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.

Praying the Bible ~ Matthew 21:15-16

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: Matthew 21:15-16
When the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonders that Jesus did and the children shouting in the temple, “Hosanna to the son of David!” they were indignant and said to him, “Do you hear what these children are saying?” Jesus replied, “Yes, have you never read: You have prepared praise from the mouths of infants and nursing babies?”  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, keep us from pride. Our hearts so often can think ourselves higher than others, better than others, especially those we see as smaller and inferior. Yet, yours is an upside-down kingdom. You chose opposite of what we expected. You have put praise in the mouths of infants for your glory. May we despise no praise offered to you. Instead, may we celebrate your grace with all who lift up your name through Jesus. Amen.

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

Praying the Bible ~ Matthew 16:13-16

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: Matthew 16:13-16
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But you,” he asked them, “Who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, the world today still wonders who Jesus is. Some say a great teacher. Others say a prophet. Still others say a myth in the imagination of history. By faith, though, we answer like Peter. Jesus is the Messiah, your Son, our Savior. Help us to know Jesus for all he is and all you have done through him. Help us to not lose sight of your glory shining brightly through him. Help our imaginations soar with high thoughts of the reality of our Savior-King.  Amen.

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

Praying the Bible ~ Matthew 6:2-4

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: Matthew 6:2-4
“So, whenever you give to the poor, don’t sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be applauded by people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward. But when you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, give us generous hearts. Give us eyes to see the needs and open hands to share what we have. Give us hearts to give to others as you have given to us. Give us wisdom to meet the needs we can with the goods you have provided. Father, give us humble hearts. May our giving not be for show or recognition. May we not give for the praise of others or our own self-congratulations. May we give selflessly with a quiet generosity that knows no bounds and seeks no praise. Amen.

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

Praying the Bible ~ Matthew 1:21

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: Matthew 1:21
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, you sent your Son to be born of Mary because you love us so greatly. We sinned. We rebelled. We turned against you. We did nothing to deserve your grace. Yet, gracious you are. Thank you for giving us Jesus–The Lord is Salvation. Thank you that through him you have taken away our sin. Thank you that because of him we are able to stand righteous before you. And thank you that one day Jesus will return and make all things new. Amen.

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

Praying the Bible ~ Habakkuk 2:14

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: Habakkuk 2:14
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord’s glory, as the water covers the sea.  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, this time of year we think often about you sending your Son. That baby in the manger all those years ago was a hint of your glory breaking into the darkness of the world. What began in the manger, you spread through your church as we exalt Jesus. And the day is coming where Jesus will return and on that day, your glory will be known by all, filling the whole earth just like water in the sea. Father, we pray for that day to come quickly. We ask that your glory would chase away all darkness. But as we wait, help us remain faithful to show the glory of your love and grace to all around us. Amen.