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TIPS FOR PRAYING THE WORD

Posted on Thu, Feb 28, 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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