Praying Scripture

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I had a tough season in my life, a season of injustice and unfairness. My days were filled with tears, I had prayed over the issue but nothing was getting better. I got tired; I was giving up on praying on the matter, a relative introduced me to Psalm 35. I prayed that Psalm daily, I think I remember a big chunk of it by heart. At first I said those words with bitterness and literally wanted God to break people’s necks. But as I continued praying those words, God gave me love for the people, and I started praying for a change of their hearts, prayed for peace and prayed against the enemy’s tactics. God vindicated me, He calmed the storm and once again my heart was filled with joy.

Many times we talk about reading the Bible and praying everyday: The two are portrayed as two different things which are done one after another. Well, years back I also learnt a secret, through praying through the Psalms. Many times in the book of Psalms, 119, the importance of putting God’s word first is expressed. It talks about; ‘be merciful according to your word, deliver me according to your word, your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.’ 

Praying scripture makes prayer more positive. Many times when we are going through hard times, we spend hours lamenting to God and expressing our pain and storms. In such times, I have also learnt to pray scripture; it brings out God’s perspective, It reminds you of God’s power, reminds you of God’s mercy, God’s faithfulness, God’s will and much more. The word of God is the sword of the spirit, it changes us. We cannot pray a miss when praying scripture, it is God’s word. Even when our intentions are wrong, God’s word will transform us, it will transform our prayer life.

Lately I have struggled praying for our government leaders, the Lord gave me His word to pray over them. Pray with me…

Dear Lord,

We commit our leaders to you this morning, asking for guidance according to your word (Proverbs 21:1-3) We know that their hearts are in your hands. You direct the watercourse wherever you please. Many things seem right to them, but Lord you weigh their hearts. Help them to do what is right and just. Surround them with good advisors.  Fill them with your grace according to Proverbs 19:20, “Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.”  Father, grant them wisdom and patience. May your love and faithfulness uphold their faith. Take away the spirit of fear from their hearts; grant them the spirit of power, love and a sound mind. (2nd Timothy 1:7). Amen

May the Lord give you His word, to pray it, especially in seasons when you have no words of your own.

Selah

One thought on “Praying Scripture

  1. Amen, thank you for this reminder, that we can pray through scripture especially when our Hearts are filled with pain and bitterness. God bless your heart Rawder

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