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TIPS FOR PRAYING THE WORD

Posted on Sun, Dec 1, 2019

By Mike Bradley, Ruling Elder

TIPS FOR PRAYING THE WORD
By Mike Bradley, Ruling Elder
There are so many different ways to pray
scripture. Here are some guidelines that have
helped me.
1. Realize that there is a direct connection
between the degree to which our minds
are shaped by Scripture and the degree to
which our prayers are answered. Jesus
said, “If you abide in me and my words
abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it
shall be done for you” (John 15:7).
2. Note that the early church prayed Scripture.
For example, the prayer of Acts 4:24
–30 quotes Psalm 2. Also Old Testament
prayers like Ezra’s prayer in Nehemiah
9:6–37 are rehearsals of biblical history
and biblical texts.
3. Praying the Word means reading (or reciting)
Scripture in a spirit of prayer and
letting the meaning of the verses become
our prayer and inspire our thoughts.
4. It can be done alone or in groups. You
can pause after each phrase, or each sentence,
or each paragraph, or each chapter.
5. Here is one way:
Find a quiet time and place.
Begin with a brief prayer like, “O Lord, I
need you, I come seeking you and needing
help. Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous
things out of the word” (Psalm 119:18).
Read a chapter of an epistle quickly to get
the gist of it. The reason for this is that the
meaning of the individual sentences is controlled
by their context. We must not make a
verse mean anything we like.
If anything has “jumped out” as especially
relevant to you, dwell on it and let it inspire
and shape your prayer even before you go
back to read a sentence at a time.
If you bump into difficulties you can’t understand,
make a mental note of it for later
thought and research. Be honest. But then
move on to what does seem clear.
Now go back to the first sentence and read
it with the question: If this sentence were to
become a prayer about my life, what would
it sound like? It may convict you and lead
you to a prayer of confession and repentance.
It may inspire you to pursue a new act of
obedience and lead to a prayer for power
and enablement. It may lead you to give
thanks or pray for others or our church.
Give it a try!

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