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Pray Scripture: Four Compelling Reasons
If you have prayed Scripture, you do not need convincing as to the power it releases. Even believers who have passively participated in prayer meetings where someone prays Scripture aloud come away with a sense of awe over this prayer form.
You come away energized by the life that is resident in God’s Word. You come away refreshed by His presence that occurs when you pray Scripture.
But, how do you explain this phenomenon to someone who has yet to experience Scripture prayer firsthand? How do you convince a person of prayer to try it?
Here are a few compelling reasons for your consideration to make Scripture prayer part of the prayer regimen:
One-Faith: When you pray Scripture you are exercising your faith in what God has said. Faith is a force and you have just released it in prayer! There is all the difference in the world between a prayer of hope and a prayer of faith. Hope is a good thing, but faith carries the power. Unless one is praying Scripture, most prayers are just prayers of hope, unfortunately.
So what kind of “force” are we talking about here? Look at Hebrews 4:12: For the word of God is living and powerful….Powerful comes from the Greek word energes, #1756 in the Strongs”. It means active, operative, powerful. So by implication, the Word of God itself is energy (energes), a powerful energy.
As you pray Scripture on a regular basis you will find your faith increasing. This is related to the Scripture telling us that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. (…) Hearing the Word of God in your own voice seems to carry an extra benefit in renewing your mind and building faith…something about the Word of God getting into the subconscious, beyond the scope of this article.
Jesus was impressed by instances of faith in action. Remember the woman with the issue of blood? She crawled through the crowd to touch the hem of His garment and secure her healing. Jesus felt the power drain from Him and stopped the whole parade to see who had exercised such great faith. He loved it! (Mark 5:25-34)
He still does. Release prayers of faith and know that He is right there beside you, nodding, honoring your faith as He honored the faith of the woman who touched His robe.
Faith is a potent force. One day, science will have hard data demonstrating the power of faith. In the mean time we have the soft data of testimonies, countless testimonies, to God’s answers to prayers of faith.
Two-Spirit and Life: Words carry power. We already know that. Experiments showing the power of words on water have really drawn a crowd. This power should be no surprise. Long ago Solomon recorded that life and death are in the tongue. Life and death are still in the tongue…your tongue.
Now ramp up the power of words by using God’s Words which He tells us are “spirit and life” (John 6:63), that Paul tells us are “living and powerful”(Hebrews 4:12). God honors His Word above His Name.(Psalm 138:2) Where the Word of a King is, there is power and we are given the right to use His Word, to release some of His power through prayer. Remember “energes”? Mind boggling, isn’t it?
Three-Agreement: In praying Scripture you pray (proclaim) in agreement with what God has already said. You know from Scripture that agreement is a powerful component of prayer. Consider these:
- Matthew 18:19 Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything they ask it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. (NKJ)
- Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? (NKJ)
- Genesis 11:6-7 Indeed the people are one and they have one language and this is what they begin to do; now nothing they propose to do will be withheld from them. (This refers to the folks who were building the tower of Babel.)
When you pray Scripture, you come into that place where God’s Word will not return to Him void but accomplish that which He sent it forth to do (Is 55:10-11). You come into agreement with Him just as Jesus did when Jesus walked the earth. Jesus’ power indicates his agreement with His Father. Jesus said what He heard the Father saying and did what He saw the Father doing: Agreement!
You agree with God and sense the power of Heaven being released in accordance with those prayers. Imagine! God is engaging with you in response to you're agreeing with Him.
Four-Renewed Mind, Transformed Life: With a daily regimen of praying Scripture, you will find negative thinking slipping away, replaced with life-giving thoughts from the Word of God. Your negative scripts are being over-written. You are not only speaking the same words in prayer that God is saying, but now you are beginning to think like Him.
No wonder God told Joshua to not let the Book of the Law depart from his eyes for this was a tool to make his way successful (Joshua 1:7-9). In meditating on the Word day and night, Joshua began to think like God. Joshua had a big job to do (occupy the Land of Promise) and he continually needed big power released on his behalf. Don’t you know that Joshua was proclaiming Scripture most of the time as he and the nation of Israel moved forward.
God has also called you to do things bigger than yourself. And, you can do them just as Joshua did…exercising faith, agreeing with God, speaking what God has already spoken, and learning to think as God thinks. What an exciting life! A Kingdom life!
Pray Scripture regularly and watch YOUR Kingdom life enlarge. Collect the testimonies to encourage your own faith and the faith of those who look to you for guidance. Draw them into prayer with you. Let them taste the awesomeness of Scripture prayer and help them get started praying on their own.
What an opportunity! Your Land of Promise lies just ahead. Waste no time. Get started with a regular schedule of Scripture prayer today.
- Why Pray Scripture?
Need a little more information on the power of praying Scripture? This article will help - brief and to the point.
- How to Pray Scripture
Get some background on this prayer form and lots of suggestions on how to make Scripture prayer a natural part of your prayer life. Good guide!
- How to Pray Scripture
This page has fine examples of Scripture with the prayer that come from that Scripture. This is excellent reinforcement for someone just learning to pray Scripture. Find suggested Scriptures by category. Very helpful.