Have you ever wanted to pray powerful prayers, but you don't know how? You've heard people tell you to pray scriptures, but you don't know which ones? Or maybe you've tried to establish a regular prayer time and you think, "Bored. I'm bored. This is boring." It's ok, you can be honest. And hey, if that's you, you're not alone! Praying can be a little overwhelming. We get hung up on: Where do I start? What do I say? Should I use big words? So, I wanted to give you some tips to make prayer, well...fun!
First of all, prayer isn't designed to change circumstances as much as it's designed to change people. Us. Them. All the people. So a good way to approach prayer is to understand that we're asking for things that are pretty big. Way bigger than us. We're asking for our hearts to be changed, the presence of God to come near and a deeper understanding of Him. Prayer brings us closer to our creator. The point is nearness. We can pray: Lord, help my child do well in school today. Or, we can pray: Lord, give my child a desire to learn. Help me see what peeks their interests and excites them. Help me find ways to show them that 'those who work hard will prosper. ' (Proverbs 13:4) We can pray for circumstances or we can pray for the character He wants to develop in the circumstances.
Praying scripture always connects us with the person/situation we are praying for. So here are some scriptures that have helped me pray for people:
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding
Luke 12:12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.
Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
Proverbs 16:7 When a man's ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Hebrews 13:5 The Lord has promised that he will not leave us or desert us.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid of them. Don’t be frightened. The Lord your God will go with you. He will not leave you or forget you.
Psalm 27:13-14 I have sure faith that I will experience the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living! Hope in the Lord! Be strong! Let your heart take courage! Hope in the Lord!
Romans 8:28 We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Psalm 119:114 You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.
Luke 1:37 For nothing will be impossible with God.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God
Hebrews 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
John 1:16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
Lord, make us people of your word. May we read it, understand it and pray to become more like it.