Word of God as Prayer

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

He said to them, “When you pray, say:
hallowed be Your name,
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation
Luke 11:1-4 (NIV)

“This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)

Christians have always wanted to know how to pray. The disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” And so Jesus gave His disciples the Lord’s Prayer. This prayer brings comfort to many as they recite it daily or weekly. I’m challenged to go beyond the Lord’s Prayer to use all God’s Word in prayer. For when we use God’s Word in prayer, our prayers are everlasting. God promises…

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will never pass away.” Luke 21:33 (NIV)

Just think… our prayers are everlasting when we pray God’s Word! Isn’t that Good News?!  By using Bible verses for our prayers, we will break the habit of “vain repetitions” and add new life to our prayers.  God tells us…

“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.” Matthew 6:7  (NIV)

I encourage you to underline your favorite Bible verses and use them when you pray as conversation starters with Jesus.  Because…

God’s Word is perfect..

And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.” Psalm 12:6 (NIV)

God’s Word will accomplish His will…

“…So is My Word that goes out from my mouth it will not return to Me empty, it will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11 (NIV)

God’s Word feeds our souls…

…man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Deuteronomy 8:3 (NIV)

God’s Word is powerful…

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

Today’s TEA CUPP: Today pray the Lord’s Prayer.  Ask God to show you other ways you can use His Word to help you pray in the next few weeks. Don’t worry about what to say, His Word will be your conversation starter.

New International Version (NIV)

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