How to Pray Using Scriptures: Part 1
Written by Jenn Arman | March 9, 2012
God loves it when we pray using His Word! God knows that His Word is our best weapon against the things of this world.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:3-5).
In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Eph. 6:16-17).
How do we pray using His Word, though? Do we just repeat the verse at some point in our prayer? Not exactly, though there’s nothing wrong with doing that. We take what we read and what we learn about God in His Word and we fashion it into a prayer. I’m going to show you an example from a great book called Praying God’s Word by Beth Moore.
The verse we’ll use is Colossians 3:12:
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
In her Scripture prayer for this verse, Moore writes:
God, as one of Your chosen people, holy and dearly loved, help me to clothe myself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Moore takes the main elements of the verse and applies them to her personal prayer. That is what we do with Scripture prayer–we take what we read and learn from Scripture and pray the main points of the Scripture in our own words.
Let me share one of my own Scripture prayers with you. I prayed this a lot while my husband was out of work; it’s based on Matthew 6:25-34.
Father God, Your Word says that I am more valuable to You than anything else in Your creation. The Scripture tells me that You know all the things that I need and that You don’t want me to worry about them. Father, You want me to seek Your kingdom and let you worry about providing the things that I need. Help me to make seeking You my priority and help me overcome the littleness of my faith because You are faithful to do what You have promised.
Prayers based on Scriptures help us learn the Word of God and increase our faith. Keep an eye out for How to Pray Using Scriptures: Part 2, when I will give you some Scriptures that are useful to pray for different types of situations.
Have you ever written a Scripture prayer? We would love it if you’d share yours with us!
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us (1 John 5:14).