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.

Praying the Bible ~ Luke 19:37-38

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 19:37-38
Now Jesus came near the path down the Mount of Olives, and the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heavens.”  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Lord, you are the great King, the giver of peace, the one full of glory. As the crowd praised Jesus on his entry into Jerusalem, may my heart ever praise you–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Fill my heart and mind with joy. Let my words ring forth with your praise. May I declare your greatness day and night, especially because of the mercies and salvation you have given. Amen.

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.