Praying the Bible ~ Luke 17:15-19

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: Luke 17:15-19
But one of them, seeing that he was healed, returned and ,with a loud voice, gave glory to God. He fell facedown at Jesus’ feet, thanking him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Didn’t any return to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And he told him, “Get up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.”  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, we sing of your amazing grace, but sometimes our hearts aren’t really amazed. We live with spiritual leprosy until, through Jesus and our faith in him, you make us clean. May we be more thankful for your kindness and more worshipful for your goodness. Every good thing in life is a gift from you. May our hearts resonate with thanksgiving each day. More than that, may we always remember the cleansing from sin that you provided. For, even on the worst of days, to have Jesus is to have more than we can dream or imagine. Thank you, Father. Amen.

Praying the Bible ~ Proverbs 6:16-19

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: Proverbs 6:16-19
The Lord hates six things; in fact, seven are detestable to him: arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil, a lying witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up trouble among brothers. (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, you hate evil because it is so set against your good nature. You hate evil because you are the God of kindness, mercy, and love; whereas evil seeks to kill, steal, and destroy. Father, help my heart to hate evil in my own life and to pursue your goodness with more fervor. Help me to be humble, truthful, and kind. Help me to love my neighbor in all situations, to seek their best. Amen.

Praying the Bible ~ Psalm 149:4

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: Psalm 149:4
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation. (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, you call us to delight in you, to find you as our greatest treasure. Another Psalm asks, “What is man that you are mindful of him?” Yet, more than mindful, you delight in your people. Father, like precious sons and daughters, you love us, enjoy our presence, and long for us to be in yours. Thank you for the gift of salvation in Jesus that opens that door. May you keep my heart in both joy and awe. Joy because of your delight and awe because grace is a gift of love that I do not deserve. Amen.

Praying the Bible ~ Luke 12:31, 34

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: Luke 12:31, 34
“But seek his kingdom, and these things will be provided for you… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, you are the Great Provider. Sometimes I don’t think so, because you say no to my wants though you care for my needs. Help me to remember true priority. The things that matter most are not the things of this world–the paychecks, retirement accounts, cars, and toys. While you might give such things at times to enjoy with wisdom, the things of your Kingdom are the treasures worth seeking. Help my heart grasp each day the greater worth of your goodness, let my heart be focused on the gifts above. Amen.

Praying the Bible ~ Psalm 141:3-4

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: Psalm 141:3-4
Lord, set up a guard for my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips. Do not let my heart turn to any evil thing or perform wicked acts with men who commit sin. Do not let me feast on their delicacies. (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, the tongue is a fire impossible to control, James wrote, and from the heart the mouth speaks, Jesus said. Father, guard my words by guarding my heart. So often the temptation is to gossip or to speak unkind things about another, yet as with Isaiah, through Jesus you atone for the sin of my lips. May the words of my mouth honor you and edify others. Protect my heart. When I am tempted or thoughtless, by your grace steer me from sin. When, in the moment, the temptations seem more pleasant, remind my heart of the greater pleasures to be found in you. Amen.

Praying the Bible ~ 1 Thessalonians 1:3

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 1:3
We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work produced by faith, your labor motivated by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, Paul wrote elsewhere that faith, hope, and love, these three remain. Faith in Jesus through the gospel, hope in Jesus for eternal life and joy, and love through Jesus for you and others–may these be the enduring marks of my life. Throughout the years, and when my life-story on this earth is done, may I be remembered (by those who remember) for faith, hope, and love above all else. May I act each day in faith. May I work to serve others in love. May hope drive me from opening my eyes in the morning to closing my eyes at night. May this life be all for you though the Lord Jesus. Amen.

Praying the Bible ~ Psalms 126:1-3

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: Psalm 126:1-3
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Our mouths were filled with laughter then, and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord had done great things for us; we were joyful. (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, you are the Awesome God and Source of eternal treasures. You have given us abundantly, infinitely more than we deserve by giving us your Son. Father, fill our thoughts and dreams with the hopes and joys of eternity. May we be filled with laughter and joy because of our salvation. May the world around us look at our lives and realize that you have done great things for us. May our joy in Christ be contagious and open doors for many others to trust in Jesus and share our hope. Amen.