Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105)
There are individual implications for praying the Scripture. This is not solely a prayer approach for the mature believer but for any and every child of God. Every believer, no matter the age or level of spiritual knowledge may engage in such prayer. I like the universal appeal and benefit of such an approach to spiritual formation. The Scriptures are the guide and support for every believer as he or she seeks God’s counsel in prayer.
There are moral implications as well. The moral transformation that will occur in a believer’s life is readily discernible when the word of God and prayer are conjoined within the life of a believer. Such prayer yields an ever-deepening spiritual maturity and an ever-growing Christian usefulness in God’s kingdom.
The corporate implications for churches also are significant. Individual scriptural praying followed by open reflection upon and discussion of the scripture and its application will surely benefit the people of God. I believe sincerely that praying the scripture will strengthen significantly the typical church “prayer meeting” and will provide the Holy Spirit with an important medium to plant the Word of God in the hearts of His people.
Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. My path is kept pure only by living according to Your word. I hide it in my heart so that I will not sin against You! Teach me to walk in Your ways through Your word, and draw Your Church to Yourself as we observe Your commands and seek to be like Christ Jesus to a suffering, dark world.
–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 27, The Use of Scripture in Personal Prayer by Larry Ashlock). This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Give glory and honor to God as one whose wisdom and knowledge are too vast and deep ever to be grasped by the human mind. Thank the Father for having revealed himself in human, finite form in his Son, Jesus (Jn. 14:7). Confess the times during this week when you have failed to look to Jesus for help in understanding the Father’s heart and mind. Commit yourself daily to prayer for this understanding (Eph. 1:17). Ask God to open the eyes of your heart as you look to Jesus and study his life and words in the gospels.
Pray for those who speak of God’s Word on the radio and television, that they may clearly present the wisdom of the cross to those whose minds are darkened (1 Cor. 2:11-14).
Resources for Prayer Leaders:
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