The most powerful prayer you can pray!

April 16th, 2010 · by Tom Stuart · Prayer, TOP TEN ALL TIME Posts

Some circumstances make it difficult for us to know how to pray. There is a prayer that anyone, anywhere, at any time can pray and be confident that God has heard and will answer.

Like most prayer, the words are not as important as the attitude of heart that expresses it.

Whenever Jesus prayed it, God the Father worked miracles (Mark 6:41).

The apostle Paul said that whenever you pray, you should always pray this. More than twenty times in the New Testament, Paul himself prayed this prayer or encouraged others to do so (Philippians 4:6 & 1 Thessalonians 5:13).

In the Old Testament, David, Israel’s greatest king and psalmist, prayed this prayer more than twenty-five times as well. You’ll find most of those prayers in the Psalms. David encouraged us that it was the key to entering God’s Presence (Psalm 100:1).

Great battles were won when people prayed this prayer. One of the best examples is the account of King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah using this prayer as they entered into battle against the attacking Moabites and Ammonites (2 Chronicles 20:21).

It is the SIMPLEST and SHORTEST PRAYER in the Bible. You don’t need to memorize it. It is probably the GREATEST PRAYER of FAITH a person can pray. Yet, although this prayer is encouraged throughout the Bible and is so powerful, MOST PEOPLE typically FORGET to pray this prayer.

In fact, Jesus’ encounter with one group of people indicates that perhaps ONLY ONE IN TEN PRAY IT. Plus He greatly commended those who did (Luke 17:16-17).

What is this prayer? Simply saying “thanks” to God! Paul writes “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV).

For further meditation and application: Pause right now and pray some prayers of “thanks” to God. Thank Him for the good things that have happened in your life. And this is important, thank Him for the bad things as well. In giving thanks for the difficult things, like the saints of old, you are praying the most powerful prayer you can pray. Like them, expect similar results!

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29 Responses to “The most powerful prayer you can pray!”

  1. Tom last year I looked foward to getting up and diving into Sparkling Gems from the Greek.Since having read the complete book I was hopeing something would come along to replace it. Tom your blog was it.



  2. Dick – Thanks for the encouragement. I am enjoying the daily discipline of writing and so glad that you are being blessed as well. Tom

  3. I applied somewhere but I have had no reply yet.Please pray for me for a success in the outcome of what I am waiting for.Thanks and May God bless u

  4. Viban – Thank you for your comment. Sorry for not having replied sooner. I will join you in prayer that the breakthrough you are believing for will happen. Blessings to you as well!

  5. Prayer Request :

    Please GOD forgive me for any mistake ,I have ever done in this birth or any other previous birth and please answer my prayer . Please unite me back with my beloved and bless me with my marriage with him ,with our parents blessings and happiness before the end of year 2012 .Please help me GOD .Please don’t let me lose faith in you GOD .


  6. Thank you for your prayer request. I will be standing with you in prayer and ask some others in my church to pray for you as well. “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” Psalm 34:18. May the Lord hear the cry of your heart and answer your prayers. He will hold you in the palm of his hand and no one or nothing will be able to rob you of your place and faith in Him. Blessings!!!

  7. I have been charged with some very serious charges in court and i am facing an uphill battle in court. A petition has been filed to revoke my probation and take away my freedom.Please stand in the gap for me and pray for me that God will intervene in my situation and give me mercy and favor with the judge and prosecutor over my case and that the lord will go before me and fight this battle for me.Please pray for me that God will deliver me from going to prison.God bless you

  8. I will be praying with you for God to be merciful in the midst of judgment. There is a great promise from Habakkuk 3:2 “I have heard all about you, LORD. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by. And in your anger, remember your mercy.’ God is a merciful God and promises to lift up those who humble themselves before Him just as you are doing. May the Lord strengthen you in your determination to cast yourself upon Him. He cares for those who cast their cares on Him. Blessings to you. Please share your ocontinuing testimony and victories with us.

  9. my son Jonathon, will call his mother , pleading lord, for his outreach to his mom

  10. Standing with you in prayer!!! He is the God of the breakthrough and promises to do exceeding abundantly above anything we can ask or think. Blessings – Tom

  11. Dear God, I ask you please to forgive me for all of my sins, all the wrong and bad things that I have done i my whole entire life. Please forgive my bad moutning and bad thoughs about other people. Thank you Godl I need your help please for my son who’s probation is being revoked, please don’t let the courts send him back to prison, I also ask you please that my son find help for his drinking and anger problems. Thank you God for your help.

  12. Praying with and for you that God gives you a breakthrough!!! He is faithful to forgive, restore and give you a future and hope in Him.

  13. Lord please forgive me for all my sins and wrong I have done, I pray you can intervene in my love’s life and bring us back together soon, before it is too late. He intervened in mine and now I need to have the faith that He will answer my prayers. Please God reunite us so we can live a blessed life under Your name! Amen

  14. Lord I join my faith in praying for a breakthrough in the life of this precious sister in the Lord. We thank you for your forgiveness and the restoration power of your Holy Spirit. Amen!

  15. I had been cheated ammount is £ 7000.00, in this situation i’m very much depressed, psycologically disturbed, i had to repay back this ammount which i borrowed fr my friends, at present i don’t have any options to generated any source of income, i don’t any funds left with me, slogging for my daily survival, i feel that i may end my life.
    I do kindly request you all to pls pray for me, i’m very much sure that with the help of your prayers i may survive from this critical situation.
    Thnking you all those who are keeping me in their prayers, may our loving God bless you all.

  16. Father, in the name of Jesus your Son, we thank you for this dear man and stand together with him in prayer. You have promised that you would meet all of our needs out of your riches in Glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) Meet all of his needs now even as we begin to pray. Release faith, hope and love into his life in such a way that the despair, darkness and oppression be broken over him. Open up a door of hope that provides him a new perspective on life, your divine protection, faithful people to encourage him and opportunity for constructive change and provision. We pray that he might know that he is loved and blessed by You! Amen

  17. I pray Thee oh Lord that may the Light of your face shine on this brother who is in this gruesome and heart-broken situation. God the Father, God the son and God the Holy Ghost, grant to him according to his heart requires.

  18. Please pray for my husband Donny – we have been married almost 21 years and he left me and our 2 kids for another woman and she is facing drug charges. Please pray the hedge of thorns prayer around him and the other woman will leave him and he will get off drugs and he let’s the Lord come into his life and that Donny will come back home with a loving heart.

  19. I am so sorry to hear about your difficult situation. Your prayer request is a sacred trust and I will join you in praying for a breakthrough. God is faithful to hear the cries of his children. Just as Jesus promised to hear the persistent pleas for justice like the widow pleading with the unjust judge in His parable in Luke 18:1-6 so God will hear your plea.

  20. Please paray for prodigal spouse who threw me out and our 10 month old son because of another woman. I pray that every bond or communication he has with these women will be broken in the mighty name of Jesus and John will come back for us . Amen

  21. Praying with you – God we pray for John who has wandered from the faith and become an unfaithful spouse. We thank you God that you are a loving, waiting father who longs to run to and embrace him when he returns home to you. (Luke 15:11-32)

    We thank you God that your kindness is meant to lead him to repentance. (Romans 2:4)
    Lamentations 3:22-23
    Because of your “great love we are not consumed, for your compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (NIV)
    Hosea 2:6
    We pray that if necessary you would “block John’s path with thorn bushes” and “wall him in so he cannot find his way.” (NIV) Let him eat husks with the pigs so that he will…
    Acts 3:19
    “repent then, and turn to God, so that his sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (NIV)

  22. Please prayer group. Please pray from me. i am passing through time that i don’t even how i have gotten up till this point in time.

    I know that Jesus died on the Cross for our sins and i know that God is God. Please i need him to grant me my heart request and do not let me to be put to shame in the presents of my enemy.


  23. I am standing with you for a breakthrough in your life. May Jesus, the burden bearer sustain you with His strength and defeat every enemy in your life, making you more than a conqueror because He loves you. We pray that as you wait upon Him He will work miraculously for you. (Isaiah 64:4)

  24. Need help by prayers.I have been a god fearing christian but foolishly partook in drug use that may cost me my job.I am asking for prayer help in beating drug addiction and keeping my job.I will be extremely graetful to all

  25. Praying for you that the Lord who is a redeemer will redeem your situation for His glory! Father, take what the enemy means for evil and turn it for good in this man’s life!!

  26. Please GOD , forgive me for my sins and also for my bad attitudes and my bad actions. Please GOD Forgive me , i know you wont fail me , and i know you’ll help me. Oh Mighty GOD help me throughout this whole year and the rest of them. I Pray to you GOD , please help me in the bad situations that are happening to me today and tomorrow ( my bad toughts). I Will be soo Thankful for all.

  27. Thank you Lord for your mercy to forgive us all our iniquities and grace to guide us in Your ways. We thank you for releasing your blessings in my brothers life!

  28. Dear Lord of Mercy and Father of Comfort, You are the One I turn to for help in moments of weakness and times of need. Please please, I ask you to be with your servant in this illness. Psalm 107:20 says that you send out your Word and heal. So then, please send your healing Word to your servant. In the name of Jesus, drive out all infirmity and sickness from my friend’s body(whom I love and want him to be my beloved husband). Have mercy on me. Lord, I’m on my knees, have tears in my eyes and am begging you from the bottom of my heart to please please heal him(my love), remove all his sickness, disease, and make him healthy again. Same goes for my family. I also want him and my family to have long, healthy and wealthy life. I want him to love me only, and have lots of feelings for me, and I also want him to propose me for marriage, as I want to settle down with him and have a happy family, and I want him to live with me, never leave me, till my last breath. Lord Jesus, please do a miracle and make this happen, I also want him to listen to me, as I want him to stop smoking, taking tobacco, and too much alcohol intake. Please Lord Jesus, help me, only you can change a person and make things happen, as you’ve the supreme powers and can make things possible from impossible. Please make our life very blissful, fill it with love, joy, patience, and understanding. Bless me and my partner, so that we may never surrender to whatever challenges that come our way. Fill our hearts with love for each other, and may you make each one of us realize each other’s worth. Please touch the heart of my partner,fill it with much love for me. Make our complicated relationship become uncomplicated. I seek for your mercy and blessings to make us spend the rest of our lives with each other, till my last breath. Please make this feelings for both of us. Always put us in each other’s heart and mind. Thank you Lord for hearing my prayers and please make it happen. I also pray to St Jude-please lift up my prayer request to God-you being the saint of impossible causes, please bless us and make us husband and wife. Please also bless that our business prosper, so that we can expand. Please make this happen, Lord Jesus.

    Lord Jesus, please stop my friend’s wife from cheating her husband and her child, as she’s seeing and communicating with her lover discreetly. Please change her so that she does not have any more feelings, love or interest for her lover, nor she’ll communicate or contact him anymore, infact, she should only love, serve and be truthful and a dutiful mother and wife to her husband and her child, and reside to another country with her family forever.

    Same goes with her lover, he should not have any more feelings, love or interest for her, nor he’ll communicate or call her anymore. Please make his mind totally blank of her.

    Please don’t let the family fall apart, as the child loves her parents immensely and he loves his wife too.

    Please help to solve this.


  29. Joining with you in prayer that the God of mercy and hope give you all peace and joy in believing that by the power of the Holy Spirit you might abound in hope. (Romans 15:13)

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