How to Pray, Part 2

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Today I want to go over praying God’s word, what that looks like, and how to apply this technique to your prayer time.  When we pray using the Word of God, we are praying His words back to Him.  Essentially we are praying His will.  When Jesus prayed what is known as The Lord’s Prayer, He prayed “Thy will be done”.  Praying using Bible verses is something that I do often.  I use prayers that others have written, and I have created numerous ones myself.

Colossians 1:9-14 are great verses to pray over yourself and family members.

“So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. 13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.”

When praying through these verses, your prayer may look something like this:

Father, I come to You thanking You for my family.  I continuously ask that You would fill them with the knowledge of Your will for their lives, giving them Your wisdom and understanding for each decision they make.  May they live their lives pleasing You, not grieving Your Holy Spirit.  May they produce the fruit of the Spirit in everything they do: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  May this fruit overflow abundantly in their lives producing the righteous character of Christ.  Please strengthen them with Your power, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead.  May they experience Your endurance and patience in all trials.  Help them to learn to give You thanks in all things, for this is Your will for all of Your children.  I thank You for preparing for them an inheritance in Your Heavenly Kingdom.  Please help them live as children of Light.  Thank You for rescuing them from the dominion of darkness and transferring them to the Kingdom of the Son whom You love, through whom we have redemption and forgiveness of our sins.

What a powerful prayer!  I am sure you will want to pray this often for yourself and family.

There are so many things we can pray over using God’s Word.  I have an entire binder full of scripture prayers that I use daily.  Do you need to pray for your children to be obedient?  Whether they like it or not, may _____ obey the Lord their God so that everything will turn out well for them, Jeremiah 42:6.  May _____ obey their parents because they belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do, Ephesians 6:1.  You can pray that your children will have hearts that desire to obey their teachers, coaches, law enforcement, parents of their friends.  God desires for our children to be obedient.  This is definitely praying according to His Will.

Another topic to pray over is our words.  There are so many verses to use that will purify our speech and make us aware of our word choices.  Psalm 19:14 is a great place to start. “May the words of our mouths, and the meditation of our hearts be pleasing to You, Lord, our Rock and Redeemer.”  Pray this one often.  Every day.  For everyone you know.  We can pray that we will not enter into arguments using 2 Timothy 2:23-24.  Father, I pray that _____ will not get involved with foolish arguments that produce fights.  As a follower of Christ, we know that we need to stay away from foolishly quarreling with each other.  Please help _____ to be kind to everyone they interact with.  Help _____ to be able to teach others how to handle controversy in a godly way.  Help _____ to be patient, especially with difficult people.

And of course, we can use God’s Word to petition Him for salvation on behalf of those we love.  May _____’s name be found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, Revelation 21:27.  May _____ openly declare that Jesus is Lord, and believe in their heart that God raised Him from the dead.  May they receive eternal salvation, Romans 10:9.  And my favorite, Colossians 1:13:  Father, deliver _____ from the kingdom of darkness and transfer them into Your Kingdom of Light.  We pray Acts 26:18 in Moms in Prayer:  Open _____’s eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus.

Praying using the Word of God is powerful.  In future posts I will share more ideas for turning Bible verses into prayers.

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