Praying the Bible ~ Matthew 16:13-16

Praying through verses or passages of the Bible is a great way to help you pray according to the will and desires of God. Below is a passage of Scripture and a sample prayer. I would encourage you to pray that prayer, or, even better, read the passage and pray as God leads you.

Text: Matthew 16:13-16
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But you,” he asked them, “Who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, the world today still wonders who Jesus is. Some say a great teacher. Others say a prophet. Still others say a myth in the imagination of history. By faith, though, we answer like Peter. Jesus is the Messiah, your Son, our Savior. Help us to know Jesus for all he is and all you have done through him. Help us to not lose sight of your glory shining brightly through him. Help our imaginations soar with high thoughts of the reality of our Savior-King.  Amen.

Scripture verses taken from our Daily Bible Reading Calendar which you can find here.

Praying the Bible ~ Matthew 6:2-4

Praying through verses or passages of the Bible is a great way to help you pray according to the will and desires of God. Below is a passage of Scripture and a sample prayer. I would encourage you to pray that prayer, or, even better, read the passage and pray as God leads you.

Text: Matthew 6:2-4
“So, whenever you give to the poor, don’t sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be applauded by people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward. But when you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, give us generous hearts. Give us eyes to see the needs and open hands to share what we have. Give us hearts to give to others as you have given to us. Give us wisdom to meet the needs we can with the goods you have provided. Father, give us humble hearts. May our giving not be for show or recognition. May we not give for the praise of others or our own self-congratulations. May we give selflessly with a quiet generosity that knows no bounds and seeks no praise. Amen.

Scripture verses taken from our Daily Bible Reading Calendar which you can find here.

Praying the Bible ~ Matthew 1:21

Praying through verses or passages of the Bible is a great way to help you pray according to the will and desires of God. Below is a passage of Scripture and a sample prayer. I would encourage you to pray that prayer, or, even better, read the passage and pray as God leads you.

Text: Matthew 1:21
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, you sent your Son to be born of Mary because you love us so greatly. We sinned. We rebelled. We turned against you. We did nothing to deserve your grace. Yet, gracious you are. Thank you for giving us Jesus–The Lord is Salvation. Thank you that through him you have taken away our sin. Thank you that because of him we are able to stand righteous before you. And thank you that one day Jesus will return and make all things new. Amen.

Scripture verses taken from our Daily Bible Reading Calendar which you can find here.

Praying the Bible ~ Habakkuk 2:14

Praying through verses or passages of the Bible is a great way to help you pray according to the will and desires of God. Below is a passage of Scripture and a sample prayer. I would encourage you to pray that prayer, or, even better, read the passage and pray as God leads you.

Text: Habakkuk 2:14
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord’s glory, as the water covers the sea.  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, this time of year we think often about you sending your Son. That baby in the manger all those years ago was a hint of your glory breaking into the darkness of the world. What began in the manger, you spread through your church as we exalt Jesus. And the day is coming where Jesus will return and on that day, your glory will be known by all, filling the whole earth just like water in the sea. Father, we pray for that day to come quickly. We ask that your glory would chase away all darkness. But as we wait, help us remain faithful to show the glory of your love and grace to all around us. Amen.

Praying the Bible ~ Revelation 7:9-10

Praying through verses or passages of the Bible is a great way to help you pray according to the will and desires of God. Below is a passage of Scripture and a sample prayer. I would encourage you to pray that prayer, or, even better, read the passage and pray as God leads you.

Text: Revelation 7:9-10
After this, I looked and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, and people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes with palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, I thank you and praise you for your heart for the nations. Though in the Old Testament you chose a particular people for your purpose, you did not intend for them to be the totality of your people. The earth is yours and everything and everyone in it. You gave us the Messiah of the Jews to be Savior of the world. Father, may your Gospel spread to the nations with the power of your spirit. May our lives and our churches be tools in your hand to make your glory known. May we long to see your people from all time and all places gathered before you with one voice shouting praise to our King. Amen.

Praying the Bible ~ John 15:5

Praying through verses or passages of the Bible is a great way to help you pray according to the will and desires of God. Below is a passage of Scripture and a sample prayer. I would encourage you to pray that prayer, or, even better, read the passage and pray as God leads you.

Text: John 15:5
“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me.”  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, thank you for sending Jesus to be our life and supply. He is the vine; I am a branch. Help me to remember my full dependence on him. Make my life fruitful in him. Help me to grow to love more like you, to have joy more like you, and to have more of your peace. May the fruit of your Spirit abound in my heart. Amen.

Praying the Bible ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Praying through verses or passages of the Bible is a great way to help you pray according to the will and desires of God. Below is a passage of Scripture and a sample prayer. I would encourage you to pray that prayer, or, even better, read the passage and pray as God leads you.

Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, as we have come to another Thanksgiving holiday may we remember that everyday is to be a day of thanksgiving to you. Thank you for creating us to be objects of your love. Thank you for your love for us while we were still sinners by giving Jesus to die for our rebellion against you. Thank you for making us your precious sons and daughters through faith in Jesus when being a servant in your house would be more than we deserved. Thank you for caring for us each day and for shaping our hearts to be more like Jesus. Thank you for your word and your unfailing promises. Thank you that one day Jesus will return and right all wrongs as he restores creation. Father, thank you. Amen.