Praying with God’s Words11th September 2017
For the past few weeks, I’ve been drifting away from God. No prayer or devotion was done and I thought it was really funny that I volunteered as facilitator for “Bible in One Year” when I don’t even read the Bible myself. I became tired of serving and many other things, and I knew I need a break if I don’t want to affect the people around me.
At the same time, there was a 2-week long discipleship training held at church and at the very last minute I decided to attend every single lesson which I did not plan to do so at first. The Pastor taught us methods to calm our heart and pray to God. I found out that it was really useful to pray with God’s word because often my prayer was like “Lord, bless me with…” or “help me with…” and it always feels like something is missing.
Here are the steps to pray with scripture and it works even better if you pair up with someone :)
Take Psalm 1 for example, the first person reads verse 1 and second person reads verse 2 and so on until you finish the chapter. Then reverse, so the second person now reads verse 1, first person reads verse 2 until you finish the chapter.
Then the person who started first can begin the prayer. Use the verse in the prayer and make it quick and simple.
For example, “Lord, remind me not to walk in step with the wicked or sit in the company of mockers. I want to be the blessed one and the tree which yields its fruit in season. Hence, I shall meditate your law day and night.”
Then the second person do the same thing and keep rotating about 10 minutes.
The key of this method is to keep the prayer short, quick, sincere, and new. It is absolutely fine with just reading out the scripture if you can’t think of anything to pray. This is not showing how well you can pray or how “beautiful” your words have to sound. It’s about you talking to God with the most sincere attitude and the truthful prayers.
Try put “I” as the subject, instead of “them” or “us”. This is a prayer for yourself, and it’s your time with God.
- The pastor suggested to pray with Psalm since it is a book of prayer and it is quite straightforward to understand.
To be honest, it was quite difficult for me at first because I had no idea how to pray with Bible verse. But the more I practice, the more I get used to it. Every single time I pray, I automatically link it with my past experience, reflect the mistakes I’ve made and sincerely praise God for guiding and loving me. The prayer made me realize I have so much to say to God as I reflect His abundant grace throughout my life. It is wonderful to begin the day with God words, always looking forward to His encouragement through Bible. In God, I can always find joy and peace, and those negative thoughts just disappeared without notice. The Lord is my refuge and I can get the best comfort from Him.
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. - Psalm 1:1-2
Looking back, I’m glad I did take a break; a break to have my own time with God rather than drowning in the pessimistic thoughts. God had once again saved me from the darkness and made me stronger in faith. I believe it was all His work leading me to attend the lesson, learn the method, and apply it on my daily life. He drew me back to Him and now I am armored with His words every day. Why not try to start your day with prayer from the Bible because the power of praying is always immeasurable.