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Shape me, mold me
Jehovah Nissi, night departs and day arrives. As I go out into the world fulfilling Your will for my life, I ask that You keep me out of harm’s way. Lead the way.
Oh Heavenly Father, guide me accordingly. Shape me and mold me into a better person. As I draw near to You, may I understand Your teachings and apply them to my life.
Proverbs 2:6-7 For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Speak into my life
Grant me the understanding and knowledge of You and Your word, as I open my Bible to read the scriptures or even as I sit and listen to pastor, preacher or apostle reveal what Your Holy Book is speaking into my life.
Help me to understand Jesus Christ, and the way in which He lived His life, so that I can follow in His precious footsteps.
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
Ecclesiastes 7:12 For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.
Bless me with divine knowledge and wisdom
I long to be in Your Holy presence, Oh Lord. Sit right beside me as I learn. Bring understanding to my mind as Your teachings are revealed to me.
Bless me with divine knowledge so that I could one day teach others. Help me to learn how to be more understanding, kind, patient and compassionate towards my brother just as You were when You walked the earth and came to save us.
In Jesus’ mighty name, I declare and decree that a revelation of wisdom and knowledge of the word would be dawned upon me, Amen.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
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“The life of a Christian is all about passion… Nothing is more powerful than when the Holy Spirit reveals the Son of God through the words of Scripture. Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, every heart began to burn when God revealed Himself. When He unveils Himself and we have understanding of what He is saying, passion is the result. Seeing the face of God, and then gazing at it, has to begin sometime and someplace. It begins by bringing our whole person before the consuming fire who is God, reciting His words—the Bible—out loud to Him and then letting the Holy Spirit reveal Christ to us. That is why we pray the Bible.”
Jesus was passionate about the Word of God. He used it when He prayed. He knew the power of the Word of God in intercession. When He was tempted by the devil in the wilderness, He quoted the Word of God. The devil left because of the power of the Word of God. Jesus knew that speaking the Word of God would bring spiritual breakthrough in the most difficult times of spiritual attack.
Praying God’s Word fights the fleshly battles of life using His spiritual weapons. This gives us authority in the supernatural realm to pull down strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). We no longer are in agreement with darkness but agree with the light of God’s Word.
Praying the Word of God brings freedom, discernment, and protection. God’s Word can bring life in a most amazing way! In Baghdad, Iraq, a 22-year-old Army Private First Class soldier named Brendan Schweigart was on a critical mission wearing a bullet proof shield for protection. You can only imagine the tension in that situation. Before going out to battle, he carefully tucked his Bible in his pocket beneath his bulletproof shield. While on a dangerous mission, he was shot with a high-powered rifle. The Bible saved his life when it shielded the bullet from his heart. He told his mother that he always carried his Bible into battle. Brendan received a Purple Heart and was soon released from the hospital. The bullet was still in the pages of his Bible, a miraculous reminder of the amazing power and protection of the Word of God.
God’s Word will protect our lives when in spiritual battle. It can bring forth life in the darkest of situations. It can save us from those fiery darts from the enemy. I wonder how many of us carry our Bibles into battle like Army Private Brendan?
The mystery of intercession is actually profoundly simple. We tell God what he says in His Word. Everyone can pray like this—young and old, beginners and the experienced. God knows everything. We don’t have to come up with some intelligent method of praying, but He is deeply touched when we pray the truths in His heart back to Him. God loves it when we agree with Him through His Word. We read His Word and let the Holy Spirit speaks to us through it. Then we pray it back to Him as the Holy Spirit leads us. His Words are Spirit and Truth (John 4:23-24; 6:63). When we pray God’s Word, it marks us on the inside, changes us, and builds us up. We unite with God’s heart in a most amazing way.
Our own hearts are transformed as we pray God’s Word. He will actually withhold His blessing until we stand in faith, agree with His heart, and pray it back to Him (James 4:2). Praying God’s Word gives us sustaining power. The revelation we get from Him through His Word strengthens our emotions. We can change whole cities when we agree with God’s heart in prayer. Power and revival are released when we pray His Word over a city. God runs the universe through prayer.
Haven’t you noticed when you’re discouraged, how different you feel after God speaks to your heart through His Word? It’s as if a light goes on that dispels the darkness. God upholds all things by the word of His power (Hebrew 1:3). When we read and pray His Word we can have a living, active dialogue with Him in our heart (Hebrews 4:12). But we must receive it with obedience, faith, and devotion. When we abide in it (John 15:7), everything else seems to falls into place.
Bible prayers are easy to find. There are many types of prayers in the Bible. For example, there are the Psalms, the prayers of wisdom such as the book of Proverbs, the Song of Songs, the prayers of the Prophets, the prayers of Jesus, the apostolic prayers, and the hymns of Revelation.
Praying the Bible can and will have a dramatic effect in our prayer lives and prayer meetings. It is definitely a key to the success of day and night prayer and worship. It’s advantageous in our walk with God. It takes us to such a higher level in our relationship with Him. Our faith increases and rises to a new place in authoritative strength. We pray the will of God and see answers to our prayers (1 John 5:14-15). We become fixed on God with a greater determination to please Jesus in all that we do and say. Praying Scripture helps us to grow in Biblical knowledge. God is able to bring our prayer lives into an entirely new focus.
We are in a serious battle throughout the world over the authority of the Bible. There is a great decline in the belief that you can know absolute truth and right from wrong. This is one reason why we must uphold it as absolute, authoritative truth in our prayers. Jesus prayed from the foundation of absolute truth. We must also. As we pray God’s Word out loud, our faith grows and we are equipped for every good work.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” – (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We must emphasize the Bible in our prayer meetings and everywhere we go. As we do this, we combat the lies of the enemy and spiritually strengthen our ability to abide in God’s Word. We choose to obey God’s Word as we pray it. We feed our hearts on it. We learn to talk to God about His Word and then we listen. We internalize it, and we say it back to Him.
Praying God’s Word refreshes us internally and enables us to live radically for Him long-term. Let’s learn to cultivate a spirit of radical devotion to God’s Word as our everyday lifestyle. David wrote many of the Psalms in the Bible. He saw himself and others through the eyes of God as he prayed. He understood the love of God even when facing difficulty because His attitude was right. Praying God’s Word is a positive way to live.
“When you pray the Bible, you will understand how God views you and how He views others. In a culture distorted by negative media images, we all need to be founded on what God thinks of us. David’s self-image came through prayer. He saw himself as God’s anointed, as the apple of God’s eye. David knew that God loved him, and that he was favored when the wicked were not. Therefore, we need to pray the Bible until we receive the same attitude that David did.”
Together in the Harvest,
Intercessors Arise International
International House of Prayer (IHOP) KC Staff
Praying God’s Word – Promises and Power
Praying God’s Word is simply a way to pray. Prayer can be an awkward, difficult proposition for many people. Uncertainty about phrasing our communication with God makes us want to leave prayer to the “religious professionals.” It doesn’t have to be that way. God desires to speak to us and He wants us to speak to Him!
In Matthew 6, Jesus speaks about the wrong motives for prayer. The Pharisees had turned prayer into a public act to demonstrate their righteousness. Their prayers were not directed to God, but to men. In condemning these practices, Jesus taught that prayer should be addressed “to your Father, who is unseen.” Jesus presented a sincere prayer for His disciples to follow (Matthew 6:9-13). Jesus spoke aloud to His Father, suggesting that a deeper level of interaction and communion with God occurs when we actually pray God’s own words back to Him.
The Bible is a book of promises from God’s heart to ours. His promises surpass the qualities of the temporal because each of God’s promises is made by the One who possesses the authority and power to fulfill all of them perfectly. God faithfully responds to every believing prayer that is grounded upon the promises of His Word. Each promise becomes a firm building block which forms the foundation for our faith. Praying God’s Word is like uncovering buried treasure.
Praying God’s Word – Believing and Receiving
Whenever we specifically pray God’s Word, we are put in touch with the heart of God. The Psalms represent some of the most tender, urgent, and devoted prayers humankind has ever spoken to God. It is in Psalms that we discover the writers’ dedication to God, their faith in God, and their questions about God. How familiar are these emotions as we face sickness, loneliness, or betrayal? David’s disappointment and desperation reflect his perceptions of God during adverse times. Like David, there are times when we also cry out to see if God truly cares.
In Psalm 13, David expressed both his anguish before God and his confidence in God: “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?… But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation; I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.” David may have recalled how God chose to “hide his face” in response to the Israelites’ rebellion (Deuteronomy 31:17-18). Yet David found strength in God’s promises: “But my love will never be taken away from him …Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever” (2 Samuel 7:15-16). Praying God’s Word out loud reminds us once again of His promises, which are irrevocable and unwavering.
As God’s children we have full assurance through the Holy Spirit who makes God’s promises a reality in our hearts. “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…” (Romans 8:16–17). Believing and praying God’s Word feeds His promises into our spirit. The abundance of God’s promises is our rightful inheritance as His children. In believing and receiving His Word, we experience an incredible surge of faith in our hearts. Our ineffectual doubt transforms into powerful assurance.
Praying God’s Word – Surrendering and Confirming
As human beings, we all share common needs that are emotional, physical, and spiritual. Spiritual needs should receive the highest priority because once these needs are met, other needs will be fulfilled as well. “But seek first kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). We must make heaven our goal and holiness our way.
When confronted with a serious physical or emotional need, however, it may be nearly impossible to assign preeminence to issues of righteousness and holiness.
Jesus experienced intense pain, fear, and despair in the Garden of Gethsemane. Yet He fully understood that surrendering to His Heavenly Father yielded renewed hope and strength. During one of the most agonizing moments of His life on earth, Jesus uttered, “…not as I will, but as you will…may your will be done” (Matthew 26:39, 42). Praying God’s Word is a two-sided coin. Not only must we place faith in God’s promises, but we must also surrender our desires so that our will aligns with God’s ways and thoughts which are always higher than ours.
Praying God’s Word assures us that our requests are in accordance with God’s will (1 John 5:14-15). When our prayers are harmonious with His will, our faithful prayers resonate in heaven. As the words of God are spoken, our faith is reinforced.
Understand that God hears all prayers, whether silent or spoken. The relationship between God the Father and the Holy Spirit is so close that the Holy Spirit’s prayers on our behalf need not be audible (Romans 8:26–27). But it is God hearing us speak His Word back to Him that inspires Him to move on our behalf.
When we place God’s Word into personal prayers, we begin to comprehend how much God loves us and longs to enrich our lives. As you trust God with your difficult circumstances and audibly confirm God’s promises, every concern is released and placed in God’s capable hands. Praying God’s Word is the manifestation of His glory being lived out in our lives. Learn More About Prayer
> 1 Jackie recovered with no lasting effects whatsoever from her ordeal with spinal meningitis. After obtaining her degree in Broadcasting Communications, she serves as a music worship leader in her local church.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
– We have all
and deserve God’s judgment.
, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him.
, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He
for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was
rose from the dead
according to the
. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your
, declaring, “
Jesus is Lord
,” you will be saved from
and spend eternity with God in heaven.
What is your response?
Yes, today I am deciding to follow JesusYes, I am already a follower of JesusI still have questions
Most Relevant Verses
ToolsVerse page’>Psalm 119:73
Your hands made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
ToolsVerse page’>Psalm 119:125
I am Your servant; give me understanding, That I may know Your testimonies.
ToolsVerse page’>Psalm 119:18
Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law.
ToolsVerse page’>Psalm 119:27
Make me understand the way of Your precepts, So I will meditate on Your wonders.
ToolsVerse page’>Psalm 119:34
Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law And keep it with all my heart.
ToolsVerse page’>Psalm 119:169
Let my cry come before You, O LORD; Give me understanding according to Your word.
ToolsVerse page’>Luke 24:45
Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,
ToolsVerse page’>Nehemiah 8:12
All the people went away to eat, to drink, to send portions and to celebrate a great festival, because they understood the words which had been made known to them.
ToolsVerse page’>Matthew 21:45
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them.
ToolsVerse page’>Ezekiel 12:3
“Therefore, son of man, prepare for yourself baggage for exile and go into exile by day in their sight; even go into exile from your place to another place in their sight. Perhaps they will understand though they are a rebellious house.
ToolsVerse page’>Daniel 8:15
When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought to understand it; and behold, standing before me was one who looked like a man.
ToolsVerse page’>Daniel 10:12
Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.
ToolsVerse page’>Daniel 8:16
And I heard the voice of a man between the banks of Ulai, and he called out and said, “Gabriel, give this man an understanding of the vision.”
ToolsVerse page’>Romans 15:21
but as it is written, “THEY WHO HAD NO NEWS OF HIM SHALL SEE, AND THEY WHO HAVE NOT HEARD SHALL UNDERSTAND.”
ToolsVerse page’>Colossians 1:6
which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth;
ToolsVerse page’>Colossians 2:2
that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself,