“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
- Amos 3:3
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
As Christians, we all desire to have an awesome prayer life, one where our prayers go beyond the height of the ceiling of our prayer closets. Richard A. Burr, author of Developing Your Secret Closet of Prayer, states, “One’s spiritual life will never be above the practice of one’s private prayer life.” This is so true. Our ultimate goal is an intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Prayer, along with the other spiritual disciplines, becomes a key to entering the holy of holies. One of the ways we are able to do this is through Scripture praying.
“What is Scripture praying?”
Scripture praying is the practice of using God’s Word as the foundation for shaping our prayers for communion with Him and for intercession for others. It is communicating with Him in His own words. Scripture praying is putting equal emphasis on both the Word and prayer. It is realizing that prayer is a dialogue between our Lord and us.
"Why should we Scripture pray?”
So many times we do not have the words to adequately express our thoughts, feelings, emotions and His Word allows us to express those in keeping with His heart. Praying Scriptures like the Psalm 51 can effectively express our heart’s cry for forgiveness and healing as a result of sin. When we allow God’s Word to be the vehicle of our prayers, it is capable of declaring deep inner desires and thoughts.
“How do I Scripture pray?
Praying Scripture is not something new, nor is it meant to be complicated. Throughout God’s Word we discover His people praying what God has said to them. Using the 6 “P’s” of Praying Scriptures maybe helpful.
- Pray as you have your quiet time that God would speak to you through His Word. Listen for Him to do so. Be attentive and open to Him speaking. Prayer is not a monologue, but a dialogue.
- Personalize the Word as you read it.
- Ponder the Word. Whenever you receive a word from Him take time to internalize it. Mediate on its personal meaning. As we pray through Scripture, we must observe the context of the passage, interpret it as to what the writer was talking about and not from our viewpoint, and then apply it personally.
- Pray the received word.
- Print the received word. Keep a journal to record the personal messages you receive, you will be surprised how often God speaks when we listen.
- Proclaim the received word. The more you share what God has said the more He will make His message clear.