Praying Godís Word
Praying Godís Word Ė Promises and Power
Praying Godís Word is simply a way to pray. Prayer can be an awkward, difficult proposition for many people. Uncertainty about phrasing our communication with God makes us want to leave prayer to the ďreligious professionals.Ē It doesnít have to be that way. God desires to speak to us and He wants us to speak to Him!
In Matthew 6, Jesus speaks about the wrong motives for prayer. The Pharisees had turned prayer into a public act to demonstrate their righteousness. Their prayers were not directed to God, but to men. In condemning these practices, Jesus taught that prayer should be addressed ďto your Father, who is unseen.Ē Jesus presented a sincere prayer for His disciples to follow (Matthew 6:9-13). Jesus spoke aloud to His Father, suggesting that a deeper level of interaction and communion with God occurs when we actually pray Godís own words back to Him.
The Bible is a book of promises from Godís heart to ours. His promises surpass the qualities of the temporal because each of Godís promises is made by the One who possesses the authority and power to fulfill all of them perfectly. God faithfully responds to every believing prayer that is grounded upon the promises of His Word. Each promise becomes a firm building block which forms the foundation for our faith. Praying Godís Word is like uncovering buried treasure.
Praying Godís Word Ė Believing and Receiving
Whenever we specifically pray Godís Word, we are put in touch with the heart of God. The Psalms represent some of the most tender, urgent, and devoted prayers humankind has ever spoken to God. It is in Psalms that we discover the writersí dedication to God, their faith in God, and their questions about God. How familiar are these emotions as we face sickness, loneliness, or betrayal? Davidís disappointment and desperation reflect his perceptions of God during adverse times. Like David, there are times when we also cry out to see if God truly cares.
In Psalm 13, David expressed both his anguish before God and his confidence in God: ďHow long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?... But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation; I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.Ē David may have recalled how God chose to ďhide his faceĒ in response to the Israelitesí rebellion (Deuteronomy 31:17-18). Yet David found strength in Godís promises: ďBut my love will never be taken away from him [David]...Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established foreverĒ (2 Samuel 7:15-16). Praying Godís Word out loud reminds us once again of His promises, which are irrevocable and unwavering.
As Godís children we have full assurance through the Holy Spirit who makes Godís promises a reality in our hearts. ďThe Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are Godís children. Now if we are children, we are heirsóheirs of God and co-heirs with Christ...Ē (Romans 8:16Ė17). Believing and praying Godís Word feeds His promises into our spirit. The abundance of Godís promises is our rightful inheritance as His children. In believing and receiving His Word, we experience an incredible surge of faith in our hearts. Our ineffectual doubt transforms into powerful assurance.
Praying Godís Word Ė Surrendering and Confirming
As human beings, we all share common needs that are emotional, physical, and spiritual. Spiritual needs should receive the highest priority because once these needs are met, other needs will be fulfilled as well. ďBut seek first [Godís] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as wellĒ (Matthew 6:33). We must make heaven our goal and holiness our way.
When confronted with a serious physical or emotional need, however, it may be nearly impossible to assign preeminence to issues of righteousness and holiness.
The young mother tried to ignore the wheezing respirator that infused oxygen into her newbornís lungs. The surgical tape that secured her childís breathing tube had inflicted large crimson welts on the infantís delicate cheek. ďShe was born with her fatherís dark brown hair.Ē The spinal meningitis had caused her vulnerable brain to swell within her skull. Patches of hair could not conceal the shaven areas with over seventy intravenous head puncturesóeach one mercilessly causing another ruptured fragile vein. ďHow I wish I could bear her pain instead.Ē The neonatologist words echoed...seizures, partial paralysis, or deafness. ďWhat can I do to ease my guilt...my fears...my doubts?Ē
And so the mother prayed, ď[Jackie] dwells in the shelter of the Most High [and] rests in the shadow of the Almighty...Surely he will save [Jackie] from the fowlerís snare and from the deadly pestilence...[The Lord says] I will rescue her...I will be with her in trouble, I will deliver her and honor her. With long life I will satisfy her and show her my salvationĒ (Psalm 91).1
Understand that God hears all prayers, whether silent or spoken. The relationship between God the Father and the Holy Spirit is so close that the Holy Spiritís prayers on our behalf need not be audible (Romans 8:26Ė27). But it is God hearing us speak His Word back to Him that inspires Him to move on our behalf.
When we place Godís Word into personal prayers, we begin to comprehend how much God loves us and longs to enrich our lives. As you trust God with your difficult circumstances and audibly confirm Godís promises, every concern is released and placed in Godís capable hands. Praying Godís Word is the manifestation of His glory being lived out in our lives. Learn More About Prayer
Footnote:> 1 Jackie recovered with no lasting effects whatsoever from her ordeal with spinal meningitis. After obtaining her degree in Broadcasting Communications, she serves as a music worship leader in her local church.
What is your response?
Yes, today I am deciding to follow Jesus
Yes, I am already a follower of Jesus
I still have questions