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Praying the Word: Why and How

Have you ever wanted or needed to pray for someone, and you had no idea how to pray or what words to use?

Psalm 119:11 says, “ Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” This tells us that reading and obeying God’s Word will help keep us from sin.  Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” God’s Word can help us build our faith.  Did you know there is another powerful use of the Word of God?  You know you can use His word as a prayer?  As a matter of fact, it is the most powerful way you can pray.

Praying the Word is like super-charged praying.

John 1 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the word was with God and the Word was God”.  When you pray scriptures it’s like praying God right into the middle of your situation.

Have you ever been asked to pray and panicked, thinking “Oh, no….what do I pray? Often it’s because we don’t know what to say. Our mind becomes like a blank sheet of paper.  If we open our Bible and look at it, we see pages filled with words and prayers just waiting to be spoken.

The Bible contains some of the most powerful prayers ever prayed. For instance, there are prayers of repentance (sinner on a cross), intercession for God’s people (Ezra), mercy for captives (Daniel in the lion’s den), healing or asking God to extend a person’s life (Hezekiah), blessing for a person’s own family (Jabez), deliverance (Jonah in the belly of the whale), and petition for a baby (Hannah).

Unlike memory verses or Bible quizzing, you don’t have to quote the verse exactly when you pray. The key is to pray the concept of the verse and make it personal to yourself or the one you are praying for.

As you begin to the pray the Word, the difference may not be immediately noticeable, but over the years you’ll become more bold and confident in your prayers. And in the process, you’ll be growing in your knowledge of His Word, and thereby His will.

How to Pray the Word of God

  1. Ask the Spirit to teach you to pray
    Without question, the best teacher is the Spirit of God. He promises to draw near to those who draw near to Him and to teach those who turn to Him. So ask Him, every day, to guide you and to open your eyes to His Word.
  1. Read psalms and prayers out loud
    The psalms are emotionally transparent and often raw. Let David walk you through joy, shame, anger, and confusion, and bring all those feelings at the feet of God. Use Paul’s words to pray for a deeper relationship with God when you don’t know what to say.
  1. Write out personalized prayers
    As you come across prayers or passages that speak to you in a special way, write them out in a prayer journal or on notecards, paraphrasing and personalizing them to fit your situation. Review and pray them often.
  1. Memorize Scripture
    Praying over the same passages over and over again will cement them in your memory. This is the best kind of memorization–the kind that starts in the heart and comes alive in your personal situations. These words will stay with you long after your prayer request is answered.
  1. Search for topical Scriptures
    Pull out a concordance (use the one in the back of your Bible or do a quick search online) and find Bible passages that address any issue that is preoccupying you, whether it be fear, pride, anger, addiction, unforgiveness, insecurities, loneliness, or anything else. You’ll discover treasures you didn’t even know existed and will be blessed in your prayer time.
  1. Make them personal
    Rather than simply quote the verse, personalize it with your name or the name of the person you are praying for. This increases our faith and speaks life over the situation.

What Scriptures to Use

There are hundreds of scripture you can pray. Here are just a few:

“Lord Jesus, I thank you that Your word says You will never leave me nor forsake me.”  (Hebrews 13:5)

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  (I John 1:9)

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble”. (Psalm 46:1)

“Weeping may endure for the night, but JOY comes in the morning”.(Psalm 30:5)

“But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”  (Philippians 4:19).

“Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:  and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise them up”(James 5:14-15).

God, You were wounded for our transgressions and took stripes so that we could have healing”.(Isaiah 53:5)

“God, I rejoice for Your Word says You have not given me the Spirit of fear, but of Power and of love and of a sound mind”  (II Timothy 1:7).

“The peace of God that passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”(Philippians 4:7)

“He heals the broken in heart and binds up their wounds”  (Psalm 147:3).

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint”(Isaiah 40:31).

“I can do ALL THINGS through Christ which gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

With God’s help we will do mighty things, for He will trample down our foes”(Psalm 60:12).

“God you are able to do exceeding, abundantly above all we can ask or think, according to the power that works within us”(Ephesians 3:20).

“For we know that Greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world” (1 John 4:4)

“If God be for us, who can be against us”(Romans 8:31).