Hi there! I was reading a post from Arabah Joy the other day which reminded me of the importance of having a strategy in prayer. So, today I want to share with you some of my thoughts about why we should pray scripture. This practice has had transforming effects on my personal prayer life and I believe it can in yours too!
Prayer is a crucial part of a strong relationship with the Lord. Prayer connects God’s kingdom power and resources to our experiences and circumstances. Using scripture to form the foundation of our prayers is a powerful way to pray.
Let me explain why.
Why We Should Pray Scripture
We Are Praying According to God’s Will
When we pray scripture we can be assured that we are praying according to God’s will. God’s Word is truth. When we use His truth as a foundation for our prayers we can pray with confidence! This is important because God wants us to come to Him in full assurance of faith. Hebrews 10:19-23
Keeps Our Prayer Focus On the Kingdom
So often I feel like my prayers are very ‘me’ focused – my fears, my needs. Don’t get me wrong, these are important things to pray for. However, Jesus tells us in Matthew chapter 6 to seek first His kingdom. He also instructs us to pray for “His kingdom to come and will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. His Word is full of principles and promises that focus on the kingdom.
So using scripture to guide our prayers helps us to keep first things first.
Also, the things that we pray about often become the things we care about. I believe this is why God tells us to pray for our enemies. As we pray for them our hearts and attitude towards them begin to change.
In the same way, as we pray scripture, our hearts are molded to care more for the things of God’s kingdom.
It Helps Us to Memorize Scripture
As we pray scripture back to the Lord we are hiding these truths in our hearts. I’ve found that the scriptures I pray are the ones the Lord will place in my mind throughout my day and interactions with others.
Scripture is much easier to memorize the more we meditate on specific verses and allow them to renew our minds.
Which brings me to my next point…
God’s Word Transforms Us
We are transformed by the renewing of our minds. We renew our minds as we meditate on and memorize His word. When we pray scripture not only are we engaging in that which brings God’s power and resources into our circumstances (prayer), but we are also allowing His Word to renew, change, and transform our minds!
How to Pray Scripture
Find Applicable Verses
Ask God to show you some scriptures which apply to the situation or circumstances you are praying for.
Understand the Context
As you search and find scriptures to use in your prayers, make sure you understand the context in which those verses were written. Read a few verses before and after the passage you plan to use. This will help you to interpret the scripture accurately so you can apply them to your prayers appropriately.
Personalize Your Prayer
Where can you insert your name or the name of the person you are praying for into the verse? Are there any promises you can claim for yourself or others? Is there a command you need to obey?
Are there any principles of the verse that can be applied to a specific situation – again for yourself or for someone else?
Does the verse reveal anything about the character of God that you can praise Him for?
Here are a couple of examples:
Lord, I pray that you would work in the hearts of my children to love you with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength. Luke 10:27
Lord, I pray for Sally’s salvation. Make an everlasting covenant with her and count her among your people. Put your law on her mind and write it on the tablet of her heart. Hebrews 8:10