When I take the time to marvel at the power of God in my life, I am in awe. God speaks to me through music. In the intimacy of my headphones and a great song or hymn, God pours love and mercy into my heart. So I thought about sharing with you a spiritual discipline; praying the Scriptures.
Through the lyrics of the song, “Word of God Speak” by MercyMe, God spoke to my heart about prayer through the power of music.
I’m finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it’s okay
The last thing I need is to be heard
But to hear what You would say
Word of God speak
Would you pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see
To be still and know
That you’re in this place
Please let me stay and rest
In your holiness
Word of God speak
Praying God’s Word
Why would we want to pray God’s word? I think the songwriter hits the nail on the head. There are just those moments in life where we just can’t find the phrase. It is possible in those moments that we are hurting. We can be so beaten down by the world that there is nothing in our heart to bring before God. There are no words, only pain. In those moments we know we need his strength, his healing, but we are emotionally and spiritually empty. We need God to speak to us. We need to hear a word of hope. Our soul needs to be reminded of his majesty. That broken spirit needs just to be still and know that he is almighty and sitting on the throne. In those moments why not read the words of the author of creation?
Your prayers are never stronger than when you are praying the Scriptures. The writer of Hebrews in chapter 4, verse 12 says, “God’s word is living, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword. It penetrates to the point that it separates the soul from the spirit and the joints from the marrow. It’s able to judge the heart’s thoughts and intentions.” God’s words are powerful. Whether we are reading them or using them as our basis for prayer, why not tap into the powerful promises of God?
To comfort you, know this dear one, not only does God hear our prayers. He vows to answer them when those prayers are in line with His will.
Benefits of Praying the Scriptures
Praying the Scriptures will increase your spiritual development. As you pray God’s word, you begin to see and hear how God acted and answered other followers. As you see God in action, you learn that He is faithful. You see the faith stories of those who trusted the Almighty. Those stories provide us with an inner peace and confidence in the love and protection of God. The Bible is filled with the testimonies of many people who saw God appear in their lives and provide for the needs.
You can live a stress-free life if you will only just pray. When you pray you are turning the situation over to God. You’re taking the situation out of your hands, and laying it in His hands. You’re releasing it to God. There are no more capable hands to place our cares in other than the loving arms of our savior. The one who cared so deeply for us that he gave his life for you.
Other posts in this series on Prayer:
Because we are never alone
Annette Leeann Flores
Ideas of Light that Penetrate the Ideas of Darkness (To read this blog in context, readers should start at the earliest date of a series)
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Think Different, Lead Different, Impact Differently
Steps in Obedience
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