1:46-55)

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My soul doth magnify the Lord: And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. Because He hath regarded the lowliness of His handmaid: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty hath done great things to me: and holy is His Name. And His mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear Him. He hath showed might with His arm: He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the lowly. He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent empty away. He hath received Israel His servant, being mindful of His mercy: As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever.

Magnificat anima mea Dominum: Et exsultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo. Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae: ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes. Quia fecit mihi magna qui potens est: et sanctum nomen eius. Et misericordia eius a progenie in progenies timentibus eum. Fecit potentiam in brachio suo: dispersit superbos mente cordis sui. Deposuit potentes de sede, et exaltavit humiles. Esurientes implevit bonis: et divites dimisit inanes. Suscepit Israel puerum suum, recordatus misericordiae suae. Sicut locutus est ad patres nostros, Abraham et semini eius in saecula.

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Benedictus Deus (Canticle of Zachary) 

(Lk. 1:68-79)

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Blessed be the Lord God of Israel: because he hath visited and wrought the redemption of his people. And hath raised up an horn of salvation to us, in the house of David his servant. As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who are from the beginning. Salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all that hate us. To perform mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy testament. The oath, which he swore to Abraham our father, that he would grant to us. That being delivered from the hand of our enemies, we may serve him without fear, In holiness and justice before him, all our days. And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt, go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways: To give knowledge of salvation to his people, unto the remission of their sins: Through the bowels of the mercy of our God, in which the Orient from on high hath visited us: To enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death: to direct our feet into the way of peace. 

Benedictus Deus Israhel quia visitavit et fecit redemptionem plebi suae. Et erexit cornu salutis nobis in domo David pueri sui. Sicut locutus est per os sanctorum qui a saeculo sunt prophetarum eius. Salutem ex inimicis nostris et de manu omnium qui oderunt nos. Ad faciendam misericordiam cum patribus nostris et memorari testamenti sui sancti. Iusiurandum quod iuravit ad Abraham patrem nostrum. Daturum se nobis ut sine timore de manu inimicorum nostrorum liberati serviamus illi, In sanctitate et iustitia coram ipso omnibus diebus nostris. Et tu puer propheta Altissimi vocaberis praeibis enim ante faciem Domini parare vias eius: Ad dandam scientiam salutis plebi eius in remissionem peccatorum eorum: Per viscera misericordiae Dei nostri in quibus visitavit nos oriens ex alto: Inluminare his qui in tenebris et in umbra mortis sedent ad dirigendos pedes nostros in viam pacis. 

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Angelic Prayer of Praise at the Nativity 

(Lk. 2:14)

Glory to God in the highest: and on earth peace to men of good will.

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Nunc Dimittis (Canticle of Simeon) 

(Lk. 2:29-32)

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Now thou dost dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, according to Thy word in peace; Because my eyes have seen Thy salvation, Which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine Secundum verbum tuum in pace: Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum: Lumen ad revelationem gentium, Et gloriam plebis tuae Israel. 

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The Lord's Prayer 

(Lk. 11:1-4)

And it came to pass that as he was in a certain place praying, when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him: Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said to them: When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.

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Apostolic Prayer for Faith 

(Lk. 17:5)

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Lord, increase our faith.

Domine, adauge nobis fidem. 

[Dómine, adáuge nobis fidem.]

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The Publican's Prayer 

(Lk. 18:13)

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O God, be merciful to me, a sinner. 

Deus, propitius esto mihi peccatori. 

[Deus, propítius esto mihi peccatóri.]

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The Blind Man's Prayer (1) 

(Lk. 18:38)

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Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.

Iesu, fili David, miserere mei. 

[Iesu, fili David, miserére mei.]

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The Blind Man's Prayer (2)  

(Lk. 18:41)

Lord that I might see!

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Tu es Christus 

(Mt. 16:16) 

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Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.

Tu es Christus, Filius Dei vivi. 

[Tu es Christus, Fílius Dei vivi.]

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'Prayer of St. Paul'

(Acts 22:10)

What shall I do, Lord? (St. Paul)

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Prayer of Praise

(2 Cor. 1:3)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort

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Heavenly Prayer 

(Rv. 4:8)

The four living creatures, each of them with six wings, were covered with eyes inside and out. Day and night they do not stop exclaiming: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, who was, and who is, and who is to come."

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Heavenly Prayer 

(cf. Rv. 7:12)

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Benediction and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving, honor and power and strength, to our God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Benedictio et claritas et sapientia et gratiarum actio et honor et virtus et fortitudo Deo nostro in saecula saeculorum. Amen. 

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Misc.

Biblical Pleadings That God Might Listen to Prayers:

1KGS 8:28 - Look kindly on the prayer and petition of your servant, O LORD, my God, and listen to the cry of supplication which I, your servant, utter before you this day.

1KGS 8:45 - Listen in heaven to their prayer and petition, and defend their cause.

2CHRON 6:19 - Look kindly on the prayer and petition of your servant, O LORD, my God, and listen to the cry of supplication your servant makes before you.

JDTH 9:12 - Please, please, God of my forefather, God of the heritage of Israel, Lord of heaven and earth, Creator of the waters, King of all you have created, hear my prayer!

ESTH C:10 - Hear my prayer; have pity on your inheritance and turn our sorrow into joy: thus we shall live to sing praise to your name, O Lord. Do not silence those who praise you.

ESTH C:30 - O God, more powerful than all, hear the voice of those in despair. Save us from the power of the wicked, and deliver me from my fear.

PS 4:2 - Answer when I call, my saving God. In my troubles, you cleared a way; show me favor; hear my prayer.

PS 17:6 - I call upon you; answer me, O God. Turn your ear to me; hear my prayer.

PS 54:4 - O God, hear my prayer. Listen to the words of my mouth.

PS 55:2-3 - Listen, God, to my prayer; do not hide from my pleading; hear me and give answer. 

PS 61:2 - Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer!

PS 77:2 - I cry aloud to God, cry to God to hear me.

PS 84:9 - LORD of hosts, hear my prayer; listen, God of Jacob.

PS 86:1 - Hear me, LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and oppressed.

PS 86:6 - LORD, hear my prayer; listen to my cry for help.

PS 88:3 - Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry.

PS 102:2 - LORD, hear my prayer; let my cry come to you.

PS 119:149 - Hear my voice in your love, O LORD; by your edict give me life.

PS 143:1 - LORD, hear my prayer; in your faithfulness listen to my pleading; answer me in your justice.

SIRACH 36:16-17 - Hear the prayer of your servants, for you are ever gracious to your people; Thus it will be known to the very ends of the earth that you are the eternal God.

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Also Try...

Answered Prayers From the Bible

Jesus in Prayer (scroll down or click here)

Note: Also refer to the Psalms in an appropriate Catholic Bible for additional Scriptural prayers. 

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The Bible On Prayer

Prayer is an essential element of a holy life. The following is a sampling of references to prayer found in Holy Scripture.

Reminder: Items below may be partial. Not a comprehensive listing.

  • 2CHRON 7:14 - [A]nd if my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my presence and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and revive their land.

  • TOBIT 12:8 - Prayer and fasting are good, but better than either is almsgiving accompanied by righteousness. A little with righteousness is better than abundance with wickedness. It is better to give alms than to store up gold

  • 2MACC 12:43-44 - In doing this he acted in a very excellent and noble way, inasmuch as he had the resurrection of the dead in view; for if he were not expecting the fallen to rise again, it would have been useless and foolish to pray for them in death.

  • JOB 33:26 - He shall pray and God will favor him; he shall see God's face with rejoicing.

  • PS 10:17 - You listen, LORD, to the needs of the poor; you encourage them and hear their prayers.

  • PS 32:6 - Thus should all your faithful pray in time of distress. Though flood waters threaten, they will never reach them.

  • PROV 15:8 - The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

  • PROV 15:29 - The LORD is far from the wicked, but the prayer of the just he hears.

  • PROV 28:9 - When one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.

  • SIRACH 3:5 - He who honors his father is gladdened by children, and when he prays he is heard.

  • SIRACH 7:10 - Be not impatient in prayers, and neglect not the giving of alms.

  • SIRACH 17:20 - Return to the LORD and give up sin, pray to him and make your offenses few.

  • SIRACH 21:1 - My son, if you have sinned, do so no more, and for your past sins pray to be forgiven.

  • SIRACH 21:5 - Prayer from a poor man's lips is heard at once, and justice is quickly granted him.

  • SIRACH 28:2 - Forgive your neighbor's injustice; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.

  • SIRACH 34:24 - If one man prays and another curses, whose voice will the LORD hear?

  • SIRACH 34:26 - So with a man who fasts for his sins, but then goes and commits them again: Who will hear his prayer, and what has he gained by his mortification?

  • SIRACH 35:17-18 - The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds; it does not rest till it reaches its goal, Nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds, judges justly and affirms the right.

  • SIRACH 37:15 - Most important of all, pray to God to set your feet in the path of truth.

  • SIRACH 38:9 - My son, when you are ill, delay not, but pray to God, who will heal you

  • JER 29:12 - When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you.

  • DAN 10:12 - "Fear not, Daniel," he continued; "from the first day you made up your mind to acquire understanding and humble yourself before God, your prayer was heard..."

  • MT 5:44-45 - But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.

  • MT 6:5-8 - "When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

  • MT 6:9-15 - Thus therefore shall you pray: 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, as we also forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen. For if you will forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offences. But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your offences.

  • MT 18:19-20 - Again, (amen,) I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

  • MT 21:13 - And he said to them, "It is written: 'My house shall be a house of prayer..."

  • MT 21:22 - Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.

  • MK 9:23-29 - Jesus said to him, "'If you can!' Everything is possible to one who has faith." Then the boy's father cried out, "I do believe, help my unbelief!" Jesus, on seeing a crowd rapidly gathering, rebuked the unclean spirit and said to it, "Mute and deaf spirit, I command you: come out of him and never enter him again!" Shouting and throwing the boy into convulsions, it came out. He became like a corpse, which caused many to say, "He is dead!" But Jesus took him by the hand, raised him, and he stood up. When he entered the house, his disciples asked him in private, "Why could we not drive it out?" He said to them, "This kind can only come out through prayer."

  • MK 11:24 - Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours.

  • MK 11:25 - When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions.

  • MK 14:38 - Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

  • LK 6:28 - [B]less those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

  • LK 18:1-8 - Then he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, "There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, 'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.' For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, 'While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.'" The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?" 

  • LK18:10-14 - "Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, 'O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity - greedy, dishonest, adulterous - or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.' But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, 'O God, be merciful to me a sinner.' I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted."

  • LK 21:36 - Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.

  • LK 22:40 - When he arrived at the place he said to them, "Pray that you may not undergo the test."

  • ROM 8:26 - In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.

  • ROM 10:1 - Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God on their behalf is for salvation.

  • ROM 12:12 - Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.

  • EPH 6:18 - With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit...

  • PHIL 4:6 - Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.

  • COL 4:2 - Persevere in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving

  • 1THES 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.

  • JMS 5:13-15 Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters [priests] of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint (him) with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.

  • JMS 5:16 - The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.

  • 1PT 3:12 - For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears turned to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against evildoers.

  • 1PT 4:7 - The end of all things is at hand. Therefore, be serious and sober for prayers.

  • 1JN 5:16 - If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly, he should pray to God and he will give him life...

Also See: Prayer (Topical Scripture) | Prayer Tips & Insights

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Jesus in Prayer

In Holy Scripture, we can see that Jesus Himself prayed regularly. The following is a sampling of references to Jesus' praying.

"After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, 'You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.'" (Lk. 3:21-22)

"The report about him spread all the more, and great crowds assembled to listen to him and to be cured of their ailments, but he would withdraw to deserted places to pray." (Lk. 5:15-16)

"In those days he departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God." (Lk. 6:12)

"While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem." (Lk. 9:29-31)

"After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone." (Mt. 14:23)

"And when he had taken leave of them, he went off to the mountain to pray." (Mk. 6:46)

"Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail..." (Lk. 22:31-32)

"Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, 'Sit here while I go over there and pray.' He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to feel sorrow and distress. Then he said to them, 'My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch with me.' He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, saying, 'My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.' When he returned to his disciples he found them asleep. He said to Peter, 'So you could not keep watch with me for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.' Withdrawing a second time, he prayed again, 'My Father, if it is not possible that this cup pass without my drinking it, your will be done!' Then he returned once more and found them asleep, for they could not keep their eyes open. He left them and withdrew again and prayed a third time, saying the same thing again." (Mt. 26:36-44)

"After withdrawing about a stone's throw from them and kneeling, he prayed, saying, 'Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.' (And to strengthen him an angel from heaven appeared to him. He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground.) When he rose from prayer and returned to his disciples, he found them sleeping from grief. He said to them, 'Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not undergo the test.'" (Lk. 22:41-46)

"[The Prayer of Jesus:] When Jesus had said this, he raised his eyes to heaven and said, 'Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that he may give eternal life to all you gave him. Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do. Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began. I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you gave me is from you, because the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them. And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are. When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me, and I guarded them, and none of them was lost except the son of destruction, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you. I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely. I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth. I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me. Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.'" (Jn. 17:1-26)

"And about three o'clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?' which means, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'" (Mt 27:46) [Quoting Psalm 22 (21): "The Prayer of an Innocent Person": "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?..."] Note that Jesus often quoted the Psalms, even from the cross. [Click here for information on Jesus' last words from the Cross]


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