What Does the Bible Say About Prayer? With Scripture References


Lord’s Library editors answer the question “What does the Bible say about prayer?” with specific Bible references.

Have you ever asked yourself the question “What does the Bible say about fasting?” If you have, you’re definitely not alone! And since the Bible helps Christians form a foundational understanding of important topics, it’s imperative that one know how Scripture describes fasting in different contexts. The Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines fasting as “Abstaining from food.”

Now armed with a basic definition of fasting, Lord’s Library editors thought it would be a helpful exercise to provide Biblical context. As a result, we compiled this short resource which captures all notable mentions of the word fasting, as well as its other forms. If you’ve been wondering what the King James Bible says about fasting, scroll on for additional detail.

Note: If you want to know what the Bible says about fasting and 206 other important topics (to be exact), our editors recommend Spencer Smith’s Doctrine Matters: Bible Topic Guidebook.

The Gospel

What Does the Bible Say About Prayer?

Psalms 102:17

“He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.”

Psalms 17:1

“Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.”

Romans 12:12

“For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;”

1 Timothy 4:4-5

“For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”

Psalms 54:2

“Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.”

Colossians 4:2

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;”

Psalms 86:6

“Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.”

Philippians 1:4

“Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,”

Matthew 17:21

“Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”

1 Peter 4:7

“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”

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Tim is the Founder of Lord's Library. He believes the Bible commands us to minister "as of the ability which God giveth" (1 Peter 4:11). Tim aspires to be as The Lord's mouth by "taking forth the precious from the vile" (Jeremiah 15:19) and witnessing The Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15: 1-4) to the whole world.

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