Have you ever been asked or wanted to pray for someone or for yourself (publicly or privately) and never knew just what to say or have struggled finding the right words. For those who continually flow in the Holy Spirit that would never be a problem because they would speak as the Spirit would lead. I suspect that most of those reading this blog would find themselves in the other group of more common Christians that occasionally find themselves in the flesh (that’s me) and struggle with maintaining their continual communion with the Holy Spirit (but that’s another blog). So what do we do when we open our mouths and find no words? Pray scriptural prayers. They are right from the heart of the Father given to us to use. Jesus stated that He only spoke what the Father speaks. “For I have not spoken of Myself, but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say, and what I should speak”. John 12:49
Scripture has wonderful, rich, powerful prayers that are available for us in all matters of life. They have been written for us and waiting as ripe fruit on “the prayer tree” to be plucked off and used. We are actually praying the prayers the Lord has given us and there is no need to be concerned that we are praying out of His will, as we will always be in agreement with Him. How can ever go wrong? When we speak and pray the Scriptures, we are coming into agreement with God, and His power is released as we speak His words in answer to our prayers. When you pray scripture – God’s Word is being spoken right out of your mouth. That is a powerful way to pray! Read the following Scriptures. I am in awe every time I read them! You can pray this for yourself and for others . You can memorize this and pray and claim this over yourself, family and those who have been placed in your life to touch. (blue italics are mine)
“I ask God from the wealth of his glory to give you ( me, us ) power through his Spirit to be strong in your ( our ) inner selves, and I pray that Christ will make his home in your ( or our ) hearts through faith. I pray that you ( I ) may have your roots and foundation in love, so that you ( I ) , together with all God’s people, may have the power to understand how broad and long, how high and deep, is Christ’s love. Yes, may you ( I ) come to know his love–although it can never be fully known–and so be completely filled with the very nature of God. To him who by means of his power working in us is able to do so much more than we can ever ask for, or even think of: to God be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever! Amen.” Eph. 3:15-21 WOW!
This a powerful, potent way of praying as praying the inspired words the Father in scripture! Here’s another scriptural prayer from Philippians that would be useful to memorize and keep close to your heart.
“This is my prayer for you ( or me ) : that your love will grow more and more; that you ( I ) will have knowledge and understanding with your love; that you ( I ) will see the difference between what is important and what is not and choose what is important; that you ( I ) will be pure and blameless for the coming of Christ; that your ( our ) life will be full of the many good works that are produced by Jesus Christ to bring glory and praise to God.” Eph 1:9-11
Here is another great prayer available for us- “ I ask that your ( our ) minds may be opened to see his light, so that you( I ) will know what is the hope to which he has called you (me ) , how rich are the wonderful blessings He promises his people, and how very great is his power at work in us who believe. This power working in us is the same as the mighty strength which He used when he raised Christ from death and seated him at his right side in the heavenly world.” Eph 1:18-20
Concerning specific subjects that we can pray about, they can also be found in His word and spoken oven that issue…finances, health, depression, anger, envy, forgiveness, relationships, marriage, loneliness -etc.
Another powerful way to pray is to find a scripture in the Bible and remind God what He said about that subject. You can pray, “God you said I am blessed and cannot be cursed”. God you said “Your favor is not for a season but for a life time.” God you said “by your stripes we are healed.“ When you can say, “God you said” all heaven comes to attention. God is faithful to His word. In fact in Psalms 138:2 He states ...for you have made your word greater than all your name. That is His promise about His word to us!
So whenever you have a loss of words when you pray memorize His words and speak them out and claim them over your life or the lives of others. Watch and see the Lord fulfill His promises and work His wonders because of the powerful prayers He gives us. It’s exciting to see what He will do when you release and speak out His own words as you pray.