How To Learn to Pray through the Scriptures
by Janis Cox
Have you ever taken a Scripture and made a prayer from it? Lately I have found that this exercise has helped me in my prayer life.
I remember a number of years ago reading The Power of a Praying Wife. In this powerful book, Stormie Ormartian uses Scripture to write her prayers. Reading her devotional and then praying the prayers changed me. I wanted it to change my husband – but God knew otherwise – and it changed me instead.
Now I am reading Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. In this devotional there are also Scriptures at the bottom of each devotional. Those Scriptures help me communicate with God.
Last night I couldn’t sleep (both sinus headache and active mind)- so I got up, went downstairs (we were staying at my daughter’s house), and I took out my devotionals. I read both August 28 and 29. My eye went to these words from Psalm 63:
On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night (Psalm 63:6, NIV).
That was enough to start calming me down. Whatever had been on my mind left – and I started to rest in Him.
Most mornings I write out the Scriptures in Jesus Calling.
There is something powerful,
spiritual and exciting in writing out Scripture. (tweet this)
What stories do you have about reading or praying the Scriptures?
Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.
Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild andInscribe Writers Fellowship.