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Does your prayer life ever feel stuck? You wake up in the morning, and carve out time to pray only to stare into empty space? There is so much you could say that it can feel overwhelming. And frankly, prayer can at times, feel like so much effort.
Eugene Peterson, the author of The Message Bible, says that “In order to be effective, prayer has to be the first thing we do, not the last.”
Do you struggle with wondering what to say when you pray? Are you stuck in a rut of praying the same things on repeat? Do you long for depth in your prayers?Luckily for us, God gave us a cheat sheet to praying when we are exhausted. Scripture provides us with ready-made prayers with depth.
Scripture provides us with a model of how to pray. Scripture gives us words for our pain, our frustration, our anger, our joy, our delight, and our deepest desires. Praying scripture teaches us how to share life’s ups and downs with God.
We have provided 30 scriptures to help you transform your prayer life today.
1. Prayer Life: How To Pray Scripture
2. Prayer Life: Scriptures
1. Prayer Life: How To Pray Scripture
“The goal of reading the Word is to listen for the voice of the God who speaks.” Eugene Peterson
Here are some practical ways to use scripture to pray.
a. Invite God’s presence into this prayer time.
b. Read through the different passages of scripture. Choose one that you feel drawn to today.
c. Read the scripture slowly. Ask God to speak to you through the verses.
- Write and adapt the verses as a prayer in your journal. Add your name where it applies in the verse.
- Read aloud the verses adapting them as a prayer from you to God.
- Doodle your prayer (thoughts, feelings, images that the scripture brings up) to God.
d. Listen for God’s voice after you have communicated your prayer to him.
e. Conclude your prayer time thanking God for being present to you during this time.
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2. Prayer Life: Scriptures
Here is a list of thirty scriptures to pray. You will notice that a number of these suggestions are passages not single verses. I would encourage you not to be intimidated by the length. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to draw you to the verse that you need in this season of your life.
“It is better in one year to have ten good verses transferred into the substance of our lives than to have every word of the Bible flash before our eyes.” Dallas Willard
The goal is not to accomplish praying all the verses on the list. The goal is to allow the Holy Spirit to transform your soul through scripture. You might sit with a verse or passage for a week, month, or even a year. That’s perfectly okay. 🙂 These verses are to serve as a catalyst for your own practice of praying of God’s word.
You can also check out this article for 30 powerful verses that destroy toxic anxiety.
1 John 3:1, “What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.”
Psalm 139:13-16, “Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.”
Luke 6:35-36 “I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind.”
Psalm 107:8-9, “Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
1 Chronicles 16:34, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
Psalm 100:1-4, “On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence. Know this: God is God, and God, God He made us; we didn’t make him. We’re his people, his well-tended sheep. Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him.”
Psalm 9:1-2, “I’m thanking you, God, from a full heart, I’m writing the book on your wonders. I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy; I’m singing your song, High God.
Lamentations 3:22-23, “God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness!”
Mathew 28:11-30, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Psalm 4:8, “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
Psalm 37:3-5, “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalm 25:4-5, “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Philippians 2:5-8, “Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.”
John 15:5-8, “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.
Ephesians 3:17-19, “And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.”
John 15:9-10, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
Luke 6:35, “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”
Psalm 143:8, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
1 Peter 5:7, “Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.”
Philippians 4:6-7,” Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”
Isaiah 41:10, “Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.”
Luke 12:22-24, “Don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or if the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your inner life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the ravens, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, carefree in the care of God. And you count far more.”
Strength and Protection
Psalm 18:1-2, “I love you, God—you make me strong. God is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight.”
Isaiah 40:29-31, “He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts.For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon Godget fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.”
Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
Ephesians 6:13-18, “Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”
Psalm 32:7, “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
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