7 Benefits Of Praying and Prayers

by Sister McCook

Prayer is a vital component in our Christian walk. It is the means of communication where we can talk to God and share what is on our minds. 

Through this channel of communication, we can tell Him exactly what is on our mind – our fears, our concerns, our wants, our needs.

Man standing and praying in a church

Praying Strengthens Our Faith

Daily prayer also gives us a sense of peace and strengthens our Christian walk. We also have the assurance in God’s word that He hears and answer our prayers as He says in Isaiah 65:24 “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”

God has left us the perfect example of daily communion as while He traversed this earth, He found it necessary to seek the Father in prayer.  

It is also important to note that Jesus Christ also spent time in solitude talking to the Father on a daily basis and this quality time in prayer provided daily empowerment and guidance in His earthly ministry.

Mark 1:35 says “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” Mark 1:35.  

Jesus also directed His disciples to seek the Lord daily in prayer and He also taught them how to pray. (see Mark 6:9-13)

Two people holding hands praying

Prayer Protects Us

Prayer provides peace and protection on a daily basis.  In our daily activities, we are exposed to many dangers and the enemy is lurking around to destroy us. 

When we seek the Lord in prayer, we become more peaceful knowing that God is there to guide and protect us and to help us when we face temptations. 

We can always approach God as a trusted friend and He says “Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7. 

Man sitting and praying outside

Praying Comforts Us

God wants to grant us daily comfort and peace and it is for this reason that His invitation is always open to us to always seek Him in prayer.

We are faced with many trials in life which can create a lot of stress and other illnesses. 

Having a sense of guilt, shame and unforgiveness are also toxic to the body but thank God, through prayer, we can live free and forgiven which will result in a healthier and longer life. 

The word of God reminds us to “…… Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.” Luke 6:27-28.  

Forgiveness is vital in communion with God as we are encouraged to confess our faults and forgive each other before seeking the Lord in prayer.

Prayer Heals, Restores And Delivers Us

Prayer provides healing, restoration, and deliverance.  There are many accounts in the bible where persons petitioned God in prayer and they experienced victory. 

The apostle Peter and Silas were locked up in prison and while they were in bondage, these men did not spend time in distress and self-pity, but they sang praises to God and prayed. 

Girl standing by a wall praying

God heard their prayers and they were set free (see  Acts 16:20 -28).  In addition, the other prisoners were also blessed by their ministry. 

We can bless each other through the privilege of prayer on a daily basis by praying with and for each other.

King Hezekiah was sick unto death and was told by the prophet Isaiah to put his house in order as death was imminent but “Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,” Isaiah 38:2.

God heard his prayers and his life was extended.  Today, we serve the same God who is able to do more than we can ask or imagine. 

We can call on Him in our times of distress, we can tell Him our fears.  God rules over the affairs of the universe and nothing is too hard for Him. 

The Psalmist David says “In my distress, I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. “Psalm 18:6

God Is Worthy Of Our Praise And Worship

God is worthy of our praise and in prayer, we can express our gratitude to Him.  When we express gratitude through prayer, we will choose to focus on our many blessings and not our challenges. 

This also gives us the calm assurance that we are never alone and the blessings of God will continue to be outpoured on us daily. 

Man praying outside

In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, we are encouraged to “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 

In daily thanksgiving to God, we will not become self-absorbed in just asking and receiving. God’s goodness and mercies are unfailing and we are the daily recipients of these wonderful blessings.

Tap into the tremendous benefits of daily communion and prayer with God. It doesn’t matter if your prayer is for yourself or if you’repraying for others. 

Daily prayer allows us to charge our spiritual batteries so that we can be energized for each new day.

God is good and we can talk to Him anywhere we are, we can also meditate and seek His guidance as we ask Him each day to “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalms 19:14

Did you stop to pray this morning?

Bible Verses About Prayer And Praying

Here are some of the Bible verse about prayer and praying;

 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. – Matthew 6:7 
 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others.

Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.

And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. – Matthew 6:5-8 
 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. – Matthew 7:7 
 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others.

Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. … – Matthew 6:1-34 
 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. – Luke 6:27-28 
 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” – Luke 22:31-32 
 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.

I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” – Luke 18:10-14 
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. … – Psalm 23:1-6 
A Song of Ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.

Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. … – Psalm 121:1-8 
Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” – Matthew 18:19-20 
All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. – Acts 1:14 
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. – Luke 18:1 
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’

For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” … – Luke 18:1-8 
And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. – Luke 11:9 
And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” – Luke 11:9-13 
And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people’; and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’” – Zechariah 13:9 
And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. – 1 John 5:15 
And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” – Matthew 21:21-22 
And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” – Matthew 9:35-38 
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. – Mark 1:35 
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. – Acts 2:42 
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. – 1 John 5:14 
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. – 1 John 5:14-15 
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28 
And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. – 1 John 3:22 
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” – Matthew 21:22 
And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” – Mark 11:25 
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, – Matthew 5:44 
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. – James 1:6 
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; – James 1:6-7 
But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” – Luke 21:36 
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. – Matthew 6:6 
But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, – Jude 1:20 
But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. – Isaiah 59:2 
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. – Jeremiah 33:3 
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. – Psalm 55:22 
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7 
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. – Colossians 4:2 
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. – Philippians 4:6 
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 
Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice. – Psalm 55:17 
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. – 1 Timothy 2:1-2 
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. – 1 Timothy 2:1-4 
For nothing will be impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37 
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” – 1 Peter 3:12 
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, – 1 Timothy 2:5 
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” – Matthew 18:20 
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, … – Psalm 91:1-16 
I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue. – Psalm 66:17 
I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; – 1 Timothy 2:8 
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, – 1 Corinthians 1:4 
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. – James 1:5 
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. – Psalm 66:18 
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14 
If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination. – Proverbs 28:9 
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9 
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. – John 15:7 
If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. – John 14:14 
In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears. – Psalm 18:6 
In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. – John 16:23-24 
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. – Hebrews 5:7 
In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. – Luke 6:12 
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. – James 5:14 
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.

And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. – James 5:14-16 
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. – James 5:13 
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. – James 5:13-14 
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.

And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. … – James 5:13-18 
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice! – Psalm 141:2 
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:16 
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. – Romans 8:26 
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. – Romans 8:26-27 
Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way. – 1 Samuel 12:23 
Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” – Luke 11:1 
O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch. – Psalm 5:3 
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! “May they be secure who love you! – Psalm 122:6 
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. – Matthew 6:9 
Pray then like this: “Our Father 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 lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. – Matthew 6:9-13 
Pray then like this: “Our Father 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 lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. … – Matthew 6:9-14 
Pray without ceasing, – 1 Thessalonians 5:17 
Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, – Ephesians 6:18 
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. – Romans 12:12 
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! – 1 Chronicles 16:11 
So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. – Acts 12:5 
The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. – Proverbs 15:29 
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. – Psalm 145:18 
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. – Psalm 145:18-19 
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. – Jeremiah 29:12 
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. – Mark 11:24 
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. – James 5:16 
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit. – James 5:16-18 
Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Matthew 26:41 
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, – Colossians 1:3 
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. – John 9:31 
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. – John 14:13 
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. – John 14:13-14 
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. – Psalm 34:17 
You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. – James 4:3 
You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. – James 4:2 
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. – John 15:16 

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