Praying the Bible ~ James 4:6-7

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: James 4:6-7
But he gives greater grace. Therefore he says: “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, our battle is not against flesh and blood but spiritual powers of darkness. The greatest weapon you have given us to fight against sin and Satan is the unconquerable one–yourself. If you are for us, none can be against us. Your grace strengthens us to overcome every evil force. Yet, this requires humility on our part. This requires the realization that we cannot win on our own. This requires our hearts submitting to you. Father, remind us each day to rest in your grace and follow your will. Help us live in humble submission to your greatness, power, and love. Amen.

Praying the Bible ~ Ecclesiastes 2:1-2

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: Ecclesiastes 2:1-2
I said to myself, “Go ahead, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy what is good.” But it turned out to be futile. I said about laughter, “It is madness,” and about pleasure, “What does it accomplish?”  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, you are the God who delights in what is good. You call us to make you our highest delight through Jesus and to enjoy every good gift that comes from your hand. Father, turn our hearts from worthless pleasures–those that delight for a moment but end in ruin. Yes, sin has it’s passing pleasures, but what you provide is joy forevermore. May we test our hearts with you instead of the momentary passions of sin. Amen.

Praying the Bible ~ Isaiah 65:25

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: Isaiah 65:25
The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like cattle, but the serpents food will be dust! They will not do what is evil or destroy on my entire holy mountain, says the Lord.  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, we turn on the news and hear of wars and rumors of war. People platform to debase those made in your image. Stories fill our lives of untimely deaths and ill and frail children. Sin seeks to rob the beauty of your world, but you promise this is not the way it will always be. Through your Son, set our hopes on the New Creation. In the midst of war, sickness, and strife, remind us again and again that the day is coming of perfect peace, health, and love. You shamed Satan, the serpent of old, through the cross. You promise the day is coming when you will crush that snake under our feet. Give us great hope so that we can be a light in the darkness to our world. Amen.

Praying the Bible ~ Isaiah 40:7-8

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: Isaiah 40:7-8
The grass withers, the flowers fade when the breath of the Lord blows on them; indeed, the people are grass. The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God remains forever.  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, our days on this earth are few. You are eternal. Your breath created and your breath brings to an end. You are powerful. Father, teach us to number our days. Make us thankful for each one you gift to us. Let our minds be in awe of you. May our hearts treasure you with each beat. One day we will wither and we will fade. This life will end and eternity will begin. Stir us to make the most of each moment and to live by your unfailing, unending word. Amen.

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Praying the Bible ~ Hebrews 6:9-12

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: Hebrews 6:9-12
Even though we are speaking this way, dearly loved friends, in your case we are confident of things that are better and that pertain to salvation. For God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you demonstrated for his name by serving the saints–and by continuing to serve them. Now we desire each of you to demonstrate the same diligence for the full assurance of your hope until the end, so that you won’t become lazy but will be imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and perseverance.  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, sometimes days feel short; they fly by in a blink. Other times days feel long, like they will last forever. We live in this paradox where life is a vapor but also a long journey. Lord, in that journey, help us to walk obedient and faithful. Where we have served, stir our hearts to serve still. Where we have loved, empower us to love more. Help us not to become lazy and bored in our faith but to enjoy your mercies afresh each day. Set our eyes on those faithful saints who long endured, those who walked a faithful path to the end. May their lives encourage us to do the same. Amen.

Praying the Bible ~ Hebrews 2:1

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: Hebrews 2:1
For this reason, we must pay attention all the more to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away.  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, the old hymn* states: “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; prone to leave the God I love.” We face so many things in life that tend to distract us. Even good things can take our focus off the best. We thank you for giving us Jesus and bringing us to salvation in him through the Gospel. We have heard the good news. Remind us daily of your gift of grace. Stir our hearts daily to long to be in your word. Move us daily to long for you. So that we will not spend our days drifting away. Amen.

*Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Praying the Bible ~ Philemon 7

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: Philemon 7
For I have great joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, help me to be a greater encouragement to others. As Paul wrote of Philemon, may that be said of me. Increase my love for you and others. When my life has drawn to a close and people reflect back, may they not see my accomplishments. Rather, may they rejoice because through me they saw Jesus and were built up and refreshed in him. Amen.