Pauline Prayer: 10 Powerful Prayers from Paul with Explanation

Pauline Prayer are prayers made by Paul to fellow believers he wrote to. They are several powerful prayers from Paul that should guide our prayer lives.

Prayer is one of the foundation and basic tenets of the Christian Faith.  All through the scripture – from prophets to the Master and then the epistles – prayer was taught as the bedrock of a powerful Christian.

One powerful statement about prayer was made by Jesus in the book of Luke: Men ought to pray and not to faint.” The use of the word “ought” shows responsibility placed on every Christian. A necessity that should be fulfilled till our dying breathe.

Of course, we cannot talk about prayers without the Pauline prayers.  Ageless prayers that across every dispensation and season. Together, we’ll take a look at 10 Powerful Prayers by Paul.

Below are 10 Powerful Prayers from Paul:

Pauline Prayer: 10 Powerful Prayers from Paul

Pauline Prayer 1

Romans 10: 1 -2 – Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge (NIV).

Here Paul sets a remarkable precedent. He prays for the salvation of men and the righ knowledge of the things of God. We ought to pray that men be saved and that they accept the gospel of Christ with the right knowledge.

Pauline Prayer 2

Romans 15: 30- 31 – I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints. 

Paul prayed that he be delivered from unbelievers! A prayer we can then draw comfort from as we attempt to live a holy life. As we live for Christ and preach the good news, we will face opposition, but we can pray to God for deliverance from non-Christians.

Pauline Prayer 3

Ephesians 1: 16 – 20 –  I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.

This is one of the powerful prayers from Paul about revelation for the church of Christ. It is a prayer for a deeper understanding of our hope in Christ, God’s surpassing greatness and His glorious riches.

Pauline Prayer: 10 Powerful Prayers from Paul

Pauline Prayer 4

Philippians 1: 9 – It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment.

Philippians 1: 9 is one of the powerful prayers from Paul. A prayer on love and revelation. This Pauline prayer encourages us to pray for true and unconditional biblical love, rather than human love that focuses on oneself.

Pauline Prayer 5

Philemon 4: 6 –  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

This seemingly impossible prayer to ”be anxious for nothing” only helps us to build faith.  It helps us turn to the only being that makes the impossibility possible.

Pauline Prayer 6

Colossians 1: 9 – And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 

One of the powerful prayers from Paul is Colossians 1: 9. Paul urges us to seek the perfect will of God. Not in vain wisdom of men, but spiritual insight and understanding.

Pauline Prayer 7

Colossians 4: 3 – At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—

In this verse, Paul prayed for open doors concerning ministry and we can adopt the same. He also indulged the fold to pray for him – the head of the brethren.

Pauline Prayer: 10 Powerful Prayers from Paul with Explanation

Pauline Prayer 8

Colossians 4: 12 – Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.

This prayer is important in the fold. It is a prayer for perfection in God’s will. That we may mature, grow and be grounded in the purpose of Christ.

Pauline Prayer 9

1 Thessalonians 3: 10 – as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith

The ninth prayer is an unselfish prayer for ”baby Christians.” Paul prayed that he may see those he loved, and help them grow in faith. It is refreshing to know that we can pray for the same thing too.

Pauline Prayer 10

Ephesians 1: 3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

This prayer is worship to God for His spiritual blessings and gifts. Note, these blessings come through Christ alone.


Men ought to pray and not to faint. We can see this injunction in apostle Paul’s prayers.  However, prayer is not the only spiritual exercise Paul tries to imbibe in us.  All through the epistle, there is a progression of thanksgiving and praise. Paul  always gave prayer of thanksgiving to God

So, yes, Pauline prayers are communications to God laced with deep worship and thanksgiving.