Praying the Words of God

Disclaimer: If you go to my church, you may read this and think I am summarizing or writing in response to last weekend’s message (Fit For Battle: Ready for War). Believe it or not, this was written before I heard the weekend sermon. I’m finding the words the Lord puts on my heart to share each week in this blog are just as much for me as anyone who might happen to read them. As the topic of prayer keeps popping up lately, I’m pretty sure the Lord is trying to teach me something, so let’s get to it!

I get it. You sit down to pray, and the next thing you know you have made a grocery list for next week. 

Prayer can be challenging. Many struggle with finding the right words or staying focused. It’s not uncommon to feel discouraged or unsure. 

Sometimes the words you pray don’t seem to match the emotions you feel. Sometimes you simply don’t know what to pray for. Sometimes you pray through the list of sick and hurting but don’t feel like any changes are happening. Sometimes you simply feel discouraged in prayer.

I know these things because I feel these things. I’d like to think I’m not the only one who struggles sometimes with prayer. 

Dear friend, I don’t have the answers. Most days I don’t have the words. (I know…you are probably wondering why you are wasting your time reading this if I just confessed that I don’t have answers. Stick with me here.)

Here’s the thing I do know: there is a powerful tool we can turn to—the Scriptures.

When prayer seems elusive and language seems hard, let’s turn to scripture. If we know God’s Word is inerrant, we can trust it for everything, even the language we need for our personal prayers. I love this verse from Isaiah 55. The Lord is speaking about his Word (today’s Bible) here:

It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. Isaiah 55:11, NLT

If God’s Word will produce fruit, why wouldn’t I use it to pray? Why wouldn’t I want to use his language as the essence of my prayers?

The language of scripture is powerful:

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12, ESV

The language of scripture is not bound by time:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1, ESV

The language of scripture provides direction:

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105, ESV

Today, let’s pray scripture together!

Here is one of my favorite scriptures to pray. As Paul wrote these words, he was teaching about life transformation. He was also referencing the Old Testament (see Isaiah 55:12). What better language for our prayers than scripture that spans both parts of the Bible!

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13, NLT

Let’s pray it:

Lord, You are my source of hope. How quickly my circumstances can make me forget where my hope comes from. Fill me completely with the joy and peace that comes from you. Help me to trust in you with my whole heart in all circumstances. Lord, help me to overflow with confident hope by the power of your Spirit at work in me. Amen! 

By praying through this scripture, we align our hearts with God’s Word and invite His transformative power into our lives. As we incorporate scripture into our prayers, we tap into the language of faith and draw closer to the One who holds all the answers and the perfect words.

Please know, prayer is not about having all the answers or saying the perfect words—it’s about cultivating a deeper relationship with God. So, let’s continue exploring the Scriptures, allowing them to shape and enrich our prayer life, and ultimately draw us closer to our Creator. May His Word be a source of comfort, strength, and guidance as we journey through life, hand in hand with the Lord.

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Prayer Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller

The Valley of Vision A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions

Cultivating a Passionate Practice of Prayer by The Daily Grace Co

Fervent by Priscilla Shirer

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One response to “Praying the Words of God”

  1. […] To combat this monotony, I turn to scripture (after all, isn’t that where all the answers are anyway!). Praying scripture not only helps me with the language of prayer, it also helps me to know that I am praying in agreement with God’s Will. I talked a bit about the power of praying God’s words here. […]

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