11 Sermon Illustrations on Prayer

Are you preaching on prayer? Check out these great illustration ideas that bring biblical truths to life through word pictures, stories, and everyday examples.

  • Tactical Pause
    Pausing to lift our concerns to God is a valuable habit to form when approaching a conflict. In Resolving Everyday Conflict, Ken Sande and Kevin Johnson write, “One of the most valuable things you can do in conflict is to simply stop—just as you are about to say something to put conflict over the edge, […]
  • Embracing Silence
    Jean-Nicholas Grou was a Jesuit priest in Paris at the time of the French Revolution in 1789. He was forced to escape to England, where he remained for the rest of his life. Despite the tumultuousness of his time, he insisted that practices of silent prayer were indispensable to spiritual growth. “In these moments of […]
  • Trust God In Prayer
    We must not give up or stop praying. There is a pastor who, rightly or wrongly, would pray regularly that attendance on Sunday would break the one-hundred mark. One morning he got up and saw it was snowing. Immediately his spirits sank, as he just knew this would hurt attendance. But suddenly, he felt the Spirit bringing […]
  • Facing Yourself
    Sometimes we think of our negative emotions as separate entities from ourselves. In The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, the doctor creates a potion that will separate his good side from his dark side, thus transforming himself into man and beast. However, the beast begins to take over, […]
  • Can You Hear Me Now?
    Do you remember the Verizon guy who switched to Sprint , who was always asking the person on the other end of the phone, “Can you hear me now?”, our motives can create a bad connection with God and others.  Until we ‘switch carriers’—trading in our flesh for the Spirit—and repent of the way we […]
  • More Than A Grocery List
    Prayer is inviting God into our circumstances, into our hopes, into our fears, into our dreams, and into our pain. Prayer is not working our way through a grocery list of requests that we desire God to perform or answer the way we expect him to. Prayer allows us to live relationally with God. Living […]
  • Empowered By Prayer
    “The things in your house work because of electricity. Electricity is an invisible power that gives you visible privileges. It turns the lights on, turns the TV on, turns the toaster on, and turns the oven on; all that stuff is working in your house because you’ve got one invisible power shooting through there called […]
  • True Confidence
    The way we walk projects to the world the confidence we do—or don’t—have within. This video coaches’ men on how to exhibit a more confident posture.  While self-help tips can get us only so far, in Christ, we have a true reason for confidence— confidence when coming into the presence of the one true God. Hebrews […]
  • Prayer for Beginners
    Popular films have often done the best job of depicting the awkwardness of prayer for novices. One such classic prayer scene happens in Meet the Parents, as Greg Focker is asked to pray a blessing over a meal and stumbles through a meandering maze of words: “O dear God, thank you. You are such a good God […]
  • Walkie-Talkie Prayers
    Have you ever tried to communicate via walkie-talkie with someone who doesn’t really understand how they work? They might not hold down the button long enough before they start to talk, so you miss part of what they are saying. Or, worse yet, they might hold down their button the entire time, cutting off the […]
  • Good Habits
    We all have habits. Hopefully most of us brush our teeth every night, many of us go on a run or hit the gym every morning, and some of us acquire bad habits like chewing our nails or the end of a pen. “Habit formation is the process by which new behaviors become automatic. … […]