Bible Verses as Prayers

Our Bibles are many things. They offer us the history of faith, show us right from wrong, instruct us how to be faithful followers of Christ, and encourage us along life’s path. The Bible can help us in every aspect of our lives. But, for many, this precious book sits on a shelf collecting dust. In my post today, I want to look at one way to help us use our Bibles more. We can use Bible verses as prayers. 

I know I sometimes struggle with finding the right words to pray. I might feel too overwhelmed or too afraid to utter words of prayer. The good news is I can always just speak Jesus’ name in those times, and He will be right there with me. But, at times, I want to say something more so I can use Bible verses as prayers.

Where to Begin

Do you have a favorite verse? Mine is Romans 8:28; “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” I can turn this verse into a prayer like this: Thank you, Lord, for making all things work for my good because I love you. Amen. Try it with your favorite verse now.

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But, as I stated at the beginning of this post, sometimes we need help because we feel overwhelmed by life. So, let’s look at some verses for when you are struggling with difficult circumstances in your life. I divided the examples into sections for better reference.

Bible Verses as Prayers

Prayers for Illness or Distress

Jeremiah 17:14; “Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” Amen.

Psalms 107:20; “Send out You word and heal me; rescue me from the grave.” Amen.

Psalm 147:3; “Heal my brokenheart and bind up my wounds.” Amen.

Isaiah 33:2; “Lord, be gracious to me; I long for you. Be my strength every morning, my salvation in time of distress.” Amen.

Prayers for when Fearful

Psalm 56:3-4; “I am afraid, so I put my trust in you. In you, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Amen.

Psalm 23:4; “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Amen.

Psalm 27:1; “You are my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? You are the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” Amen.

1 Peter 5:7; “I cast all my anxiety on you because you care for me.” Amen. 

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Prayers for Weariness

Psalm 62:1; “Let my soul find rest in you, my God; my salvation comes from you.” Amen.

Isaiah 40:29; “Lord, give me strength and increases the power of my weakness.” Amen. 

Matthew 11:28; “Lord, I Come to you, I am weary and burdened, and I ask you to give rest.” Amen.

Psalm 4:8; “Please give me peace as I lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Amen.

God’s Message

There are many other verses you can use, as this is just a sample. The woes David penned in the Psalms thousands of years ago are still applicable for us to pray today. All the words written within the pages of the Bible remain relevant for us today. Even the authors of the Bible realized the Holy nature of their messages. We see this in 2 Timothy 3:16-17; “16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

God Provides

We all struggle with the words to use in our prayers at times. But, take heart; the Lord provides us with examples of what to say. And if the words still don’t come to us, remember Romans 8:26-27; “26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”

I attached a PDF file of the Bible verses, so please feel free to print them.

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Prayer

Heavenly Father. Words escape me right now. Please listen to the longings of my heart. Provide for my loved ones and me. Thank you for all You do for me. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen

Grace and Peace

Yvonne M. Morgan is a Christian author, blogger, and speaker.

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22 thoughts on “Bible Verses as Prayers

  1. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    I am thankful for this message. Thank you Yvonne. There is comfort found in His Word. Comfort is found in knowing that when we don’t have words, the Holy Spirit intervenes on our behalf.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Yes, amen. The Holy Spirit does intercedes for us especially when we can’t find the right words to say. Thanks for commenting. Grace and peace to you

  2. I love praying God’s word! I figure if we are praying his word, we are also praying his will. His word is powerful and as you said, applicable then and now. 🙂

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Me too Marcie. Praying God’s own words offer us so much richness in our prayer life. Thanks for visiting. Grace and peace to you

  3. Craig Ruhl – I am a retired businessman with a love of reading, writing, and sharing. My wife, Karen, and I own Faith On Every Corner, LLC. We publish the free digital magazine Faith On Every Corner. In addition, we offer creative writing, editing, and publishing services to writers, authors, and small businesses.
    Craig Ruhl

    For many years, my Bible rested on a bookshelf. I read from the pew Bible during Sunday worship at church but rarely opened the one at home. Thankfully, my wife, Karen, came into my life and sparked a renewed relationship with my Bible, literally changing my life.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      How wonderful. Reading and studying the Bible gives us life in so many ways. Thanks Craig. Grace and peace to you.

  4. Janice D. Green – South Carolina – Janice D. Green writes Bible storybooks. She is the author and illustrator of The Creation, a Bible storybook illustrated with hand-appliqued quilt pictures. Her second book is The First Christmas. Janice is passionate about reaching young families with the message of the Bible through her Bible storybooks, her blogs, and Bible quilts. She is a retired elementary school librarian. Read her blog posts at: www.honeycombadventures.com www.hiswhisperings.com www.biblebites4teens.com www.biblebites4you.com
    Janice D. Green

    Thank you for the helpful prayer verses found in the Bible. Nice collection.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks very much Janice. Grace and peace to you

  5. There really is great comfort in God’s word, which is timeless and universal. My “favorite” scriptures change. Typically mine is Phil. 4:13, about being able to do all things through the Lord who is our source of true strength. But Romans 8:28 is another favorite for sure!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I love Phil 4:13 too, it is my husband’s go to verse. Thanks for commenting. Grace and peace to you.

  6. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    You make some really good points about the Scriptures and the prayers — “All the words written within the pages of the Bible remain relevant for us today.” Yes, they do! Imagine being inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the very words of God! No wonder they recognized the significance of the messages they wrote down.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      No kidding Melinda. I can’t imagine writing something so significant. Thanks Melinda. Grace and peace to you.

  7. Ava Pennington – Bible study teacher, speaker, and author of Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional.
    Ava Pennington

    Love the practice of praying God’s Words back to Him! Beside, He says it better than I can!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Yes He does say it better. His words our a great way to train and prepare our hearts for prayers. Thanks for commenting Ava. Grace and peace to you.

  8. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    Wonderful message, Yvonne! I sometimes read the Psalms aloud as my prayer time and I find words of truth, comfort and hope I have not noticed until that moment. God’s Word is a never-ending storehouse of beauty!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen Melissa. He is a storehouse of wisdom for us. We are very blessed by His instructions in the Bible. Thanks for commenting. Grace and peace to you

  9. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    Nancy E. Head

    Praying scripture is so uplifting when we are discouraged. Great post!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Nancy. It is very uplifting. Grace and peace to you.

  10. Lisa Q – USA Midwest – Lisa Quintana blogs at ThinkDivinely, and also for the Women in Apologetics (WIA) ministry, where she currently serves as Managing Editor. ​Lisa also has her M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, a B.A. in Communications (with news media emphasis) from Cal State University, Fullerton, and an A.A. in Christian Studies from Christian Life College, Illinois. Her articles have appeared in several Christian ministry sites. She teaches apologetics at her church in Wisconsin. She’s been involved in leading small group ministries for over 25 years, and recently began speaking at Christian conferences. Find Lisa on Twitter at @LisaQthinks.
    Lisa Quintana

    Thank you so much for the free PDF! I have downloaded that, and I’m planning on sharing it with some friends. You are a blessing!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Lisa. I am glad you can use it. Grace and peace to you.

  11. It’s such a powerful thing to pray Scripture! Sometimes I forget and need the reminder! Thanks for always pointing us to truth and helpful tips on the Christian walk!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      So very thankful we have such great examples in the Bible. Thanks Karen. Grace and peace to you

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