Bible Passages on Prayer

 

Exhortation to Pray

Qualities of Prayer

Effectiveness of Prayer

Times of Prayer

Places of Prayer

Examples of Prayer by Christ

Prayers to Christ

Other prayers in Scripture

Contemplation of God's Works

Prayer of Jabez

 

[The quoted texts are to the Douay-Rheims version, with some editing to replace archaic words; scriptural links are usually to the NIV at Bible Gateway, unless from the apocrypha. Catholics should compare texts to a modern Catholic translation, such as the New American Bible. For more on translations see English Translations of the Bible, from New Testament Educational Resources by Prof. Felix Just, S.J. . Recall that if you look in a Protestant Bible, it will have a different numbering for many Psalms, the names of some books may be different, and it probably will not have the books which non-Catholics call the Apocrypha but which Catholics have accepted as inspired throughout its history (see the Council of Trent, Session Four and The Canon of Scripture in the catechism). For a more on the different bible contents see Just's Comparative Chart, and a Glossary for New Testament Studies. The Catholic encyclopedia has an article on aprocryphal works in general, and the Canon of Scripture.]

 

Exhortation to Pray

Old Testament Texts

We shall say much, and yet shall want words: but the sum of our words is, He is all. What shall we be able to do to glorify him? For the Almighty himself is above all his works. The Lord is terrible and exceeding great, and his power is admirable. Glorify the Lord as much as ever you can, for he will yet far exceed, and his magnificence is wonderful. Blessing the Lord, exalt him as much as you can: for he is above all praise. When you exalt him, put forth all your strength, and be not weary: for you can never go far enough. Eccius. 43:29-34.

You shall call upon me, and you shall go: and you shall pray to me, and I will hear you. You shall seek me, and shall find me, when you shall seek me with all your heart. Jer. 29: 12-14.

Cry to me, and I will hear you; and I will show you great things, and sure things which you know not. Jer. 33:3.

Seek the Lord and his power, seek his face evermore. And say : Save us, O God our Savior: and gather us together, and deliver us from the nations, that we may give glory to your holy name. 1 Paralipomenon 16:11, 35. [Modern translations call this book Chronicles.]

Ask what you wilt that I should give you. 3K.3:5. ( In the NIV 1Kings 3:5)

Seek the Lord while he may be found: call upon him while he is near. Is. 55:6.

Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens. Lam. 3:41.

Let nothing hinder you from praying always. Eccius. 18:22.

Pray to the Lord for the city. Jer. 29:7.

Love God all your life, and call upon him for your salvation. Ecclus. 13: 18.

Lay open your works to the Lord, and your thoughts shall be directed. Prv. 16:3 DR [Compare this with the NIV Prov. 16:3.]

Commit your way to the Lord, and trust in him, and he will do it. Ps. 36:5DR. [NIV Ps. 37:5.]

I will restore to the people a chosen lip, that all may call upon the name of the Lord, and may serve him with one shoulder. Soph. 3:9. [This book is now called Zephaniah. See this passage in the NAB and NIV.]

I will pour out upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of prayers. Zach. 12:10. [This prophacy refers to Christ, "whom they have pierced", who is of the house of David and his heir. We who are his followers are members of his household and part of the new Jerusalem.] Compare the NAB, and NIV.

 

New Testament Texts

Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you. DR, Mat. 5:43-44 NIV, NAB.

The Lord's Prayer. Mat. 6:7-15 NIV, NAB. (Cf. Mark 11:24-25 ; Luke 11: 1-4.)

Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth laborers into his harvest. Mat. 9:38.

Watch and pray that you enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Mat. 26:41.

Take heed, watch and pray. For you know not when the time is. Mark 13:33 NASB.

Bless them that curse you and pray for them that calumniate you. Luke 6:28. [Calumnate is translated abuse in the NIV.]

When he was come to the place, he said to them: Pray, lest you enter into temptation. Luke 22:40.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, through our Lord Jesus Christ and by the charity of the Holy Ghost, that you help me in your prayers to God, that I may be delivered from the unbelievers that are in Judea and that the oblation of my service may be acceptable in Jerusalem to the saints. Rom. 15:30-31 NIV.

By all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the spirit: and in the same watching with all instance and supplication for all the saints. Eph. 6:18.

Be nothing solicitous [i.e. have no anxiety]: but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God. Phil. 4:6.

Be instant in prayer: watching in it with thanksgiving. Praying withal for us also, that God may open unto us a door of speech to speak the mystery of Christ (for which also I am bound): that I may make it manifest as I ought to speak. Col. 4:3.

Pray for us that the word of God may run and may be glorified, even as among you: and that we may be delivered from importunate and evil men: for all men have not faith. 2 Thess. 3: 1 .

I desire therefore, first of all, that supplication, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all men: for kings and for all that are in high station: that we may lead a quiet and a peaceable life in all piety and chastity. 1 Tim. 2: 1-3. [Piety and chastity are translated differently in the various texts. See Nasb = dignity, NIV = holiness, WEB = godliness and reverence, and especially the NAB which has devotion and dignity.]

Let us go therefore with confidence to the throne of grace: that we may obtain mercy and find grace in seasonable aid. Heb. 4:16.

If any of you want wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all men abundantly and upbraids not. And it shall be given him. Jas. 1: 5.

Is any of you sad? Let him pray. Is he cheerful in mind? Let him sing. Jas. 5:13.

Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. Jas. 5: 14.

Pray one for another, that you may be saved. For the continual prayer of a just man avails much. Jas. 5:16. [In the NAB it says "fervent" instead of "continual" prayer.]

 

 

QUALITIES OF PRAYER

Old Testament Texts

Before prayer prepare your soul, and be not as a man that tempts God. Ecclus. 18:23DR. [The NAB translates it as fulfilling a vow.]

[The NAB uses the word "vow" instead of "prayer". At footnote #4, the NAB suggests the topic of 18:22-23 is not prayer as we would usually understand it but the making of a vow, an act of worship involving an animal sacrifice. The NNIV translates Sirach18:22-23 thus: "Let nothing hinder you from paying a vow promptly, and do not wait until death to be released from it. Before making a vow, prepare yourself; do not be like one who puts the Lord to the test." However, St. Francis de Sales is reported to tells us: "Pray for your prayer's success."]

You have hardened your heart, and have spread your hands to him. If you will put away from yourself the iniquity that is in your hand, let not injustice remain in your tabernacle: then may you lift up your face without spot, and you shall be steadfast and shall not fear. Job 11: 13-15.

He that turns away his ears from hearing the law, his prayer shall be an abomination. Prov. 28:9.

He that adores God with joy shall be accepted, and his prayer shall approach even to the clouds. Ecclus. 35:20. NAB Sirach 35:17.

If I have looked at iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. Ps. 65:18DR. [NIV Ps 66:18.]

Think of the Lord in goodness, and seek him in simplicity of heart: for he is found by them who tempt him not: and he shows himself to them that have faith in him. Wis. 1:1DR f; NAB.

Nor from the beginning have the proud been acceptable to you: but the prayer of the humble and the meek has always pleased you. Judith. 9:16. [This verse seems to be missing from newer translations, but see Judith 9:11NAB, cf. Sir. 35:17.] [Vines: "Described negatively, meekness is the opposite to self-assertiveness and self-interest..."]

The prayer of him that humbles himself shall pierce the clouds: and until it come nigh he will not be comforted: and he will not depart till the Most High behold. Eccius. 35:21DR.

Then shall they call upon me, and I will not hear: they shall rise in the morning and shall not find me: because they have hated instruction, and received not the fear of the Lord. Prov. 1:28 -29.

He that stops his ear against the cry of the poor shall also cry himself, and shall not be heard. Prov. 21:13.

He that turns away his ears from hearing the law, his prayer shall be an abomination. Prov. 28:9.

Then this wicked man [Antiochus] prayed to the Lord, of whom he was not to obtain mercy. 2 Mac. 9: 13. NAB. ["2Macc. 9:13 Then the abominable fellow made a vow to the Lord, who would no longer have mercy on him,.." NRSV.]

You shall cry out in that day from the face of the king whom you have chosen to yourselves: and the Lord will not hear you in that day, because you desired unto yourselves a king. lKings 8:18. [In modern translations this is 1Sam. 8:18.]

Then shall they cry to the Lord, and he will not hear them: and he will hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved wickedly in their devices. Mich. 3:4 DR, NAB.

The prayer of the humble and the meek have always pleased you, O God of the heavens, Creator of the waters, and Lord of the whole creation, hear me a poor wretch making supplication to you and presuming on your mercy. Judith. 9: 16. [Modern translations apparently omit this verse.]

 

New Testament Texts

When you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites that love to stand and pray in the synagogues and corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you shall pray, enter into your chamber The Lord is far from the wicked, and, having shut the door, pray to your and he will hear the prayers of the Father in secret: and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. Mat. 6:5-6.

When you are praying, speak not much, as the heathens. For they think that in their much speaking they may be heard. Mat. 6:7.

This people honors me with their lips: but their heart is far from me. Mat. 15:8.

Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour the houses of widows, praying long prayers. Mat. 23: 14 [NASB].

When you shall stand to pray, forgive, if you have anything against any man: that your Father also, who is in heaven, may forgive you your sins. Mark 11:25.

Parable of the Pharisee and the publican. Luke 18:10-14.

God is a spirit: and they that adore him must adore him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24.

The Spirit also helps our infirmity. For we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit himself asks for us with unspeakable groanings. Rom. 8:26.

I will pray with the spirit, I will pray also with the understanding. 1 Cor. 14:15 DR. [Compare 1Cor. 14:15 NIV and NAB.]

Let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. Jas. 1:6.

You ask and receive not: because you ask amiss. Jas. 4:3.

This is the confidence which we have towards him: that, whatsoever we shall ask according to his will, he hears us. And we know that he hears whatsoever we ask: we know that we have the petitions which we request of him. 1 John 5:14 -15.

Parable of the importunate friend. Luke 11:5-8.

Parable of the unjust judge. Luke 18:1-8.

 

EFFICACY OF PRAYER

Old Testament Texts

The lord is far from the wicked, and he will hear the prayers of the just. Prov. 15: 29.

He will do the will of them that fear him: and he will hear their prayer. Ps. 144: 19. [NIV Ps. 145:19.]

In you, O Lord, have I hoped: you wilt hear me, O Lord my God. Ps. 37:16. [Compare NIV Ps. 38:15.]

Then Eliachim the high priest of the Lord went about all Israel and spoke to them, Saying: Know you that the Lord will hear your prayers, if you continue with perseverance in fastings and prayers in the sight of the Lord. Judith. 4:10-11. [Comepare the NAB.]

Call upon me in the day of trouble. I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me. Ps. 49: 15. [NIV Ps 50:15.]

Cry to me, and I will hear you: and I will show you great things, and sure things which you knows not. Jer. 33:3.

Weeping you shall not weep. He will surely have pity on you at the voice of your cry: as soon as he shall hear, he will answer you. Is. 30: 19.

It shall come to pass that before they call I will hear: as they are yet speaking I will hear. Is. 65:24.

Neither is there any other nation so great, that have gods so nigh them, as our God is present to all our petitions. Deut. 4:7.

Who have continued in his commandment, and have been forsaken? or who have called upon him, and he despised him? Ecclus. 2:12.

My people, being converted, shall make supplication to me, and seek out my face, and do penance from their most wicked ways: then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land. 2 Par. 7:14.

 

New Testament Texts

Ask, and it shall be given you, seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you. Mat. 7:7. NAB.

If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Mat. 7:11. NAB

If two of you shall consent upon earth concerning anything whatsoever they shall ask, it shall be done to them by my Father who is in heaven. Mat. 18:19. NAB.

All things whatsoever you shall ask in prayer believing, you shall receive. Mat. 21:22. NAB.

When he was come into the house, his disciples secretly asked him: Why could not we cast him out? And he said to them: This kind can go out by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. Mark 9:27-28. [The NIV and other translations drop the word "fasting" which is not in all manuscripts. See the NASB. Also the instances in the NIV where fasting and prayer are mentioned.]

All things, whatsoever you ask when you pray, believe that you shall receive: and they shall come unto you. Mark 11:24. NAB.

Fear not, Zachary, for your prayer is heard. Luke 1:13. NAB

We know that God does not hear sinners: but if a man be a server of God and does his will, him he hears. John 9:31. NAB.

Whatsoever you shall ask the Father in my name, that will I do: that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you shall ask me anything in my name, that I will do. John 14: 13 f. NAB.

If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you will: and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7. NAB.

In that day you shall not ask me anything. Amen, amen I say to you: if you ask the Father anything in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto you have not asked anything in my name. Ask, and you shall receive: that your joy may be full. John 16:23 -24.

Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Rom. 10:13. NAB.

Let him bring in the priests of the church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick man. And the Lord shall raise him up: and if he be in sins, they shall be forgiven him. Jas. 5: 15. NAB.

Pray one for another, that you may be saved. For the continual prayer of a just man avails much. Jas. 5:16. NAB.

If our heart do not reprehend us, we have confidence towards God. And whatsoever we shall ask, we shall receive of him: because we keep his commandments and do those things which are pleasing in his sight. 1 John 3:21 -22.

This is the confidence which we have towards him: that, whatsoever we shall ask according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14.

 

TIMES OF PRAYER

 

Old Testament Texts

We ought to prevent the sun to bless you, and adore you at the dawning of the light. Wis. 16:28DR. [Compare he NAB: "So that men might know that one must give you thanks before the sunrise, and turn to you at daybreak. "]

In the morning I will stand before you, and will see, because you art not a God that wills iniquity. Ps. 5:5. [See NIV Ps. 5:3-4.]

Arise, give praise in the night; in the beginning of the watches pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lam. 2:19.

O God, my God, to you do I watch at break of day. For you my soul has thirsted; for you my flesh, O how many ways! Ps. 62:1 [NIV Ps. 63:1].

If I have remembered you upon my bed, I will meditate on you in the morning, because you have been my helper. Ps. 62:7 [NIV Ps. 63:7].

I rose at midnight to give praise to you, for the judgments of your justification. Ps. 118:62. [Psalm 119:62 in the NAB: "At midnight I rise to praise you because your edicts are just."]

Seven times a day I have given praise to you, for the judgments of your justice. Ps. 118: 164. [Psalm 119:164 in NAB: "Seven times a day I praise you because your edicts are just. "]

When Daniel knew this, that is to say, that the law was made, he went Into his house: and opening the window in his upper chamber towards Jerusalem, he knelt down three times a day, and adored, and gave thanks before his God, as he had been accustomed to do before. Dan. 6: 10. [See NAB at verse 11.]

Let tears run down like a torrent day and night: give thyself no rest, and let not the apple of your eye cease. Arise, give praise in the night, in the beginning of the watches: pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lard, lift up your hands to him. Lam. 2:18f. NAB.

 

New Testament Texts

 

Watch, therefore, praying at all times. Luke 21:36.

Peter and John went up into the temple at the ninth hour of prayer. Acts 3:l.

Peter went up to the highest parts of the house to pray about the sixth hour. Acts 10:9.

At midnight, Paul and Silas praying, praised God. And they that were in prison heard them. Acts 16:25.

When he had said these things, kneeling down, he prayed with them all. And there was much weeping among them all. And falling on the neck of Paul, they kissed him, being grieved most of all for the word which he had said, that they should see his face no more. And they brought him on his way to the ship. Acts 20:36-38.

Take unto you the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God). By all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the spirit: and in the same watching with all instance and supplication for all the saints. Eph. 6: 17-18.

 

 

PLACES OF PRAYER

 

Old Testament Texts

 

That you may hearken to the prayer, which your servant prays in this place to you [i.e. God's house]. 3 K. 8:29. NAB.

If heaven shall be shut up, and there shall be no rain, because of their sins, and they, praying in this place, shall do penance to your name and shall be converted from their sins, by occasion of their affliction: then hear you them in heaven. 3 K. 8:35 f. NAB.

That you may open your eyes upon this house, day and night, upon the place wherein you have promised that your name should be called upon, and that you would hear the prayer which your servant prays in it... Whosoever shall pray in this place, hear you from your dwelling place, that is, from heaven. 2 Par. 6:20 f.

But yet the people sacrificed in the high places: for there was no temple built to the name of the Lord until that day. 3K.3:2. [In the NIV this is 1 Kings 3:2.]

 

New Testament Texts

[When you] pray, enter into your chamber and, having shut the door, pray to your Father in secret: and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. Mat. 6:6.

It is written: My house shall be called the house of prayer. Mat. 21:13.

Our fathers adored on this mountain: and you say that at Jerusalem Is the place where men must adore. Jesus said to her: Woman, believe me that the hour is coming, when you shall neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem adore the Father. John 4:20-24.

All these were persevering with one mind in prayer, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. Acts 1: 14.

Continuing daily with one accord in the temple and breaking bread from house to house, they took their meat with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God. Acts 2:46 f.

Upon the Sabbath day, we went forth without the gate by a river side, where it seemed that there was prayer. Acts 16: 13.

Departing we went forward, they all bringing us on our way, with their wives and children, till we were out of the city. And we kneeled down on the shore: and we prayed. Acts 21:5.

I will therefore that men pray in every place, lifting up pure hands, without anger and contention. 1 Tim. 2:8.

 

EXAMPLES OF PRAYER

By Christ

Having dismissed the multitudes, he went into a mountain alone to pray. Matt. 14:23

Rising very early, going out, he went Into a desert place: and there he prayed. Mark 1: 35.

When he had dismissed them, he went up to the mountain to pray. Mark 6:46.

It came to pass, when all the people were baptized, that Jesus also being baptized and praying, heaven was opened. Luke 3:21.

He retired into the desert and prayed. Luke 5:l6.

He went out into a mountain to pray: and he passed the whole night in the prayer of God. Luke 6: 12.

It came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples also were with him: and he asked them, saying: Whom do the people say that I am? Luke 9: 18.

It came to pass, about eight days after these words, that he took Peter and James and John and went up into a mountain to pray. And while he prayed, the shape of his countenance was altered and his raiment became white and glittering. Luke 9:28 f.

As he was in a certain place praying, when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him: Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said to them: When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Luke 11:1 -4.

I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not: and you, being once converted, confirm your brethren. Luke 22:32. NAB.

Going a little further, he fell upon his face, praying and saying: My Father, if It be possible, let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will but as you will. . . . Again the second time, he went and prayed, saying: My Father, if this chalice may not pass, but I must drink it, your will be done. And he came again and found them sleeping: for their eyes were heavy. And leaving them, he went again: and he prayed the third time, saying the selfsame word. Mat. 26:39, 42-44.

Jesus said: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34.

Jesus crying with a loud voice, said: Father, into your hands I commend my spirit. Luke 23:46.

Jesus lifting up his eyes, said: Father, I give you thanks that you have heard me. And I knew that you hear me always; but because of the people who stand about have I said it, that they may believe that you have sent me. When he had said these things, he cried with a loud voice: Lazarus, come forth. John 11:41-43.

Christ's prayer after the Last Supper. John 17:1-26.

 

Prayer to Christ

A leper came and adored him, saying: Lord, if you wilt, you can make me clean. And Jesus stretching forth his hand, touched him, saying: I will. Be you made clean. And forthwith his leprosy was cleansed. Mat. 8:2 f.

A great tempest arose in the sea, so that the boat was covered with waves, but he was asleep. And they came to him and awaked him, saying: Lord, save us, we perish. Mat. 8:24 ff. NAB.

As Jesus passed from thence, there followed him two blind men crying out and saying: Have mercy on us,O Son of David. Mat. 9:27. NAB.

Peter making answer, said: Lord, if It be you, bid me to come to you upon the waters. And he said: Come. And Peter going down out of the boat walked upon the water to come to Jesus. But seeing the wind strong, he was afraid: and when he began to sink, he cried out, saying: Lord, save me. Mat. 14:28-30.

Behold a woman of Canaan, who came out of those coasts, crying out, said to him: Have mercy on me, O Lord, you Son of David: my daughter is grievously troubled by a devil. Mat. 15:22. NAB.

Two blind men sitting by the wayside heard that Jesus passed by. And they cried out, saying: O Lord, you Son of David, have mercy on us. And Jesus stood and called them and said: What will ye that I do to you? They say to him: Lord, that our eyes be opened. And Jesus having compassion on them, touched their eyes. And immediately they saw and followed him. Mat. 20:30-34.

They bring to him one deaf and dumb: and they besought him that he would lay his hand upon him. Mark 7:32. NAB.

They came to Bethsalda: and they bring to him a blind man. And they besought him that he would touch him. Mark 8:22. NAB.

One of the multitude, answering, said: Master, I have brought my son to you, having a dumb spirit. Oftentimes he has cast him into the fire and into the waters to destroy him. But if you can do anything, help us, having compassion on us. And Jesus said to him: If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes. And immediately the father of the boy crying out, with tears said: I do believe, Lord. Help my unbelief. Mark 9: 16, 21-23.

Jesus answering, said to him: What wilt you that I should do to you? And the blind man said. to him: Rabboni, that I may see. Mark 10:51. NAB.

Jesus rising up out of the synagogue, went into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever: and they besought him for her. And standing over her, he commanded the fever: and it left her. Luke 4:38-40. NAB.

As he entered into a certain town, there met him ten men that were lepers, who stood afar off and lifted up their voice, saying: Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. Luke 17:12 f. NAB.

He said to Jesus: Lord, remember me when you shall come into your kingdom. And Jesus said to him. Amen I say to you: This day you shall be with me in paradise. Luke 23:42 f. NAB.

He having heard that Jesus was come from Judea into Galilee, went to him and prayed him to come down and heal his son: for he was at the point of death. Jesus therefore said to him: Unless you see signs and wonders you believe not. The ruler saith to him: Lord come down before that my son die. John 4:47-49.NAB.

When he had entered into Capharnaum there came to him a centurion beseeching him and saying: Lord my servant is grievously tormented. And Jesus saith to him: I will come and heal him. Mat. 8:5-7. NAB.

 

Other Prayers

 

Old Testament Texts

 

When thou didst pray with tears, and didst bury the dead, and didst leave thy dinner, and hide the dead by day In thy house, and bury them by night, I offered thy prayer to the Lord. And now the Lord hath sent me to heal thee, and to deliver Sara thy son's wife from the devil. Tob. 12: 12, 14.

Isaac besought the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and he heard him, and made Rebecca to conceive. Gen. 25:21. NIV

When the Jews heard of Nicanor's coming, and that the nations were assembled against them, they cast earth upon their heads, and made supplication to him, who chose his people, to keep them forever, and who protected his portion by evident signs. 2 Mac. 14:15.

Judas and they that were with him, encountered them, calling upon God by prayers. So fighting with their hands, but praying to the Lord with their hearts, they slew no less than five and thirty thousand, being greatly cheered with the presence of God. 2 Mac. 15:26-27.

Blot out, O Lord, my iniquities as a cloud, and as a mist my sins. Is. 44:22.

Have mercy on us, O Lord, and put away our iniquities, and cast all our sins into the bottom of the sea. Mich. 7:19. NIV. cf NAB.

See my abjection and my labor: and forgive me all my sins. Ps. 24:18. [NIV Ps. 25:18.]

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities; Lord, who shall stand it? Ps. 129:3. [NIV 130:3.]

Turn to me, O Lord, and deliver my soul: o save me for thy mercy's sake. Ps.6:5. [In the NIV see Ps. 6:2-5.]

O forgive me, that I may be refreshed before I go hence and be no more. Ps. 38: 14. In NAB psalm 39.

Evils without number have surrounded me; my iniquities have overtaken me, and I was not able to see. They are multiplied above the hairs of my head; and my heart hath forsaken me. Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me: look down, O Lord, to help me. Ps. 39:13 f. [NIV Ps. 40:12-13.]

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed: save me, and I shall be saved. Jer. 17:14.

And now, O Lord, thou art our Father, and we are clay: and thou art our Maker, and we all are the works of thy hands. Be not very angry, O Lord, and remember no longer our iniquity: behold, see we are all thy people. Is. 64:8 f. NAB.

In the multitude of thy mercy hear me. Draw me out of the mire, that I may not stick fast: deliver me from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters. Let not the tempest of water drown me, nor the deep swallow me up: and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me. Ps. 68:14-16. [In the NIV see Ps. 69:13-16.]

Bow down thy ear to me: make haste to deliver me. Be thou unto me a God, a protector, and a house of refuge to save me. Ps. 30:3. [In the NIV see Ps. 31:2.]

Turn not away thy face from me: in the day when I am in trouble, incline thy ear to me. In what day soever I shall call upon thee, hear me speedily. Ps. 101:3. [In the NIV 102:2.]

Hear us, O God our Savior, who art the hope of all the ends of the earth, and in the sea afar off. Ps. 64:6. [NIV 65:4-5.]

Prayer of Jabez "Jabez was the most distinguished of the brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, "I bore him with pain." Jabez prayed to the God of Israel: "Oh, that you may truly bless me and extend my boundaries! Help me and make me free of misfortune, without pain!" And God granted his prayer." 1Chronicles 4:9-10 NAB or 1 Paralipomenon 4:9-10 in the Douay, and NIV.

 

  New Testament Texts

She was a widow until fourscore and four years: who departed not from the temple, by fastings and prayers serving night and day. Luke 2:37. NAB.

They said to him: Why do the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees in like manner: but thine eat and drink? Luke 5:33. NAB.

All these were persevering with one mind in prayer, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. Acts 1: 14. NAB.

And they were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles and in the communication of the breaking of bread and in prayers. Acts 2:42. NAB. [The breaking of bread means the Eucharist, the mass, in primitive form. See Acts 2:42 footnote #8. See generally, Eucharist: Breading Bread.]

When they had prayed, the place was moved wherein they were assembled: and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost. Acts 4:31. NAB.

This man saw in a vision manifestly, about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God coming in unto him and saying to him: Cornelius. And he, beholding him, being seized with fear, said: What is it, Lord? And he said to him: Thy prayers and thy alms are ascended for a memorial in the sight of God. Acts 10:3 f. NAB.

Peter therefore was kept in prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the church unto God for him. Acts 12:5. NAB.

When they had ordained to them priests in every church and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, in whom they believed. Acts 14:22. NAB. [The New American Bible gives presbyter insead of priest. This office involves more than the general priesthood of the faithful. See footnote 5.]

The father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux. To whom Paul entered in: and when he had prayed and laid his hands on him, he healed him. Acts 28:8.

God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make a commemoration of you: always in my prayers making request, if by any means now at length I may have a prosperous journey, by the will of God, to come unto you. Rom. 1:9 -10.

Wherefore, I also, hearing of your faith that is in the Lord Jesus and of your love towards all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making commemoration of you in my prayers. Eph. 1:15 ff.

I give thanks to my God in every remembrance of you: always in all my prayers making supplication for you all with joy. Phil. 1:3-5.

Therefore we also, from the day that we heard it, cease not to pray for you and to beg that you may be filled with the knowledge of his 'will. in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. Col. 1:9-12.

Epaphras saluteth you, who Is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, who is always solicitous for you in prayer., that you may stand perfect and full In all the will of God. Col. 4:12. NAB.

We give thanks to God always for you all: making a remembrance of you in our prayers without ceasing. 1 Thess. 1:2. NAB.

We pray always for you: that our God would make you worthy of his vocation and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness and the work of faith in power: that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thess. 1:11-12.

I give thanks to God, whom I serve from my forefathers, with a pure conscience, that without ceasing I have a remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day. 2 Tim. 1:3. NAB.

Concerning all things, I make it my prayer that thou mayest proceed prosperously and fare well as thy soul doth prosperously. 3 John 2.

I give thanks to my God, always making a remembrance of thee in my prayers. Philem. 4.

The Magnificat. Luke 1:46-56.

The Benedictus. Luke 1:68-79.

The Nunc dimittis. Luke 2:29-32.

 

CONTEMPLATION OF THE WONDERFULL WORKS OF GOD

 

Mine eyes have looked unto thee before the morning, that I might thini\k upon thy words. Ps.118:148. [NIV 119:148.]

How have I loved thy law, O Lord It Is my meditation all the day long. Ps. 118:97. [NIV 119:97.]

I have lifted up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence my help shall come. Ps.120:l. [NIV 121:2.]

That which is at present momentary and light of our tribulation worketh for us above measure exceedingly an eternal weight of glory: while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal: but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Cor. 4: 17-18.

Consider the works of God, that no man can correct whom he hath despised. Eccles. 7:14.

Thou hast given me, O Lord, delight in thy doings: and in the works of thy hands shall I rejoice. Ps. 91:5. [NIV 92:4.]

The things that God hath commanded thee, think on them always. Ecclus. 3:22. cf. NAB.

Let thy thoughts be upon the precepts of God, and meditate continually on his commandments; and he will give thee a heart, and the desire of wisdom shall be given to thee. Eccius. 6:37. NAB.

The corruptible body is a load upon the soul, and the earthly habitation presseth down the mind that museth upon many things. WIs. 9:15. NAB.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Set your hearts to consider your ways. Agge. 1:5. [The NAB gives the name of this book as Haggai.]

Blessed is the man that shall continue in wisdom and shall meditate in his justice, and in his mind shall think of the all-seeing eye of God. Ecclus. 14:22. cf. NAB.

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole strength. And these words that 1 command thee this day shall be in thy heart. And thou shalt tell them to thy children, and thou shalt meditate upon them sitting in thy house, and walking on thy journey, sleeping and rising. Deut. 6:5-7. NAB. NIV.

The Lord also said to Moses: Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt tell them to make to themselves fringes in the corners of their garments, putting in them ribbons of blue. That when they shall see them they may remember all the commandments of the Lord, and not follow their own thoughts and eyes, going astray after divers things. Num. 15:37-39. NAB. NIV.

I thought upon the days of old: and I had in my mind the eternal years. Ps. 76:6. [NIV Ps. 77:5-6.]

I meditated on thy commandments, which I loved. Ps.118:47. [NIV Ps. 119:47.]

In all thy works remember thy last end, and thou shalt never sin. Ecclus. 7:40. NAB.

Remember the wrath that shall be at the last day, and the time of repaying when he shall turn away his face. Ecclus. 18:24. NAB.

For the rest, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are modest, whatsoever just, whatsoever holy, whatsoever lovely, whatsoever of good fame, if there be any virtue, if any praise of discipline, think on these things. Phil. 4:8. NAB.

Trouble and anguish have found me; thy commandments are my meditation. Ps. 118:143. [NIV 119:143.]

In all thy ways think on him, and he will direct thy steps. Prov. 3:6.


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