Praying the Scriptures
By Greg Laurie
“I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word.”
Traditionally we close our eyes when we pray, and that’s a good thing. It takes other things out of our view and helps us focus. But it’s also okay to pray with our eyes open.
In fact, we can pray basically anywhere and in any position.
We can pray publicly or privately, verbally or silently, and with our eyes closed or open. We can pray anywhere.
The Bible tells us, “Pray
in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere” (Ephesians 6:18 NLT).
We read in the Bible that Daniel prayed in a lions’ den, David
prayed in a field, and Peter prayed both on the water and under the water.
Then there was Jonah, who prayed from the gut of a sea monster—and God heard his prayer. Interestingly, Jonah, wrapped in seaweed, prayed the
Word of God eight times. He concluded by saying, “Those who worship false gods turn their backs on all God’s mercies. But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the Lord
alone” (Jonah 2:8–9 NLT).
Jonah quoted Scripture, and specifically he quoted from Psalms. I think it’s a really good idea to quote the Bible when we pray. Is this because God needs to hear His own Word?
No, but you do and I do.
For example, let’s say that you have a financial need. Instead of praying, “Lord, provide for me financially,” you could say, “Father, you promised in
Scripture that you would supply all of my needs according to your riches and glory in Christ Jesus. So because of that promise, I pray this.”
Jonah’s prayer demonstrated that he had God’s Word in his heart.
He had memorized Scripture, and that’s a very good thing to do.
*** SCRIPTURES FOR ENCOURAGEMENT ***
Rom 8:39 Rom 8:28
"...stand and see this great thing which the Lord will do before your eyes..."
"The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."
"God is not a man, that He should lie. Has He said, and will He not do it?"
let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."
"If God be for us, who can be against us?"
"...be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus."
"Hold fast the pattern of sound words...in faith
"Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth."
"Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,... "
"If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."
"Be strong and of good courage;
do not be afraid, nor be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
"And has He not given you rest on every side?"
"You will not need to fight this battle. Position yourselves,
stand still and see the salvation
of the Lord, who is with you,..."
"In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
"...consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy
to be compared with the glory which shall
be revealed in us."
"Yet in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."
"(Nothing can) separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
"And we know that all things work together for good
to those who love God, to those
who are the called according to His purpose."
"...be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work
of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry."
"Fight the good fight, finish the race, keep the
"Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I will arise;
when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me."
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
"(You) have overcome them, because
He who is in you is greater
than he that is in the world."
"(Be) confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you
will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ,..."
"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice!"
*** SCRIPTURES FOR HEALING ***
|Hos 4:6 |
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us...
...(Jesus) bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that
we, having died to sins,
might live for righteousness -- by whose stripes you were healed.
...He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;
the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.
He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Do not be wise in your own eyes: fear the Lord and depart from evil.
It will be health to your flesh, and
strength to your bones.
...I am the Lord who heals you.
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases...
...serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water.
And I will take sickness away from the
midst of you.
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
...your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily,
and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory
of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
A merry heart does good, like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.
I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
...these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons;
they will speak with new tongues; ...they will lay hands on the sick,
and they will recover.
...the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.
And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.
...Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.
*** SCRIPTURES FOR NEEDS ***
|Mt 6:8 |
"...your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him."
"...those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing."
"The earth is the Lord's, and all it's fullness,..."
"...every beast of the forest
is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills."
"Is anything too hard for the Lord?"
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find;
knock, and it will be opened to you."
"He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up
for us all,
how shall he not with Him also freely give us all things?"
"Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass."
"Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down,
shaken together, and
running over will be put into your bosom."
"...(God) is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that works in us..."
"And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches
by Christ Jesus."
"His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life
and godliness, through the knowledge of Him..."
"Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and
mighty things, which you do not know."
"Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh.
Is there anything too hard for Me?"
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest."
"For He Himself has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you."
anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving, let you requests be made known to God; ..."
"...may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food,
supply and multiply the seed you have sown
and increase the
fruits of your righteousness, ..."
"...may He grant you according to your hearts desire,
and fulfill all of your purpose."
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us
with every spiritual
blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, ..."
*** PRAYING FOR OUR CHILDREN ***
|Acts 19:20 |
I thank you Father that Your Word prevails
over our children.
That they are taught of the Lord and continue to be
the fruit of godly instruction and correction.
Great is their peace and undisturbed composure.
Father, give us counsel and wisdom in bringing
up our children.
I say they are obedient, not conforming to the things of the flesh,
but holy, in all conduct.
desiring the pure milk of the Word that they may grow thereby.
That they are swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to
Their conduct is without covetousness,
and they are content with what they have.
They do not forget to do what is right and to share.
I pray that they grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord,
and abound more and more
in how they should walk and please You.
That they submit to their elders, and to one another,
being clothed with humility.
That they cast their cares upon You, Father, for You care for them.
I thank You that they are doers of the Word,
and not hearers only,
effectively sharing their faith.
not having a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.
Father, You have saved them and called them with a holy calling,
not according to works, but according
to Your own purpose.
Deliver them from every evil work and preserve them.
They will by no means follow strangers, not knowing their voices.
They abide with others who call on the Lord out of a pure heart,
and cursing comes not out
of their mouth.
Because Jesus keeps them safe, the wicked one does not touch them.
Give Your angels special charge to accompany, defend, preserve
and provide safety for them, day and night.
Because they keep Your Word, Your love is
being perfected in them.
They do not love the world or the things in the world,
and they do not imitate what is evil, but what is good.
They walk in the light as You are in the Light,
cleansing their hands and purifying their
They follow after righteousness, faith, love, and peace.
They have a good conscience and desire to live honorably,
having favor and high esteem with God and man.
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