TargetPoint Vol 10 of 31
Today's Verse/Thought: SCRIPTURE PRAYING-The Act of Faith Appropriation
Jeremiah 23:29 Is not My word like a "fire?" says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
Well, here we are at the fourth aspect of a dynamic devotional prayer life. We've walked through the first three aspects: Praising, Waiting, and Confession. Now we are ready to pursue SCRIPTURE PRAYING. This may be a totally new concept to you, so let's plunge in!
As we learn to systematically apply God's Word during prayer we will come to a full understanding of how MUCH POWER God has available to us. The Bible says Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). Familiarity with the Word of God is a definite faith strengthener.
The Word of God is the Christian's TRUE PRAYER BOOK. It is our guide and foundation for all effective praying.
A SECRET FOR RECEIVING ANSWERS to prayer lies in how we learn to apply God's Word during prayer. Think of it, every promise in the Bible is a writing of God! Therefore, we can reasonably request that He do in our lives what He has said in His Word. God will not cheat His children who depend upon His truth; He will not break His Word to His own child.
With a heart full of praise, a heart full of love, and a heart that is clean, now take the next few minutes to sit with your BIBLE OPEN ON YOUR LAP. Turn to the New Testament and EXAMINE A PASSAGE from the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John), or the Epistles (letters from Paul to the churches, Galations, Ephesians, Philippians, etc.). Or look in the Old Testament at the Psalms or Proverbs. LOOK CAREFULLY for specific ways to apply each verse to prayer.
ASK GOD to bless his Word to your spiritual body, just as He blesses natural food to your physical body.
DEVELOP ACTUAL PRAYERS based on the thoughts and phrases included in a verse (or verses) of Scripture and offer those prayers confidently to the Lord. A perfect example of praying Scripture is what we looked at yesterday from Psalm 51:10 - Lord, as Your Word says, Create a clean heart in me. I cannot do it myself, I need You to do it for me. Thank You, Lord God, for making my heart a new and clean heart.
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Scripture Praying, Word Enriched Prayer