by Jen Manning
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV)
Meditate on that verse for a moment. Scripture is for your benefit. It’s the living Word of God. Have you ever considered praying prayers and praises recorded for us by our Spirit led forefathers? It was important enough for them to be included. Scripture can guide us in our prayer life in all manner of situations.
Most of you are familiar with Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” You may not have known it by chapter and verse, but you knew it. Insert your name where it says “I”. You have just given glory to God and set your prayer time in a posture of gratitude.
Maybe something’s not quite right or you feel a little disconnected when you pray. “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24). Try inserting your name where you see “me.” You just approached God with your heart laid bare, asking Him to bring anything to your attention that might being the cause of distance you feel.
Do you want God to bless you and others? Consider praying another Psalm or a greeting from Paul in his letters to different churches. For example, “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.” (Psalm 1:3 NIV) or “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3 NIV).
Praying Scripture can be a springboard into a richer prayer life. It is by no means the only way to pray. Consider again the verse at the beginning: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV) God can help you learn to pray in many different ways and for many stages of life, just take each day as it comes and remember to pray. Prayer is our direct connection to God!
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me enough to give me Your living Word as my guide in life. How wonderous that the words written so long ago are still as relevant today as they were when You breathed them into life. Thank you for allowing me to come confidently to Your throne and offer up my prayers and praises.