Pray The Bible
At the center of our Christian faith is our relationship with God. We cannot lead the life that God has called us to if we are not constantly in relationship with Him and always building and strengthening this relationship.
This is why prayer is so vital in our life. Prayer is about entering into a communication with our Heavenly Father. In our prayer, we lift up our requests and needs to Him because we know He cares for us and has the power to meet our needs and fulfill our desires. In our prayer, we also wait on God to speak to us and reveal Himself and His plans to us.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV)
16 Rejoice always,
17 pray without ceasing,
18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
God tells us in His Word that His will in Christ for us includes praying without ceasing. This is how much and how often God wants us to be relating to Him and communing with Him. God loves it when we come to Him in prayer because He desires so much to hear us, speak to us and reveal Himself to us, that we may know Him more and be more like His Son, Jesus Christ.
In building a strong and intimate relationship with someone, we must have a heart to want to know the other person more deeply. In the same manner, for our relationship with our Lord Jesus to be growing, we must seek to know Him in a greater measure and in a deeper dimension.
The written Word of God – the Bible – reveals the heart and the character of God. When we read and study the Bible, we begin to not only know about God, we come to know Him personally and intimately. Jesus says in John 5:39 (GNT), “You study the Scriptures, because you think that in them you will find eternal life. And these very Scriptures speak about Me!” That’s right, through the pages of the Bible, our eyes are open to the very heart and nature of our Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, we come to know Him more and more. And this drives our relationship with our Lord and Savior to grow deeper and deeper, and our faith to grow stronger and stronger.
Prayer and reading the Bible are really what all followers of Christ ought to have as an integral part of our life.
How powerful it is then when we Pray The Bible – where in our prayer, not only we pray about our problems, we proclaim the promises in the Word of God.
Those times when we are gripped by regret and remorse because of what has happened in the past, let us come before God in prayer, presenting and lifting all our concerns and requests to Him. And on top of that, let us also Pray The Bible – remind ourselves and declare what God has said in the Bible. Declare that God promises in Romans 8:28 that for us, His children who have been called by Him and who love Him, He is able to cause all things to work out for our good and benefit. This will take us to a place where any past deeds or mistakes cannot chain us down today.
When we are worried about the circumstances we are facing today, let us come before the throne of God in prayer and look to Him for strength and help. In addition, pray the Word of God, declare that Jesus has promised in John 16:33 (NKJV), “…In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” When we do this, we are allowing God’s promises to assure us during our prayer that the struggles we are going through today, He already has empowered us for victory through Christ Jesus.
When the road ahead seems uncertain and the future appears bleak, lay hold of God’s promises even as you pray. Speak the beautiful promises of God in the Bible into your life. Declare over your life Jeremiah 29:11, that God’s plans for you are for your peace and well-being, to give you a hope and future. Proclaim in your prayer that, “…He Who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6 NKJV)
When we draw close to God daily by praying the Bible, we become increasingly confident through His Words that our past, our present and our future are in His loving and almighty Hands.
Join me in this prayer.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that You hear every cry of mine and You never leave me and never forsake me. I thank You that whenever I come into Your presence, there is fullness of joy. I praise You that Your Word is life, always bringing hope to my despair, light to my darkness and strength to my weakness. Holy Spirit, transform me into the likeness of Christ through my times of prayer, and let the Scripture I declare and proclaim bring my faith in You from one level to the next. Let my life be an inspiration to many others, that they too may be transformed by You and Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”