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