Welcome to the very first Praying God’s Word Wednesday! I introduced this new segment in my blog post last week. You can reference it for background if you missed it.
I’m so excited to share this time at the throne of God with you. I will walk you through the process I use to pray scripture for myself and others, using pretty detailed explanation at first and eventually just giving you the scripture and prayer. That will make it a quick and easy reference to use should you choose to do so.
I want to state very clearly that I’m not a Bible scholar. I am under no pretension that I know more about the Word of God than you or anyone else. I just love the Lord and want to share how my prayer life has been enriched using the Words in the text. At times I use a Bible commentary to understand the passage more fully, but I don’t do word studies or evaluate more deeply for most prayers. I present to you an ordinary woman praying to an extraordinary God.
Each day as I sit down to study the Bible, I ask God to show me the verse or verses He would like me to pray over a person or group of people. Today I landed on Deuteronomy 33:12:
About Benjamin he said: “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulder.”
The Believer’s Bible Commentary says of Benjamin: The temple, God’s dwelling place on earth, would be located in Benjamin’s territory, surrounded by shouldering hills. Therefore, Benjamin is pictured as a beloved tribe, enjoying intimate communion with the Lord.
From those two sources I formulate this prayer:
Replace the pronouns with the appropriate ones for the person (or yourself) that you are praying for.
Praying for you in this. And don’t forget to share this on social media or with a friend who could benefit. It would mean so much to me. And if you don’t want to miss a Praying God’s Word Wednesday, subscribe over on the right hand side of this page.
Lovely prayer, and a very timely verse for me. Thank you.
Thank you so much, Lynn.
I love this! Now I need to jump over and read the post where you introduced it.
It is God’s perfect timing that I come upon this today. I love the idea of using scripture in prayer and especially when praying for others.
Don’t you just love it when God does that? He is so very kind. I look forward to praying with you more, Lynn.
I am sometimes at a loss for words when I pray. Thank you for this good encouragement to pray Scripture. I love the prayer the verse from Deuteronomy inspired you to write!
I’m so glad you like it, Laurie. I pray this series encourages you and many others in their prayer life.
Paula Short says
Lauren, such a beautiful prayer. Thank you for sharing your praying God’s words Wednesday. I like this. Blessings.
I’m so glad you like it, Paula! I look forward to praying with you every week.
Lauren, I love this! I read your kick off post last week and it so resonated with me! I have the same problem as you, desiring to pray for others, but no good system for making it happen. I have also wanted to pray scripture over loved ones, and your method is simple and powerful. Thank you for transforming my intercessory prayer habit!!
You are so kind, Donna. I pray this series helps you and others.
Jeanne Takenaka says
I love this, Lauren. God has been inviting me to grow deeper in my prayer life with Him. This post is uber-helpful!
I’m so glad, Jeanne. And thank you for taking the time to tell me.
Joanne Viola says
Lauren, beautiful prayer. The wonderful thing is … we don’t need to be a Bible scholar to pray. Thank you for reminding me of this!
Well said, Joanne. Thank you.
Karen Friday says
Great post, Lauren. Interestingly, my Recharge Wednesday post this week is on personalizing Scripture. 🙂
I love it when God does that!
Shelbee on the Edge says
You may not be a Bible scholar, Lauren, but you are very knowledgeable and passionate about your scripture studies and that carries a lot more weight than just being a “bonafide scholar” on something. Thanks for always sharing that passion!
So kind of your Shelbee. Thank you!