Friends have shared with me that they aren’t sure how to pray. Or that they don’t know what to say when they are praying to God. There are a lot of prayers in the Bible we can turn to for understanding how to pray. But, I think we are all most curious about what we can learn from Jesus’ prayers. So, I wanted to learn how to pray from Jesus and share a Free Prayer Journal, too!
Learn how to pray from Jesus: How many Bible Verses are about PRayer?
So what does the Bible actually say about praying?
The Bible has over 100 Bible verses about prayer that offer wisdom on how we can use prayer in our daily life.
God urges us to pray unceasingly and with faith that He will give an answer to our prayers. The Bible also mentions that as we abide in His Word, we can ask for the desires of our heart and “it will be yours.”
Our answers might not always play out how we had hoped, but God always has our soul in mind. ♡
What does the Bible say to do before praying?
Matthew 6:6 encourages us to find a secret place to be with God.
Humble yourself before the Lord. (James 4:10) So what does that mean? In my opinion, this means that we acknowledge the fact that we are at the feet of His throne and He is the Creator of everything. We are sinners and He is perfect.
Call upon His name.
Keep His commandments. Ask yourself if there are sins you can bring to Him. (Yahweh is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15:29) Since He is far from the wicked, we want to confess our sins so He hears our prayers!
Whenever I am having trouble feeling heard by God, I stop and ask God to reveal my sins to me so I can confess and be cleansed.
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What Times does the Bible advises us to pray?
God has specifically given emotional times and circumstances we should pray. These emotions/circumstances are:
- Hard times
- Lacking Wisdom
- All the things…
Pray boldly and don’t use fancy words to impress. (Matthew 6:7) God urges us to pray together in every place, not just at church or in Bible studies, but everywhere. This struck me because growing up, I had a pastor that would stop and pray as we would be going throughout the day and I was not familiar with that at all.
I have found that if I stop and do this during my day, I am a more patient parent. (You can find 3 simple ways to decrease your mom guilt here.)
Learn how to pray from jesus: How did Jesus Teach His Disciples to Pray?
Did you know what Jesus said when His disciples asked Him to teach them to pray?
Jesus responded by teaching them the Lord’s Prayer. (Luke 11:1)
What does the Bible say to do after we pray?
The Bible says to be watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2
Have faith. (Mark 11:24-26)
(It doesn’t feel as simple when we are trying to be patient.)
Learn how to pray from jesus: What are the Circumstances Jesus prayed over?
When I was first inspired to research Jesus’ prayers, I thought, “Man, I wonder how many times Jesus prayed in the Bible?” Obviously, all the times He actually prayed throughout His life aren’t mentioned, but I wanted to know the many examples of His prayers in the Bible.
In researching Jesus’ prayers, I learned the types of situations Jesus would pray over (that are acknowledged in the Bible).
A list of the situations Jesus prayed over:
- Prayed for His followers
- Before Meals
- Before and After Healing
- Prayed against temptation
- Before making big decisions
- Prayed for God’s will and the strength to do it
Right now, as our world battles illness, it is really important we pray for healing and protection. As Christians, we can be praying for those who may not have given their lives to Christ YET!
Maybe our anxiety about the illness is God giving us urgency to tell others about His Son, now!
Learn how to pray from Jesus
The Bible mentions Jesus praying quite often; however, not very many of the verses actually state word for word what Jesus said to God. Most of them state that He thanked God for their food, or He went to a quiet place to pray, etc.
However, let’s take a look at two of His prayers:
Jesus’ prayer for our protection in John 17:11:
I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them through your name which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are.
This second prayer Jesus prayed in John 11: 41-43. He prays with faith in God before Lazarus has even risen from death.
So they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, “Father, I thank you that you listened to me. I know that you always listen to me, but because of the multitude standing around I said this, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
How do we pray like Jesus?
So what can we learn from how Jesus prays?
- In reading His prayers, I realized that He has always been interceding on our behalf! He prays to God for His will to be done, but also that we are saved (which is also God’s greatest desire).
- Jesus prays for our sins. He prays in the Lord’s prayer that God will forgive our sins and that we will forgive those who have wronged us.
- He also prays that our faith will strengthen us. Jesus knows that we cannot battle the devil on our own. If we could, God wouldn’t have needed to send His Son. We would still be in the Garden of Eden.
- He thanks God for giving us the wisdom that we need and providing in other ways (food, protection, strength).
Click here to see Scriptures where Jesus prayers are quoted in the Bible.
free prayer journal printable
Learning how to pray and what to say in your quiet time with God takes practice. So, here is a little prayer cheat sheet. This free “How to Pray” printable will walk you through:
- The steps of praying
- Questions to ponder
- Journaling spaces
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What Does God Promises for prayer?
The best Bible verses about prayer reassure us that God is listening. Psalm 34:17 says, “The righteous cry, and Yahweh hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.”
What has God shown you through Jesus’ prayers?
I pray that examining Jesus’ prayers give you peace and a new passion in your prayer life!
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