Praying the Scriptures through Advent (for Katie Horner)

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It all started with a study on Philippians chapter 4. During a very dark time in my life, the Lord began a work in my heart that took me through periods of depression and taught me to pray His word.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Did you catch that powerful truth right there in this little passage? Don’t be anxious, instead pray. And, when you pray, God fills you with His peace.

Wow. That was a truth that unlocked pieces of my heart and began a powerful journey with the Lord in praying His Word. Prayer brings peace. I know we can all use a little more of that in our lives!

We know that God’s Word is powerful. We know that prayer brings peace. So, when we pair those powerful 2 components together, God can truly work miracles in our hearts. This isn’t a formula, though, it is just my desperate heart before the Lord longing for the peace that only Jesus can bring, despite what our circumstances may be. Praying the Scriptures is a tool with which my broken heart can be drawn closer to Jesus.

HOW TO PRAY THE SCRIPTURES

Now before you run off all scared because you have no idea what “praying the Scriptures” means…let me reassure you, if I can pray God’s Word, so can you!

For me, there are times when I have no words…and that’s when His Word gives me words to pray.

There are times I don’t know WHAT to say… and that’s when His Word gives me the words to pray.

There are times I have no idea what God’s will is… and that’s when His Word gives me the words to pray.

There isn’t one magical way to do this: I read a passage of Scripture, I speak it aloud to God, I rephrase it into my own words, I add in the names of my children or family members.  Just take the words of God and make them your prayer. Re-phrase if you like, but you don’t have to!

Let me give you an example. I love praying the Psalms. Many times you can find me praying, “Show me your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in You truth and guide me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:4-5. “You are my shepherd, I shall not want. You lead me beside quiet waters, You restore my soul.” Psalm 23:1, 3. “I will bless you at all times, Lord, Your praise shall continually be on my lips. My soul will boast in You alone, Father. I seek You and You hear me, You deliver me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:1,2,4.

We know that God’s Word is powerful. We know that prayer brings peace. So, when we pair those powerful two components together, God can truly work miracles in our hearts.

In fact, I first learned about praying God’s Word when the Lord took me through those periods of depression and taught me to pray His word. I believe that this simple activity is what sustained me during those darkest moments.

HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO ADVENT?

Maybe you’re like us and December gets crazy on the calendar. Spend a few moments each morning with God and His Word before you go out into the craziness of the season.

Or here’s a way to incorporate praying the scriptures with your family: Light a candle at the dinner table, read one verse of Scripture, discuss and pray. It doesn’t have to be difficult or long. Sometimes the most powerful lessons are not in the longest sermons!

Or maybe you’d like to spend a few minutes before bed reading and praying God’s Word together with your family. Or in the morning for a devotional time. Whatever fits this season for your family…with a little bit of intention, you can make it happen.

LIGHT OF THE WORLD: PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES THROUGH ADVENT

I have put together 31 verses, each one pertaining to LIGHT, from the Bible. I have written very short, little devotions for each day and put it together in an ebook called Jesus, Light of the World: Praying the Scriptures Through Advent. It is currently on sale for $5.00.

Find more resources for praying God’s Word and writing the Word. 

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