Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. (Psalm 24:3-4)
Scriptural praying is important because it opens widely all of my life to recognize and respond to God’s will. Much Bible reading and prayer is rooted in the mind alone, and does not permeate the whole life of a believer. Sadly, I have often approached spiritual formation more with my head than I have with my whole being—heart and hands. The union of the penetrating Word of God and prayer at the level of my entire being can only bring assist the Spirit’s work to change me into the likeness of Christ. It is from this wellspring that the activity of God flows throughout my whole life.
Scriptural praying directs my thoughts and actions upward toward God and ultimately outward toward the purposes God has for me in His world. Praying the scripture enables me to experience the activity of God in “real time” and enables me to become involved effectively in His work without groping about searching for His divine presence and activity. Scriptural praying centers my life directly into the movement of God like a computer guidance system enables a space craft to dock with an orbiting space station. Such prayer is precise and accurate and effective not only in my devotional life but also in the whole of life.
Lord God, because of Your great love for me, the richness of Your mercy has made me alive with Christ even when I was dead in my sins. I have been saved by Your grace, raised up with Christ and seated with Him in the heavenly realms so that in the coming ages You might show the incomparable riches of Your grace, expressed in Your kindness to me in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace that I have been saved, through faith! It is a gift that cannot be earned by works and boasted about. For I am Your workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which You have prepared in advance for me to do! (From Ephesians 2:4-10).
–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.
Praise God for his leadership over the redeemed because of his unfailing love and strength (Ex. 15:11, 13). Give thanks for leaders who speak the Word of God to you (Heb. 13:7). Confess your lack of recognizing God’s leadership through others that he brings into your life and your failure to support them with your prayers (1 Tim. 2:1-2). Commit yourself to following God’s leadership as he brings you into a land “flowing with milk and honey” (Num. 14:8). Ask God to help you be a good leader in bringing others to him.
Ask that all Christians will “walk the walk” and not just “talk the talk” that will lead others to salvation in Jesus.