Praying Scripture

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We can turn many passages in Scripture into prayers. I find it a neat thing to pray the Bible’s words back to God. If we struggle to come up with our own words, we can use the vocabulary of the Scriptures as the basis of our prayers. All it takes is to change some of the pronouns, and put an opening and closing on the prayer.

 

For example, John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

 

Now let’s make it into a personal prayer: “Holy and Loving God, for You so loved me that You gave Your only son, so that I who believe in him may not perish but have eternal life. This I pray in the name of your son, Jesus. Amen.”

 

With so many of the passages of Scripture you may read in Bible study, this is a perfect way to make the words your own.

 

Here are some other examples of Scriptures you might try praying:

 

Psalm 18: 1-3 1I love you, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so I shall be saved from my enemies.

 

Philippians 4:4-6 4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

 

Matthew 11: 28-30 28Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

I hope this is a meaningful and enriching practice for you this week.
–Nancy Pauls, Pastor of Prayer

Hold Hands and Pray!

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For the past few weeks, during this sermon series on marriage, Pastor Adam has said, right before the prayer at the end of the message, “If you are sitting near your spouse, take their hand as we pray.”  Touch of all kinds is important to us as human beings.  We are wired to connect physically with each other, and not just in a sexual way. Jesus often reached out his hand to touch people and heal them.

 

There can be great comfort and power in something as simple as holding the hands of someone else while you pray.  According to scientists, a warm touch seems to set off the release of oxytocin, a hormone that helps create a sensation of trust, and to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol.  Another study suggests that humans are wired to “share the load” of processing problems, and that simple touching of one another helps initiate that process.*

 

When you are “processing problems,” is prayer part of that process?  Do you take your fears, frustrations, joys or concerns to others and ask them to join you in carrying those parts of your life to God?  Do you hold hands while you pray, powerfully connecting to each other as you connect to God?

 

This week, find at least one other person, hold their hand or touch their shoulder, and pray with them.  If you don’t have anyone you feel comfortable praying with in this way, come to Firestone Chapel on the south side of the Narthex before and after worship this weekend, or the Congregational Care offices in the East Building of the Leawood Campus from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on any weekday, and one of our pastors, CCMs, or staff members would be blessed to hold your hand and pray with you.

 

 

*Evidence That Little Touches Do Mean So Much. Benedict Cary. NY Times 2/10/2011.


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