101 Reasons to Pray


If you are wondering why you should bother to pray, here are some good reasons to pray:

  1. To have a relationship with God.
  2. To experience God’s peace.
  3. To be transformed into the image of Christ.
  4. Because God commands us to pray.
  5. To be involved in God’s work in people’s lives.
  6. To show people we love them enough to pray for them.
  7. To receive guidance from the Holy Spirit.
  8. To get wisdom in a difficult situation.
  9. To see how God answers prayer.
  10. To learn perseverance and endurance.
  11. To get rid of anxiety and worry.
  12. To turn God-ward.
  13. To give us a proper perspective.
  14. To know the love of God.
  15. To connect to the God of the universe.
  16. To learn thankfulness.
  17. Life is hard. Without Jesus beside us, it would be unbearable.
  18. To feel the presence of God during trials.
  19. To stand in the gap for a loved one.
  20. To ask for the salvation of someone.
  21. To ask that God would transform a difficult person.
  22. If we have a need, that God would provide it.
  23. To receive comfort during sadness.
  24. To align your heart to God’s heart and feel what He feels.
  25. To receive forgiveness for sins.
  26. For God to help us to control our words.
  27. To adore the Creator.
  28. When someone is in the hospital, that God would bring healing.
  29. After a car accident or other trauma–for the ability to get through the situation.
  30. For the reconciliation of a broken marriage.
  31. For an estranged child to come back to Christ.
  32. For our bills to be paid.
  33. For safety during travel.
  34. For God to use our spiritual gifts for the edification of the church.
  35. For God to unify His people.
  36. To accomplish God’s work.
  37. To perform our daily tasks well.
  38. To raise our children with hearts for God.
  39. To talk with God, to commune with Him.
  40. To receive insight into God’s Word.
  41. For God to give us the right thing to say to someone.
  42. To remove fear and give us confidence.
  43. To receive encouragement from God.
  44. To delight in the Lord.
  45. To be strengthened inwardly.
  46. To grow in faith and trust.
  47. To glorify the Lord.
  48. To receive answers to specific prayers and praise God.
  49. For the church to have revival.
  50. To listen to God.
  51. To find God’s purpose and calling for your life.
  52. To push back the powers of darkness and shine light to others.
  53. To gain clarity in a confusing situation.
  54. To be able to commit ourselves to God when falsely accused.
  55. To make Jesus Lord of our lives and allow Him to rule us.
  56. To abide in Christ like a branch in a vine.
  57. To set people free from bondage.
  58. To learn to trust God and to see His faithfulness.
  59. To be sanctified so that we can be useful vessels to the Master.
  60. To grow in our faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God.
  61. To receive more rewards when we finally are with Christ in heaven.
  62. To gain assurance of salvation.
  63. For protection in a dangerous situation.
  64. To remove excuses for sin.
  65. To be guided by God and His Word.
  66. To be convicted over sin and retain a clear conscience.
  67. To bring delight to God.
  68. To repair a friendship.
  69. To receive wisdom for parenting.
  70. To know how to prioritize a busy day.
  71. To grow in holiness.
  72. To enable us to rejoice in all things.
  73. To know that all things will work out for our good.
  74. To gain boldness in evangelism.
  75. To acquire gentleness in rebuking someone.
  76. To learn to live in dependence upon God and not our own resources.
  77. To be set free from our own strongholds or sinful patterns of thought.
  78. To gain generosity to help the poor.
  79. To give true encouragement to the fainthearted.
  80. To help someone feel that they are not alone.
  81. To grow in intimacy with a spouse.
  82. To get excited about Christ’s return.
  83. To get rid of false guilt and condemnation.
  84. To have hope in a hopeless situation.
  85. To take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
  86. To gain a greater awe for God.
  87. To not grow weary in doing good.
  88. To discover the hidden things of God.
  89. To ignite a deeper love and commitment to God.
  90. To ask God how to lead His children closer to Himself.
  91. To align your will to God’s will.
  92. To thank God for our daily food and His provision of it.
  93. To overcome temptation.
  94. To appreciate what God has given.
  95. To ask God to enable you to get out of debt.
  96. To not be blind to an area of sin.
  97. To break harmful addictions.
  98. To set our hearts on things above and not on earthly things.
  99. To learn contentment.
  100. To be a rock for other people in the midst of a storm.
  101. To enjoy the presence of God.

I hope you can see that prayer is vital and that there are so many reasons to pray. Can you think of other reasons we should pray?

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24 Responses to “101 Reasons to Pray”

  1. Andrea says:

    To communicate and have better fellowship with God – that’s what it’s all about

  2. Tiffany says:

    What a super helpful list. Thank you for this resource!

  3. Nickia says:

    Such a great reminder that we go to God for EVERYTHING!! Sometimes we feel like we can only bring the best to Him but in reality, we can bring the broken and messy, too!

  4. Heather Hart says:

    “To be transformed into the image of Christ.” is a big one for me. I want my heart to be more like His.

  5. So many good reasons to pray! Sometimes, I’ve struggled with why should we pray and ask for things when God already knows His will, and I still don’t have an answer for how our prayers affect Him, but I know that they affect ME! They soften my heart, awake empathy for others, draw me closer to Him, help me hear His voice more clearly!

    • Susan says:

      Prayer sometimes changes us more than it changes our circumstances. The presence of God is better than anything else He can give us.

  6. Andrea says:

    I think all of those reasons are important!

  7. Shana says:

    This is great! I think this would be a great exercise for anyone of any age. Sometimes we spend to much time thinking about what is going wrong vs how great a God we serve.

    • Susan says:

      We tend to focus on the negative because we want to overcome pain. But focusing on the good that God has already done gives us hope and builds our faith and endurance to help us in our current trial.

  8. Marcee says:

    “To be a rock for other people, ” that’s enough in and of itself. There are so many hurting people who struggle to believe on their own. They are crying out for help. Lovely post!

    • Susan says:

      Thank you. My husband and I are striving to be a rock for others. One time we were on a bridge overlooking a river, and we saw a huge rock. It was symbolic of stability when times get turbulent!

  9. To turn God-ward is a powerful one! But aren’t they all? Haha! Another one that is close to my heart is prayer for the reconciliation of marriages.

  10. Kristi says:

    So many good reasons but I like #101 the best!

  11. Ej says:

    What an awesome list of reasons to pray! Prayer is truly one of the biggest keys to building our foundation with Christ.

  12. Brandi Michelle says:

    Prayer is a necessity and we must do it without ceasing. You laid out an awesome list of topics that can could benefit from prayer.

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