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“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8).
This Bible verse is where Joshua gives explicit instruction on how to pray God’s word and helps us understand what it really means to pray the Scriptures. God’s word should always be on our lips, hearts, and minds, which will reflect in our daily lives. To pray the Scriptures means adding God’s word to our prayers and saying those words back to him.
Here are 9 reasons why you should pray the scriptures:
1. Scripture is full of promises from God to believers.
Promises about who God is, what is to come, and the promised blessings of living for him rather than indulging the flesh are seen throughout Scripture. We should pray for these promises to manifest in our lives, declare them in prayer, and ask for them to come to fruition.
2. Scripture is God-inspired.
(See 2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible is inspired by God and, therefore, full of truth and wisdom that we can meditate on and pray over our hearts and circumstances. It is trustworthy and can lead us in the right way as we seek God’s will and help through prayer.
3. Scripture teaches us how to pray.
We find many examples of how to pray to God. Jesus taught his followers how to pray, the Psalms are full of prayers, and we see other noteworthy prayers throughout God’s word, such as King Jehoshaphat’s prayer when he learned the enemy was marching toward him for battle.
4. Scripture helps us understand our experiences.
We may not always know why we go through certain situations or face difficult trials, but when we look to Scripture, we gain insight into God’s loving presence with us in every aspect of our lives. Therefore, praying Scripture helps us navigate confusing, tragic, or disheartening situations.
5. Scripture is truth.
(See John 17:17). Praying Scriptures will help us pray for truth over our problems and will provide us great trustworthy proclamations about God to adore and worship in our prayers.
6. Scripture gives us the words when we do not have them.
We may not know what to pray when we are suffering, unsure, or feeling overwhelmed. Biblical accounts around these and many other conditions provide us the words to pray when we would not otherwise know how or what to pray and ask of God.
7. Scripture is powerful.
(See Hebrews 4:12). The Bible declares itself to be sharper than a double-edged sword, which judges the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts. The often bold and faithful words within Scripture are the powerful words our prayers need to be filled with to align with God’s holy and righteous ways.
8. Scripture helps us pray for God’s will.
Praying with Scripture will help us align with God’s good and perfect plans when we are unsure which choice to make or which path to follow. When it is uncertain, we can look to Scripture to discern and pray what God’s will is while learning to hear his will clearly.
9. Scripture ministers to us.
Praying with Scripture allows God’s comfort, truth, and love to penetrate our hearts. When we reflect on Scripture and let it become the very words we think, pray, and believe, we truly allow the Bible to minister to us, give us relief, and help in whatever we face each day.
Just like Daniel and Jesus, make a commitment to pray every day. Prayer can and should become part of our daily routines and rhythms. Work prayer into your habits and keep it at the top of your priorities.
The Ark connect is a distraction-free prayer app that allows you to pray for others. You can also share testimonies of what God has done for you, along with knowing about the happening of other global churches. By bringing people of different demographics and denominations together in prayer, we can provide a safe place for global Christian communities to grow and give back to the Lord in word and deed.