Prayers in the Old Testament
Gen 20:7 now therefore; restore his wife to the man. For he is a prophet, and he shall pray for you, and you shall live. And if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you, and all that are yours.
8 And Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears. And the men were greatly afraid.
9 Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said to him, what have you done to us? In what have I offended you that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done deeds to me that ought not to be done.
10 And Abimelech said to Abraham, What did you see that you have done this thing?
11 And Abraham said, because I thought, surely the fear of God is not in this place, and they will kill me for my wife’s sake.
12 And yet truly she is my sister. She is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother. And she became my wife.
13 And it happened when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said to her, This is your kindness which you show to me, at every place where we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.
14 And Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and men-servants and womenservants, and gave them to Abraham. And he restored him Sarah his wife.
15 And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before you. Live where it pleases you.
16 And to Sarah he said, Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver. Behold, he is to you a covering of the eyes, to all that are with you, and with all this, you are reproved.
17 And Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his slave women, and they gave birth.
Abraham prayed to God as intercessor up to verse 17 and a prayer of forgiveness from verse 7.
- Prayer brings forgiveness.
- Prayer brings Healing.
Isaac prayed to God, for fruitfulness of his wife, and God answered in multiplication.
Gen 25:21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
- Prayer brings answers from God in multitude. More than we can dream of God blesses in abundance.
Hannah’s prayer for a son
1Sa 1:10 and she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.
11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.
13 Now Hannah, she spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.
14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? Put away thy wine from thee.
15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.
16 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.
17 Then Eli answered and said, go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.
- In Prayer, make promises to God, it shows motivation and then expects an answer from God.
- Pray for healing for yourself.
- Prayer with tears and emotion is very powerful, Crying to the Lord but it need to be sincere. Tears are the language of Heaven. God understands your tears.
- Praying in the mind is allowed, but prayer out loud more powerful.
- Prayer is pouring out your heart to the Lord.
- Prayer in sorrow is welcome with God, but after prayer you should smile and “Cheer up” God will answer – just have faith.
Samuel’s prayer to God
1Sa 1:27 for this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:
28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.
- God will answer, just wait on the Lord.
- Keep your promises to the lord that you made during your prayers, even if it hurts!
David’s prayer of thanksgiving
2Sa 7:18 Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O Lord GOD? And what is my house that thou hast brought me hitherto?
19 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord GOD; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant’s house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord GOD?
20 And what can David say more unto thee? For thou, Lord GOD, knowest thy servant.
21 for thy word’s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them.
22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
23 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?
24 for thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God.
25 And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said.
26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee.
27 For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.
- Come to God in prayer as you feel comfortable, sitting, standing, kneeling even laying down,
- Praise God for listening to this prayer.
- Thanking Him for taking care of you in the past.
- Thank God for the promises in His Word (The Bible) that He gives to everybody freely.
- Confirm that God knows you and your body better than anybody else.
- You have been receiving according to God’s will in the past, and you will be receiving according to His will in the future.
- Praise and worship God for His goodness and grace.
- Thank God for the miracle still to happen in your life.
- Confirm that God is the great Protector.
- Thank God for your family and friends.
- Confirm that without God you are lost.
- Thank God for Heaven and Eternal Life.
- Confirm that the Word of God is the only Truth.
- Ask for His blessings.
- Ask God to extend your property.
- Thank God for His blessings to you.
Solomon’s prayer of dedication
1Kings 8:22 and Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven:
23 And he said, LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart:
1Ki 8:24 Who hast kept with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him: thou spakest also with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.
25 Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me.
26 And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father.
27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?
28 Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day:
29 That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place.
30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive.
31 If any man trespass against his neighbor, and an oath be laid upon him to cause him to swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house:
32 Then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.
33 When thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because
they have sinned against thee, and shall turn again to thee, and confess
thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee in this house:
34 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and
bring them again unto the land which thou gavest unto their fathers.
35 When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned
against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and
turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them:
36 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of
thy people Israel, that thou teach them the good way wherein they
should walk, and give rain upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy
people for an inheritance.
37 If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew,
locust, or if there be caterpiller; if their enemy besiege them in the land
of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be;
38 What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all
thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own
heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house:
39 Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and
give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest;
(for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;)
40 That they may fear thee all the days that they live in the land which
thou gavest unto our fathers.
41 Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but
cometh out of a far country for thy name’s sake;
42 (For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of
thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and pray toward this
43 Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that
the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know
thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know
that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.
44 If thy people go out to battle against their enemy, whithersoever thou
shalt send them, and shall pray unto the LORD toward the city which
thou hast chosen, and toward the house that I have built for thy name:
45 Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and
maintain their cause.
46 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou
be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry
them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near;
47 Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they were
carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the
land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have sinned, and
have done perversely, we have committed wickedness;
48 And so return unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in
the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto
thee toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city
which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name:
49 Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy
dwelling place, and maintain their cause,
50 And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their
transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and give
them compassion before them who carried them captive, that they may
have compassion on them:
51 for they be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest
forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of iron:
52 That thine eyes may be open unto the supplication of thy servant, and
unto the supplication of thy people Israel, to hearken unto them in all
that they call for unto thee.
53 For thou didst separate them from among all the people of the earth, to
be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of Moses thy servant,
when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord GOD.
54 And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this
prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar
of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to
- Show respect (Fear) to God.
- Praise God.
- Thank God for keeping His promises.
- Confirm that you will abide and do His will.
- Remind God of His wonderful promises to you.
- Make humble and earnest request in prayer.
- Confirm that God is the fair Judge.
- Pray and thank God for His creation, the Rain, The sunlight and more.
- Ask God to teach you.
- Thank God for His miracles in your life, name them one by one.
- Confirm that you will bow to His punishment.
Elijah’s Prayer for Rain- Blessings from God
1Kings 18:41 and Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eats and drinks; for
there is a sound of abundance of rain.
42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of
Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face
between his knees,
43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went
up, and looked, and said, there is nothing. And he said, Go again seven
44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there
ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go
up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the
rain stop thee not.
45 And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with
clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went
46 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins,
and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
- God will send His answer to you, witness to other what God has done for you.
- Have and show faith.
- Have and show respect to God.
- Manifest your Faith.
- Wait on Gods answers, don’t give up.
- Expect a Miracle, God always answer in multitude.
A very powerful hidden prayer in the Bible
1Ch 4:9 and Jabez was more honorable than his brethren: and his mother
called his name Jabez, saying, because I bare him with sorrow.
10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou would
bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand
might be with me, and that thou would keep me from evil,
that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he
- Ask for Gods blessings in abundance.
- Ask God to enlarge your territory.
- Ask God to protect and be with you always, in all you do.
- Ask God to keep you away from evil.
- Thank GOD for granting your prayer requests.
- A request also a prayer.
King David’s Prayer to God
1Ch 29:10 Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation:
and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for
ever and ever.
1Ch 29:11 Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory,
and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the
earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as
head above all.
1Ch 29:12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over
all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to
make great, and to give strength unto all.
1Ch 29:13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious
1Ch 29:14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to
offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine
own have we given thee.
1Ch 29:15 For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all
our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none
1Ch 29:16 O LORD our God, all this store that we have prepared to build
thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine
1Ch 29:17 I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast
pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I
have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy
people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.
1Ch 29:18 O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers,
keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy
people, and prepare their heart unto thee:
1Ch 29:19 And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy
commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all these
things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made provision.
- Praise and worship God in front of other people, even in front of the
- Praise God for His greatness and power.
- Confirm that God is in control of everything.
- Everything is in God’s hands.
- Confirm that God knows your heart and mind.
- Confirm that God watches over you.
- Confirm your love to God.
- Manifest your praise and worship. I.e. bowing before God.
King Solomon’s Prayer
2Ch 6:14 And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the
heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy
unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts:
- Pray for the church leader for salvation.
- As a Child of God, rejoice in your blessings.
- Thank God for His unfailing Love.
Nehemiah’s Prayer for forgives and blessings
Neh 1:4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down
and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before
the God of heaven,
5 And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible
God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and
observe his commandments:
6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest
hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and
night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the
children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my
father’s house have sinned.
7 We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the
commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou
commandedst thy servant Moses.
8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant
Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the
9 But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them;
though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the
heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto
the place that I have chosen to set my name there.
10 Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed
by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.
11 O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of
thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy
name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him
mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cup-bearer
- Cry to the Lord.
- Fast for days.
- Praise and worship the Lord.
- Ask God to listen to your pleadings.
- Confess sin and ask forgiveness.
- Ask God for His protection and to rescue you from problems.
- Ask for success and blessings.
- Confirm to God, you will be His servant.
Nehemiah’s Prayer to the Lord.
Neh 9:6 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the
heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are
therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all;
and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.
7 Thou art the LORD the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest
him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of
8 And foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a covenant with
him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and
the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to
his seed, and hast performed thy words; for thou art righteous:
9 And didst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heardest their
cry by the Red sea;
10 And shewedst signs and wonders upon Pharaoh, and on all his
servants, and on all the people of his land: for thou knewest that they
dealt proudly against them. So didst thou get thee a name, as it is this
11 And thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went through
the midst of the sea on the dry land; and their persecutors thou
threwest into the deeps, as a stone into the mighty waters.
12 Moreover thou leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the
night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way wherein they
13 Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from
heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes
14 And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst
them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant:
15 And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest
forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst
them that they should go in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn
to give them.
16 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, and
hearkened not to thy commandments,
17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou
didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion
appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God
ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great
kindness, and forsookest them not.
18 Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, and said, This is thy God
that brought thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought great
19 Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the wilderness:
the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in
the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to shew them light, and the
way wherein they should go.
20 Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not
thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst.
21 Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, so that they
lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not.
22 Moreover thou gavest them kingdoms and nations, and didst divide
them into corners: so they possessed the land of Sihon, and the land of
the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king of Bashan.
23 Their children also multipliedst thou as the stars of heaven, and
broughtest them into the land, concerning which thou hadst promised
to their fathers, that they should go in to possess it.
24 So the children went in and possessed the land, and thou subduedst
before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gavest
them into their hands, with their kings, and the people of the land, that
they might do with them as they would.
25 And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses full of
all goods, wells digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in
abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, and became fat, and
delighted themselves in thy great goodness.
26 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and
cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which testified
against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great
27 Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who
vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee,
thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold
mercies thou gavest them saviours, who saved them out of the hand of
28 But after they had rest, they did evil again before thee: therefore leftest
thou them in the hand of their enemies, so that they had the dominion
over them: yet when they returned, and cried unto thee, thou heardest
them from heaven; and many times didst thou deliver them according
to thy mercies;
29 And testifiedst against them, that thou mightest bring them again unto
thy law: yet they dealt proudly, and hearkened not unto thy
commandments, but sinned against thy judgments, (which if a man do,
he shall live in them;) and withdrew the shoulder, and hardened their
neck, and would not hear.
30 Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst against them
by thy spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear: therefore
gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the lands.
31 Nevertheless for thy great mercies’ sake thou didst not utterly consume
them, nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God.
32 Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God,
who keepest covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble seem little
before thee, that hath come upon us, on our kings, on our princes, and
on our priests, and on our prophets, and on our fathers, and on all thy
people, since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this day.
33 Howbeit thou art just in all that is brought upon us; for thou hast done
right, but we have done wickedly:
34 Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers, kept
thy law, nor hearkened unto thy commandments and thy testimonies,
wherewith thou didst testify against them.
35 For they have not served thee in their kingdom, and in thy great
goodness that thou gavest them, and in the large and fat land which
thou gavest before them, neither turned they from their wicked works.
36 Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that thou gavest
unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we
are servants in it:
37 And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings whom thou hast set over
us because of our sins: also they have dominion over our bodies, and
over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great distress.
38 And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our
princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it.
- Pray together as a group or church.
- Pray and fast.
- Humble yourselves in front of God.
- Spend time with God in prayer.
- Praise and worship the Lord.
- Confirm Gods names. The God, that supplies, heals, protects, give all blessings and watches over you.
- Use the Greek and Hebrew names of God in your prayers. For example: Jehovah Shammah and Yahweh Nissi.
God gives orders to others to bless you.
Job 42:8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams,
and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering;
and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal
with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing
which is right, like my servant Job.
9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the
Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them:
the LORD also accepted Job.
- God will sanctify you.
- God will use people to bless you.
- God will give plentiful and in multitude,
- Pray for the enemies that sinned against you.
- Intersession God will allow.
- Be grateful for what you have.
- Praise God in the good and bad times of your life.
The Psalmist sings a prayer. Psalm 4:1. To the chief Musician on Neginoth, a Psalm of David. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
- Request an answer from God.
- Confirm that God is a righteous God.
- Confirm that you have faith in God’s abilities.
- Ask for God’s mercy in your life.
The Psalmist says Psalm 65:2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.
- God answers prayer.
God says He will hide his eyes from us, when we pray with sin in our lives. Isa 1:15 and when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
- God will not act on prayer that is prayed in sin and with sin that is done by purpose.
Isaiah confirms to God
Isa 38:5 Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David
thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will
add unto thy days fifteen years.
- God hears all prayers.
- He sees all tears.
- He will heal your body, mind and spirit.
God’s promise if we pray. Isa 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them
joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
- God will take your prayers to heart.
- He will give joy and peace after prayer.
- He will forgive your sins.
- He will accept your praise and worship.
- You will become a house of prayer.
Jeremiah’s Prayer to the Lord
Jeremiah 14:7 O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it
for thy name’s sake: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned
8 O the hope of Israel, the savior thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest
thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth
aside to tarry for a night?
9 Why shouldest thou be as a man astonied, as a mighty man that cannot
save? yet thou, O LORD, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy
name; leave us not.
10 Thus saith the LORD unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander,
they have not refrained their feet, therefore the LORD doth not accept
them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins.
11 Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people for their good.
- Our sins remove us from God, before going to God in prayer ask forgiveness for your sins.
- God will not listen to the prayers of those who are sinning purposely.
Daniels Prayer to the Lord
Dan 9:3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and
supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and
said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and
mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his
5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly,
and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy
6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spoke
in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the
people of the land.
7 O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of
faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of
Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off,
through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of
their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.
8 O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes,
and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.
9 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have
rebelled against him;
10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his
laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
11 Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they
might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the
oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we
have sinned against him.
12 And he hath confirmed his words, which he spoke against us, and
against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for
under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon
13 As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet
made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn
from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.
14 Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon
us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth:
for we obeyed not his voice.
15 And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the
land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at
this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
16 O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine
anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy
mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers,
Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about
17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his
supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is
desolate, for the Lord’s sake.
18 O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our
desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not
present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for
thy great mercies.
19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for
thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy
20 And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and
the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the
LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God;
21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I
had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly,
touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now
come forth to give thee skill and understanding.
23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth,
and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore
understand the matter, and consider the vision.
- Pray in sack and cloth and even fasting is a good prayer tool.
- Humble yourself before God.
Pray thankfully and praise God and end your prayers positively.
Overcome attitudes like unnecessarily emotional begging and pleading to God ‘at bedtime’ because — for example this might cause upset sleep and bad thoughts can lead to bad dreams; be peacemaker in your own mind: how — believe that God already knows and wants for you what you need and rightly desire (not coveting or envying). Then give thanks in advance, expecting good results (that’s trusting).
There is, of course, a time and a place for that pained, pleading and begging: “work out your salvation with fear and trembling”, anytime you like, but bedtime is not always the best time. Though, happiness is not the goal — rather ask for joy in whatever you experience — for trying to stop anxious thoughts or bad dreams, ask the Lord to show you the root cause of these and take them to him in meaningful prayers (personalized), believing. Everyday thanksgiving can bring peace into your life!
Colossians 4:2, “Continue in prayer, and watch [for results] in the same with thanksgiving;”
Increase (or start) thanking, and praising, and lifting up God.
It is however important to know that Jesus is God and that He is the Door to all your prayers to get to the omnipotent spiritual God. He and the father is one. Besides Him there is no other God. Praise Jesus and thank Him for any and all good things (called blessings) in your life.
Joh 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Joh 10:30 I and my Father are one.
God and Jesus have promised to bless the one who blesses others and who thank God for His blessings upon them.
Psa 135:3 Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.
Psa 147:1 Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
Psa 149:3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Joh 1:51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
Joh 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.