You may have grown up in a home where your family prayed often and you no longer do so. Maybe you grew up in a home that didn’t go to church and you didn’t know anything about God let alone believe in him. It is easy to say as a Christian you should pray, but what if you don’t know where to start?
What better place to start than the Bible? Here are three prayers to get you started.
The Lord’s Prayer: Matthew 6:9–13
The Lord’s Prayer is a classic prayer that most Christians start with often saying before bed and in church. This prayer is a testament to God’s power.
“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father, who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’
The Prayer of Jabez: 1 Chronicles 4:10
The honorable Jabez had a wonderful relationship with God. A man of fervent prayer, we can all use his prayer to cry out to God when asking for him to intercede.
Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying,
“Oh that You would greatly bless me and extend my border,
and that Your hand might be with me,
and that You would keep me from harm so that it would not hurt me!”
And God brought about what he requested.
Hannah’s Prayer of Praise: 1 Samuel 2:1–10
Did God answer your prayer? Praise him with this prayer Hannah gave when he blessed her with the child she had begged for.
“My heart rejoices in the Lord;
My horn is exalted in the Lord,
My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies,
Because I rejoice in Your salvation.
There is no one holy like the Lord,
Indeed, there is no one besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.
Do not go on boasting so very proudly,
Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth;
For the Lord is a God of knowledge,
And with Him actions are weighed.
The bows of the mighty are broken to pieces,
But those who have stumbled strap on strength.
Those who were full hire themselves out for bread,
But those who were hungry cease to be hungry.
Even the infertile woman gives birth to seven,
But she who has many children languishes.
The Lord puts to death and makes alive;
He brings down to Sheol and brings up.
The Lord makes poor and rich;
He humbles, He also exalts.
He raises the poor from the dust,
He lifts the needy from the garbage heap
To seat them with nobles,
And He gives them a seat of honor as an inheritance;
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
And He set the world on them.
He watches over the feet of His godly ones,
But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness;
For not by might shall a person prevail.
Those who contend with the Lord will be terrified;
Against them He will thunder in the heavens,
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;
And He will give strength to His king,
And will exalt the horn of His anointed.”
Do you have a favorite prayer? Share in the comments below.