Over the last few weeks we have been looking at developing our relationship with God through prayer. I do hope you have found it useful. If you have missed any, please feel free to click on the subjects on the left hand side of this web page.
We have looked at how we can come to God boldly at any time; we have discovered what we can actually say to God when we approach Him; and last week we looked at the model that Jesus gave us to approach God in prayer.
This week I want to take one more look at this subject. This may seem quite obvious but I believe it easily gets overlooked: Did you know that great chunks of the bible can be turned into prayers? In other words, we can actually pray the bible as we are reading it. Let me explain:
Take Philippians 4:6-7 which says:
“…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
This passage can be turned into a prayer quite easily. Choose the thing that is worrying you the most at the moment and pray something like, “Dear Lord, Your word says that I am not to be anxious about anything but I confess that “such and such” (insert worry here) is really bothering me. I thank You that You want me to bring this problem to You. Help me to leave it at Your feet. I accept and look forward to the peace You have promised me in this passage, the peace You say will guard my heart and my mind. This is all possible because I am ‘in Christ Jesus’ who has provided peace to me through the cross. I accept Your gift with thanksgiving in Jesus name. Amen”.
See how easy it is?
Let’s just do one more here. This is how I would generally pray for a friend who wants a deeper experience of God (do you know someone like that?). I would take Colossians 1:9-13:
“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.”
I would pray in the following way: “Lord I want to pray for (name). I pray that You will make Your will known to him/her and that he/she walks in a way that pleases You and You will help him/her to bear much fruit in his/her life. I pray that he/she is strengthened with Your power and is able to endure and be strong even when the going gets tough. I pray that You will give him/her joy as he/she realises that You have qualified him/her to share in the inheritance of your son”… etc.
There are very many prayers in the bible and even more passages that can be turned into prayers.
Next week I plan to move on to the subject of reading the word of God as another way of developing our relationship with Him. But this week, as you are reading the bible, why not try praying God’s word back to Him? I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is.
I shall leave you now with a few passages that can get you started:
2 Kings 19:14-19
1 Timothy 2:1-2