Praying the Bible
The Bible is the word of God and is living, active and relevant to our lives. Here are five ways the Bible can shape and empower your prayer life:
1. The God Story
2. read the Bible in One Year
Take on the challenge of reading the Bible in a year - there are various websites and apps that can help you do this. We really like the Bible in One Year app with Nicky and Pippa Gumbel from HTB Church, London.
3. Be inspired by the lives of real people in the bible
Hundreds of people’s lives are captured in the Bible, and each of them can teach us something about prayer. From David who wrote many of the Psalms; to Daniel who prayed passionately each day; to Jesus who led a life saturated in taking time out with God.
4. Pray Biblical prayers
The Bible records many prayers; from the famous Lord’s Prayer taught by Jesus, to the prayers of prophets, teachers and the early Church.
Note the prayers that resonate with you. Learn them and try praying them yourself. This can challenge us to break out of our usual habits, and learn to interact with God in new ways.
If you’re unsure where to start, then try searching ‘prayers from the Bible’ for inspiration. Here are a few examples to get you started:
A prayer for blessing – 1 Chronicles 4:10
A prayer for protection – Psalm 91
A prayer of worship – Psalm 8
A prayer of repentance – Psalm 139:23-34
5. Pray God’s promises
The Bible is full of promises God has made to the people who follow Him. Knowing what God has said is a great way to get to know God better, and to agree with what He wants.
Find the ‘promises of God’ by searching online, or get started with these three promises. Pray them over yourself or others this week:
“God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
Psalm 91: 14-16.
Immerse yourself in the Word of God and add depth and power to your prayer life.