Are you looking to refresh your prayer life? Then here is a gentle reminder of the two spiritual weapons that we have been given, the Word of God and Prayer. Bringing them together is powerful because God’s word never returns to Him void – it always has an effect; it makes a difference. Studying prayers in the Bible and making them our own becomes a powerful way to pray. Scripture is full of Biblical prayers so I have chosen 7 of the most powerful prayers in the Bible to explore here…
7 Most Powerful Prayers in the Bible
This is not a comprehensive list of Biblical prayers, because the Bible is full of prayer. Instead, here is a small selection of relevant powerful prayers for our lives today. They are powerful because words of Scripture, whether spoken or read, refocus our thoughts on God and His authority. When we are struggling to find our own words, Biblical prayers encourage and enable us to reconnect with our Heavenly Father.
Powerful Biblical Prayer To Seek God
There is a prayer attributed to Moses ‘the man of God’ in the psalms (Bible Gateway Psalm 90:1-17). But this Biblical prayer recorded in Exodus is a short conversation between Moses and God. The words remind us that the essence of prayer is simply reaching out to God in conversation.
“If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favour with you. Remember that this nation is your people.”Exodus 33:13
Moses reveals to us here that the heart of prayer is developing a closer relationship with the Lord. It is seeking God for who He is, not just for what He can do for us. Moses had already seen God move in miraculous ways, but he still wanted to know God more.
Out of all the powerful prayers in the Bible this is a simple request and one we can pray with confidence. Anytime we feel alone, or anytime we feel far from God, we can reach out in prayer. God has promised to never leave us, and that when we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. We can know His comfort, and a sense of His presence with us, and that is more than enough of our circumstance!
Famous Prayer for Protection and Peace
“May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.”Numbers 6:24-26
I have included the Aaronic, or Priestly, benediction as one of the most powerful prayers in the Bible. This prayer is found in the book of Numbers as Israel, the Lord’s redeemed covenant people, are travelling towards the promised land.
The prayer reminds us of the all-encompassing benefits for the redeemed of the LORD. This is the blessing that is ours of God’s protection and His sustaining power over our lives. Because the LORD who saves us is more than able to keep us, we are safe for eternity.
God’s grace and favor, His loving-kindness, surrounds those who love Him. And as the redeemed of the LORD we have peace. This is the peace of being reconciled to God, and the inner tranquility of knowing His blessing over our lives.
As we pray this famous prayer over our families and friends we are speaking the Name of the LORD over their lives. The repetition of the LORD’s Name is for emphasis, that all we need comes from a covenant relationship with Him.
Famous Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving
Then Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance “There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.”1 Samuel 2:1-2
Hannah’s prayer of praise and thanksgiving is found at the beginning of 1 Samuel. In fact, there are two prayers recorded in the first two chapters that are set apart by a couple of years. The first prayer comes with tears and a desperate vow, but the second is an outpouring of praise and worship. Hannah received the answer to her first prayer and comes with gratitude to express her thanks to God.
The attitude of our hearts as we approach God in prayer and our understanding of His character is essential to our faith. Praise and thanksgiving become powerful prayers as they shift and change the spiritual atmosphere. They remind us of who God is and that we are secure in His love.
You may like to read more: Six Powerful Prayer Points From Hannah
A Powerful Prayer for Help
“Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you. You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Hear my prayer, Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.”Psalm 86:1-7
This psalm is traditionally described as a lament, an expression of grief and a cry for help. It begins by acknowledging the writer’s relationship with the Lord. This is the Lord’s servant calling out to God for mercy, to be rescued and delivered from all the surrounding threats.
It moves on to a profession of faith in God because of who He is, and a declaration of God’s authority. The psalmist makes a vow to praise God, with all his heart. The prayer closes with reiterating his plea and gratitude for the help and comfort he has already received from God.
We can all relate to those times when we have felt overwhelmed by sorrow, loss, regret, or disappointment. Those situations and circumstances that seem beyond our ability to cope with or deal with. Then we can do what the psalmist does here and pour out our hearts to God.
As we bring our request, let’s follow this pattern and include our profession of faith. This builds us up by reminding us of who God is and His ability to take the weight of our concerns. As we declare that God alone is God and He is able to provide the answer, we can state our intent to praise Him, always!
“But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength in behalf of your servant; save me, because I serve you just as my mother did. Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.”Psalm 86:15-17
For all the mother’s out there, I just want to point out verse sixteen. When David is crying out to God for help, his inspiration is his mother. Be encouraged, that what you sow into your children’s lives, by your example, will bear fruit.
The Prayer of Jabez for Strength
“Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.”1 Chronicles 4:10
The book of Chronicles was written for the exiles, the people of Israel who had finally returned to the promised land. It recounts Israel’s history with a reminder of God’s promises to His faithful people. The history includes genealogies of the tribes and occasionally inserts a short personal note.
This is where we find the prayer of Jabez, as a descendant of the tribe of Judah. This seems like a simple prayer, a plea for blessing and increase. But for Jabez it was a little more than that…
In Biblical times, names held great significance and were almost regarded as prophetic. The name Jabaz sounds like the Hebrew word for pain. And the text tells us that Jabez was given this name because his mother gave birth to him with great pain.
This prayer broke the curse of his name, he turned to God and asked that the power of those words would be reversed! Jabez asked for God’s personal protection and that, instead of pain, his life would display God’s favor. Pain has the power to restrict someone’s life. But the strength that God provides gives the power to overcome!
Our words have the power of life or death, and what we say has influence. What has been, or is, spoken over us matters! There may be words that have been said, whether carelessly or maliciously, that are harmful to our lives. But we too can ask for strength to break free and for the power of those words over our lives to be reversed. God intends for each one of us to grow, to be enlarged, into the fullness of who He created us to be…
A Prayer for Success
“Then I said: “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.”Nehemiah 1:5-7
Nehemiah begins his prayer by appealing to God’s faithfulness as the basis of his prayer. He confesses his own sinfulness, and that of his family, and identifies with the nation of Israel as a whole. Drawing near to God and His holiness exposes our need of forgiveness.
Nehemiah’s prayer was not based on his own righteousness but on the righteousness and justice of God. He reminds God of His promises to His people, the ones whom He redeemed. Then he concludes His prayer by seeking God’s favor and success on the actions he was about to take that day.
“Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”Nehemiah 1:11
Nehemiah had a plan to present to the king, his earthly master. But he knew that the success of his mission was in the hands of God. This is a perspective that we can bring to our prayers, as the redeemed of the Lord. Although many decisions may seem to be in the hands of men, ultimately we believe that our destiny, and security, are in the hands of God.
A Prayer for the Power of Love
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”Ephesians 3:14-20
In the letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul marvelled at the work of God in believers through the gospel. Jews and Gentiles were being united by faith in Christ Jesus and becoming one family. This led Paul to pray for the Ephesian church to experience, to the full, God’s key gifts of power and love.
Paul’s posture here was one of reverence and he knelt before the Father with this impassioned prayer that all believers would be strengthened in faith by the power of God. This is faith that grows with the revelation of God’s love demonstrated for us by Jesus.
This love of God is greater than knowledge – but it is knowable by experience. The love of the Lord Jesus is the foundation of our faith and continually flows into, and through, our lives – for the glory of God.
May you be inspired through prayer to know the Lord more and grow in the knowledge and experience of the love of God…