7. Pray Through Scripture (Seven Steps for Better Prayer)

by Jun 30, 2018

7. Pray Through Scripture (Seven Steps for Better Prayer)

by Jun 30, 2018

7. Pray Through Scripture (Seven Steps for Better Prayer)

by Jun 30, 2018

So you’ve taken some of the steps we’ve been talking about this week. You’re planning out your prayer. You’re finding specific things to pray about that you’re passionate about. You’re prayer-walking or you’re journaling. You’re praying in community.

You’re doing all those things, and you’re still running out of things to pray about. You still only last for a few minutes. What do you do then? You do what Paul did. Pray through Scripture.

That’s what Paul’s doing at the end of his prayer. In 1 Thessalonians 3:13 he prays that God “may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.” He’s taking that directly out of Zechariah 14, where it says, “The Lord my God will come, and all the saints with him.” And if you read all Paul’s prayers through the whole New Testament, you see him doing that all the time. He’s always praying Scripture.

You know what that’s called? Meditation. Maybe you’ve taken yoga, and you’ve learned that meditation is the ability to empty your mind. That may be eastern meditation, but it’s not Christian meditation. Christian meditation is biblical meditation. It’s not emptying your mind, it’s filling your mind with God’s word.

Biblical meditation means reading the Bible one verse at a time (or even one phrase at a time if you’re reading something really dense) and stopping, and thinking, and praying about it. It means praying for God to help you understand it, and praying for God to help you apply it.

Many Christians say they want to hear God’s voice better. This is how it works. Read the Bible, listen to what it says, and respond to God in prayer. I guarantee, you’ll never run out of things to pray about!

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