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.

Praying the Bible ~ Philippians 4:10-13

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: Philippians 4:10-13
I rejoiced in the Lord greatly because once again you renewed your care for me. You were, in fact, concerned about me but lacked the opportunity to show it. I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself. I know both how to make do with little and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content–whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through him who strenghtens me. (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, thank you for the many people you have put in my life who have encouraged me, cared for me, and supported me in many ways. I have not felt a lack because of them. But, Lord, you call us to contentment and a trust in you. I must confess that contentment is difficult at times. Circumstances can overwhelm and even underwhelm. Yet, you, Lord, are faithful. Help me to always see your hand at work. Help me to always know your provision. More than that, help me to live by the secret of contentment. You, Father, are more precious than silver and more treasured than gold. Your word, Lord, satisfies like honey and I need it each day because I cannot live on bread alone. Thank you for being the secret to contentment. Whether well fed or hungry, having you is better. Amen.

Praying the Bible ~ Psalm 119:145-148

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 119:145-148
I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord. I will obey your statutes. I call to you; save me, and I will keep your decrees. I rise before dawn and cry out for help. I put my hope in your word. I am awake through each watch of the night to meditate on your promise. (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, thank you for hearing my prayers. Thank you that through Christ, all your promises are a “yes and amen.” Even when I don’t know the things I should pray for, even when I stumble through my words, you are the loving Father who listens. Father, you have given me Jesus. You have filled me with your Spirit. You have saved me from my sins. May I obey you in all that I do. May I delight in honoring you by keeping your word. Your word is my hope, because by it you have shown me Jesus and promised a glorious eternity. Day and night, whenever I am awake, help your word to be firmly planted in my heart and mind. Amen.

Praying the Bible ~ Luke 4:1-4

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: Luke 4:1-4

Then Jesus left the Jordan, full of the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over, he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” But Jesus answered him, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone.” (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer

Father, I thank you that when you sent your Son, you gave us a Brother who sympathizes with us. Though without sin, he was tempted in all the ways we are. I also thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit who resides in me and strengthens me. Father, as I face temptations, may I trust in you and not my own strength. May I rely on your Spirit and your word, and not my own wisdom and power. May I be able to stand in victory, like Jesus. And, Father, food is good and necessary; but I need your word more. Grow my heart to desire Scripture’s sweetness and nourishment more than I do now. Help me to live my life firmly rooted in your word and for your glory. Amen.

Sunday 6.9.19 (praying the Bible)

This Sunday, we’ll take a break from our series through Luke and take a look at John 15:7-8. We’ll see how scripture and prayer fit together in our lives as followers of Jesus and how this should then lead us to pray through verses or passages of the Bible. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
**No Evening Study this week

Sermon Notes
Praying the Bible ~ John 15:7-8

The sermon in one sentence: Praying through passages of Scripture can help us connect more fully to the mind and will of God in our prayers.

  • The Christian life is about abiding (living) in Jesus (15:7-8)
    • We abide in him by faith, trusting that he is the source of forgiveness from sin and life eternal (14:6, 15:3-4)
    • Abiding in him, we’re to let his word abide in us
    • His word abiding in us should shape our prayers
    • As his word dwells in us and shapes our prayers, we “bear fruit”
  • What we gain from praying God’s word
    • Praying his word shapes our prayers to match his will (John 14:13; Romans 8:27)
    • Praying God’s word therefore fixes our prayers in the thoughts and power of the Spirit (Romans 8:26-27; 2 Peter 1:21)
    • Praying the Bible helps us meditate on Scripture (Psalm 1:1-2)
    • Praying through Scripture reminds our hearts of the gospel (Luke 24:27)
  • How to pray the Bible
    • Select a verse or passage of the Bible (the Psalms are great for this, as many of them already are prayers)
    • Either read the verse or passage and conclude by praying what comes to mind in response
    • Or read a phrase or sentence from the verse/passage, pray in response, and repeat with the next phrase or sentence

Songs for Worship
You Are so Good to Me
Holiness
Love Lifted Me
Sweet By and By
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus