Musings, Spiritual Formation

Praying Scripture (part 1)

I’ve been involved in teaching and organizing a series entitles, Praying Scripture or Using Scripture in personal prayer.

Praying Scripture is the use of Scripture, God’s Word to stimulate praying either through making the very words of Scripture ours, or by agreeing wholeheartedly with the thoughts.

This can be divided into two parts:
Praying Scripture–using the very words
Praying Scripturally–praying the truth in our own words

One caution in praying Scripture is the need to understand the context. We should not claim promises that were not intended for us.

The key benefit of praying Scripture involves basic meditation, the thinking of God’s Words after Him. Allowing God’s Word to tune our hearts to better hear His heart.

One place to start is looking at praying in Scripture.

For example Daniel 9 where Daniel’s primary focus is to praying “for the sake of your name” see also Romans 1:5. His primary concern was not the answer to the request, but the answer to his request in keeping with what would bring greatest honor to the name of God.

You can also learn much from Paul’s prayers for his congregations, see for example:
Ephesians 1:15-23

Colossians 1:9-14
Philippians 1:9-11
1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

Notice the “so that’s” in Paul’s prayers.  He was purposeful in praying for others. He is careful to explain the purpose of the content, the requests he makes in prayer.  He teaches us the priority of praying for things what will not only bring God glory but change and grow others.

These praying can serve as models of prayer for us.

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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