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Praying the Scriptures

October 22, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

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“But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13:23)

One of the best ways to pray, I have found, is to use a passage of Scripture as a guide. This past Sunday, for instance, I preached on the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-23), where Jesus tells his disciples that God’s desire is for our hearts to be like good soil that hear and respond to the Word He sows, but that often that seed can be choked out by thorns, scorched by the sun if we have no depth, or snatched away by the enemy. One way to reflect upon that passage, or to apply the sermon to your life, would be to spend time praying through that passage. For instance, something like this:

“Father, your Son told us that your desire is that our hearts would be like good soil for the seed of your Word, that we would hear and respond in faith to you and bear fruit, becoming people full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. That is what I want, for I know that you are a God who is full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control, and I want to be your image here on this earth, reflecting your character to the world through my life. But you also tell me that the word you speak to us is always in danger of being choked out by thorns, by the cares of this world and the deceptiveness of wealth. I know this is so often true in my life. There are so many things that compete for my attention, and I know that I often put them above you, causing the fruitfulness you desire to be choked out. And so God, I confess to you how I have allowed fears about my job, my family (or insert whatever cares of the world you deal with) to preoccupy me and to so often take priority over seeking you first. I repent of this, and want to seek you first. Please help me and strengthen me to follow through on this.

“And Father, you also tell us that if we do not have roots, or depth, then the word will be scorched by the sun, by the trials and tribulations of this life. God, I want the words you speak to me to take root, and so I pray that you would help me to anchor myself in community, to find the accountability and support that I need to obey your Word. Help me to desire you above all other things, so that I might be rooted in you. Deepen my trust in you, that I might have faith that you are sovereign and that you are good and that you love me.

“And Lord, please protect me from the enemy. May he never snatch away the seeds you sow, the words you speak to me. When you ask me to do something, help me to listen and to trust and obey, not to resist and disbelieve that you are good and that whatever you call me to do, it is because you are good and you love me. Help me to discern your voice from the voice of the enemy, and to not give in to my fears or anxieties or my rebelliousness.

“God, I want to be fruitful. I want to be a person of love, someone who is full of joy and peace no matter what my circumstances, who is patient, kind, and good towards others. I want to be faithful to you and to others, and to be self-controlled in all things. Please continue to work on my heart, bringing healing and a deeper trust in you, so that I might be receptive to your word and trust you in all things. I want you to be glorified through my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

God’s Word is full of passages that lend themselves to prayer like this. Consider how you might deepen your relationship with God and knowledge of His Word by praying the Scriptures.

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