Ok welcome back. So we are currently looking at the subject of ‘praying the Word of God’. We’ve touched upon the basics of how to incorporate the scriptures into our prayer lives, now we will take a look at the issue of why it is such a good ‘habit’ to get into.
In my own experience, I found that I was fine if someone gave me a prayer request but after the first few seconds when the need had been verbalised, I found myself constantly struggling with the issue of now what? I often found myself confronted with a mental blank which like a black hole swallowed up any Hope I had of pressing on in prayer. Often times I was left stumbling desperately for words and direction, particularly if I was praying openly during a ministry time, and God forbid if I was asked to open or close a meeting in prayer the panic and cold sweat made me very uncomfortable with prayer and relegated it to what I considered the bear minimum expected of a Christian! I believe that my own experience with prayer is by no means unique to me, but is probably a major reason behind many a stunted, frustrated or even abandoned prayer life.
When the Lord brought to my attention the principle of using the scriptures in my prayer life I found that I gained a new and much appreciated vocabulary around which I could build a prayer life. This was for me a significant step forward on my journey of growing in prayer. So this would for me enough of a reason to encourage anyone to introduce the Scriptures into their prayer life, to gain this ever expanding vocabulary and source of inspiration. However, as I am maturing in this ‘habit’ I am discovering more and more reasons to pursue it.
The first of which would be in the using of the Word of God in prayer we are in effect taking the written words of our Heavenly Father and given them a voice. And so our prayer lives gain a new voice the spoken word of God. This takes us into the territory of Ps 103:20 “Bless the LORD, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word.” So by ‘praying the word’ we are engaging and equipping our co-labourers and ministers the angels to work with us in our prayer lives
Secondly not only do we gain the Father’s voice, but also through learning to be led by The Lord to use the scriptures in our prayer lives we also gain His heart, in the form of His revealed will, desire and pleasure. As we begin to apply these influences to our prayer lives we are taken into the territory of 1Jn 5:14,15 “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” His word is His will. This gives us a new confidence, that when we pray His Word we are praying in tune with His will, and so He is hearing us. So we are gaining the Fathers Voice, Heart and now also a new dimension of relationship with His Ear, praise God!
It is worth pointing out that when we allow the light of His word to shine through our prayer lives, that there is a measure of reflection back into our lives, and we are being changed by it. So we might even add to the list of potential gains to this Habit of praying the Word a new and deeper walk with the Lord. Why not go for it! Throughout the year I will be adding to this series of blogs as much practical help as I can, so keep your eyes peeled. The Lord Jesus bless you.