TargetPoint Vol 11 of 31
Today's Verse/Thought: SCRIPTURE PRAYING-Word Enriched Prayer
I Thessalonians 2:13 We thank God . . . because when you received the word of God . . . you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
What a gift! God's Word! It is more than a mere foundation for effective praying it is the ACTUAL SUBSTANCE for effective praying. Just as the Word of God brings life to the Christian's daily walk, God's Word BRINGS LIFE into our praying.
By bringing God's Word directly into our praying, we are bringing GOD'S POWER directly into our praying.
It has been said that there are only three classes of people in the world today: those who are afraid, those who do not know enough to be afraid, and those who know their Bibles. The Scriptures are LIFE AND POWER to those who believe.
STRIVE to give the Word of God its rightful place. READ (or listen to Scripture on tape; you could do this while driving in your car). As you read (or listen) the moment you discover a verse (or two) that impresses a particular truth upon your heart, STOP and QUIETLY MEDITATE on what that verse is saying to you. Ponder every aspect of the passage. CAREFULLY EVALUATE how the passage might be transformed into a specific request.
ASK YOURSELF several questions. Does this verse prompt me to pray for something specific? How can this passage be directly applied to my request? Is it possible to use some of the words of this scripture, verbatim, as I pray?
FORM A PERSONAL PRAYER enriched by a promise in the Word from God. MENTALLY DEVELOP an actual prayer based on what you have read or heard in the passage and offer that prayer to the Lord. Here's an example: Ps. 37:3-4 Lord, help me to trust in you and to do my best for others; help me to learn how to feed on your faithfulness, and to live where you have planted me. Thank you that you will give me the desires of my heart.
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Watching, The Act of Mental Awareness