Having just finished the incredible book written by Priscilla Shirer, “FERVENT,” I am again compelled to pray scripture back to the First and Greatest Author, God HImself. I know God’s Word is Powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, I just never put the idea of prayer and scripture together.
If you have not had the chance to read this book, Priscilla Shirer does an excellent job of pointing out ten areas of a woman’s life where the enemy would love to come in to destroy. His tactics are cunning, deceiving and will destroy us in the end, if we allow it. By praying scripture, he can’t get past our defenses and we will live the victorious life God created for us.
But how do you pray scripture for yourself? First, you must:
- Believe what God has written in His Holy Word is applicable to you today.
- Believe what God has written is as relevant today as it was the day it was put into words.
- Believe what God has written is for you personally.
- Believe you are worth every drop of blood shed to get these words into your hands today.
Then, how do you pray scripture back to Him? Ask yourself these questions first:
- What areas are you struggling with in your life?
- What areas do you want to improve in your life?
- Do you need help in relationships: family, friends, work or church?
- Are you wanting to praise and worship Him more in your prayer life?
Where do you find these correct scriptures to pray?
- Find a Bible concordance and look up a topic.
- Do an internet search through a reputable site for a particular subject. (One such site is listed at the side of my blog, “Hope for the Heart.”)
- Ask others for verses that mean much to them.
- Just start praying and ask God to give you a verse.
So how do you actually pray His Word back to Him? Here are a few of my personal struggles and praises to the Lord.
Galatians 6:4 Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to someone else.
My struggle and prayer to accompany the verse includes: Dear Father, help me to watch myself and what I do, without comparing myself to anyone else. If I keep my eyes on You and the job You have set before me, then I will have no time to make comparisons and I will do the best job for You I can possible accomplish. Help me to keep my eyes on You. Let no one or no thing come between us. Amen
Galatians 5:1 So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.
My struggle and prayer: Dear Lord, Old habits die hard, yet I know you did not bring me through a huge weight loss without setting me free from the days of overeating. Help me to not return to the years I was a slave to food, held tightly in bondage. I am free because of Your love. Help me to remember this daily. Amen
Isaiah 49:16 See, I have written your name on the palms of My hand.
My struggle and prayer: Dear Father God, Sometimes Lord, it feels as if You do not see me at times. I’m still here. And then I read this verse over and over and I know without a doubt, my name is etched into Your hand and You will never forget me. Thank You for assuring me of Your love. You never change, it is only when I start worrying, too much thinking and wondering, that I get caught up in myself. Thank You for Your assurance. Amen
Philippians 2:13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.
My prayer: WOW God, I never thought I would love to be living the life of a missionary serving where You have placed us. This was never on my radar. Thank you for seeing the big picture, way ahead of what Ken and I could have seen. You are truly remarkable. Amen
Psalm 150:6 Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!
My prayer: Dear God, You are my everything. I want to praise You for Who You are…my Creator, my Savior, my Great Physician, my Banner, my Rock, my Light house, my Protector, my Guide, my Bridegroom, my Lover, my Never-changing Father and Friend. I may not have a voice that can sing in a choir here on earth Lord, but you hear my songs to You. I love You Lord. Amen
Another way to personalize scripture and pray it back to the Father:
Write you name into a verse in your Bible. I have inserted my name into 1 John 2:1 and it reads like this now: “My little child, Margaret, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin. And if she sins, she will have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.”
Here’s another: 1 Peter 3:18, “For Christ also died for Margaret’s sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring her to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.”
And I can’t forget, Hebrews 10:17, “And Margaret’s sins and her lawless deeds I will remember no more”
I hope these ideas spark new thoughts for your own prayer life. If so, please let me know and we can share. Onward Christian Soldier!