We’re living in unprecedented times right now, a time for us to be praying more than usual. But, praying during hard times can be difficult. Our minds can get sidetracked by oh so many things and often we don’t know what or how to pray. So today, we’re going to explore why we should pray Scripture and how to pray Scripture. My prayer is that knowing how to pray Scripture helps you pray God’s will during hard, uncertain, and good times.
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Why Should We Pray Scripture?
I love Martin Luther’s quote that prayer is: “taking hold of God’s willingness.” For me, praying Scripture has become one of my favorite ways to pray.
It merges Bible study time and prayer, while also keeping me focused. But I also love that praying Scripture helps me take hold of “God’s willingness,” while also deepening my relationship with God.
This is why we should pray Scripture and why I’m going to show you how to pray Scripture.
Friend, when you use Bible verses to shape your prayers you can trust God to as His Word says.
We can’t pray Bible verses and fit them to our own purposes and often selfish desires.
The verses we pray should shape us to better reflect God as our hearts and minds align with His.
Praying Scripture also helps us “hold on firmly to the hope we profess, because we can trust God to keep his promise.” Hebrews 10:23
Remember friends, when we study and understand God’s Word, we can boldly pray Scripture knowing God will do as He said.
While there are a few different ways to pray Scripture, we’re going to look at how to pray Scripture using my three favorite methods.
So if you’ve got prayers needing answered, open God’s Word and see how you can use it to help shape your prayers.
For more on reading the Bible and prayer check out these posts:
What is Prayer?
At its simplest, prayer is talking to God. It’s the way we communicate the deepest feelings of our heart to God. But it’s also the way we strengthen our relationship with God. Prayer is a way of worshipping, thanking, and honoring God.
It invites God to have His will and way in our lives and circumstances; while recognizing all we have and are, is because of God.
Prayer allows us to confess our sins while also imploring God on behalf of our sin-filled cities, states, and world. It’s a time where we can ask God to work in other people’s lives and a time where we can ask God to lead us.
As I’ve grown in my relationship with God my prayer list has also grown. Why?
Because the better I know my Saviour, the more I recognize my need for Him. I’ve also recognized I don’t have the words my heart longs to say to God and this is what I love about praying Scripture.
Now let’s look at how to pray using Bible verses.
For more information on prayer in the Bible and a complete list of Biblical prayers, click here.
How to Pray Scripture
Now that we’ve explored why we should pray Scripture, we’re going to look at how to pray using Bible verses. The verses we’ll be using are some of the Bible verses I use during hard times.
At the end, I’ve included a list of Bible prayers to help you pray depending on what’s going on in life.
How-to Pray Bible Topics
Today, with Covid-19 bringing the world to a near standstill, there are a lot of Bible topics we could choose from as we pray. When praying Scripture there’s a couple of ways to decide which topics and verses you’ll pray.
I like to make a list of the things I’m praying about and then topically group them. After I’ve got my prayer requests arranged I go to the “appendices” in the back of my Bible and choose one of the Scripture passages to pray.
Another option is to google “Bible verses about fill-in-your-topic.”
You can pray the verses exactly as they’re written or you can use them to guide your prayer. The verses you’re praying can also be personalized to each of the things on your prayer list.
To get you started I listed a few topics and the Bible verses I’m praying as I thought we might have these things in common right now.
How-to Personalize Scriptures You're Praying
This is one of my favorite ways to pray Scripture.
Some days I open my Bible and just start praying whatever page I land on. Other days I pray Scripture topically but personalize the verses based on the things I’m praying about. But the most frequent way I personalize the Scriptures I’m praying is by praying what I’m studying.
Right now I’m studying John 3 so let me show you how I’d personalize what I last studied.
First, before I was able to pray this I had to understand what Jesus was talking about. One of my favorite online tools for understanding verses is Bible Hub (you can find it here).
Once I understood these two verses I was able to use them to shape my prayers.
Here’s what I prayed based on their meaning:
Heavenly Father, Just as Jesus was able to speak what He knew of You, show all believers when and what You want them to boldly speak. Help us be Your witnesses while we’re practicing social distancing. Above all Lord, give those who don’t know You ears to hear and believe heavenly things.
The last part of our how to pray Scripture section involves using the prayers of the Bible. Are you ready?
How-to Pray the Bible’s Prayers
Praying the Bible’s prayers is wonderful for learning to pray, or when you’re not sure what to pray.
The great thing about this approach to praying Scripture is that you can also personalize these prayers. When I searched for a list of prayers in the Bible I was greeted with 650 of them.
That’s enough for two prayers a day. You can find the full list here.
Praying Scripture is such a great way to ensure our prayers are in-line with God’s will.
There’s nothing better than knowing that your prayer time is deepening your understanding and relationship with God. And praying God’s Word can do that and more.
It grows our relationship with God, our understanding of His will for our lives, our dependence on Him for everything, and most of all –
It changes our hearts.
As you’re trusting God during this difficult season we’re in, I pray the following verses become a reality for you.
“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21