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How to Pray God’s Word

Today I thought I would share some examples from the Bible in how to pray biblical prayers. I pray these will help you grow in your prayer and devotional life with God.

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)

Prayer: God, all You have to do is speak & it will be. This is simply what I ask You today, God. Intervene and let Your light shine. Thank You, Lord!

Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?” Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O LORD! (Psalm 4:6)

Prayer: God, I hold to Your Word that You work all things for the good of those who love You (Romans 8:28). Let Your light, truth and love shine upon us, and lead us in by Your light and Your truth.

Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. (Psalm 62:8)

Prayer: Thank You that I can pour out my heart to You no matter what I’m feeling, knowing You care deeply. You are my refuge and safety!

Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday.
Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
(Psalm 37:5-7)

Prayer: Thank You for Your great promises, Lord, and that as I commit my way to You and trust You, You will bring forth my righteousness as the dawn, and my judgment as the noonday. Help me to rest in You and Your promises, waiting patiently for You to act on my behalf. Thank You that I have no reason to fear or to fret, but that Your plans always prevail!

…this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:9-11)

Prayer: Lord, let our love abound more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, that we would approve the excellent things, and that we’d be sincere and blameless in every way until Christ’s return. Fill us with the fruit of righteousness through Jesus, for Your glory and praise!

…as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. (Colossians 3:12-14)

Prayer: Lord, as Your people, help us put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, especially in bearing with one another, and let us forgive each other as You’ve forgiven us. Let us truly love one another–just as You love us–being perfectly united together by Your Spirit.

Cultivating Relationship with God

This post is mostly excerpts from a teaching on Cultivating the Oil of Intimacy by Mike Bickle.

It is not enough to study the Word, we must give our heart to God and receive from Him as we read it. Bible study must create an active dialogue in our heart with God. Scripture gives us the “conversational material” in our prayer life. It creates the language of our heart with God. Using the Word in our prayer language with God makes prayer easy and enjoyable. We must actually speak the Word back to God and against Satan’s attack on our lives. Many do not speak the Word back to God or against Satan (they only speak it to others). The power of God’s love touches us as we declare back it to God. We thank Him for the love that He declares over us.
(Mike Bickle)

We must put our relationship with God first, not work or ministry to others, not anything else, to be ready in the day of Christ’s return. Without intimacy with God, we’ll lack the fuel of God’s Spirit in ourselves and also being God’s vessel as each one is called to be like Christ to others.

Matthew 25: Parable of the Ten Virgins

The kingdom of heaven is like what happened one night when ten girls took their oil lamps and went to a wedding to meet the groom. Five of the girls were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps, but no extra oil. The ones who were wise took along extra oil for their lamps. …someone shouted, “Here’s the groom! Come to meet him!”

When the girls got up and started getting their lamps ready, the foolish ones said to the others, “Let us have some of your oil! Our lamps are going out.”
The girls who were wise answered,
“There’s not enough oil for all of us! Go and buy some for yourselves.”

While the foolish girls were on their way to get some oil, the groom arrived. The girls who were ready went into the wedding, and the doors were closed. Later the other girls returned and shouted, “Sir, sir! Open the door for us!”
But the groom replied,
“I don’t even know you!”

So, my disciples, always be ready! You don’t know the day or the time when all this will happen.

Mike later shares that to grow in relationship with Jesus we must:

  • Spend time regularly and intentionally feeding on God’s Word and meditating on His truths (read the quote at the top of this post).
  • Live it! We must be doers of the Word, not just hearers (James 1:22)
  • Intentionally utilize God’s Word when faced with temptation – speak His truth and take all thoughts captive to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)
  • Say “no” to things that hinder our relationship with God or keep us from cultivating intimacy with Him and living by the Spirit instead of the flesh. (Mark 8:34, 2 Corinthians 5:15, Colossians 3:1-2)

“Many ‘ministry lamps’ will go out because they will lack the spiritual vitality of the Spirit’s oil & will not be able to feed the heart of God’s people in the coming time pressures.”
(Mike Bickle)

Only God Can

The other day the Lord led me to a verse of encouragement that I needed greatly.

2 Corinthians 10:18:
For [it is] not [the man] who praises and commends himself who is approved and accepted, but [it is the person] whom the Lord accredits and commends.

I love how He brought me to the verse. God led me to the specific “address” of the verse, not telling me the verse itself until I took the initiative to look it up. Even more so, it was through a dream. I saw in the dream a check with the amount 10.18.

This has helped me remember it as well, because of the unique way God spoke this to me and that I had to do the work of looking it up to see what God was telling me.

I can’t commend myself and be approved. Others can’t commend me and I be approved. Only God can commend me, and I be approved.

It was the word from God I needed that day, and is a truth I need continually day-to-day.

God, You are so wonderful, that You would even be mindful of us, that You love us so!

Unless You Repent

At church our interim pastor shared from the letter to the church at Ephesus:

“…I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place–unless you repent.
(Revelation 2:4-5)

My heart is heavy yet hopeful, knowing God will have His way with or without us. I can’t truly say what I’m feeling today is of me, because I too need God to change me tremendously, and think I could actually be feeling God’s own grief over us as a church! (I’m personally asking God to give me His heart and passion, and to continually show me my part in His purposes.)

This fall I had a vision in which I saw God touchdown on our church, and something like two shockwaves rushed out from it. One wave went out around the church itself, and the second went out through our city.

I feel God has said this is what He wants, but that this won’t be unless we humble ourselves and repent, fervently praying and seeking His face. This feels imminent!

If it doesn’t come I feel God is saying to us in even His indescribable grace and mercy:

“I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place–unless you repent.”
(Revelation 2:5)

God’s Fortress of Strength

Do you need freedom from the worries and stresses of this life? Do you need strength? It is in God alone that we find true strength and freedom from the burdens we needlessly carry. Through God we have strength, protection and freedom.

…the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.
(Nehemiah 8:10)

  • “Strength” in this verse means “a fortified place, fortress, stronghold”
  • The dictionary definition of “fortress” reveals more deeply what it means to have God as our strength and fortress:
    • “a heavily protected and impenetrable building”
    • “a person or thing not susceptible to outside influence or disturbance”

Wow! With God as our strength, we can truly embrace living as one who is “heavily protected” and “impenetrable”“a person…not susceptible to outside influence or disturbance” and instead be a person living by the Holy Spirit, who lives in us and guides us as followers of Christ.

The Lord is my Light and my Salvation–whom shall I fear or dread?
The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?

(Psalm 27:1)

In Christ alone we are strong. During these end times, let us trust in our mighty God who will guard and protect us even when we experience fear or are burdened by life’s trials and challenges.