I first heard about Scripture prayer in Beth Moore’s book, Praying God’s Word. Most of you have probably heard of it as well. You simply take a Scripture and turn it into a prayer.
Scripture prayers are powerful ways to renew your mind for the purpose of breaking free from habits, sins, negative emotions, and idols. Here’s why:
When you renew your mind, you do two things. First, you take off the lies. Then you put on the truth. With Scripture prayers, you’re honest with God about your thoughts and feelings but you’re also exposing them to the truth of His Word. In the process, you’re taking off lies and putting on truth which changes the way you feel about the situation.
Here’s an example: I didn’t feel like writing this blog post but instead of procrastinating, like I often do, I pulled out my trusty list of Bible verses for writing, chose a verse, and started praying. By the end of the prayer, which only took a few minutes, I was ready to write. Here’s the prayer I wrote in my journal:
Galatians 1:10. Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Time to write my blog post now, God, and you know what always happens when I do that. I start worrying about what everyone will think, and I feel like I have to write the perfect post because I have to have the perfect post if I want to build a platform and eventually be able to publish a book.
As I write that, Lord, I see how ridiculous that is. You are the King of the Universe which would also make you the King of the publishors, agents, and editors. If you want something published, it will get published regardless of platform. So I am going to throw platform to the wind and just write what you want me to write to help the people you want me to help. I refuse to live up to the expectations of the publishing world. I write for you.
Do you see how my thoughts shifted from a cultural perspective to a biblical perspective? Thinking about Galatians 1:10 as I was praying helped me throw off the lie I was believing, “I have to live up to expectations” to the truth: Life isn’t about being acceptable or being published – it’s about loving and serving a God who is full of grace. The truth changed my desires, and I actually wanted to write a blog post.
I looked through my journals for other examples of Scripture prayers but couldn’t find any because I don’t usually write down my prayers. I wanted to give some other examples, though, so I wrote a couple of other prayers I might pray based on other Bible verses. Here they are:
Ephesians 4:26-27 Be angry and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.
Father, could you help me forgive my friend? I’m having a terrible time with it – I feel like she doesn’t deserve to be forgiven. Yet you tell me to let go of my anger before the sun goes down.
The sun went down a few hours ago, Lord, and the words she said to me keep replaying through my mind. Help me to let go of them. Help me forgive her. I don’t want to give Satan an opportunity. He would love to see me stay mad at her. He loves it when I’m angry.
In fact, now that I think of it, I’m playing right into his hands by refusing to forgive her and let go of this anger. That makes me sick, Lord. I don’t want to play into his hands. I want to forgive. (I would take time out for repentance here.)
I do forgive. Could you forgive me also for my own sin of hatred? Thank you, Lord. I love you. Please fill me with your presence and your peace.
Hebrews 12:11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
Lord, the cookies are calling my name. They’re saying Eat me, Eat me! I want to eat them, but my boundaries tell me I’m not supposed to have cookies ’til after dinner. Lord, help me say no.
I want to experience that peaceful fruit of righteousness. I want to be conformed to your image. I can just imagine what life would look like if I were consistently disciplined in the area of eating. It would look good. I want that life, Lord. Thank you for the strength to say no.
Finding Bible Verses to Pray
I Deserve a Donut has over 150 Bible verses you can use to pray through various temptations and trials. You can also look for Bible verses at openbible.info or just google Bible verses for anger, worry, etc.
Question: Do you have any tips for praying Scripture or favorite verses to pray?