Prayer in and of itself is powerful. When you combine it with scripture, well, let’s just say you should be prepared to see some mighty things happen. 🙂
Why You Should Pray Scripture
- God gave us His word and He wants us to pray. When you combine the two spiritual disciplines of reading the Word and praying by praying scripture, it will help you apply God’s word to your life while growing deeper in your prayer life.
- Praying scripture honors God by using His own words to praise Him and pray to Him.
- If you don’t know how to pray about something, you can find a scripture that will help you say it, deepening your prayer language.
How to Pray Scripture
1) Find a verse that speaks to you.
Reflect on what about it speaks to you personally. How does it relate to your life, your desires, your circumstances? Or how does it relate to the people you want to pray for? Then personalize the scripture (adding pronouns or specific names of people you want to pray for, adding specific circumstances, etc).
For example, I was struggling with some bitterness toward my husband about a conflict we continued to have, and I stumbled across Ephesians 4:31 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger…along with every form of malice.”
I was so convicted by that verse and I started praying “Dear God, help me to get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger toward my husband. Help me to forgive him as you have forgiven me. Help me to be a forgiving, loving, encouraging wife again.” It didn’t happen immediately. But slowly, day by day, I noticed more love in my heart toward my husband and less anger. And once I shared with my husband that I’d been harboring anger and bitterness in my heart toward him because of that conflict, and he forgave me, I felt so free. I couldn’t just let go of the bitterness on my own, it required praying that scripture to help it come about. And in case you’re wondering, that conflict my husband and I had all the time is not much of an issue for us anymore. We’ve found such victory in our marriage, simply because I found a scripture that I could pray to help heal my heart and my marriage.
Think about your favorite verses, and why it speaks to you. Or choose a verse or a passage from your daily Bible reading, and personalize it into a prayer. It may be a verse or passage you pray once, or it may become something you pray frequently, or even daily.
2) Find a verse that speaks to a topic you want to pray about.
Perhaps you want to pray for your marriage, or your children, or your business, or your health. Look up verses that relate to your topic (you can look online or in a Bible concordance) and then pick a few that speak to you. Write them down and then mold them into a personalized prayer.
For example, my older son has a speech disorder called apraxia, and my younger son a speech delay and one day I decided to look up verses that related to speech and using words. While I was greatly encouraged by Moses’ issues with speech (and thinking about how God used him despite his speech) I was so encouraged by Proverbs 25:11, which said “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” And also Psalm 119:103 “How sweet are your words to my mouth, sweeter than honey!” I could so relate to these verses, because every time one of my boys said a new word or phrase, it was something we cherished and celebrated, and so I combined my favorite words from both verses by praying “God, please bless my children with sweet apples of gold.” Or I’d praise God for the progress we saw in our boys’ speech and language by praying “Thank you God for all the new sweet apples of gold!”
Once you’ve found your scriptures you want to pray relating to the topic on your heart, I encourage you to keep a favorite scripture somewhere where you will see it often and can pray often, and/or keep a list of scriptures about that topic handy during your prayer time. I have been keeping a binder with specific scriptures I love praying, with a new page for each topic near to my heart, and adding to that page when I come across a new related scripture. My favorite topics to pray scriptures for include marriage, motherhood, my children, my husband, my blog, health, biblical womanhood, overcoming fear, etc. The sky is the limit as to what you can be praying scripture for!
Here’s to praying scripture and seeing God do mighty things in our prayer life and in our own lives and the lives of those we love!!
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Your turn! Have you ever prayed scripture before? If yes, what are your favorite scriptures to pray?