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How to Pray Using Scriptures: Part 1

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).

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by liv4christ on October 24, 2012 at 17:47

    I love it when God gives me a scripture to pray over someone else when I am praying for them!

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by ayramos on March 24, 2012 at 11:08

    loved it. very helpful. Great Job! God bless u greatly! 🙂

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Sarah on March 12, 2012 at 15:25

    I remind God of His promises to me all the time in prayer. I like to remind Him (and myself) that he has “plans to prosper me and not to harm me; plans for a hope and a future” and that if I ask Him I will recieve “pressed down, shaken together, and running over.” I like to pray with the Psalms. Ps 51:10,12: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Ps 13:5-6: “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.” Ps. 40:11: “Do not withhold your mercy from me, O Lord; May your love and your truth always protect me.”

    • Posted by JennArman on March 15, 2012 at 21:49

      Those are perfect to remind yourself of God’s hope and plan for you, His trustworthiness, and to renew your heart and mind on the things of God! Great 🙂

  4. Paris

    Posted by Paris on March 10, 2012 at 11:07

    I love Beth Moore! Here is my prayer: Lord,always help to remember that I am fearfully and wonderfully made,and that I don’t have to be skinny for someone to love me. Help me to wait on the one you have out there for me.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by TFaulders on March 10, 2012 at 10:38

    We take what we read and learn from Scripture and pray the main points of the Scripture in our own words.A very good recommendation. I can usually find something inspiring and helpful after reading the Bible for about ten minutes. It’s amazing how much there is to learn about each sentence.

    • Posted by JennArman on March 15, 2012 at 21:50

      I agree! There is SO much that we learn from each small part in Scripture. Every time we read the Bible it’s like going on a treasure hunt!