Scriptures That Shape Your Prayers
Scriptures That Shape Your Prayers
The Word of God is clear: We should always pray and without ceasing. Meaning that pray needs to become a fixed part of our lives. However, sometimes is hard to know what to pray. How do I know what I should say to God?
The Word of God teach us how to pray with confidence. Here are 10 scriptures that will help to shape your prayers – apply them by referencing them when you pray.
1. Matthew 6:9-13: The Lords Prayer
“9 In this manner, therefore, pray, Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
When Jesus’ disciples proactively asked Him to teach them to pray, this prayer is what He taught them. Each phrase in this prayer speaks to specific areas that you can address when praying. Deeper study of each of the components of this prayer will reveal just how important prayer is in the life of the believer.
2. Philippians 4:6-7: Peace Through Prayer
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” NKJV
These verses of scriptures encourages us to pray to God about anything and everything that troubles us. Anxiety is looking to the future without involving God. Surely that’s a receipt for worry! These scriptures are a reminder to us that we should pray and not worry.. God hears us and He will answer! So be thankful in advance!
3. 1 John 5:14 – God is Always Listening
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us..” NKJV
Sometimes when we’re trying to pray, we’re disturbed by the silence. The silence can be deafening and can make us to feel that our praying is useless, because no one’s listening. the Bible calls the prayers of Believers of Christ a sweet smelling perfume to God. I believe that Heaven stops and stands still at the prayers of the saints. The silence is a reflection of the attention God is giving your prayers. You can have this confidence that God is always listening!
4. Mark 11:22 – 24 – Ask For BIG Things
“’So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 Forassuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” NKJV
All through the scriptures God is challenging us to believe Him for the impossible. What is impossible to man is nothing to God. Yet, we often do not approach God believing that He can do the impossible. His disciples were amazed that Jesus cursed a fig tree one day and by the next day it had withered away.
I want to challenge your thinking for just a moment. What do you ask God for when you pray? Are you asking Him for the impossible or are you asking Him for things that you can do yourself?
There is nothing too small to bring to God and there is nothing too big either! Bring things to Him big and small and make sure you’re not limiting God because you think there are things too big for Him to handle. Go ahead.. ask for BIG Things!
5. Matthew 6:6 – Praying In Private
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly” NKJV
In Jesus’ day, there were those who wanted to seem to pious by making long public prayers saying nothing. There is a time and a place for every type of prayer. There are some prayers that need to be done in your “closet”; meaning just between you and God. There are issues that are personal and sensitive that should not be publicly announced. We have this confidence that even those personal issues that are solely between us and God will be answered.
6. Matthew 18:19-20 – Praying with Others
““Again I say to you, that if two [h]believers on earth agree [that is, are of one mind, in harmony] about anything that they ask [within the will of God], it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in My name [meeting together as My followers], I am there among them.” – AMP
In confessing Christ as our Lord, we are then united with the family of believers – The Church. Why? Because from the time we confess Christ forward, God intends for us to be supported and to support the family of other likeminded Christians. We help one another to grow and to flourish in Christ. Different knowledge levels and different experience levels brings health to the church.
The church is not the building, but the people who unite in the name of Christ. Here in these verses He promises that where there are at least two believers praying according to His will, He will be there with them and HE will move on their behalf.
7. James 5:14 -15 – Claim Healing In Prayer
“14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” — NKJV
All Disease is dis-ease. Sickness and illness come to rob us of our peace (not the absence of noice n=but the presence of order). As believers of Jesus Christ we are a blesses people ( whole and complete, nothing missing nothing lacking). Know that the blood of Jesus is greater than anything that tries to rob of being blessed. Do not be afraid to claim the healing that is rightfully yours. Gather others around you who will stand with you and pray with you believing that healing is ours.
8. Luke 5:15 -16 – Great Power Comes Through Great Praying
“But the news about Him was spreading farther, and large crowds kept gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their illnesses16 But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray [in seclusion]” – AMP
Jesus demonstrated great power to heal and to deliver those suffering under sicknesses and illnesses. This great power was not the result of His being the Son of God, but because of the power of the Holy Spirit upon Him. He is our example of what we can do through God’s power by His Spirit.
Prayer to God is the conduit for power from God. We will never be anymore powerful then our person commitment to prayer. Jesus “often” slipped away to pray in order that He might spend time before the His Father in order to do what He was sent to do. Expect God’s power when you pray, do not expect it if you don’t.
9. Romans 8:26 – Listen to the Holy Spirit In Prayer
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
There is a difference between monologue and dialogue. Prayer should never be a monologue of us simply talking to God without ever stopping to give Him time to speak back. As you’re praying, listen for the voice of God to direct your praying, to guide you in truth. As you’re praying, listen for God’s perspective and His revelation on the matters. Then adjust your praying to what you hear the Holy Spirit saying. The Holy Spirit will reveal to us what we do not know and show us what we cannot see.
10. Luke 11:9 -10 – Be Persistent in Prayer
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
There are times when we pray and there seems to be nothing happening, nor any answers forthcoming. Know that breakthrough comes through persistency with a conviction that your prayers are answered although you see nothing at the moment. This verse does not suggest at all that we will get what we want/ask, but it is an assurance that our prayers will be answered. The intent of prayer is not to bend God’s will towards ours, but to bend our will towards God. Pray and be persistent until your answer comes, and it will!
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