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As you probably know, our featured class this month is called Prayer Secrets. And it's free through the month of April. This week's memo adds right to that theme of prayer. Enjoy the reading, then head right over to the class and sign up if you haven't already!

A Bible and praying hands

Many people find growing in prayer a challenge. And there are plenty of opinions out there about how to improve. In the paragraphs below, I'd like to share one of the things that helped me learn to pray. It's something I call Scriptural Praying.

And I stumbled on to it by accident.

Prayer & Scripture

From the first years of my Christian journey, I felt it was important to connect prayer and Scripture. Memorizing verses like John 15:7If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. and Romans 10:17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. strengthened that conviction. So I made it a point to attach specific promises to specific requests and claim them.

Later, I began to understand experientially the prayerful state we should be in when studying, and conversely, the need to listen for God speaking back through memorized verses when in prayer. In time, the link between prayer and Scripture became so close it was not always clear how to distinguish between them.

“Prayer and Scripture are so closely connected, it's not always easy to distinguish between them.”

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At some point, the idea occurred to me to use Scripture as a framework for prayer. I would focus my prayer time on the beatitudes in Matthew 5--asking God to build each characteristic into my life. Or I would pray through the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20, asking God to search my heart for pockets of sin I had not seen before. Or I would pray through Ephesians 6, asking God specifically to equip me with each piece of spiritual armor.

It was a simple process. I would find a passage appropriate to my needs and turn to it in my Bible. Then I would go through the passage verse by verse, slowly, simply talking with God about what each verses said. And listening. After a few moments, I'd proceed to the next verse and continue. I could go as fast or as slow as I wanted.

It was always powerful.

Useful Passages

In time, I found many more passages that were useful for this kind of prayer. Psalms of praise. Praying through a string of proverbs--asking God for the wisdom of Solomon. And of course, many of Paul's epistles were filled with amazing statements about God's will for the believers he was writing. And there were plenty of model prayers recorded in Scripture I could pattern my prayers after. Even parables and familiar Bible stories, were easy to take and adapt to situations in my life. The more I looked, the more I found.

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Incorporating Scripture into my prayer life helped me stay focused. It also strengthened my faith, because I knew my requests were in line with God's will. In fact, they weren't just in harmony with Scripture, they were sparked by Scripture as the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart.

And this practice further deepened my conviction that prayer and Scripture are two sides of the same coin. Communication with God. Intimacy. The divine encounter. They shouldn't be disconnected.

Why not give Scriptural praying a try for your self?



Comments

What do you think of the suggestions in this article? Do you use Scripture in your prayers? How has it impacted your prayer life? How important is it to link prayer and Scripture together? Share a thought in the comments below...

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Posted by Laurie Wissink on 11/28/23 - Coach
It certainly is Wanda. Praying God's word and God's will does something not only to the prayer life but to our spiritual life as well. :)
Posted by Wanda Cantrell on 11/27/23
I haven’t tried this but it sounds like a great way to boost my prayer life.
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/24/23 - Coach
Yes Rebecca, you can have some very exciting prayer sessions--and each one very different. Never quite know how the Lord is going to work through some passage when you pray through it.

Enjoy the bonus resource! It's got some of my very favorite passages for this kind of prayer. :)
Posted by Rebecca Gottfried on 10/23/23 - Coach
This is one of my favorite posts on prayer. The strategy of using different Bible passages to pray through brings more variety and engagement into prayer. Prayer is not boring this way because the Bible is never boring.
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/13/23 - Coach
Another way of putting it Becca is that the vertical bar on the Disciple's Wheel is one bar. Same with the horizontal. It's two bars, not four spokes...

You are welcome Tracy!

Be sure to check out the free gift above. It's got some great passages to try this out with Robert...

Yes Johnté, that's a powerful insight. The more Scripture we can inject into our prayers, and the more tightly intertwined our prayers become with Scripture the better. That last part of Psalms 138:2I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. is powerful!
Posted by Johnté Whyte on 10/12/23
I like how you said that this form of praying grew your faith because your requests were in line with God’s will. We know that God magnifies His word above His name, Psalms 138:2I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name., and He keeps His promises II Peter 3:9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.. It makes sense that scriptural praying will grow our faith because we are praying God’s promise that He made to us and we can see the answer in our lives directly from the word.
Posted by Robert Williams on 10/05/23 - Coach
I am looking forward to testing this out, experimenting to see if this will level up my time in prayer.
Posted by Tracy Conway on 09/30/23
I love the idea of praying this way. Thank you.
Posted by Becca Mayorga on 09/24/23 - Coach
Love the idea of it being like a coin with two sides. Truly I have experienced this two way communication in my Morning Watch. God is so amazing.
Posted by Dan Vis on 02/03/23 - Coach
Glad that class was helpful to you Carlota! And I like that verse too. One of the most beautiful verses anywhere! :)
Posted by Carlota Belmo on 02/03/23
I’m glad that I’ve taken the Prayer secrets class. It has helped in my prayers. when I include the scriptures I feel like I’m being heard and answered and it makes more sense to me. I now include that Psalms 143:8Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. it means so much to me. Thanks Dan.
Posted by Dan Vis on 02/02/23 - Coach
I'm glad you've been growing in this area Barbara. It's so important. I really love the way you described the impact of what you are doing: "It really opens up your world to God's word." Great post!
Posted by Barbara E. LaRose on 01/31/23
In the past I had claimed scriptures in a very haphazard way. But since last year I really started to add scriptures to my prayer journal on the Fast Site Prayer Journal and in my binder prayer journal. It really has opened my eyes to the importance of claiming scriptures to that request and I find that daily as I go over them I'm learning those scriptures. It really opens up your world to God's word.
Posted by Dan Vis on 11/28/22 - Coach
Yes, that's a great passage I've used several times Linda, but it's just one of many. So many passages lend themselves to this kind of prayer. I encourage you to try some different ones and see how it goes...
Posted by Linda Johnson on 11/27/22
I do use Scripture and claim Bible promises for myself and my loved ones. And thank you pastor Don for telling us how you pray, and I especially liked when you said you pray thru Ephesians 6 on putting on the full armour of God. I think that would be very help for me.   
Posted by Dan Vis on 11/21/22 - Coach
I may not have explained this very well. It's not just reading the verses prayerfully Linda, it's reading a verse (or part of a verse) and then praying about what the verse says in your own words. Then moving on to the next part of the passage and continuing on. So we are just using the Scriptures as a framework for much more conversational prayer with God... Hope that makes sense!

When does this way it does feel much more like a conversation, and draws us into the very heart and mind of God!
Posted by Linda Johnson on 11/20/22
Reading/Praying each verse of Scripture I am reading out loud as a prayer is a wonderful suggestion. I agree, it will build more intimacy for me with the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/31/22 - Coach
That's a great verse Linda! I've always been impressed by Philippians 1:7Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. which gives the condition for the promise in Philippians 1:6Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:. :)

Thanks for testifying to the power that comes with using God's Word in prayer! It is a blessing to us, spiritually, to do that!
Posted by Linda Johnson on 10/30/22
When I pray God's words back to Him, I have great peace and expectancy. I know God hears His own words, and I am blessed to use them.
I love Philippians 1:6Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: in praying for loved ones not presently walking with the Lord. I know God is working on their hearts by this passage for the good work He began in them before, He will carry it to completion before He comes. Hallelujah!
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/27/22 - Coach
I think these are both good points Deanne. Using the Word in our prayers helps remind us God is there, and real. And it shows us God cares about our specific needs. Two good posts! :)
Posted by Deanne Reinke on 10/27/22
when I find a scripture that speaks to my prayer need I am reassured that God is ready to handle any need that I have. It increases my trust and confidence in God. It also gives me strength and courage to hang on when things are tough
Posted by Deanne Reinke on 10/27/22
I feel that I need to claim God's promises to reinforce in my mind that God is REAL & PRESENT. this helps me to BELIEVE that God will do what he says. When I pray using scripture this reinforces in my mind that God cares about what I am telling Him and Asking Him for in my prayers. This brings me closer to Him and helps me to depend on Him in all areas of my life. As God answers my prayers my Faith,/ Belief ,in Him increases and our relationship grows stronger. it is a win/win
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/24/22 - Coach
Thanks for another testimony on the power of the Word! Powerful Sara. May it inspire all of us to press forward in our memorization. It's worth it!
Posted by Sara Ogle on 10/24/22
Lana I agree! Memorizing scripture has been so helpful in prayer and beyond. I’ll find that as I go about my day, scripture will pop in my head related to something I’m doing. I love the connection to God that comes from putting His words in my heart.
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/22/22 - Coach
You are very welcome Richard. Glad this was helpful! :)
Posted by Richard on 10/21/22
Powerful,thank you for the insightful thoughts on prayer.
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/21/22 - Coach
Love your comment Lana. To see people "experimenting" with God in different areas and seeing His principles really do work. What could be more thrilling than that. I love all the great people in our community!
Posted by Lana Rose on 10/21/22
Since I began memorizing more verses, it has become so much easier to use the verses to pray specific requests with. I will be thinking about someone and realize I need to pray for them. The verses pop up and it makes claiming them so practical! I have seen many a prayer
answered this way.
Thanx Dan for all your encouragement to keep experimenting with God and the promises He has for us!
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/16/22 - Coach
Yes, that's a great example of one way to use Scripture in prayer Tonya. I encourage to explore some of the other methods suggested above. They are all very powerful!

Cool Rebecca. This is something God began teaching me early on. So I'm sure He has worked to teach others also. It was definitely a breakthrough for me in my prayer life.
Posted by Rebecca on 10/14/22
Hey! I've been doing that, and I didn't even know it was a method! I claim the promises of the texts in prayer, going through each word, applying it to myself. Praise God! Thank you for your personal testimony.
Posted by Tonya Anspach on 10/14/22
I believe it is vital to link scripture with prayer. Especially now that we are in end times. There have been times where all I have wanted to do is praise Him in my prayer, but my words never seem sufficient enough to express my thoughts. That's when I go to Psalms and use them to praise His holy name!
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/14/22 - Coach
Be sure to grab that resource listed above Mike. It's got some really nice passages to try this with initially. Eventually, you can do this with any passage. I've grown accustomed to praying over whatever passage I study that morning--and the principles and projects I've found. So rewarding!
Posted by Mike Carner on 10/14/22
I think this would be a good process to more intentionally include Scripture in my prayers. Really like the idea of the two blending to become one virtually indistinguishable round of communication with God.
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/14/22 - Coach
I think we instinctively turn toward God in His Word in difficult times, because we need that extra boost to our faith. But I think we can learn to do this in all kinds of situations, and for all kinds of needs. For the same reason! Good post Lindi!
Posted by Lindi on 10/13/22
I have found praying with scripture calms my spirit during times of need. It brings peace, courage, confidence to know that God in whose mouth there is no guile said it. I guess because God has the best interest for each of our lives.    
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/13/22 - Coach
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Posted by Wayne Senner on 10/13/22
I saw your name and confused it with Ajay someone I know from India. My daughter Rebecca is married to a man from Sudan Abdalla is his name. By any chance do you know them?
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/12/22 - Coach
Yes, awesome Louise! I'm always on the look out for verses to add to my prayer requests. Or even to guide or reshape requests as I understand God's will better. Sometimes God may even impress me to stop praying for some topic. If so, I'll jot that verse down and what I got from it as well. In this way, each request becomes it's own journey...
Posted by Louise P on 10/11/22
I have started using Scripture in my prayers, and my prayer time feels more enriched because of the Scriptures. Sometimes I find more verses that match a request I am praying for - so exciting!
I like what you said about your prayers being sparked by Scripture as the Holy Spirit spoke to your heart. I am good at reading, and talking, and am learning to develop the listening!
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/11/22 - Coach
That's been my experience too Sam, that using more Scripture in prayer strengthens my faith. I think the balance between boldness and confidence on the one hand, and either doubt or presumption on the other, is to make sure we are talking over these passages with God, listening for Him to make clear we've understood His will in them. Maybe there is some condition we need to meet, or maybe God has a different solution than what we expect.

On the other hand, God may give us a genuine sense of assurance that we've interpreted the passage properly, and our prayer is heard. Then our assurance is rooted in that, not just our own understanding. I have great confidence in God's Word, but not always in my ability to understand it! So I need the Holy Spirit to clearly confirm heaven's plan... And there's a place to continue praying for increased understanding of that plan as circumstances progress and change.
Posted by Shawnda McKnight on 10/11/22
Reciting scripture in prayer has increased my faith. I now ask as if I already have it.. (then I add Lord I beleive, please help my unbelief) I don't want to sound cocky like I got this in the bag...But I do want to be confident knowing that my God will never fail me or forsake me. (Deuteronomy 31:6Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.)
Posted by Dan Vis on 04/07/22 - Coach
Thank you for your testimony Barbara. The more we mix pray and the Word, the stronger both become. God is good...
Posted by Barbara E. LaRose on 04/07/22
Pastor Dan the suggestion is wonderful. As I started my prayer journal and placed scripture by each persons name to what the need was, I found myself learning even more scripture and the need of knowing these scriptures to share with others as they were going through similar situations. It’s a real faith builder. Prayer really comes to life and you feel so much closer to God.   
Posted by Dan Vis on 04/06/22 - Coach
I pray you find it a blessing Rhoda! It is a somewhat advanced technique, and it may take a bit of practice to get used to it, but it can be very powerful...
Posted by Rhoda Forbes on 04/06/22
Thank you Pr Dan, this is a new approach to prayer for me, will certainly apply it.
Posted by Dan Vis on 04/05/22 - Coach
It's a beautiful verse isn't it Terri? We include that in our Basic Training course. But consider trying a longer passage some time and using it as an entire framework for prayer. You could for example try doing that whole chapter, working through it one verse at a time, and spending several minutes on each verse. Looking at it now, it looks like it could be an amazing experience!

Yes! That's the whole point exactly Lana: to "frame our petitions in harmony with the divine design". Not sure where that quote is from, but I love it. And even more the clear reason behind this approach--to bring our prayers into greater harmony with His will. Good post!

Believe it or not Mary, Melody was in one of my very first discipleship teams, back when she was in academy. It's been amazing to see how the Lord has used her! That part about using a passage of Scripture like this to keep our mind focused, and not wandering, is a very important benefit of this approach!
Posted by Mary Nicholas on 04/04/22
Yes, Scriptural praying is awesome- I first learned about it from a presentation by Melody Mason. When you claim God’s promises, they are not returned void. Scriptural praying also keeps my mind focused. My mind tends to wander .
Posted by Lana Rose on 04/04/22
I agree heartily with the thoughts in this reading.
I have been realizing it is by knowing scripture that we can know God's will. I feel it is our duty as Christians "to discover God's will and frame our petitions in harmony with the divine design." (Bible Commentaries on I John 5:14-1514 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.).
Posted by Terri Krovoza on 04/04/22
I have been trying to do that more often in my prayers since hearing about it. I really love Psalms 143:8Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. and pray it as part of my prayer every morning.
Posted by Dan Vis on 04/04/22 - Coach
You are very welcome Ajai! Be sure to grab the bonus resource.

The nice thing about this approach Cecilia is you are flexible to switch between focusing more on the verses or more on the conversation as you go through the passage. The Scriptures serve as a basis or starting point, but our prayers can range however far we want as the Holy Spirit guides us. All the best in trying this out.
Posted by Cecilia D Jones on 04/04/22
I think this is a wonderful idea! I will give it a try. I always just talk to God, like having a conversation. I only use scripture as a point of that conversation.   For instance when praying for a sick person I might say something about how he healed the sick while he was here and told us we would do those things and greater things.
Posted by Ajai Mathews Joy on 04/04/22
Thank you for this study...
I am encouraged to try scriptural prayer
Posted by Dan Vis on 08/23/20 - Coach
Sure, happy to share these resources Bert! Think of them as a birthday present, from us to you. :)
Posted by Bert Hopkins on 08/22/20
ThankYou for the special Scripture study note. And ThankYou for this study. Praise God .I was using it in my prayers occasionally but now will be more focused .
Posted by Dan Vis on 11/26/19 - Coach
You are very welcome Denise! You can certainly add to the list, but it helps to have a few starter passages to, well, get started! :)
Posted by Denise Buglino on 11/25/19
Thank you for sharing the Scriptural Prayer passages (bonus) compilation Dan.
Posted by Dan Vis on 07/04/19 - Coach
Glad you liked this Jaslyn! :)
Posted by Jaslyn C on 07/04/19
Wow
Posted by Dan Vis on 06/13/19 - Coach
You are very welcome Emmanuel! I think you will enjoy it. Be sure to grab the free gift in the memo above!
Posted by Emmanuel Ajiroghene on 06/13/19
This is just great. I am willing to implement it God's grace. Thanks for sharing sir.
Posted by Dan Vis on 06/12/19 - Coach
Nehemiah is a powerful book on Leadership. I'm sure there are several passages there you could adapt for this Valerie. Please see my note to Leslie about 6 or 7 comments down from here. It might be helpful.
Posted by Valerie Wise Burrell on 06/12/19 - Coach
Carole,
I will add Valerie to my prayers today.
Valerie
Posted by Valerie Wise Burrell on 06/12/19 - Coach
Dan,
Thank you for this. I have also read about and practiced using God's Word in prayer because He cannot deny Himself. He is pleased when we use the Word in our prayers.
I like how you prayerfully read certain books and chapters using them in your prayers. I am reading Nehemiah and will apply this to the reading.
Posted by Dan Vis on 06/12/19 - Coach
Amen to that John!
Posted by John Gilmore on 06/12/19
Yess! "... two sides of the same coin." The most valuable coin we can possess!
Posted by Dan Vis on 06/11/19 - Coach
Happy to help, as always. :)
Posted by Leslie Caza on 06/11/19
Dan Thank you for the additional insight and practical application of this method- it's a helpful clarification.
Posted by Dan Vis on 06/11/19 - Coach
It can be a powerful experience Leslie. I usually do this separate from praying through my prayer journal, which tends to focus more on individual, specific promises. And this approach instead focuses on a long passage and is typically a whole prayer session all by itself. I like to use it on retreats and getaways. But the more we do this with these easy passages, the more we can do this with any verse anywhere. Glad you found this helpful!

Always love to hear people commit to giving something a good try. Thanks for sharing Carole. And please feel free to put a request in our Prayer Chapel (in the Student Lab). It would be great to have our team praying for you.
Posted by Carole Bliss on 06/10/19
Praying back God's Word insures our Lord will bless us. This us in accordance to His will.
I am going to try and remember to implement this in my prayers. Speaking of prayer, may I ask you to pray for my daughter, Valerie, they are testing her for leukemia.
Our God is faithful to us all.
Thank you for the prayers
BLESSINGS
Carole
Posted by Leslie Caza on 06/10/19
Beautiful! On my index cards in my prayer box (my format for my prayer journal) I sometimes write a scripture promise to claim for the prayer request or praise on that card, but have seldom taken praying Scriptute to the level in this Monday Memo. Sounds so intimate with the Lord and I know it will be an extremely valuable help in my time with God.   
Posted by Dan Vis on 09/09/18 - Coach
Glad this post could give you some ideas for how to experience that Edil! You are very welcome...
Posted by Edil Gordon on 09/07/18
I have always wanted to learn how to pray appealing to God,confirming his promises. as I pray so I am grateful for this experience which I know will make me dig deeper in the bible to find promises that relate to my needs as I make my requests,thank you, I will be helping the ladies in my soup kitchen as we all need help to learn how to reach our heavenly father.
Posted by Dan Vis on 08/27/18 - Coach
You're welcome Stuart! I think that the approach we covered in the Prayer Secrets class is great for basic daily prayer, but using these passages as described here is like icing on the cake! :)
Posted by Stuart Clarke on 08/27/18
Love it
That is exactly how I'm using my prayer journal now
Thanks for the great class
Posted by Dan Vis on 08/27/18 - Coach
Those are two of the passages I recommended in the FREE handout above. Both great passages I've used many times Carole. :)
Posted by Carole Bliss on 08/27/18
I am currently reading Ephesians chapter 6, and asking God to put on the Whole Armour of God.
Also, reading 1Corinthians chapter 13, praying over all I need to have His love in my life.

Blessings,
Carole
Posted by Dan Vis on 08/27/18 - Coach
Pam, I was talking about the Prayer Secrets class! You'll notice Vicky's quote was from last year. And I mentioned I was planning to do it in the spring of 2018! :) Well, didn't do it until August, but it's finished at last! We will do Power in Prayer at some point, but not sure when. Most likely 2020, as next year is pretty much all scheduled out... :)

Glad you enjoyed the new handout Marion. I was just thinking about it last night, pulled out my own list of favorites, and added it to the reading. Love giving away little things that I know can be life-changing. This is my all time favorite way to pray--esp when I'm at retreats and getaways. Spend a lot of time planning ahead what passage to use, and then look forward to it with anticipation...
Posted by Marion Coppock on 08/27/18
No, I don't usually use Scripture and Prayer together, occasionally yes. This will be a wonderful tool for me. Thanks. Dan
Posted by Pamela Kendall on 08/27/18
I agree with Vicky Dan as I was reading this I was thinking it would be great to have a month's course on prayer ... so glad you are thinking of a longer challenge/live course on prayer next year - I will look forward to it!

I like this idea of scriptural prayers to... thanks for the free gift!
Posted by Dan Vis on 08/11/17 - Coach
Vicky, we are planning a challenge on prayer for the spring of 2018. And another on how to study the Bible devotionally. Can't wait!

Thanks for the suggestion! :)
Posted by Vicky Lewis on 08/11/17
Dan It would be great to have a challenge all about prayer.
Posted by Helen De Coteau Grant on 06/05/17
Hi Dan, thank you for this guide on prayer. I recently said to God I feel a need for a deeper way of praying . I started the journey and started with the crash course. I am so excited about what I have learned about hiding Gods word In my heart and now I see how memorising meditating on the word and praying goes together. I am super excited !! God bless you abundantly.
Helen
Posted by Shanthi Solomon on 06/01/17
This article affirms what I do sometimes. Now that I have memorised so many verses, I am able to use it more often. Thank you for the clarity provided in His article. I have shared this information with loved ones.
Posted by Robyn Pearl Hattingh on 05/01/17
Wow!this is amazing.praise the Lord.pray for me as I follow this way of connecting prayer and scripture!thank you again Dan!
Posted by Dan Vis on 11/07/16 - Coach
Happy to pass this on Linda. Let me know how it works for you!
Posted by Linda Gerace on 11/05/16
I hadn't considered before praying like this. Thank you for sharing this idea... I want to incorporate it into my devotional life.
Posted by Lillian E. Cepeda on 11/03/16
Amen
Posted by Dan Vis on 11/03/16 - Coach
Thanks Shirley for sharing those ideas. Lillian, Vonda, so glad this content could be a blessing. Truly God's Word is powerful, and it does bring Jesus close!!!
Posted by Vonda Beerman on 11/03/16
I am glad you are sharing this with people because this is what has really strengthen my faith over the last few years. Taking God at His Word, literally. Each verse is meant for you and as we claim it and pray it our faith strengthens. Looking at each word slowly and absorbing it, and letting it soak in is important. Jeremiah 15:16Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts. says to eat it! Your right when you say scripture and prayer are like both sides of the coin, they go together and since I have been doing this it has brought Jesus so close!
Posted by Lillian E. Cepeda on 11/02/16
This post is very encouraging to me. I need to learn to pray scriptural prayers more. The Word of God is so Powerful, and why not use it more often.

Thanks again, Dan. I am copying and printing your message to share it with my neighbors.
Posted by Shirley Alsop on 11/01/16
Hi again Jason Diehl, If you are able to download sermons and listen, here's a link to the devotional speaker's talks from our last Camp in South New South Wales, Australia:
https://snsw.adventist.org.au/bc-sermons-ben-maxson-2016/
As we chatted with Ben just before he left after camp, his last bit of advice was to "Live Dead" (Galatians 2:20I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.), and "Keep Dusty" (in Jewish culture, a disciple following his Rabbi would stay so close to his Rabbi so he could listen to every word spoken, that he would be covered with dust from the Rabbi's feet!) Hope you will be as blessed as I have been!
Posted by Shirley Alsop on 11/01/16
This post is so encouraging, thanks Dan Vis. And Jason Diehl, take heart... as you keep coming to God, and reaching out to Him, He will keep His promise to "never leave you or forsake you."
We also live in a rural area, 2 hours drive from our nearest church, and can only attend 1 to 2 times/month. I feel so blessed though that we have access to so much teaching online and on YouTube now. We love Hope Sabbath School with Derek Morris! I've also listened to Pavel Goia's presentations on prayer and been blessed. See if you can get a prayer partner you can pray with regularly (on the phone if you can't meet face-to-face) maybe each week for extra encouragement. Plan to attend camp meetings whenever possible - they are always a great source of encouragement.
When we were growing up we had Uncle Arthur's "The Bible Story" read to us, and as well as teaching your children the Bible stories, you will also learn so much from them. Another place to go for great Bible teaching and learning is http://www.pineknoll.org/all-audio-resources and download the audio files for "The Picture of God in all 66" - Graham Maxwell talks about the picture of God in each of the books of the Bible. Great to listen to as you drive! Or if you can put them on your iPhone and listen as you work, etc. And of course Dan has a lot of excellent talks you can download from this site to listen to when you can!
I'm so glad for the promises in II Peter 1:2-42 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.:
II Peter 1:2Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.
II Peter 1:3According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the One who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence.
II Peter 1:4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And because of His glory and excellence, He has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share His divine nature and escape the world's corruption caused by human desires. (NLT2)
And Philippians 1:6Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: is one of my favourite promises: "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns."
God bless you and your family as you continue to grow in Him!
Posted by Jason Diehl on 11/01/16
"Keep your ear open to the Spirit's promptings throughout." this is the part that seems strange and difficult to me. I've never been able to "hear" God, I spend about an hour every day on a walk through the woods and usually try to pray a little and spend the rest of the time just listening or relaxing. I just always thought I'm deaf, dumb, and blind when it comes to hearing God. Which is how as a Christian that's only been baptized for 2 years, I ended up in a church where I'm literally the last man standing (why don't men go to church anymore) and somehow leading this group of 12 or so. We did have a deacon for a short while but he barely moved his membership before he got a new job 3 hours away and moved. Feeling alone in a rural community with no training or support can be incredibly intimidating, frustrating, and I don't know.

I appreciate the support of a ministry such as this, if it wasn't for something like this I probably would have already felt so overwhelmed I would have walked away.
Posted by Dan Vis on 11/01/16 - Coach
Thanks again for everyone's encouragement. I think we've had more comments on this than on any of our blog posts yet. Yeah!

Jason, you are kind of right. I mean, our study time should be a time of prayerful communion. But what I'm suggesting is our prayer time can also involve reflection on Scripture. But it is prayer. I usually kneel, put away my pen and paper. And I talk to God. Whereas in my study, I'm sitting at my desk with pen and paper, and perhaps listening more. And we can do either alone or in a group.

But both can be kind of a conversation with God can't they? We shoot up questions to God while studying. We look for principles in the passage to inspire our prayer. There's listening and talking to God in both. That's what I meant by the two by less different than we think.

Try experimenting with some passage--say Ephesians 3:14-2114 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.. Just pray through it verse by verse. Let each phrase spark your prayers. When you run out of stuff to say, move on to the next verse. Keep your ear open to the Spirit's promptings throughout. See what happens.

God will teach each of us the best way to connect with Him.
Posted by Jason Diehl on 10/31/16
Interesting method. I read the bible about 30-60 minutes a day normally, so I can just call this 'prayer time'? I already spend some time determining what the passages mean. I'm lost with the whole listening part though? Is this something you have to do with someone else? Like my wife and I would do this together and I'd just talk for awhile about my thoughts on the passage and then listen to her thoughts on the passage? That could be nice to get some 'prayer' time in together.
Posted by Arlene Webb on 10/31/16
This is a wonderful way to pray with the Bible. I have done it off and on for quite a while. After hearing a sermon by Mark Finley and how he does this, I started doing it again. It brings me close to God and I will try to be more regular.   Thanks for sharing it with us all.
Posted by Megan Johnson on 10/31/16
Thank you for writing this. At times, I have struggled with praying meaningfully and haven't really grown through it. I think this will help!
Posted by Joyce Augustinis on 10/31/16
This was a good article and gave me much more to incorporate into my prayers. I had been using the verses that I learned but to specifically take a passage and pray though it using it to build up my spiritual strength and the strength of others is something new that I can use to make prayer more powerful in life.
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/31/16 - Coach
Thanks everyone! So glad this post could be a blessing, and an encouragement to you. It's amazing how several of you have said God taught you to pray like this, personally, yet it's not something I've seen taught in many places. Or anywhere, actually. It's as if God was teaching us to pray using Scripture without us even realizing it. Imagine if we were intentional about growing in pray using this method. Could be a huge blessing!!!
Posted by Becky Rich on 10/31/16
Well said, Dan. I've often found myself talking to God after hearing Him speak to me through something I've read in His word. God's word is His love letter to us and should be read faithfully and prayerfully. We will hear God speaking to our deepest needs as we do so, and speaking back to Him comes naturally.
Posted by Angie Leimena on 10/31/16
Oh how I am grateful. I had a longing to do so. Now you have put it in such a way that inspire me. Thank you. I long to be so immersed in the Word of God.
Posted by Jo Zumbluskas on 10/31/16
In the past,my go to place when I was praying was to the Psalms and often still is. I didn't realize that I was doing what you have so well explained. Now I have a better understanding of being more intentional in my prayer life with scripture, especially memorized scripture at the center.That's where God's word belongs, at the center of our lives.
Posted by Qing Ling on 10/31/16 - Coach
I learned this concept through the FAST discipleship program, and what a powerful lesson it is! it impacted my prayer life significantly, causing me to pray with boldness like never before, and having such confidence that I would be praying according to God's will, because I was literally praying His divine words!
Posted by Margaret Ann Major on 10/31/16
It thrilled me as I read about your experience. I do that during my early morning prayer and devotional time too as often as I can. That is so true, the Holy Spirit reminds you of promises learned and that are applicable to that particular scripture passage. I love reading my Bible and praying over each sentence for myself mostly and others or situations that are relevant to the promise. So much of scripture shows us how to develop character and become like Jesus. Thank you for rekindling my enthusiasm for this kind of prayer scripture study.


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