Prayer

Matthew 5:44-45  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  (45)  so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.


Matthew 6:5-15  And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.  (6)  But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.  (7)  “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.  (8)  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.  (9)  Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.  (10)  Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  (11)  Give us this day our daily bread,  (12)  and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  (13)  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  (14)  For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,  (15)  but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Mat 7:7-11  Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  (8)  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.  (9)  Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?  (10)  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?  (11)  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!


Matthew 21:18-22  In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he became hungry.  (19)  And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once.  (20)  When the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither at once?”  (21)  And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.  (22)  And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.

Matthew 26:36-46  Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.”  (37)  And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled.  (38)  Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”  (39)  And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”  (40)  And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour?  (41)  Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  (42)  Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”  (43)  And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.  (44)  So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again.  (45)  Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.  (46)  Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.

Mark 11:22-25  And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God.  (23)  Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.  (24)  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  (25)  And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Mark 14:34-42  And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.”  (35)  And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.  (36)  And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”  (37)  And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour?  (38)  Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  (39)  And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words.  (40)  And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him.  (41)  And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.  (42)  Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.

Luke 6:27-28  But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,  (28)  bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

Luke 9:29-31  And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white.  (30)  And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah,  (31)  who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.

Luke 11:1-13  Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”  (2)  And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.  (3)  Give us each day our daily bread,  (4)  and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”  (5)  And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves,  (6)  for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;  (7)  and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’?  (8)  I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs.  (9)  And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  (10)  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.  (11)  What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent;  (12)  or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  (13)  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!

Luke 18:1-8  And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.  (2)  He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man.  (3)  And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’  (4)  For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man,  (5)  yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’”  (6)  And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says.  (7)  And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?  (8)  I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?

Luke 18:9-14  He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt:  (10)  “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  (11)  The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.  (12)  I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’  (13)  But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’  (14)  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.

Luke 21:34-36  But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.  (35)  For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth.  (36)  But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.


John 14:11-14  Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.  (12)  “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.  (13)  Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  (14)  If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.


John 17:1-26  When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,  (2)  since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.  (3)  And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.  (4)  I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.  (5)  And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.  (6)  “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.  (7)  Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you.  (8)  For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.  (9)  I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.  (10)  All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.  (11)  And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.  (12)  While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.  (13)  But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.  (14)  I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  (15)  I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.  (16)  They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  (17)  Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.  (18)  As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.  (19)  And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.  (20)  “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,  (21)  that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  (22)  The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,  (23)  I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.  (24)  Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.  (25)  O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me.  (26)  I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.

 

All Bible quotations are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted. The words in Red are the words of Jesus.