Tag Archive | Praying God’s Word

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.

How to Pray, Part 1

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Praying is a gift from our Heavenly Father to His children.  It is a way of communication with the Almighty God.  We learn who He is and what He desires for our lives by talking with Him.  As you grow and mature in your walk with God, I hope you will seek to develop a consistent prayer life.  What does prayer look like and how do we even start?  I have several ways that I like to pray, depending on what is going on in my life and the lives of my family and friends.  But one thing that remains consistent is praying according to a format I learned in Moms in Prayer.  There are four parts that are all designed to bring us into God’s presence with holy hands and a right attitude.  I will list each and explain how each one works, giving scripture for you to use in your prayer time.

The first part is PRAISE.  When we begin our time with God, we should come to Him with a humble attitude, acknowledging who He is through His attributes, character, and names.  I will use God is Omniscient as an example.  Omniscient means to have infinite knowledge, knowing all things.  God is the author of all knowledge and wisdom.  He created everything and holds the universe together.  Take a moment to read the following scriptures:  Psalm 139:1-6, Daniel 2:20-23, and Romans 11:33-34.  Reading these and spending a few moments thinking over them will set your mind to worship God.  Take some time to praise Him for His wisdom, for knowing the end from the beginning, for creating everything we see and beyond, and holding us all securely in the world He has created.

The second part is CONFESSION.  Use this time to search your hearts and confess any sin that He brings to mind.  Ask Him to reveal to you all hidden sin, and ask for His forgiveness.  How wonderful it is that we can come boldly to the throne of grace, confessing our sins before a Holy and just God, who readily and freely forgives us when we come with a repentant heart.  1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.  This step is vitally important for our relationship with God.  Did you know that as believers, our prayers are hindered by our sin?  God won’t listen to us when we have unconfessed sin.    Psalm 66:18 says “If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened”.  When we cherish our sin more than a right relationship with Him, we are walking in disobedience.  Sin blocks not only our communication with God, but it blocks our blessings.  So take some time here to confess any and all sin that you can think of.  

The third part is THANKSGIVING.  The bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”.  Being thankful acknowledges all that God has done for you.  We have so much to be thankful for, so many blessings that we do not deserve.  We acknowledge God working in our lives.

The last part is INTERCESSION.  This is where we bring our requests to God, knowing that He alone is in charge and can bring about change.  Of course, not all requests will be answered according to how we desire.  He is sovereign and knows what is best.  His best may not look right or feel good to us, but ultimately we need to trust Him to work on our behalf. Our prayers should not be a laundry list of wants or resemble a child’s Christmas list that they give to Santa.  Instead we should be asking God to work in our lives to make us more like Christ.  As Christians, holiness is our number one priority.  We should be asking the Holy Spirit to conform us to the image of Christ in every way.  We can and should petition God to move in our lives to bring about healing, financial assistance, safety and security.  These things are wonderful to pray for.  And most definitely we should be praying for the salvation of those we know.  This is the most important prayer we can pray, for everything in this world is temporary, but what is on the other side is eternal.

I will be going into more aspects on prayer in upcoming posts, such as praying through God’s Word.  When we pray His Word back to Him, we are praying His will for our lives.  I will also be giving sample prayers for you to add to your quiet time.  I will teach you how to develop your own list of prayers and go over what a prayer journal is and how it will benefit you.

For now, I challenge you to develop a consistent time with God every day.  It can be in the morning, evening, or whenever your schedule allows. We are all in different seasons of life and are juggling many things.  But having this time set aside to spend with God will really set the tone for your day and will change your life.  I promise.

Here is the link for Moms in Prayer that will give you what you need for step one.  Choose one aspect of God to pray over each day.

https://momsinprayer.org/resources/prayer-tools/prayer-sheets/

 

God Provides

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Father, I praise You for being able to provide for us everything we need throughout our lives. Whether it is a physical need (health, safety, financially, nourishment), or spiritually (becoming more like Christ in holiness), You will always provide for us. I pray that my children will be very aware of Your presence working in their lives. May they know that it is You who are working in them, providing for them, and guiding their lives. May they become more like Christ in their words and thoughts. I pray they will abound in every good work, giving You the glory for all they accomplish.

Prayers for our children

Acts 20:21 I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.

I pray my children will turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.

Philippians 3:10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

I pray my children will want to know Christ.

Psalm 16:7 I praise the Lord because he taught me well. Even at night he put his instructions deep inside my mind.

Father please put your instructions deep inside the minds of my children.

Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

I pray my children will continually set the Lord before them. I pray He will be at their right hand so they will not be shaken.

Prayers for Middle Schoolers

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Pocket Prayers by Max Lucado

 

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15

Father, you have made me your child through your Spirit. In your kindness you adopted me and delivered me from sin and death. Remind me today what it means to be your child and to be free from that law. It is so easy for me to live my day on my own terms. Help me to live it in light of your grace. I pray for my friends and family. Help them experience your love as their father and feel their inheritance in your spirit. Thank you for accepting me as I am but not leaving me the same. In Jesus’ name, amen.