Praying the Word Pt 1
Praying the word of God is by no means a new idea and there are loads of very good books on this subject. This begs the question, why do I need to add to the vast amount of excellent teaching already out there? Well, for most of my Christian walk I had not heard of ‘praying the word’. When I was introduced to this principle, it became such a significant influence upon me and produced such acceleration in the growth of my prayer life that it presented itself as the obvious place to begin sharing what I have been learning. So here we are looking at the art of ‘praying the Word Of God’.
To begin at the beginning
So, what do we mean by ‘praying the Word’? It is simply using the scriptures to help and equip us in our prayer lives as inspiration, vocabulary and guidance.
How to go about praying the Word of God
The first and most obvious port of call would be the many prayers found in scripture. The most often used by those who regularly practice praying the scriptures are the prayers written by the Apostle Paul in his many epistles, but there are many other characters in scriptures who also have had their prayers recorded in one form or another and the psalms are a rich vain to dig into. Ok, so when we have found a prayer that we want to take up and use, we can either use it as it is found or personalise it by changing the odd reference to a person such as a “you”, “your”, “our” or “we” for either the name of the individual or people being prayed for or if we are using it over our own lives that we would of cause just insert an “I”.
The next approach is to take a particular subject matter about which we feel we need to be praying as our inspiration. We then invest time and effort in searching out relevant scriptures. I should point out that there is no need to wait until we have exhausted every possible scripture and have the prayer perfected before we attempt to include it into our prayer life. It should always be seen as a work in progress, and we need to flow in the prayer from the point where we are at that moment in time. Ok, let’s take a look at a prayer that I am presently developing as an example.
It began by being a verse highlighted for me by Hoy Spirit during my devotions. 1 Thes 1:5, where we read “For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake” So the theme was set I knew that this was an area I needed to pray about in my own walk with the Lord (always a good place to start!). As I read on my attention was further arrested by 1Thes 2:2 But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict. 1Thes 2:13 “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.”
So with these ‘building blocks’ I begin. I do so by asking Holy Spirit to highlight what I need to see. I knew I by being honest with myself that my witness seemed to be weak and have no effect on people’s lives so the first thing that jumped out was the reference to ‘we were bold in our God to speak to you’ and ‘but also in power’ quickly followed by ‘in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance’ The third scripture seemed to focus on the recipient “you received the word ….. not as the word of men, but as it is in truth the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.” Then the Lord guided me to two further scriptures 1 Cor 2:4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power Luke 12:12 “For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” So to the mix I could now add “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom” the Holy Spirit will teach you ….what you ought to say” So this is the prayer I am building
Lord Jesus, I ask for boldness from you to speak to friend and stranger,
Give me the words you want me to say, when I need to say them.
Deliver me from relying on my persuasive human wisdom,
Let the words I say be full of your wisdom, power and presence,
Bring into the lives of those to whom I speak your assurance that they may know and be convinced of the truth concerning you,
Let faith come upon the hearers so that the truth would be made affective to bring new life to them
In Jesus Name, Amen
In time and with practise these little snippets of scriptures become a natural part of our prayer language. But for now I will leave it there. In part two we will begin to look at some of the benefits that ‘praying the Word’ brings into our prayer life. The Lord Jesus bless you.