By Paula Marolewski
You read the Bible. You study its passages.
But you want more. You crave for it to become in your life the “living Word.” A
Word alive, a song on your lips, the voice in your heart.
For the Word to live in you, you must make it a part of your life—more
than simply a part of your routine or a part of your knowledge.
One way (only one of many—like one facet on a brilliant-cut
diamond) is to pray the Scriptures.
“Pray the Scriptures.” What does it mean? Saying the “Our
Father”? That is included, of course, but there are over
a thousand other pages of the Bible as well, and all (yes, all!)
can become part of your prayers.
Begin with the Psalms. They are the easiest place to begin this
discipline. Are you joyful? Read Psalm 100. Read it—and pray
it. Let the words of the Psalmist become your own words. Let the
verses flow through you as if they were being spoken for the first
time in God’s creation.
Have you sinned? Pray Psalm 51. Be in agony as David was when
he wrote the words—recognize the depths of your sin, the
distance it has brought you from God . . . and the all-forgiving
love of God that would take you back, cleanse you, be merciful
to you, and (the greatest of miracles!) continue to work through
Are you in sorrow? Pray Psalm 77. Ask your true, honest questions
of God—tell him that you feel rejected, abandoned, cast off.
And seek anew the remembrance of his mercies with the psalmist.
But what of the rest of Scripture? Do you need wisdom? Pray through
Proverbs 3 or James 1. Has there been a death in the family? Pray
John 11 where Jesus raises Lazarus, or I Corinthians 15, that speaks
of our heavenly home and bodies. Are you in doubt? Pray Colossians
1 that describes Christ our Lord, using the words as a declaration
of faith, and as a prayer for more faith. Are you in persecution?
Pray Ephesians 6, asking anew for the armor God has provided us
in the Spirit.
Let the Scriptures become the place you turn to when you don’t
have the words to express the joy or sorrow of your soul. Let it
become your offering to the Most High God. Let the words truly “dwell
within you,” becoming the fruit of your lips and the sweet
incense of your prayers.
Then, let this prayer life spiral out, to include your family,
friends, enemies, and community. Is your spouse facing a lay-off
that is looming above him? Pray the story of David and Goliath,
asking that your spouse have David’s faith and confidence,
and that God pour out his power mightily. Are there factions within
the church? Pray I Corinthians 1 or 12, where Paul speaks against
such divisions. Are you the head of the teen ministry? Pray Romans
12 for them, and ask that God reveal to them the gifts he has given
to each one of them. Are you a parent? Pray the Beatitudes in Matthew
5 for your children, and ask that they grow up to live such a blessed
Through prayer and in prayer, the Scriptures will begin to beat
through your veins like your life-blood. No longer will the Bible
be the book on your nightstand. It will be your refuge and comfort,
your wisdom and direction. In searching its pages, you will find
passages for every need, every trouble, every joy, and every sorrow.
Open its pages—and kneel and pray.
© 2001 Paula Marolewski
Article Source: http://www.sinkyourroots.com
About the Author:
Paula J. Marolewski provides challenging and interactive adult Bible
studies for individuals, Bible studies, small groups, and adult Sunday School
classes at Sink Your Roots. Studies
include such topics as Debunking
the Myths about Knowing God's Will. The site also offers free weekly Seedlings - “Little
thoughts that grow big results.”