5 Verses to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Pray

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Whether our problems are personal, national, or global ... sometimes it's hard to know what to pray. 5 Verses to Pray When You Don't Know What to Pray

I can still remember the feeling like it happened yesterday. I desperately needed to pray but the cries of my heart were making it impossible for me to put my needs into words.

I called Rev and sobbed, “I need you to come and pray with me.” And my partner in prayer as well as life came and put words to our pleas.

Whether your problems are personal, national, or global … sometimes it’s hard to know what to pray. And I have to admit, almost every time I watch the news or scroll through my social media feeds it feels like the enemy of our souls is on an evil rampage.

We shouldn’t be surprised we feel helpless and maybe even a little hopeless at times; when we can’t find the words and don’t know what to pray. 

Maybe this is one of those times for you.

If so, join me … I’m praying God’s Word of hope and promise.

5 Verses to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Pray

Whether our problems are personal, national, or global ... sometimes it's hard to know what to pray.

Psalm 143:1

Hear my prayer, O Lord;
    listen to my plea!
    Answer me because You are faithful and righteous.

Father, Your Word tells me You are love. It tells me You want me to come to You with my prayers. So, I come to You offering my tears and wordless pleas. I need You! I believe You are faithful and righteous, just and true. I give this to You, Lord. Give me courage and strength. Help me. Help us. Amen.

Psalm 3:3–4

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me;
    You are my glory, the one who holds my head high.
I cried out to the Lord,
    and He answered me from His holy mountain. 

Father, I trust You are with me. I believe You guard and protect me. Even when life feels fragile and I’m frightened, I count on You to shield me. When I cry out to You repentant of the many ways we have failed You, ways I have failed You … Lord, You gently lift my face and turn my eyes toward You. You are the Rock, who gives me courage. Thank you. Amen.

Romans 8:26

Also, the Spirit helps us with our weakness. We do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit Himself speaks to God for us, even begs God for us with deep feelings that words cannot explain. 

Father, I love this verse. I am weak. My heart is heavy and I don’t know what or how to pray. But Your Spirit helps me. He comes to You and speaks my needs even when they are unclear to me.

Spirit, pray for me. You know my yesterday, my today, and my tomorrow. You know what’s best for me. You know the anxious thoughts behind my wordless prayer. Nothing is new to You. Nothing too difficult. Thank you for praying for me. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for the beyond understanding peace You give. Amen.

Ephesians 1:19–20

 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. 

Father, nothing is impossible to You. Power for life is in and with You. You raised Jesus from the dead. My current circumstances, though difficult, are not beyond Your power and love. So, I come to You praying Jesus’ Garden prayer, “Abba, Father,” He cried out, “everything is possible for You. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (Mark 14:36) I trust Your will for me. Thanks and praise. Amen.

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Jude 1:24

Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into His glorious presence without a single fault.

Father, I praise You. When things appear frail and uncertain. When the enemy tries to fill my mind with doubts I come to You. Take my doubts and fears from me. Gather my tears and hold them close. Fill my heart and mind with hope and joy as I look toward the future You promised long ago. This is just a moment on the journey to my forever in Your presence. You are my promise now and forever. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Never stop praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

When you have words and even when you don’t … pray. Your Father loves you. He hears you. He will answer the cries of your heart.

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  1. Hey Deb, I am astounded by Romans 8:26. It’s amazing how even in our weakness God makes provision in prayer for us through the Holy Spirit. What a mindful God we serve. He is ever committed to us succeeding (and being overcomers) in our life in Christ. Thank for hosting and have a blessed weekend!

  2. What beautiful prayers, Deb, like a salve to my soul. Thank you for dispensing comfort like you do; I am so blessed by your ministry!

  3. The truth and power of Eph. 1:19-20 leaves me in awe, and I cling to it when I begin to feel defeated. That God gives us the same access to His power as shown through raising Jesus is unfathomable! Thanks, Deb!

  4. Debbie Putman says:

    I think Romans 8:26 is one of the most comforting verses in all of Scripture. When I don’t know what to pray, I remember the Holy Spirit intercedes for me.

  5. Deb, I just love this! I received an e-mail this morning from someone who was struggling, wondering how to pray – and I am definitely forwarding this to hear. What God-timing!

  6. I was in a season a few years ago when I didn’t trust my own words in prayer for one of my sons, so I also rested my prayers for him on the timeless truth of Scripture. So thankful that God knows what is best.

  7. Going through a new season in life and I literally prayed, Lord teach me how to pray for this since so many are impacted – then he brought the right words and thoughts to me. God is an amazing God.

    Thanks for all you do.

  8. I know for me sometimes all I can utter is his name, “Jesus.” I have found that is enough in those times. Thank you for pointing us to God’s word.

  9. Beautiful verses to encourage us all when words seem to fail us. Romans 8:26 always encourages me as I know God reads my heart and intercedes on my behalf. Thank you for reminding me today how well God knows my heart, my thoughts, and prayers. Blessings!

  10. Kim Jolly says:

    Deb, Thank you for sharing these Scriptures and prayers. At times life gets so overwhelming that it’s difficult, if not impossible, to pray.



  11. I love how the Bible has given us everything that we need especially when we need it the most. These are amazing prayers.

  12. Angela Howard says:

    Beautiful prayers Deb! Thank you for sharing.

  13. Thank you for sharing these. They’re good ones (of course, aren’t they all!)

    1. Thank you, Eve! Amen! I’m so thankful for the blessing of His Word! God bless you!