1. Matthew 6:9-13: The Lords Prayer or the Our Father
“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is I heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’”
2. Philippians 4:6,7: Pray about everything
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.”
This advice on prayer was written by the apostle Paul to early church members to encourage them to pray to God about anything and everything that troubled them. It gives a pattern for a straight forward way of praying where we are encouraged to present our requests to God with thankful hearts.
3. 1 John 5:14: God always hears
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
The apostle John, one of the disciples who was closest to Jesus, shares this advice with the early church. It speaks of us having confidence when we pray that God hears us. It also brings in the principle of being close enough to God to know his will so we will be able to know when we ask for things whether they line up with God’s purposes for our lives and his kingdom.
4. Mark 11:22 – 25: Mountain moving prayer
“’Have faith in God,’ Jesus answered. ‘I tell you the truth. If anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
5. Matthew 6:6-8: Private payer in your prayer closet
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
In this statement, Jesus is contrasting true prayer with prayer that is done for show in public as was often done in his day by religious leaders who wanted to call attention to their own piety. This is where the term “prayer closet” comes from. Jesus also mentions that prayers don’t have to long or eloquent. What a wonderful, freeing thought to realize that we don’t need to be in a special place, say special words or speak to anyone but God in the privacy of our own relationship to him.
6. Matthew 18:19,20: Agreeing together in prayer with others
“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”
Jesus made this statement to emphasize the power of prayer together with a prayer partner or a group. Although Jesus earlier told us in Matthew 6:6-8 to pray in private to God, he goes further to highlight the power of prayer with others as a form of spiritual agreement in prayer. When we pray with others, we are availed of the benefit of their point of view that will see the issue we’re praying about in a slightly different manner. When several people are listening for God’s answer, being able to confirm or agree together in spirit that what they are each individually sensing is a means through which God works to confirm his will and direction for us.