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:1 John 5:14-15(KJV).
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
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.
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.Psalms 1:1-3 (KJV emphasis added).
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.
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!