Praying Scripture is praying God’s Word. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.” When we speak and pray Scripture, we are coming into agreement with God, and His power is released to answer our prayers.
How do we pray Scripture? Before you pray, it is important that you read the context of the passage. To determine the context, take time to read the verses before and after the passage you want to use as a basis of prayer. Mull them in your mind, so you understand them. Once you grasp the context, then begin reading or reciting God’s Word in a spirit of prayer. Let the meaning of the verses become your prayer as they consume your thoughts. As you read a sentence or a phrase, pause to meditate, pray, or praise. Understand there is a direct connection between the degree to which our minds are shaped by Scripture and the degree to which our prayers are answered. John 15:7 says, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” First John 5:14 says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” Not only does God hear our prayers, but He also promises to answer us when we pray in line with His will. He hastens to perform His Word.
You can never be closer to praying in God’s will than when you pray Scripture. Rodney “Gypsy” Smith, a British evangelist in the late 1800s and early 1900s, was once asked how to start a revival. He answered, “Go home, lock yourself in your room and kneel down in the middle of the floor. Draw a chalk mark around yourself and ask God to start the revival inside that chalk mark. When He answers your prayer, the revival will be on.” Oh, that we would each draw the circle on the floor and step inside.
Father, in the midst of the years will You not revive Your work? Oh, Father, in the midst of my life will You revive me? Show me how to seek You. Teach my heart to melt before You. Pierce my soul that I may align my life to You. Father, in the midst of busyness and business as usual, revive me. In the name of Jesus, amen.
–Adapted from Praying with Fire: Seeking His Presence through the Revival Passages of Scripture by Mark Partin. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise the Lamb who is worthy “to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise” (Rev. 5:12). Thank God for the blood of the Lamb given for the complete remission of all your sin. Confess any self-centeredness which has taken your focus off God. Commit yourself to loving God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength, and your neighbor as yourself. Ask him to give you the kingdom and make you his priest that you may serve him and reign with him on earth.
Pray that sons and daughters who have wandered away from the faith may be restored.
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