Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Praying God’s Word

(Jan Hunt)

Twenty-five years ago, a wise elderly pastor instructed me on a method that he uses for prayer and Bible reading and it is always a blessing when I use it. He called it Praying God’s Word.
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
1 John 5:14-15(KJV).

Pick a section of scripture. This could be 2 verses, a paragraph or a whole chapter. It could be something new for just the day or a book of the Bible that you have been reading through in order.

You will read this section through 3 times. Pray before you begin that God will show you what he wants you to know from this section of His Word.

  • The first time you read it through, is to get the general ideas.
  • The second time you read it through with a pen in hand and underline any phrases that “jump out at you”. This is because the Holy Spirit is going to make the scripture come alive to each one of us in a different way. He will highlight things to meet us where we are in our lives today. Your underlined phrases will probably be different than mine.
  • The third time you read through the section, pause on each underlined area and pray using the very words in the scripture passage for your prayer.
Use these words to pray for yourself or someone else that God may have put on your heart.

My example from Psalm 11:

1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psalms 1:1-3 (KJV emphasis added).

My prayer on God's Word:

Lord, help my children to understand who they associate with. Help them not to get counsel from ungodly people. Help them to not pick friends that walk in the way of sinners or are scornful. Help them and me to delight in your law (words) and teach me to meditate on them often. Thank you for the promise that if we do this whatever we shall do will prosper. Amen.
Please comment about your experiences with this!


    cindy Slosson said...

    As Phil Yancey in his book "Prayer Does it make a difference" says :" Prayer requires the faith to believe that God listens",so it makes sence to pray Gods' word back to him.We act on that faith and pray because God says to.When we were wee ones having faith to say to our parents "remember what you said"?
    In praying back to God his word we are saying I'm taking you up on your word and beliving if I Pray in your word you will answer. What a safe place to rest, in his loving arms.
    God Bless You In Prayer
    Cindy Slosson

    rose said...

    One of my favorite books of the bible is Proverbs's.I was told once that King Solomon wrote it. It is full of such wise council. I have concentrated on what God says about laughter and having a good sense of humor~being able to laugh at ourselves. I have chosen 2 verses to share with some friends who seem to have lost the ability to appreciate a child's laughter or to be able to laugh at all. They have become so serious and downcast by worldly stuff.

    * A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.Proverbs17:22

    *A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.Proverbs15:13

    I pray that God's children are given the wisdom to realize that they were created to have joy. To enjoy good times with one another~just like Jesus did with his apostles and friends~and even his enemies.Yes,Jesus wept~but he always looked to his father for hope. I pray that we encourage one another to keep up a good sense of humor~to be able to laugh at ourselves~to never fall into satan's traps of despair~to never turn our backs on God. I will continue to use this method of Praying God's word. It has helped me very much.God bless, Rose