Praying God’s Word
Some years ago I compiled a number of Scriptures into a prayer for my sons, their wives and my grandchildren. Believing that the Word of God is truly alive, as Hebrews 4:12 tells us, I have prayed this prayer at times with tears, at times with authority and at times in great discouragement. No matter how wobbly my emotions are when I begin to pray, by the end the power of His Word has overcome my emotions and my weak and trembling faith, and the living Word is lifted up and spoken out with authority. Because it is my strong belief that the enemy has no weapons against the living Word of God, I pray the Word out loud, and with the authority that Jesus has given me to claim His “Yes and Amen,” and so this prayer is simply Scripture. Beginning with Hebrews 4:16, Philippians 4:6, Romans 8:26, James 4:7 and Luke 22:31-32, the prayer starts as follows:
Lord Jesus, I come boldly in Your Name as You have instructed and I bow humbly before Your throne of grace to receive grace and mercy in this time of need. It is an urgent time Father, but You warned us that it would be. You tell me to lift up my prayers, supplications and petitions to you, with thanksgiving and without being anxious about anything and Your peace will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus, so I now lift up this prayer with thanksgiving to You. You tell me that when I don’t know how to pray as I ought, Your Holy Spirit will pray through me with groanings too deep for words. I confess I don’t know how to pray as I ought and I am completely dependent on You to pray through me now. I lay aside all of my own opinions, agendas and emotional feelings about this situation and submit to You everything including the outcome and the process You choose in bringing this answer to pass and I resist Satan, because You tell me that if I submit to You and resist Satan, he will flee from me. As You Yourself prayed for Peter when the enemy had asked permission to sift him like wheat, You asked that his faith would not fail. I ask the same now for _____, that their faith would not fail.
Praying God’s Word in the Name of Jesus
Pregnant with power and meaning, this first paragraph begins by coming humbly, yet boldly, in His Name. Praying in the Name of Jesus, is not simply a postscript to the end of our prayers, but an acknowledgment of the very power of His Name—the name before whom “every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that he is Lord.” At times I stop right there in such adoration as just the whisper of His Name brings me to tears. This is Jesus, the Creator of all the Heavens and earth; this is Jesus, who breathed out His Word and creation happened. He breathed out His Word onto the pages of Scripture—the “volume of the Book” is written of Him; this is Jesus, Who is called “The Word of God” in Revelation 19:13. This “God-Breathed” Word is alive and as I inhale His word from the page, and exhale it into the atmosphere around me, it is embued with his life and His resurrection power. He is the Word of God!
Praying God’s Word Humbly and Boldly
Bowing low before His throne of grace, I confess my great need for His grace and mercy in my time of need, yet coming boldly indicates that I am absolutely assured that He is listening and He will answer. Lifting up prayers, supplications and petitions to Him I realize that the words “being anxious for nothing” and “with thanksgiving” provide a key to the remainder of this prayer. When I thank Him, even in the midst of great turmoil and upheaval in my life, I can be assured that His peace will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Coming to Jesus with a humble, thankful heart throws open the doors to His abundant storeroom of peace. I am desperate for that peace; I can’t live without it. My heart and mind is a mine field of conflicting thoughts, fears, and flaming arrows from the enemy. I may begin this prayer with trepidation and filled with these anxious thoughts, but by the end, all of my anxiety is gone and his peace has replaced my anxious thoughts.
Praying God’s Word in the Power of the Holy Spirit
I lean heavily on the truth that when I don’t even know how to pray, the Holy Spirit, who indwells me, will pray through me. Have you ever found yourself unable to pray; not able to form words because of the depth of the anguish of your heart? Do not despair! The Holy Spirit helps us “in our weakness” because we don’t know how to pray as we ought to, “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will” (Romans 8:26). Is this not amazing? In my weakness, “He” –Jesus is searching my heart and Jesus knows the mind of the Spirit Who indwells me, and the Holy Spirit is praying for me according to God’s will. Here you have the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, engaged in your prayer. Unpack that one if you are able.
Praying God’s Word in Submission
Then, according to James 4:7, I submit to Him. I simply submit all of the anxious thoughts, my personal agenda, all of my emotions, and because I am in complete submission to Jesus, I can resist Satan, and he will flee from me. Claim that dear one—it is a promise.
Praying God’s Word Even in Our Own Failure
Consider that Jesus prays for us, just as He prayed for His disciples. He prayed for Peter, after he told Peter in advance, that Peter was going to betray Him. He told Peter in advance that Peter was going to take a nose dive into failure. Oh how comforting to know that Jesus knows in advance that we will fail in our walk at times. He knows in advance that we can’t do the Christian life and here’s a surprise—failure is built into the process. It is built in because we will all try to do our faith in our own strength and until we have taken a couple of falls into unbelief and failure to live up to our self-imposed law, we will never be able to empathize with those who are falling. How do I know this? Because in this very verse, Jesus is telling Peter that when not if, he is restored, he will strengthen his brothers in Christ. How can we be an encouragement or offer strength to others who are failing and weak, if we have never failed ourselves and found ourselves flat out on the stretcher of God’s grace on life support and found Him to be everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3)? The quick answer is, we can’t.
Are you in a dry season? Pray God’s Word. Have you fallen into unbelief? Pray God’s Word. Are you despairing over a loved one? Pray God’s Word. In the process, you will find that your own mind is being renewed and you will be transformed.
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Much more to come in this study on prayer. It is my deepest prayer that we all discover the amazing power of praying God’s Word.