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

I love to study the Bible and I love to engage with others in learning. I had been privileged to do this on a regular basis through church ministry and through part-time teaching at a local Bible colleges. Helping individuals learn to feed themselves through their own study of God’s Word is joy-giving to me. Influencing groups to do life and church from a biblically grounded, theologically faithful perspective is my passion.

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