What It Means to Pray the Scriptures
Prayer is important to God. Otherwise, He would not have commanded us to pray over 250 times in the Bible. Other than the command to pray, the words prayer and praying are mentioned at least 280 times in the Bible.
While praying is communication with God, praying the scriptures is different. Praying the scriptures is communion with God. That simply means God is involved in the communication and the communion.
Prayer is communication with God. Praying the scriptures is communion with God.
Repeat God's Words Back to Him
Even though God remembers what He said, it is still powerful for Him to hear His own words. Therefore, we should pray the scriptures for several reasons.
- To come in agreement with God.
- To let God know we are on one accord with Him.
- It lets God know we know what He has said.
- What we say lines up with God's word because He said it first.
- When we say what God said, we affirm God's word.
- Saying what God says confirms what He said in the first place.
- His word will not return to Him void when you say it.
- It reinforces to us what God has said.
- We are strengthened and our faith is increased by saying what God said about our situation.
- God's word is more powerful than our opinion.
- What God said is the "known." What we pray is the "unknown."
- God's word is "Yea" and "Amen" according to 2 Corinthians 1:20.
Book of Psalms Is Full of Prayers
The entire book of Psalms is a book of prayers written to be sung. Whenever you read a psalm out loud, you are actually praying to God.
One hundred fifty psalms are included. Therefore, you will never run out of psalms to pray.
Praying the scriptures help you keep God's word on your mind. You will more than likely remember them longer if you make the scriptures a part of your prayer life. If you ever pray a scripture that you do not know what it means, ask God to reveal to you what He meant when He first said it.
When you pray the scriptures, you interact more with God and become part of His conversation.
Another way to engage with God through His word is to sing the scriptures. You don't need to have a good voice, music or an audience in order to sing the scriptures as a form of prayer.
The Lord's Prayer
Jesus prayed a three-part prayer that is found in John 17. It is different from the Model Prayer that He taught His disciples.
The chapter is divided distinctly into three sections to indicate the three areas for which Jesus prayed.
- First, Jesus prayed for Himself in John 17:1-5. He prayed to His Father for him to be glorified.
- Secondly, Jesus for His disciples in John 17:6-19. This the longest section.
- Last, Jesus prayed for all believers who would follow Him (John 17:20-26).
So, if you think no one has prayed for you, know that Jesus did.
How to Pray the Scriptures
Here are guidelines to help you get started praying the scriptures.
- Select a passage that is meaningful to you. It could be any passage in the Bible, so you have many choices.
- If you are dealing with a particular issue you want God to help with, find that topic in the Bible and pray those scriptures.
- Even though you are reading the passage, stay focus and realize that as you are reading aloud, you are also praying.
- Begin reading the passage slowly. As you read, meditate and let God speak to you through His own words.
- Don't worry if you find yourself getting into the spirit. In fact, that is a way to know that you have connected with God during the conversation.
- If you find that God has taken over the conversation, let Him. Just listen and absorb all that He says.