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Prayer Foundations Series


This is the first of a series of articles on the methods demonstrated in the Bible for victorious prayer


One of the most powerful ways to see victory is by invoking God’s character in our prayer.  Two examples of this method are found in Nehemiah’s prayer found in Nehemiah 1; and David’s prayer found in Psalms 56.  Included are seven different scriptures that we can use to invoke God’s character to experience victory in our prayer.

Nehemiah held a prominent position in the Persian Empire and prayed for the remnant left in Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile.

Nehemiah 1:8-11, “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’ 10 “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” I was cupbearer to the king.”(NIV)

Three times in this prayer Nehemiah invokes God’s character.  The first time is verse 8 with “Remember the instruction” (God is not a God who is dishonest-Numbers 23:19).  The second time is in verse 10 with “whom you redeemed” (God is a redeemer-Deuteronomy 7:8). The third time is in verse 11 with “delight in revering your name” (God delights in our praise-Psalm 147:11).


David often used the method of invoking God’s character during his prayer.  David wrote Psalm 56 during his flight from King Saul, during his stay with the Philistines.

Psalm 56:9-13, “Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call; This I know, that God is for me. 10 In God, whose word I praise, In the Lord, whose word I praise, 11 In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? 12 Thy vows are binding upon me, O God; I will render thank offerings to Thee.” (NASB)

David in verse 10 tells God he praises the Lord’s word.  Then in verse 12, with “thy vows are binding upon me”-(God keeps his promises-Acts 13:13-41)


Here are seven verses that helps us invoke God’s character in our prayer with the purpose of experiencing the same victory Nehemiah and David did:

  • Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”(NASB)
  • John 14:13-14, “And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”(NASB)
  • Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”(NASB)
  • Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”(NASB)
  • Hebrews 4:15-16, “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.”(NASB)
  • Hebrews 11:6, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”(NASB)
  • 1 John 5:4, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith.”(NASB)


Some Estimates say there are over 6500 biblical promises God makes and keeps to us.  Let’s remind him in our prayer and receive victory!

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