I’ve been looking for a way to make my prayers more streamlined, I often just converse with God generally, everywhere, whenever the thought pops in.
I want more though, especially when praying for specific things, I’m also trying to know the bible more. While most bible verses are not new to most christians, many are new to me and praying with them is an amazing way to learn new scripture.
I was thinking about this a few days ago when a simple thought popped into my head. Why not search for scriptures topically, I mean the internet is right there. I love when super simple solutions come to me and in that very moment, I was feeling very spirit lead. Thankfully many people have done the work for us, all you need is a simple google search on whatever topic you want to find scripture on.
So I tried it out and developed a plan.
Choose your prayer point: This is the topic you want to pray about, maybe something that has been bothering you, or a friend or family member’s request. For example, I wanted to pray about my finances, I have some pretty big bills and changes coming up in the near future and I was beginning to feel rather anxious about it all, so of course I decided to pray. So prayer point: Finances.
Search for relevant scripture: Now in order for your search to be successful, you need to consider the language used in the bible. In relation to finances, the Bible uses word provision more often than the term finances so I searched ‘Bible scriptures on provision‘. Like I said, many people have already done the work so you see a list of many different post, “12 bible verses for provision”, “what God says about provision” etc…
Select verses that speak to you: At different points in your life, you will respond to what you see differently. So pick out scriptures that speak to your heart and resonate with you, as those are probably what you need for that season of your life. Pick scriptures that speak to your particular situation and offer you comfort just by reading. I’m currently trying to create a prayer book (based on something my friend M. shared with me) more on that later, so I write out the scriptures I want to use, I pick out 5 or so. You can highlight them in your bible, save on your phone or write on a post-it, whatever
Meditate: After picking out your verses, read them over. Read them again, out loud and maybe jot down key words that come to mind as you think of what God has said. You might even consider going to the chapter to understand the context of the verse. Read them a couple more times and allow them to really marinate.
Pray: Let it flow. Base your prayer on his word and infuse the word into your prayer. I’m always hesitant to tell someone ‘how’ to pray because we differ in our styles and what feels natural to us. So just let it flow.
It might look something like mine:
Heavenly Father thank you for your constant provision in my life. Your love for us is so much that you provide for us in all areas of our lives. You take care of us just as you take care of the lilies in the field. Thank you because your word is clear that you shall supply all our needs according to your riches in glory. Thank you Jesus, we are anxious for nothing because of your all encompassing love for us…
Or might be totally different.
Let it flow, say it out loud, savour it and perhaps share it with someone.
God bless you!
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What helps you in your prayer/spiritual life?