Praying Scripture can truly transform your prayer life. It’s not just about saying prayers; it’s about engaging with the Word of God in a profound and personal way. So, grab your favourite tea or coffee, get cozy, and let’s dive into why praying Scripture is an absolute game-changer.
1. Follow in Jesus’ Footsteps 🌟
When we think about prayer, we can’t help but remember that Jesus Himself prayed Scripture. Remember His words on the cross? “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46) – that’s a direct quote from Psalm 22:1. It shows that Jesus not only read but understood and prayed Scripture in the context of His life.
2. Biblical Roots 📜
The Israelites and the early Church also prayed Scripture and applied it meaningfully to their lives (Nehemiah 9:5-37, Acts 4:24-26). It’s a practice deeply rooted in our Christian heritage.
3. Personalize God’s Story 📖
Praying Scripture allows us to personalize God’s Word, making His Story our story. This deepens our connection to the Bible and helps us find our unique role in the grand narrative.
4. Focus and Transformation 🧠❤️
Praying Scripture has a way of sharpening our minds and molding our hearts. It captures our imagination, shapes our identity, and guides our desires. Say goodbye to wondering what to pray for next; the Bible provides the substance and structure you need.
5. Meaningful Content for Prayer 🙌
No more falling into the trap of repetitive or shallow prayers. Praying Scripture adds substance and variety to your prayers, ensuring they stay fresh and heartfelt.
6. Strengthening Your Relationship with God’s Word 📚
Reading and praying Scripture go hand in hand. As you pray more, you’ll read more, and as you read more, you’ll pray more. It’s a beautiful cycle that enriches your understanding of Scripture.
7. Broaden and Deepen Your Prayers 🌊
Scripture encourages us to broaden our prayer horizons. Left to our own devices, our prayers can become narrowly focused. But the Bible opens our hearts to a broader range of concerns and God’s larger purposes.
8. Drawing Closer to Jesus 🙌❤️
Jesus is the central figure in the Bible, and when you pray Scripture, you draw closer to Him. Love grows with proximity, and the more you engage with God’s Word, the more your affection for Him deepens.
9. Aiding Memorization 🧠📖
Repetition is key to memorization, and praying Scripture involves just that. It helps etch God’s Word into your heart and mind.
10. Alignment with God’s Will 🌟
Praying Scripture is a sure way to align yourself with God’s will. It ensures your prayers are grounded in truth and resonate with His heart.
Feeling stuck in your prayer life? Struggling to stay focused or keep your prayers fresh? Try diving into the Psalms. Read a verse, let your imagination soar, and pray it back to God. You’ll be amazed at how dynamic and fruitful your prayers become.
By the way, if you’re looking for a practical resource to help you pray Scripture, consider checking out The Abide Bible by Thomas Nelson, published in 2020. It’s filled with prompts and sidebars to guide you in your journey.
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© Scripture Union Canada 2020
2 Corinthians 4:5 📖🇨🇦