May 24: Praying Scripture like David

We’re on our last minute of praying Scriptural prayers in the “Hour of Prayer”

David had the utmost assurance when he prayed – because he simply asked God to do what He already said He would do!

And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said.

2 Samuel 7:25

What promises do you need to claim? Do you have financial issues? Trust the One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills!

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Matthew 6:31-34

May 23: Praying Scripture Promises

As we’re going through the hour of prayer, we’re continuing to look at praying using Scripture.

Today let’s look at the promises we can claim in our prayers.

Are you interceding for someone? Ask God to help you ask, and that He would line up your desires with His!

Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

James 4:2-3

We can have if we ask – but the motive for asking must be aligned to His desires.

Some people may use Matthew 18:19-20, but in context that’s talking about church discipline.

A better passage is Luke 11:9-10:

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Luke 11:9-10

How’s this for a closing thought – our Father wants to give us gifts!

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Luke 11:13

May 22: Praying the Scriptures – Claiming Authority

We’re going through the hour of prayer and working on how we can pray Scriptural prayers:

Today we’re looking at claiming authority from Scripture in our prayers. How is it that we are able to come before the Creator of the Universe?

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:16

We can enter the Sovereign’s throne room boldly! Remember how Queen Esther was fearful to approach her husband’s throne?

All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.

Esther 4:11

Our monarch is no less fearful –

Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence?….

Jeremiah 5:22a

Yet invites us in!

In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

Ephesians 3:12

Thank Him for giving you access today!

May 21: Praying the Scriptures: Why & How

We’re on our 17th Minute of prayer – examining Scripture Praying.

One pastor has an interesting warning against not praying Scripture:

If we don’t form the habit of praying the Scriptures, our prayers will almost certainly degenerate into vain repetitions that eventually revolve entirely around our immediate private concerns, rather than God’s larger purposes.

John Piper

So what can we learn from the Scripture that can help our prayer life?

The Scriptures either tell us something about God and Christ when we are reading so that we can praise him. Or, they tell us something about what God and Christ and the Holy Spirit have done so that we can thank him and express faith in it. Or, they tell us what God expects from us so that we can cry out for his help. Or, they tell us about something we failed to do so that we can confess our sins. So, it seems to me that virtually all the Bible is doing one or more of those four things: something about God, something about what he has done, something about what he expects, something about how we have failed, so that they naturally lead into praise to God, thanks to God, crying for help to God, and confession of sin to God.

John Piper

May 20: Praying with Scripture

Today let’s look at using Scripture in our prayer!

Read or quote a psalm of praise to the Lord. Pray through a psalm. Ask God to give you understanding as you read His Word. Let the Scriptures fill your mind and impact your heart. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (II Timothy 3:16–17).

Today perhaps take a section of the longest Psalm – Psalm 119. Let’s start with the Aleph section:

[1] Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
[2] Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
[3] They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
[4] Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
[5] O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
[6] Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
[7] I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
[8] I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

Meditate on these verses and ask God for this blessing that He offers, for the ability to keep His testimonies, for the power to seek Him. Seek protection from iniquity, and to stay in His ways. And did you notice the last verse? It isn’t until the New Testament that we find the words never and forsake in proximity!

“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Hebrews 13:5