A few weeks ago, our preacher mentioned someone he knew who often prayed for hours on end. Hours. When he asked her how she could possibly pray that long, she mentioned that she was praying scriptures. No matter how many requests on our list, we will eventually reach the end. But the Bible holds more material than most of us could pray through in a year. So here’s a prayer primer (using scripture) from a non-expert.
This is the 40th Wednesday I have devoted this space to praying God’s Word. This practice has been so transformative for me that I definitely want to continue it into the new year. But maybe we need a refresher on it.
All these prayers are important. I don’t want to belittle them. And I still pray them, but I began to feel like a metronome repeating the same sounds day after day. Until God lead me to turn a single scripture I read into a prayer for my teenager. And He birthed in me a fresh way to relate to Him. I’ve never looked back.
A New Way to Relate
I still study scripture for understanding, but almost always end up praying His words back to Him. Sometimes I’m convicted by a verse and pray a prayer of repentance – asking God to forgive me and help me overcome the sin. Often the passage reminds me of a challenge a loved one faces and I pray the words for him or her. If my daily reading teaches on the attributes of God, I praise and thank the Lord for those things.
2 Timothy 3:16 tells us “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” NIV So I use it in all these ways as I pray!
If you have never prayed scripture, make it a New Year’s Resolution to try! Start small. One day a week. And I’ll make it easy for you. Come back here every Wednesday and we will dissect a passage and pray it together. Or look back over my past Wednesday posts to get started. If you have any questions, comment below or send me a private message by clicking the CONTACT link here or in the heading of this page.
I am already praying FOR you and I can’t wait to pray WITH you.
~ linda says
Praising God for your consistent walk with God and sharing it with us. I am so grateful for this space, Lauren. I am learning to pray Scripture back to God. I love it and pray I will be diligent and consistent as well.
Thank you for telling me, Linda. This means so much to me. May He be glorified here!
I love this challenge to pray scripture once a week! Thanks for that encouragement
Thanks for reading, Sarah!
Joanne Viola says
Lauren, I have been blessed by your prayer posts. Over these weeks I’ve been joining you in this, I am discovering the wisdom and truth found in God’s Word makes my prayers all the more meaningful. May we continue to “seek the Lord while He may be found, calling upon Him while He is near” (Is. 55:6, NASB).
I love that scripture and thought! Thank you, Joanne.
Lauren, I always love reading your Praying God’s Word Wednesday’s. I can’t wait to pray through this year with you too. Blessings.
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I’m so looking forward to it, Paula!
Carole Griffitts says
I started this practice several years ago with Scriptures special to me and have never looked back. But I also resonate with the check … check … check. Something to work on this year.
Thank you for sharing, Carole!
Debra Oliver says
Hi Lauren, it’s so nice to meet you. I just added you to my blog list on my sidebar (old fashioned way of following) so I can keep up. Praying the scriptures was introduced to me years ago and it’s truly an amazing way to open up a new dimension of prayer. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment on my blog. I’ll be visiting again. hugs and a blessing, Debra
So great to “meet” you as well, Debra! I know I will be visiting you again too!
Donna B Reidland says
Lauren, several years ago I read Donald Whitney’s book Praying the Bible. It had long been part of my praying but that book encouraged me to pray the Scriptures much more often. I look forward to reading your future posts on the subject. I actually have a short series in mind in the near future on the subject, too. Blessings as you encourage all of us!
I haven’t read this book but I’m going to look it up!
Michele Morin says
Praying scripture always feels like a hard reset to my brain and my prayer life. It’s as if I am praying his own thoughts back to him.