There are certain elements needed in order for prayer to be powerful. One important element is to say the right prayer (with a humble disposition). While our Heavenly Father no doubt hears even the faintest of a whispered prayer, throughout history there seems to be certain prayers that give way to bigger (and more supernatural) blessings. We would be wise to focus on such powerful prayer given us by our forbearers.
While there are several we could mention in this article, we will stick to 7 of the most documented within the Church. As you pray these powerful prayers, make sure to believe in their power. As Jesus perfectly stated, “According to your faith let it be done to you” (Matt. 9:29).
As you’re seeking answered prayer, remember to be especially attentive to God’s Word, the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and to listen for His voice. Praying to God has two equal parts: speaking and listening. To enhance your prayer-life even further, add fasting to your routine.
When you’re ready, get somewhere quiet with God and pray these 7 powerful prayers to Heaven:
7 Most Powerful Prayers Throughout History
1.) Our Father
This is the quintessential Christian prayer, given to us by Jesus Himself (Matt. 6:9-13). It is often prayed as an ‘all occasion’ prayer; one that hits all the bases. Amongst other things, it acknowledges God’s greatness, invites God’s divine will into our lives, petitions Him for all our needs, and requests pardon for our sins as we pledge to forgive those who have (and will) sin against us.
“Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name;
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
2.) Jesus at Gethsemane
This prayer is perhaps the simplest, yet most profound prayer we can recite. Spoken by Jesus, it demonstrates how we must accept God’s will for our lives, even when we don’t like it. By accepting the will of God, we can be transformed. Yes, there will come a day when the cup comes to us … and let us always have the courage to answer, “Thy will be done” (Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42).
“Father, if You are willing, take this cup away from me. Nevertheless, let Your will be done, not mine.”
3.) Hail Mary
This prayer is exceptional because it is dedicated to the Queen of Heaven, Mother Mary, whose intercession is especially powerful. This remarkably simple prayer has few elements, and all are taken from Scripture. It praises Mary as Jesus’ blessed Mother, and humbly asks for her intercession. It is short, so it is easily memorized and quickly spoken in times of need. It is the backbone of the Rosary devotion, which is arguably the world’s most powerful devotion. With innumerable miracles and conversions to its credit, the Hail Mary is an extraordinary (and extraordinarily powerful) prayer.
“Hail Mary full of Grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed are thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death
4.) Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
There are few words the devil must hate to hear as much as this prayer to his victor, the Archangel Michael. Not only does satan and the Archangel have a battle-filled past (with another on the way; see Rev. 12:7-10), St. Michael the Archangel is the defender of all God’s faithful, and his sword is swift and keen. When confronted with evil, this prayer invokes St. Michael’s incredible protection and mighty intercession into our lives.
“Holy Michael, the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do you, O Prince of the Heavenly host,
by the power of God,
cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of [all our] souls.
5.) David’s Prayer for Deliverance
Pursued by his own brother, King David prayed for God to deliver him from his enemies. It seems most of us have (or have had) enemies who, for whatever reason (and perhaps with the help and influence of evil forces), seek to harm us in one way or another. When faced with such opposition, just as the psalmist did, we should cry out for divine protection from our Lord.
“Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
Many say of me,
‘God will not deliver him.’
But You, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One Who lifts my head high.
I call out to You, Lord,
and You answer me from Your Holy mountain.
I lie down and sleep;
and I wake again, because You sustain me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.
Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies;
break the wicked.
From You, Lord, comes my deliverance.
May Your blessing be on all Your people.”
[Adapted from Psalm 3]
6.) The Prayer of Jabez
This is a life-changing prayer. It is often overlooked because, for one, it’s very short. But it’s also buried deep in an Old Testament genealogy, and refers to a person who didn’t write any Biblical texts. It was actually written down by Ezra, the author of 1 Chronicles. This prayer is a petition which asks God for a blessing of abundance and divine protection. Two blessings we are certainly in need of today.
“Oh that You would bless me indeed, Lord,
and enlarge my border,
and that Your hand might be with me,
and that You would keep me from harm
that it may not pain me.
And God granted him what he requested.
[Adapted from 1 Chronicles 4:10]
We will all face distressing times. Jonah found himself in the belly of a whale, and from this place of utter despair and hopelessness, he cried out for salvation. He needed his Savior, and so do we! Oh how often we find ourselves in the belly of the beast! Yet, even amidst these most uncomfortable situations, we are able to cry out to our Lord knowing full well He is trustworthy to save us!
“For You, Lord, had cast me into the deep,
into the heart of the seas,
and the current engulfed me.
All Your breakers and billows passed over me.
So I said, ‘I have been expelled from Your sight.
Nevertheless I will look again toward Your Holy Temple.’
Water encompassed me to the point of death.
The great deep engulfed me,
weeds were wrapped around my head.
I descended to the roots of the mountains.
The earth with its bars was around me forever.
But You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God!
While I was fainting away,
I remembered the Lord,
and my prayer came to You,
into Your Holy Temple.
Those who regard vain idols
forsake their faithfulness;
But I will sacrifice to You, Lord,
with the voice of thanksgiving.
That which I have vowed I will pay.
Salvation is from the Lord.
[Adapted from Jonah 2:3-9]
These prayers have the potential to change lives. Some have even changed entire Nations. As you pray, consider the power each of these prayers has and the changes they can make in your life should you take them to heart. Pray them with your whole heart, soul and Spirit.