Praying the Bible ~ 2 Corinthians 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: 2 Corinthians 7:1
So then, dear friends, since we have these promises, let us cleanse ourselves from every impurity of the flesh and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, thank you for making us your sons and daughters in Jesus. Help us each day to live out what this means. May we seek to flee from sin, may we seek to walk in holiness, and may we seek the sanctification that you provide through your Spirit. Father, stir our hearts so that we won’t be satisfied with anything less than the life you have called us to. Give us a greater desire to grow in our faith and to shun our sin. Amen.

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

Praying the Bible ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

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: 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, we praise you that you are the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. Many times we don’t understand the “why” of our trials as we face them. We are often blind to your work and purposes through them. Remind us, though, that you indeed have a purpose. Remind us, that if nothing else, when comfort comes we can in turn comfort others who experience something similar. We rejoice with those who rejoice and we weep with those who weep. But as we weep, we trust in you, the God who takes away all tears. Amen.

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

Scriptures and Prayers for Uncertain Times

A reminder of God’s greatness:

Say among the nations: “The Lord reigns. The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken. He judges the peoples fairly.” Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and all that fills it resound. ~ Psalm 96:10-11

Father, you are the great, awesome, and mighty God. You reign over all creation. The whole earth is yours. Nothing happens that is beyond your control. Nothing surprises you or catches you off guard. Father, we are weak. We are prone to fear. We don’t see everything as you see. Help us to remember your strength. Help us to trust in your sovereign rule. Even in the midst of trouble, make us glad so that we may rejoice at all you are and all you have done. Amen.

A reminder of God’s presence:

“The Lord is the one who will go before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or abandon you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.” ~Moses, Deuteronomy 31:8; “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” ~Jesus, Matthew 28:20

Lord, sometimes we feel alone and isolated. Sometimes we can feel as if there is no hope. Sometimes we are confused and scared. Yet, you promise that you are always with us. You promise to always be near. By your Spirit, remind us of your nearness. By your word, remind us again and again of your great promises. Help us to realize that as our souls cry out, “Abba, Father!”, you are there near to us. Always and forever. Amen.

A reminder of God’s compassion:

Lord, hear my prayer; let my cry for help come before you. Do not hide your face from me in my day of trouble. Listen closely to me; answer me quickly when I call… But you, Lord, are enthroned forever; your fame endures to all generations. You will rise up and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her–the appointed time has come. ~Psalm 102:1-2, 12-13

Father, you are the God of compassion. Look upon us with your kindness and mercy. Hear our prayers for help in this day of trouble. Answer quickly, Lord. Hear from your throne, and for your glory, rise up and show your compassion to us. Show us your favor and bring relief. You are the God delighting in doing good; the God who gives eternal love to your children. Amen.

A reminder of God’s love and grace:

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so is his faithful love toward those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. ~Psalm 103:11-12

Father, your love is greater than we can imagine. Your grace is deeper than the depths of the oceans. Because of our rebellion against you, we don’t deserve your goodness. But through Jesus you draw us near as your sons and daughters. You have looked upon us with love; you have given us grace. You have taken our sins and cast them away from us, so you hold nothing against us. Your gift to us is greater than all the goodness we could otherwise see in this life. Your love is so vast that all the evil and hardships we face will one day fade to a distant memory. Thank you for your love and grace. Amen.

A reminder of God’s protection:

The Lord will rescue me from every evil work and will bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever! Amen. ~2 Timothy 4:18

Father, as much as we desire comfort and safety, we have no guarantee of that in this life. Yet, this does not make us fear, nor does this rob our joy. For, in Jesus, you promise us something greater. You will protect us into eternity. At worst, today, we might die. But then, if we die, we step into forever life, forever joy, and forever glory. You have given us a purpose in this life to know you and your love and make you and your love known. For each breath you give us, may we seek to do just that. And then, when our days are done, we rejoice that you bring us safely into your heavenly kingdom. Amen.

All Scripture quotes taken from the Christian Standard Bible.

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Praying the Bible ~ 1 Corinthians 6:11

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 Corinthians 6:11
And some of you used to be like this. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, how you see us matters more than anything. What you have done for us through Jesus matters more than anything. We each have our sins. Apart from Jesus, we each lived lives full of rebellion against you. Our sins may have looked different than our neighbor’s, but our sins still condemned us. On our own, we would be hopeless. But you acted. You changed things. You gave us Jesus and your Holy Spirit who washed away the stain of sin, who purified us before you, and who made us right in your sight. Though we are still far from perfect, you do not hold our sin against us. Instead, you hold us as pure and righteous, all because of your great love for us through Jesus. Thank you for this gift of grace. Amen.

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

Praying the Bible ~ Romans 13:8

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: Romans 13:8
Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, to love is your great command. To love is a fulfillment of all that you have commanded us. May we owe a debt of love to everyone we meet. May we owe them kindness and patience. May we owe them in such a way that we pay them back by seeking their best in you. May love be our everyday currency and may we lavishly spend it, going deeper in debt with the outpouring of our love. Amen.

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

Praying the Bible ~ Romans 8:18

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: Romans 8:18
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, it is easy for our hearts to be distracted by the moment, especially when the moment runs high or low. In the low points, the pain and suffering we face, we can easily take our eyes off you. We can drift into self-pity and sadness. Yet, beyond the moment, you have intended something greater. Beyond the pain, you are designing for us great beauty and joy. The day will come, standing in your presence, flooded by your joy, that we will not think upon all that we suffered. Father, help us to remember that there is more to life than the moment. Help us to remember the great Tomorrow–the grand eternal pleasures you have promised us through Jesus. Amen.

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

Praying the Bible ~ Romans 3:23-26

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: Romans 3:23-26
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God presented him as an atoning sacrifice in his blood, received through faith, to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his restraint God passed over the sins previously committed. God presented him to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so that he would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus. (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, each of us have sinned. We have rebelled and spurned your truth. We deserve nothing from you. You owe us nothing, but freely you have given us your love. Thank you for Jesus. Without him, we have no hope beyond this world; but with him, we have forever hope. You not only have forgiven us, wiping the slate clean, but you have also declared us righteous with the righteousness of Jesus. Our debt has been replaced with funds that never run out. The gift of your grace. Thank you, Father. Amen.