Great Bible Verses To Use In Prayer

Do you have difficulty in knowing how or what to pray? Do what many have done before, and pray back the Scriptures to God.

Confession of Sin

One of the top Bible verses to use in prayer, and particularly in praying for forgiveness, is found in Psalm 51. This may be one of the greatest prayers of repentance in the Bible. Apparently, this psalm was written by David not long after Nathan called him out as committing adultery and conspiracy to have Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah the Hittite, murdered. This was so that David could cover up his adulterous affair with a pregnant Bathsheba…pregnant with David’s child, and end up marrying Bathsheba. One thing about the Bible…it reveals the biblical characters, warts and all, but it also shows how much grace God gives to the repentant sinner. This is why David cried out to God in prayer, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:1-2). David prayed, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:7), and that’s what happens. A person receives Jesus’ own righteousness. The Apostle said it was “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor 5:21), and why the psalmist cried out to God, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:1). And that’s exactly what God does for those who repent and believe.

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Praise and Thanksgiving

My 84 year old mentor once told me that most people seem to forget praising God and giving Him thanks in their prayers. They are only praying for themselves, their own needs, and their own situation, but there are praise and thanksgiving prayers throughout the Bible, and the best time to pray these prayers is when you’re in trouble! Praise Him in your storm! Many of the psalms were written as praise and worship songs, but they were written while they were experiencing great difficulties. Psalm 7 is a good example. The psalmist writes, “I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High” (Psalm 7:17). We should give God thanks for the many blessings He’s given us through Christ, but also praise God for the great majesty and power He has. Nehemiah prayed, “You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you” (Neh 9:6). That puts God in a class all by Himself, and why the author of Hebrews wrote, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise” (Heb 2:12). Daniel said, “I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules” (Dan 9:4-5).

Times of Trouble

If there is any place to run for refuge during the troubles and trials of this world, it is to the Bible. There you can find solace in the Scriptures, and read the words of Jonah when you are in your own fish’s belly. Jonah said, “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice” (Jonah 2:21). We might be in a hard situation because of bad choices we’ve made, or by doing what we knew was wrong, so in times of distress, we might have to ask God to “forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us” (Luke 11:4), and once again ask God to, “Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love” (Psalm 31:6)! If you’re in a hard place right now, cry out, “O LORD, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love” (Psalm 6:4). With God, you can be brutally honest, and admit to God that “after I had turned away, I relented, and after I was instructed, I struck my thigh; I was ashamed, and I was confounded, because I bore the disgrace of my youth” (Jer 31:9). God is more than willing to forgive if we are willing to confess. Confession is a good place to start when you’ve hit rock bottom due to some bad choices, and the promise is the same for us as it was for the ancient kings of Israel, that “you shall fear the Lord your God, and he will deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies” (2 Kings 17:9). We know just as the psalmist does, that not a few, but “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19). Use these Bible verses for times when you are out of options. When you’ve done all you can, all you can do is give it to the Lord.

Conclusion

I believe God wants us to pray back the great prayers of the Bible, and these Bible verses are those you can use in prayer for asking for God’s forgiveness; for praising Him and giving Him thanks for the manifold blessings through Christ; and when you are in a place where you can do no more and it is up to God to act now.   If you know of someone else who might benefit from these Scriptures, why not share them right now?

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    “I believe God wants us to pray back the great prayers of the Bible,”

    Let’s examine this statement shall we?

    1. “I believe”….Who cares what you or anyone else “believes”? Some people “believe” they can bend spoons with their minds..do you accept that as true? What if someone could empirically PROVE that they do indeed possess some power that allows them to bend spoons with their mind? You wouldn’t need to “believe” in their power as you would KNOW via evidence and proof that it is TRUE that they can accomplish this feat. Even a bumpkin like you wouldn’t simply “believe” their initial claim would you? Even a superstitious ninny like yourself would demand they provide evidence of their ability that defies common sense…wouldn’t you? So what mental illness allows you to demand evidence for extraordinary claims in everything other than your ridiculous claims of talking snakes, donkeys and bushes?

    2. “gods” do not “want” “gods” by definition do not have unfulfilled desires, needs, wants, aspirations etc. You cannot be a “god”… all powerful and all knowing..and be lacking in anything! This is definitional dummy…it is logic 101 which I guess they skip at “bible college” eh? LOL You’re infantile perception of reality requires incredible self delusion and an extraordinary hubris to paint a picture of reality where some infinite timeless transcendent all powerful “being” is at the same time “needy” and incredibly petty defining his reason for being as your compliance, idolization and stupid bleating prayers non fucking stop! Grow up jack!!! Grow the fuck up!!

    3. The “great prayers of the bible”….LOL…Don’t forget to pray on these classics!

    Isaiah 13:15-18 – “Whoever is captured will be thrust through; all who are caught will fall by the sword. Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be looted and their wives ravished. See, I will stir up against them the Medes, who do not care for silver and have no delight in gold. Their bows will strike down the young men; they will have no mercy on infants nor will they look with compassion on children.”

    Jeremiah 49:20-21 – ” Therefore, hear what the LORD has planned against Edom, what he has purposed against those who live in Teman: The young of the flock will be dragged away; he will completely destroy their pasture because of them. At the sound of their fall the earth will tremble; their cry will resound to the Red Sea.”

    Hosea 13:16 – “The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open.”

  • Lucy Carr

    Dear Mr Wellman

    On the late evening of 29DEC2017, I sang/prayed/cried a Hebrew song called “Avinu Malkeinu.” I’ve been struggling, for more than 20 years, with the fact that my past with my three adult children, and adult granddaughter, has turned them against the LORD, completely, since 1997. Every scripture and explanation within your article answers a large portion of my prayer from God, and you had no idea that it would when it was posted online, including thanks and praise. Now, I will be still and wait on the LORD to deliver my family out of the stronghold they’re in that will form a reconciliation with them and me in His name. God Bless you and yours with all the best in 2018 and beyond. 🙂

    • Jack Wellman

      You are so kind Mrs. Carr. It is all from God and not about me (Psalm 115:1) so you are rightly giving God all the glory. I will pray for your children and grandchildren.

      • pud

        And guess what will come of your babbling to your invisible friend who resides in your deranged head?…NOTHING! Stop lying to people!

        • Lucy Carr

          Your time will come, too, just like it did for the Apostle Paul on the Damascus Road. Hallelujah!

          • pud

            Is that so?

            “paul” wrote 7 letters to fellow lunatics in the early church. He was a murderer and psychotic who CLAIMED to have visions of giant jesus.

            Tell me how you KNOW anything that he wrote or said is true.

            If I tell you that I had a vision of a giant “god” would you believe me? Why not?

            What other ridiculous ancient stories do you buy into?

            Do you “believe” in Bigfoot? Alien abductions? Why not?

          • Lucy Carr

            You believe yourself to be a PUD, and your replies verify your belief of yourself…that’s your logic…that you’re a genuine living, breathing PUD, and letting the world know it – IN WRITING! Your verbal abuse dictates your low self-esteem, too. I’m praying that your Damascus road will be merciful when you land on it. Straighten out Paul in a great way. It will do the same for you when you least expect it. In Jesus’ name, Amen and Hallelujah!

          • Jack Wellman

            I too am praying for her/him since he/she is trusting in their own thinking. Amen to needing a Damascus Road experience. He/she is certainly kicking against the goads.

          • Lucy Carr

            YEP! It was the only way Jesus was able to get Saul’s attention by knocking him OFF his horse down to the ground. I pray that PUD’s fall will be on to a newly paved road…he/she may get a slight bounce from it! (LOL) However, the vision part is strictly up to the LORD.

    • pud

      It’s not your family, it’s you. You are clearly sick…mentally ill. Only small children and psychotics on subway platforms talk to invisible friends in their head. You should seek qualified mental health treatment and upon that you may have a chance to rejoin the real world and your obviously more enlightened family