Musings, Spiritual Formation

Praying Scripture (part 2)

I had the privilege Sunday night to hear Pastor Eric Crichton share on praying scripture.

Pastor Crichton was the second pastor of Calvary Church and continues to serve and attend Calvary.


Not only was what he shared wonderful (more below) but what really struck and impacted me was his example. He was so excited about prayer and praying God’s Word, that I couldn’t help but get motivated.

In his mid-80s he was thrilled to share what God has taught him and some of his habit (discipline) in prayer.

Praise the Lord for godly examples.


Using the ACTS acrostic (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication) Pastor Crichton shared a number of passages that he has used in praying Scripture. One part of this that I think is a wonderful reminder is of passages to pray before praying Scripture.

Psalm 119:18 open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.

1 Samuel 3:10 And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.”

Proverbs 30:8 Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that is needful for me,

Psalm 25:5 Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long. (ESV)


Books Pastor Crichton recommended for personal devotions and enhancing praying Scripture.

G. Campbell Morgan, Searchlights from the Word (expository thought from every chapter in the Bible)
F. B. Meyer, Our Daily Homily (devotional thought from every chapter in the Bible, read online)
Arthur Bennet, editor, The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions (read online)
A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy

I plan on going back and rereading The Knowledge of the Holy.

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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