Prayer and Praying

Prayers and references to prayer appear in sixty-two of the sixty-six books of the Bible — all except the Song of Solomon, Obadiah, Haggai, and 2 John. Several books give considerable attention to prayer: Genesis, Numbers, Judges, Matthew, Luke, Acts, 2 Corinthians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, James and 1 Peter. The Book of Psalms stands in a class by itself as a book of prayers.  Generally speaking, the Old Testament contains information about prayer, and the New Testament stresses its importance.

The Bible presents God as the One who has communicated with us and who invites us to communicate with Him.  Since He is the sovereign Creator and we are finite creatures, we need to know what He has revealed about how we can and should communicate with Him.  The Christian's relationship to our Heavenly Father is the most important one that we enjoy. So it is essential that we know how to communicate with God acceptably and effectively." —Tom Constable in "Prayer — Talking to God;" a free online resource available at