Praying from the Word of God
Is your prayer life stagnant? Would you love to kick-start your prayer with new energy? Do you seek fresh revelation from your Heavenly Father?
If we are being truly honest, at some point in our lives we have struggled with feeling like our prayer life has been stale. I know I have questioned my own prayers and their effectiveness. It wasn’t until I realized that praying from the very mouth of God was where I found life. It is where I found passion in interceding for others and for praying the heart of God. Scripture-fed prayer is where I found the voice of my Lord and the wisdom of His instruction.
Finding our own language in Scripture, through focused and measured prayers allows us to discover an entry point for powerful, effective prayers.
Over the past few years I have developed a love for scripture-fed prayer. Prayer featuring unscripted, Scripture-fed, and worship-based. What comes to your mind as some of the most beautiful Scriptures of worship-based prayer? The Psalms are a collection of praise songs written by King David, and many of Israel’s other worship leaders. The Psalms reflect a worshipful, prayerful, poetic tone that is unique to many of the other Scriptures. The Psalms is just one book of many books in the Bible that we can apply Scripture to teach us how to pray. When we pray from Scripture we are praying the very truths of Abba Father.
By experience and conviction, I have come to understand that the most creative and intense passionate prayers spring from the treasury of the word of God. I have witnessed several times the Bible expose hearts, transform lives, breathe life, give direction, and create powerful moments through the impact of Spirit-led, Scripture-fed prayer. In our current Men’s Group: Promise Principle, we teach this practical life application of reading scripture, looking for God’s promises, and prayerfully asking our Lord for His wisdom in obediently applying what He is revealing to our individual circumstance. Seeking direction from the very word of God is the key ingredient and central passion of Scripture-fed Prayer.
As you seek to spend time with God, open the Bible and begin to read Scripture looking specifically for God’s truths, promises, or commandments. Ask the Spirit to apply these truths and imprint them on your heart.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of the soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
Jeff Holder | Encourager Ministry