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“I’m Praying for You”: 11 Bible Verses That Teach Us How to Pray Like Jesus Did

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“I’m praying for you.”

 It’s one of the most common phrases Christians blurt out in response to a friend or family member’s hardships—but how often do we actually follow through? “I’m praying for you” has almost become a colloquial cliché as commonplace as the “How are you?” we say to passing colleagues in the hallway and the “I’m sorry for your loss” we offer to hurting friends at a funeral.

The difference, however, is that the latter two phrases do not require action, whereas “I’m praying for you” does. So often, I believe we fail to follow up on this promise to pray because we are not equipped with the knowledge of how we are supposed to pray.

As believers who desire to live with intention and purpose, it’s important that we learn how to pray well, both for our own personal good and on behalf of our fellow brothers and sisters. So who better to look to as an example than our own Lord and Savior Jesus, who set the gold standard for praying to God boldly, believingly, and fervently in the face of a wide array of afflictions.

Here are 11 Bible verses that reflect on how our Savior prayed and teach us how God commanded us to pray both in our daily walks and in response hardship:

1.) Matthew 6:9-13

“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 in heaven. Give us today 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 the evil one.’”

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2.) Mark 1:35

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”

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3.) Philippians 4:3-7

“Rejoice in the Lord always! I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all, for the Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

4.) Romans 12:12

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

5.) Luke 22:42

“He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, ’Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me: yet not my will, but yours be done.’”

6.) 1 John 5:14

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

7.) James 1:6

“Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who ‘worry their prayers’ are like wind-whipped waves.”

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8.) 2 Chronicles 7:14

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

9.) Ephesians 6:18

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

10.) Mark 11:24

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

11.) Matthew 6:7

“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.”

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