Scriptures To Use When Praying | How To Pray According To The Bible

Have you ever started to pray for a situation, but didn’t have the words to say?  I have been there; I have dealt with so many situations in my life that I didn’t know how to pray to God for help.  I realized that there was a way that I could pray the will of God for that situation, and that was to find scriptures to pray.  Now I have a list of scriptures to use when praying.



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How Do You Pray A Powerful Prayer?

What determines if a prayer is powerful?  Do you have to use a lot of big words?  Should you shout?  I think that a powerful prayer is one that gets answered.  1 John 5:14-15 NKJV Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.


How do you pray a powerful prayer?  By praying the will of God.  As the verse says that if we pray according to His will…His will is the Bible, the Word of God. 


Scriptures To Use When Praying

There are so many scriptures to use when praying, especially in the book of Psalms.  David was always praying and worshiping God.  You can use scriptures that line up with what you are requesting.  That is a good way to determine if you are praying according to God’s will. 


Find 3-5 scriptures that back up what you are asking God to do for you, then use those scriptures as your prayers by personalizing them.  Insert yourself into the scripture, it is such an amazing feeling when you realize that God’s Word is for you.  It makes you feel closer to God and helps you to develop a closer intimate relationship with Him.


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What Are Some Examples Of Prayer?

I’m going to give you specific examples of prayers that will teach you how to pray the Word of God.  Prayers for yourself and others in your life, and many different situations so you will know how to pray to God effectively using His Word.


Prayers For Others

I have always prayed for my children, my spouse, family, and loved ones.  But I prayed the regular, Lord, protect, bless them, but I would quickly run out of things to pray. I didn’t realize that there were scriptures I could use when praying for others.  That’s the power of praying the scriptures, it’s not just reserved for you. 


You might not know exactly what to say when praying for someone, but you may know of situations in their life that needs a change.  You can then search the Bible for scriptures that relate to the situation and insert their name into the scripture when praying.  You should use wisdom and always ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.



Prayers For Children

Luke 4:10 NLT – He will order His angels to protect and guard you.

Prayer – Lord I ask that you send your Angels to protect and guard my children.


Proverbs 2:5 NLT- Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God.

Prayer - Lord I pray that my children will understand the fear of the Lord and who you really are.


Prayers For Husband/Prayer For Wife

1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT- The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

Prayer - Heavenly Father I pray that my husband will not suffer more temptation than he can handle, thank you for always providing a way out for Him.


Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT - Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths.

Prayer – I pray that my husband will trust in you with all his heart and not try to figure things out on his own.  That he would acknowledge you Lord and that you will direct his path.


Prayers For Unbelievers

Acts 26:18  NLT- To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

Prayer – Heavenly Father I ask that you open (loved one's name) eyes that (loved one's name) would turn from darkness to light, and from the power of satan to God. 

2 Corinthians 4:4 NLT - In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Lord satan has blinded the mind of (loved one's name) let the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of You, shine on (loved one's name)


Prayers For Deliverance

I've had to deal with many situations that I needed deliverance from the Lord, and He has always come through for me.  One thing that was constant in each situation was I prayed the Word of God back to Him.  You need to speak the Word of God over your life.


You may be dealing with a situation and need the Lord to deliver you, it may seem hopeless and out of control.  Maybe you don’t know what to say or how to pray for what you need.  The Bible is filled with scriptures that you can pray and declare to receive your deliverance.  God’s will is not for us to be bound.  In Luke 10:19 Jesus said that He gave us authority over serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy.


Prayers For Anxiety and Fear

Isaiah 54:14 NLT - In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.

Prayer - Lord establish me in your righteousness, keep me far away from oppression and evil.


Philippians 4:6-7 NLT - Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Prayer - Heavenly Father help me not to be anxious or to worry, but to pray and thank you for what I need.  I pray that your peace that passes all understanding will protect my heart and mind.


Prayers For Depression

Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT - Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.

Prayer - Heavenly Father help me not to be afraid or discouraged thank you for going ahead of me and not leaving me.


Philippians 4:8  NLT- Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Prayer – Lord as I keep my thoughts on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable, uplift my spirit.


Prayers For Insecurity

Galatians 4:7 NLT - Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Prayers – Lord your word says, I am no longer a servant, but a child of God and an heir through Christ Jesus, help me to see myself the way you see me, Father.


1 Peter 2:9  NLT- 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 marvelous light.

Prayers – Lord help me to know who I am in you, I am chosen, and special to you.  I have been called out of darkness into your marvelous light.


What Does The Bible Say About Healing?

It is God’s will to heal you.  Some people believe that sickness is brought on by God as a punishment or to teach them a lesson.  That is a deception from the enemy. If you had a child would you make your child sick to teach them a lesson?  I know that I wouldn’t and the love that God has for us is greater than the love that we could ever have for our children. 


God is a loving father and would not make His children sick to punish them.


Isaiah 53:5  NLTsays that Jesus was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.  He was beaten so we could be whole.  He was whipped so we could be healed.


Before you can receive healing, you need to believe that God wants to and is willing to heal you.  Mark 11:24 NLT says I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.  You can use the scriptures to pray repeatedly, but you have to believe when you pray.


Prayers For Healing

Here are a few scriptures to use when praying for healing.

1 Peter 2:24 NLT - Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Prayer – Jesus you took my sins so that I would be dead to sin and live for righteousness, I believe that by Your stripes I was healed.


Psalm 107:20 NLT - He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

Prayer – Thank you Lord for sending your word and healing me and delivering me from destructions.


Jeremiah 30:17 NLT - For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord.

Prayer – Thank you Lord for restoring health to me and for healing me of all sickness.


Praying the scriptures is such a powerful way to pray.  When you learn how to pray the Word of God back to him it gives you confidence in your prayers because you know that God hears you and you are praying according to His will.   


Do you pray the scriptures? If not, will you start praying the Word of God over your life?  Let me know in the comments, I would love to know what your go-to scriptures are for prayer.


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  • You’re welcome Miranda, glad that it helped you

    Nichole Minott
  • So much clarity, Thank you Ms Nicole

    Miranda Thomas

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