Have you heard of the concept of “praying Scripture?” We know God inspired His word and it is holy. By praying what the Scripture says, we can know we are praying in the will of God.
I like to write my prayers, because when I write my prayers, my mind tends not to wander to the dozens of other things that can get my attention. Writing prayers keeps me focused.
Here’s an example. Take a passage of Scripture and try it yourself!
May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ. 2 Thes.3.5
Our Father, please lead us,
- from deep within our hearts,
- from the stirring of our souls,
- from the use of each moment of time in our lives,
- from our toenails to the tips of the hair on our heads …
- a full-blown understanding,
- a totally encompassing comprehension,
- a moment-by-moment living-it-out today …
- Your love for us,
- Your love expressed through us to others,
- Your love revealed in the sacrifices of time & money,
- Your love flowing through us because You are in us …
And give us
- Christ’s attitude of patient endurance for serving You,
- Christ’s perspective on anxiety and worry,
- Christ’s reaction to difficult circumstances,
- Christ’s power to not just wait, but have His mind while we wait,
- Christ’s tangible presence made known to us in real ways many times today.
Father, please lead us into a full understanding and expression of Your love. Please lead us into a full understanding and expression of Your Son’s patient endurance. Genuine love comes from You, Father, so we seek You today. Patient endurance comes from the continual presence of Your Son, Jesus Christ, living in us, so we depend on Him today.
The Lord is far from the wicked, but hears the prayers of the righteous. Prov. 15:29