Pray the Word
II Timothy 3:16-17—All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
We are about to look into the reality of allowing the Word of God to provide the framework of our thoughts when we pray.
I have found that many avoid public prayer meetings of any kind because they have the notion that, in some way, they need to be eloquent like some aged saint. Sadly, at times we can give the impression that praying somehow is a bit of a speech contest. Nothing could be further from the truth, and we must let Jesus take them by the hand and give them His words to pray back to Him. When the child of God repeats the Word of God back to God, the Spirit of God prays through the Son of God and he is heard because he is praying in the will of God (I John 5:14).
Pray the Word
The following is an excerpt from When I Don’t Deserve God by John Piper.
The main method of prayer in the fight for joy is to pray the Word of God. That is, to read or recite the Word and turn it into prayer as you go. Most people (certainly including me) do not have the power of mind to look at nothing and yet offer up to God significant spiritual desires for any length of time. I suspect this has always been the case. To pray for longer than a few minutes in a God-centered, Christ-exalting way requires the help of God’s Spirit, and the Spirit loves to help by the Word he inspired.
This is the central method of prayer that I believe most earnest Christians have discovered: “to meditate on the Word of God . . . turning all, as I go into prayer.” Someone may ask “How can I spend an hour in prayer? I’m done asking for what I need in five or ten minutes.” I answer: Take a passage of Scripture and start reading it slowly. After each sentence, pause and go back and turn what you read into prayer. In this way you can pray as long as you can read. You may pray all day.
Here are some points to consider as we pray on the foundation of objective truth.
• Rescue prayer from being only a monologue of human thoughts.
• Participate with God in His Word.
• Prayer will always be boring if it is only a monologue.
• We pray best with our Bibles open.
• We can be transformed in the place of prayer.
• Scripture meditation can be considered praying (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3; Jeremiah 15:16).
Oswald Chambers in his book, If You Will Ask, says “The purpose of prayer is not to get healed, get a job, get our house sold, or get whatever else we want. It is to get the life of God in us. Prayer does not change things, it changes me, and then I change things.”
Consider the influence of two simple, straight forward Scriptures.
Psalm 27:4—One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.
II Corinthians 3:18—But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
We look like what we look at or as some would say, “We become what we behold.” That’s how prayer works on an individual and corporate level. Warren Wiersbe said it well.
When the child of God looks into the Word of God and sees the Son of God, he is changed by the Spirit of God into the image of God for the glory of God.
Transforming gospel prayer happens when believers pray God’s truth into their lives—agreeing together with humble, repentant hearts.
From Belief to Behavior
• Choose the area of need in the body.
• Find supporting Scripture which addresses the need.
• Agree together about the Scripture in oneness before the Lord.
• Rejoice that your prayer was heard.
• Believe God for the coming changes.