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31 Prayer Quotes – Be Inspired and Encouraged!
God promises us in His Word that He hears every word that we pray to Him. a good parent, He is waiting, ready, and willing to listen to our worries, concerns, and needs. Whether we are seeking forgiveness, strength, or healing, prayer provides the channel to communicate with God and receive supernatural strength and power!
The following prayer quotes will help inspire and encourage your prayer life as you seek a stronger faith. Share these verses with others who need to experience the power of prayer in their life!
Our Favorite Prayer Quotes:
“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado
“She (my mother) became a warrior far superior to any epic hero. She became a giant on her knees. With a sword in one hand she battled the enemies of death and disease, and with her other hand stretched toward heaven she kept beseeching God’s help and His mercy.” – Bishop T.D. Jakes
“There are parts of our calling, works of the Holy Spirit, and defeats of the darkness that will come no other way than through furious, fervent, faith-filled, unceasing prayer.” – Beth Moore
“The reality is, my prayers don't change God. But, I am convinced prayer changes me. Praying boldly boots me that stale place of religious habit into authentic connection with God Himself.” – Lysa TerKeurst
“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” – Corrie ten Boom
“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” – Martin Luther
“The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'” – Billy Graham
“True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that – it is spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.” – Charles Spurgeon
“If you believe in prayer at all, expect God to hear you. If you do not expect, you will not have. God will not hear you unless you believe He will hear you; but if you believe He will, He will be as good as your faith.” – Charles Spurgeon
“Let no one profess to trust in God, and yet lay up for future wants, otherwise the Lord will first send him to the hoard he has amassed, before He can answer the prayer for more.” – George Muller
“I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right; but it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation may be on the Lord's side.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Prayer is simply talking to God a friend and should be the easiest thing we do each day.” – Joyce Meyer
“Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.” – Soren Kierkegaard
“God is looking for people to use, and if you can get usable, he will wear you out. The most dangerous prayer you can pray is this: 'Use me.'” – Rick Warren
“Rather than set aside daily time for prayer, I pray constantly and spontaneously about everything I encounter on a daily basis. When someone shares something with me, I'll often simply say, 'let's pray about this right now.'” – Thomas Kinkade
“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.” – Corrie Ten Boom
“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” – Mother Teresa
“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” – Abraham Lincoln
“The prayer offered to God in the morning during your quiet time is the key that unlocks the door of the day. Any athlete knows that it is the start that ensures a good finish.” – Adrian Rogers
“God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.” – Mother Teresa
“God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” – Mother Teresa
“To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.” – Billy Graham
“It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.” – Henry Ward Beecher
“Prayer makes a godly man, and puts within him the mind of Christ, the mind of humility, of self-surrender, of service, of pity, and of prayer. If we really pray, we will become more God, or else we will quit praying.” – E.M. Bounds
“Prayer should not be regarded as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty.” – E.M. Bounds
Max Lucado video on Prayer: Pastor Max Lucado, author of Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer, may surprise you with his explanation of the most important aspect of any prayer. “Of all the words of a prayer,” Max teaches, “the most important one is the first one…”
Crosswalk.com: What is the most important aspect of prayer? – Max Lucado from crosswalkquestions on GodTube.
Bible Quotes on Prayer
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. – 1 John 5:14
And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. – 1 John 5:15
Hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive. – 2 Chronicles 6:21My prayer is not that you take them the world but that you protect them from the evil one. – John 17:15
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. – Mark 11:24
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. – Philippians 4:6-7
More Bible praying quotes at the BibleStudyTools.com Prayer Bible Verses page.
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Please pray for my friend Manny he is going through some depression and I have lost contact with him.Please pray that he contacts me.He is a son to me and loves my daughter Amanda so much.
Please pray that God will be present in this situation and change things.Please pray he contacts me and please pray that God will put Manny and Amanda in each other\'s path and let them find there way back to each other.
I ask of this in Jesus name.Amen
Received: June 17, 2019
Please pray for the entire state of Wyoming. My husband is there working town. Please keep him safe from harm. Send Godly people in his path to transform him into the man the most high God has intended him to become. I pray in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ, that He will be protected from the top of his head to the soles on his feet.
I plead the blood of Jesus to redeem him. Save him. Bring him to repentance and forgive him of his sins both the ones he is aware and unaware of. Open his eyes to the Great Deception that is taking over our World in the last days. Prepare his heart, mind, body, and soul for what is yet to come. I pray for his health.
Give Him the strength he needs to stop smoking and over consumption of alcohol. Hold him in your precious hands. Please keep him safe for me. Guide him in the right direction. Humble him and grant him knowledge wisdom and understanding of your word and what is currently happening in his life. Continue to work on his hardened heart and soften it.Motivate him to read the Bibles i sent him with good intentions and clear understanding and appreciation for your word. Give him discernment.
Remove the blinders and reveal the pagan Occultist influences that have infiltrated his life through politics, secret societies, covens, generational curses, the magic of disney and all other pagan influences separating him from his walk with Christ. Set him free from bondage and deliverance him in the name of Jesus.
May your Holy Spirit anoint him, so he will never be the same, again. He shall be happy and joyful and free from torment in misery. Help him forgive those who hurt him. Heal his wounds from childhood. Heavenly Father, please teach me how to love him properly and unconditionally. I pray that he knows how much i love him.
Touch his heart Lord Jesus and remind him of how dear he is to me. Thank you for his beautiful smile. I love when it lights up his face. I pray that a hedge of protection is placed around our relationship so that no man or woman or anyone or anything can ever come between us. Strengthen our bond. Make us a power couple and bless us with a ministry.
Help us serve you and always be grateful. I pray that he will look at me with pure love and not lustful desires. In the name of Jesus I pray we make love to one another and not just a have distant sexual encounters. Increase our desires for each other.
Bless us with loyalty trust patience kindness acceptance humility honesty trustworthiness, faith, hope, love, compassion, empathy, passion, dedication and commitment to one another in the name of Jesus. Send Angels all around his vehicles to protect him from accidents, surround him on his job because it can be dangerous.
Thank you Jesus so much for this man, words cannot express my gratitude. Thank you for for our reconciliation. For since he is back in my life because you have placed him there i am so much happier and my future looks brighter. A huge burden has been lifted from me. Thank you so much for allowing me to finally experience true unconditional love. I pray that it lasts the rest of our lives. Show us how to respect and stay faithful to one another. I give you all the honor the glory and praise in Jesus Name Amen
Prayed for 1 time
Pray for grandchildren Layla(6) & Jj(12)-caught inbtwn separation. Pray for mom to find God and repent of all sin. Pray that the Holy Spirit keep my son strong spiritually, to seek spiritual guidance in this weeks decisions & to be the light in the darkness that surrounds the home and his wife. Their marriage is destroyed by lies & immorality.
8 Ways to Improve your Prayer
Muslims are required to establish ritual prayers 5 times a day at specified times. Praying is a way to communicate, thank and remember Allah. However, many struggles with maintaining their prayers, completing them on time, or staying focused throughout. The following are some tips that will help, insha’Allah.
Purity through Wudu
Ablution is required before prayer and it is a form of physical cleansing. However, you can also use it as a form of cleansing yourself; mentally and spiritually. When one is doing Wudu, they must make the intention that they are doing it to purify themselves, so that they can stand before Allah ﷻ and pray to Him.
When we wash our face, including our mouth and eyes, we can think of it as a way of cleaning yourself from any sinful acts, that you may have said or seen. This concept can be similarly implemented when washing our hands and feet. Wiping our head can be a way of purifying yourself from immoral thoughts.
This should be done with true intentions of improvements to our religion
Pray on Time
When one prays on time, this means that they have left all worldly affairs and dedicated this time to Allah ﷻ, as we all should. This also falls under purifying our souls and working on improving yourself. Never let your daily affairs interrupt your prayer.
Further, by praying on time, Allah ﷻ will provide you with blessings in everything you do thereafter. You will also feel at ease, as Allah ﷻ states in the Quran:
“Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah . Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.”
Contemplate what you’re Reciting
By making an effort to understand the verses that you are reciting, you will be able to form a deep connection with Allah ﷻ and His words in the Quran. Moreover, contemplating the words you say and the actions that you complete throughout your prayer allows you to maintain focus and remember your purpose in this life.
Pray in congregation
Praying in the congregation not only creates a sense of unity with those you pray with but also increases your rewards!
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said:
“The prayer in congregation is twenty seven times superior to the prayer offered by person alone.”
In congregational prayer, Muslims stand in rows and all distinctions are set aside.Race, social status, culture, and languages do not matter when you stand in front of Allah ﷻ, as nobility is only in terms of righteousness.
Congregational prayer creates discipline, time-consciousness and a sense of direction. Further, meeting others sows seeds of friendship and engenders hope and courage for the Muslim Ummah.
Try to pray in a quiet place, where you know there will be no distractions. Distractions are not only on your phone or your business but can also be from your family and children!
Allah ﷻ warns us of this in the Quran, and speaks directly to the believers:
“O you who have believed, let not your wealth and your childrendivert you from remembrance of Allah . And whoever does that – then those are the losers.”
This is crucial, as far too often parents, especially mothers, will choose to attend to their children (in circumstances where the child can wait) before their prayers. This can lead them to either missing the prayer or praying it very late, which is not recommended.
Take your time
When you pray, take your time! Remember that Allah ﷻ is in control of the situation you might be rushing to. More importantly, remember that you are standing in front of the lord of the worlds! Relieve yourself of the stresses of your life and take comfort in your prayer.
Allah ﷻ warns us against those who pray without giving salah the attention and time it deserves:
“So woe to those who pray [But] who are heedless of their prayer -”
Follow the Sunnah
Frequently, we may neglect the teachings of our prophet and only complete the required, compulsory prayer. However, we must follow the Sunnah. This can be done by praying the voluntary prayers which will directly increase our rewards and further our connection with Allah ﷻ.
The following are some of the optional prayers we can complete before/after the compulsory ones:
- Two rakahs before the obligatory Fajr prayer
- Four rakahs before the obligatory Dhuhr prayer.
- Two rakahs after the obligatory Dhuhr prayer.
- Two rakahs after the obligatory Maghrib prayer.
- Two rakahs after the obligatory Isha prayer.
- The tahajjud or late night prayers ending with the Witr prayer.
- The Ishraaq prayers after the sun has risen completely.
- The forenoon, duha prayer.
Moreover, after our prayer is completed, we can engage in thikr, the remembrance of Allah ﷻ .
Muhammad ﷺ said:
“If anyone extols Allah after every prayer thirty-three times (says subhanAllah), and praises Allah thirty-three times (says Alhamdulillah), and declares His Greatness thirty-three times (says Allahu Akbar), ninety-nine times in all, and says to complete a hundred:” There is no god but Allah, having no partner with Him, to Him belongs sovereignty and to Him is praise due, and He is Potent over everything (says Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahu’l-mulk wa lahu’l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer),” his sins will be forgiven even If these are as abundant as the foam of the sea.
Dua– Supplication to Allah ﷻ
Finally and most importantly, we must constantly make dua, supplications to God. We should continually ask Allah ﷻ to help us maintain our prayers on time, and stay focused throughout. This is a very powerful tool, that provides you direct access to converse with Allah ﷻ. If you need help, call upon Him.
If you are facing hardships, call upon Him. If you are feeling blessed and content with your life, call upon Him and thank Him. No matter what your situation may be, big or small, always call upon Allah ﷻ and ask Him for help.
Start by thanking Him for your blessings by saying alhamdulillah, then invoke blessings upon Muhammad ﷺ, then begin with your dua!
Allah ﷻ states in the Quran:
“So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me.”
May Allah ﷻ make it easy for us to maintain our prayers on time & stay focused throughout.
10 Awesome Bible Verses About the Power of Prayer
Who is your source of power? This list of awesome power of prayer Bible verses is meant to encourage you today. I pray that you read through these Bible verses and then take them to God in prayer.
Ask God for the wisdom and discernment to teach you how He wants you to pray and for what He wants you to pray for.
For a great Christian song check out the video to the right Shout to the Lord by Darlene Zschech.
Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
John 14:13-14 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
Pray in Faith
This list of awesome power of prayer Bible verses is meant to encourage you today.
Mark 9:29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
Acts 9:40 But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.
James 5:14-16 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.
Always & With Thanksgiving
Ephesians 6:18 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,
Philippians 4:6-7 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.
Christian Quotes About Prayer
Prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan. ~ John Bunyan
The fewer the words the better prayer. ~ Martin Luther
Prayer is an effort of will. ~ Oswald Chambers
Our prayer and God’s mercy are two buckets in a well; while one ascends, the other descends. ~ Arthur Hopkins
If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for. ~ Charles H. SpurgeonIt is because of the hasty and superficial conversation with God that the sense of sin is so weak and that no motives have power to help you to hate and flee from sin as you should. ~ A.W. Tozer
Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue. Gods voice in response to mine is its most essential part. ~ Andrew Murray
Don’t pray when you feel it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees. ~ Corrie Ten Boom
Prayer is the acid test of devotion. ~ Samuel Chadwick
Prayer – secret, fervent, believing prayer – lies at the root of all personal godliness. ~ Williams Carey
My prayer for you today is that you take these Bible verses you just read and do something with them. Too often we just take information in and then move on to the next project or thing. Use these awesome Bible Verses and put them into action by being obedient to what they teach!
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Youth With A Mission – A Year of Answered Prayer
Praise God that He is our creator, our father, our redeemer, our protector and He answers our prayers! In October 2015 YWAM launched The Invitation, inviting the whole YWAM family to pray monthly on the same (or similar) day. We have prayed for global topics ending Bible poverty, refugees and Muslims.
We have prayed for areas where YWAM does not have a presence such as the Horn of Africa. And we have prayed for local matters such as universities and YWAM property.
The Lord has answered many prayers during this past year and to mark the one-year anniversary of The Invitation we are inviting you to spend time thanking God for a year of answered prayer.
Our Year of Answered Prayer
Some of the highlights from The Invitation’s first year include:
- Through a video produced for The Invitation, a YWAM leader shared his vision of God’s Grace Flowing to the Muslim World. We prayed for this in January. The video has been viewed by over 10,000 people on and .
- Many reported a greater understanding of Islam and thus a greater ability to love Muslim people, after praying for the Muslim world during June and July (30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World).
- On the day when we prayed for YWAM properties, YWAM’s Mission Builders International received an unexpected check for $40,000 to pay down their mortgage and YWAM San Diego, USA signed papers to buy four acres of land.
- Many prayed for areas where YWAM does not have a presence including the Horn of Africa, Maldives, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Bangladesh (December).
- Through the prayer focus on YWAM Ships (April) YWAMers reported a greater awareness of what God is doing through this ministry. Outpost Panama praised God for bringing Making Waves to minister to various Indian tribes.
- We prayed to End Bible poverty last October and in March gave an update that showed the progress being made in translation and distribution of Bibles by YWAM locations including Blantyre, Malawi, YWAM Chiang Rai, Thailand and YWAM Kona, Hawaii.
- YWAM Quebec, Canada was led to pray for reconciliation between French Canadians and English Canadians in February when we prayed for governments and symbolically, they washed the feet of one another.
- YWAM leaders and various others groups were in session during several global prayer days and included The Invitation in their time of prayer. Specifically, during Europe DNA Infusion, the participants prayed for YWAM property and set up donation and prayer stations for each base represented that was currently in the middle of a building project.
YWAMers pray in South Sudan
Prepare to Pray:
- Ask God to reveal answered prayers for you and your community—those you have seen and those unseen.
- Review this list of topics for The Invitation from the past 12 months and list prayers that God has answered at a global, local and individual level: Ending Bible Poverty (October 2015 and March 2016), Local Immigrants (November 2015), The Horn of Africa (December 2015), God’s Grace Flowing to the Muslim World (January 2016), Local government (February 2016), YWAM Ships (April 2016), YWAM Property (May 2016), 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World (June into July 2016), Refugees (July 2016), YWAM Together (August 2016), Universities (September 2016)
- Meditate on these verses and note specific ways that God has answered your prayers through the years: “But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise,” Psalm 79:13. “In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to your name forever,” Psalm 44:8. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Corinthians 15:57.
Give Thanks and Pray
- Referring to the lists you made during time of preparation, praise God for the prayers that He has answered during the past year at a local, area and national level.
- Make a list of the people that you and your community are thankful for and praise God for them. Mention each one in prayer.
- Pray for proper understanding of what God has done for you and the eternal promises He has for you.
- Pray for YWAMers, including DTS students, to:
- always be offering up a sacrifice of praise to God (Hebrews 13:15)
- have lips that acknowledge His name (Hebrews 13:15)
- praise Him with a whole heart (Psalm 86:12)
- have full belief in God’s promises (Romans 4:20-21)
- give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
- fear Him and praise Him (Revelation 19:5)
- always give thanks for everything (Ephesians 5:20)
- make requests of God with a spirit of thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6)
- Tell someone other than a close friend, coworker or family member why you are thankful to God.
- Produce a praise report. Add the report to your website, post it on social media, or send it to supporters, parents, or others. For an example, see this praise summary from YWAM Yosemite.
- Identify a way for your you or your community to keep track of answered prayers—a wall, a journal, a blog, or some other form. Set up a process for keeping it current. Use the list during worship time on a regular basis.
- Plan a praise event. See the idea for the Make Jesus Famous Worship Festival held by YWAM North Cascades, Washington.
How We Prayed
- YWAM Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela fasted one day and sent a prayer report noting Bible verses and key messages they received from God.
- Several requested prayers on for specific universities, including: Arturo Prat University in Iquique, Chile; The University of Newcastle in Australia; University of the South Pacific, Laucala campus; University Utrecht in the Netherlands, and others.
Don’t Miss The Invitation
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How to participate:
- Sign up for prayer updates. On ywam.org, find the “Stay Connected” box on the home page, put in your email address and click “Sign Up.”
- Share on YWAM’s page, post a picture and add a comment about how you prayed.
- Follow YWAM on ; search for #praywithywam and tweet about your prayer time or post a picture.
- Download prayer updates in a specific language. Go to ywam.org/theinvitation. (Currently available in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Indonesian, Korean or request other languages.)
- If you sense God giving you a word or a direction for YWAM’s prayer, please contact us.
5 Ways to Pray This Week With Persecuted Believers
When we read headlines about people groups being persecuted for their faith, it may seem—at first glance—that there’s nothing we can do.
After all, in many cases, we live thousands of miles away and we often feel over-extended in just managing our own families and responsibilities.
Nevertheless, our hearts yearn for a way to ease the hardship of Christians who are discriminated against, harassed, unjustly arrested, beaten, imprisoned or even killed by regimes who oppose Jesus Christ.
Fortunately, the Bible provides us with fitting examples of how Christians can make a difference for persecuted believers. One of the most powerful ways to support Christians facing hardship, of course, is prayer.
In Ephesians 6:18, for example, Paul instructs believers to be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. In the next 2 verses, Paul requests more specific prayer for himself as he faces persecution.
“Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
In this passage and in many other places, we find the Bible offers practical insight for how to pray for those facing persecution including these 5 compiled below.
1. Pray that whatever their circumstances, God will give persecuted Christians the right words.
In Ephesians 6:19-20, Paul asks fellow believers to “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”
2. Pray that persecuted Christians will understand and find peace in the sufficiency of God’s grace, even in their weaknesses.
While facing physical threat, especially, Christians may be put into scenarios where they must make instantaneous choices under great pressure.
For this reason, we pray for the persecuted church to understand the promises of 2 Corinthians 12:9 which says, “’My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
3. Pray that Christians facing hardship will draw from a source of power larger than themselves.
Christians facing persecution often have very little control over their lives, including their own safety and health.
They often battle against government accusers that do not provide them the right to a fair trial or representation that is more prevalent in the Western world.
Because of this, it’s critical to pray that believers in trying circumstances are able to see, Paul, that their hardship helps them rely on a God who is far more powerful than them.
“For we were so utterly burdened beyond out strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death.” Paul said in 2 Corinthians 1:7-9, “But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.”
4. Pray God would be present with persecuted Christians in their hardship, protecting them according to His will.
In Matthew 26:39, Jesus Himself faced an unjust trial. Even He prayed to God, “My Father, if it is possible let this cup pass from me,” which is the first part of his prayer that inspires us to ask God to deliver persecuted Christians from harm.
At the same time, the second part of Jesus’ prayer goes hand-in-hand with praying this request. “Yet not my will, but yours be done.” Part of our prayer can be that God will deliver Christians from chains, as he did for Peter in Acts 12.
But we also pray that if God does not see fit to supernaturally intervene in such a way, that we will intervene to strengthen these believers no matter the outcome.
5. Pray their witness would inspire those who seek to harm them.
In Luke 6:27-31, the apostle said, “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 mistreat you.” When Christians are able to maintain perspective this, their actions are often noticed by those who persecute them.
In the case of Paul and Silas, in Acts 16:25, their behavior—praying and singing and praise in the face of hardship—were observed by both their jailers and other prisoners.
In acting faith despite their circumstances, they were able to share the gospel with their captors in an opportune moment, and the jailer and his family came to believe, as well (Acts 16:34).