50 Powerful Prayer Prompts For When You Can’t Pray

Need effective powerful prayer prompts for when you can’t pray? Continue reading to get over 50 prayer prompts to help you focus on God and pray more effectively!

Hey sis! Have you ever used a prayer prompt when you felt like you just can’t pray anymore? Have you ever struggled to find the words to tell God what you really wanna say?

I have. A. Lot.

There have been a number of times in my life when I just couldn’t focus on praying or I didn’t feel like praying. In times like these, I found that having a prayer prompt or some kind of guide for what to say, really helped me to be able to open my mouth and talk to God. Below are over 50 of the most powerful prayer prompts for when you can’t pray.

Write them down in your prayer journal. Put them up on your walls and use them whenever you need a little extra help to talk to God.

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Please use these prayer prompts with a prayer journal to help you to focus on God or use these prayer prompts for when you can’t pray at all and simply don’t have the words. No matter what you are going through, God is here and He is listening. I pray that these prompts help you to have a deeper connection with God and pray even more powerful prayers. 


Pray and give thanks to God for everything

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Pray for a loved one who is hurting

Ephesians 6:18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

Pray for all those in authority in countries all over the world

1 Timothy 2:1-2 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

Pray for help with negative thinking and speaking

Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Pray for guidance from God

Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”

Pray for a family member you are thankful for

Acts 10:2 “He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.”

Pray for God to help you overcome fear and doubt

Hebrews 13:6 “So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

Pray for hope when you’re going through a storm

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Pray for someone who has mistreated or abused you

Matthew 5:44 “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”

Pray to hear God’s voice when making a decision

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”

Pray about the things you constantly think about

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.”

Pray and ask God to heal your broken heart

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Pray and ask God to help you overcome feelings of loneliness and isolation

Psalm 73:23-26 “But still I am ever with you; you have taken me by my right hand. Your wisdom will be my guide, and later you will put me in a place of honour. Whom have I in heaven but you? And having you I have no desire for anything on earth. My flesh and my heart are wasting away: but God is the Rock of my heart and my eternal heritage.”

Pray and ask God to help you move forward from your past

Isaiah 43:18-19 “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”


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Pray for friends who are struggling with sin and shame

Job 42:10 “After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.”

Pray and ask God to have His way in your life

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Pray and ask God to give you the strength to get through today

Nehemiah 8:10 “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Pray and ask God for your purpose in life

1 Peter 2:9 ” But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

Pray and ask God for a miracle to happen in your life

Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Pray to God and ask Him to strengthen your faith

Ephesians 6:16 “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;”

Pray for a sick loved one for healing and recovery

Jeremiah 17:14 “Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.”

Pray for your (future) husband from head to toe

Ephesians 5:23 “For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.”

Pray, thanking God for the family He has given you

Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”

Pray for family protection and guidance

Proverbs 17:17 “Friends love all the time, and kinsfolk are born for times of trouble.”

Pray for those who serve the community

-1 Peter 4:10 “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

Pray for God to help you when you face temptation

1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

Pray for God to give you the words to speak 

Romans 8:26 “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”

Pray for God to help you refocus your heart on Jesus

Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Pray to God for focus and concentration

Ecclesiastes 12:13 “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”

Pray for God to help you achieve your goals

2 Chronicles 15:7 “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”

Pray to overcome lusting and sexual immorality

Ephesians 6:14-17  “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Pray for God to open your spiritual eyes and ears

1 John 4:1 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

Pray for your future

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Pray for married couples and for marriages under attack

Ecclesiastes 4:9 “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?”

Pray for your parents’ health and strength

3 John 1:2 “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”


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Pray for God to speak through you

Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Pray to be used by God

Philippians 2:13 “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”

Pray for help in listening to the word of God

Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Pray for God to activate your spiritual gifts

1 Peter 4:10-11 “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

Pray and speak God’s favour over your life

Ephesians 1:11 “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,”

Pray for help in sharing the word of God

Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”

Pray for financial help and financial breakthrough

Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”

Pray for God’s help in loving your neighbours as yourself

Mark 12:31 “The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Pray for grace and strength in your daily life

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Pray for God to teach you patience while waiting

Colossians 3:12 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

Pray for the poor and needy, and those who are homeless

Isaiah 58:7 “Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”

Pray for a relationship to be restored and strengthened

1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

Pray for wisdom and spiritual discernment

Colossians 1:9 “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,”

Pray for self-control

Galatians 5:23 “Gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law.”

Pray for joy and peace

Isaiah 26:3 “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you.”

Pray for forgiveness when you’ve hurt someone

James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

Pray for God to help you forgive someone who’s hurt you

Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”


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  1. Tanya Nyagura
    June 19, 2021 / 4:37 PM

    Wow you are amazing. I’ve not been doing so in school lately and my mom keeps on saying that I’ll fail my final exams because i lack focus like other students. I’ve been feeling like giving up a lot but then i googled 25 songs for strength and they popped up assembled by you. You’re amazing!!! May God reward you endlessly! I feel so much better now and I’m ready to keep on fighting! Please pray for me so that i get all As. I’ll pray that God listens to all your prayers this side.

    With much love


  2. Susan Cu Tikalsky
    May 8, 2022 / 1:07 AM

    healing as a miracle to those of family

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