Why Should We Pray Bible Verses? | How To Pray According To The Bible
I remember when I had a very frustrating prayer life. I didn’t know how to pray to God effectively and maybe you have been in my position where you didn’t know what to say when you prayed. That was not a fulfilling situation to be in and I wanted out.
I wanted to know how to pray to God and how to develop a consistent prayer life free from frustration. Do you know when I finally able to reach the point where I felt that I had a fulfilled prayer life? It was when I started praying the scriptures.
You may be wondering why should we pray Bible verses? I am going to give you 4 reasons that will help you to understand the importance of praying God’s word.
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Why Should You Pray?
Prayer is how you communicate with God. It's having a conversation with your Heavenly Father. You can develop your relationship with God by talking to Him, just like any other relationship you have with your family, friends…etc.
You need to talk to God and tell Him how you feel, what you need, and you also need to worship Him, give Him thanks and praise. He should be the first one that you run to in any situation. God wants to hear from you, He longs to have an intimate relationship with you.
How Do You Pray So God Will Listen?
The Bible says in 1 John 5:14-15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
You need to pray according to the will of God, and the will of God can be found in the Word of God…the Bible. That’s one reason I love praying the Word of God back to Him. I know that if I am praying the scriptures, then He hears me because that is what it says in 1 John 5.
When you learn how to pray according to the Bible, you don’t have to be concerned that you are praying amiss because you are not using your own words, you are using the Word of God.
Praying Scriptures Examples
Praying the scriptures is an amazing way to pray for yourself, for others, and even for healing. Here are some scriptures to use when praying.
Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths.
Prayer – I pray that my husband will trust in you with all his heart and not try to figure things out on his own. That he would acknowledge you Lord and that you will direct his path.
Acts 26:18 - To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Prayer – Heavenly Father I ask that you open (loved one's name) eyes that (loved one's name) would turn from darkness to light, and from the power of satan to God.
1 Peter 2:24 - Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Prayer – Jesus you took my sins so that I would be dead to sin and live for righteousness, I believe that by Your stripes I was healed.
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Why Should We Pray Bible Verses?
Praying Bible verses is such an amazing way to pray because you are inserting yourself into the scripture. You start to realize that God’s word is for you and it becomes personal and it helps you to develop an intimate relationship with the Lord.
You Are Praying The Will Of God
We all want to live according to God’s plan for our lives. The Bible outlines what God’s will is for the believers. When I use to pray, I wasn’t praying according to the will of God for my life which resulted in frustration and unanswered prayers.
I didn’t realize that all I needed to do was to search the scriptures and use those verses and start praying God’s word. If you are struggling with your prayer life use the Word of God. What better way to pray than to use the Words that God gave to us.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.
It’s evident what the will of God is for each of our lives. You can use those same scriptures in your prayer time and pray them back to God. You will begin to see that when start praying Bible verses you are praying with expectation because you know that this is the plan that God has for you and you pray anticipating that your prayers will be answered.
Builds Your Confidence In Prayer
Hebrews 4:16 says So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
When I use to pray, I never came boldly to God. I was hesitant in my prayers, not knowing if God was listening or if what I was asking would happen. I had no confidence in my prayers. I contemplated many times if it was even worth it for me to pray. After all, I honestly felt like I was just going through the motions because I felt that I had to pray as a believer.
Is that a good reason to pray, because I felt I had to? What good was that? I’m sure that God knew my heart and how I felt. Thank God for His grace and mercy.
As I began to learn more about the importance of praying the scriptures, I no longer prayed because I felt like I had to. I was excited to pray, I had confidence in my prayers, and I could approach God boldly because I knew that my prayer was in line with His word, which is His will.
I realized that to pray Bible verses I needed to know which Bible verses to use. It is so important to understand the Bible by studying it. Ensure that you are taking time out of your day not only to pray but also to study and read the Word of God because it will help you to understand the scriptures.
God Hears You
How amazing is that when you start praying God’s Word, He hears you because you are praying the Bible. What is His will? His will is His word. When we pray for anything according to His word then He hears us. It is an awesome feeling knowing that God hears you when you pray.
You don’t have to have any doubt in your mind because you know that he hears you because that is what the Bible says, and we believe it unconditionally.
It doesn’t matter if it hasn’t manifested in your life as yet, that doesn’t change what the Word of God says. We believe it no matter what, we believe it because God said it and He cannot lie.
Do you know that Psalm 138:2 says that God magnifies His Word above His name? That should be comforting to you to know that the Word of God has the final say in your life. When I realized this truth, it brought me closer to God, I stopped questioning everything and started to take Him at His word.
Regardless of how my situation may have looked, I finally started to understand what it meant to walk by faith and not by sight. My faith grew as I began to exercise it by using it.
Give You A Passion For Prayer
I can only speak from my own experience, but I know once I started praying the scriptures, I found passion in my prayer life. I no longer prayed, just because I felt it was the Christian thing to do, I was praying because I felt passionate about my time with God.
Praying the scriptures was like a starting point for me and it brought about so many wonderful things in my prayer life. As I became more confident and my passion grew, I could now feel the leading of the Holy Spirit during my prayer time.
It was like a step-by-step process for me. I know that we all want everything instant, but it’s a relationship that begins to flourish so it does take time. The beautiful thing is that all though I had these scriptures written down and I prayed them, the Holy Spirit would now start to lead me in prayer and bring to my thoughts other scriptures that I could pray for a specific situation and even for others.
I hope that you can see why I am so passionate about praying the scriptures and that I have answered the question “Why Should We Pray Bible Verse?" It’s not the only way to pray, but it's what got me out of my slump when I didn’t know what to say, and it's been such an amazing experience. Now I can pray God’s blessing and His purpose over my life and the lives of others using His word.
Do you pray the scriptures? If not, will you start praying the Word of God over your life? Let me know in the comments, I would love to know what your go-to scriptures are for prayer.
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