Every get tired of hearing the same prayers over and over again? All too often I am haunted by the lyrics of a Keith Green song:
Bless me Lord, Bless me Lord, you know it’s all I ever hear,
No one aches, no one hurts no one even sheds one tear
But He cries, He weeps, He bleeds and He cares for your needs
And you just lay back and keep soaking it in
We know we need to pray, and we sometimes even sit down to pray, but can’t find the words. We see faces of those hurting around us, or those willfully walking in sin.
We pray, “God help them,” or “God change them,” but what else can we say?
If you have been in church for very long you can probably name someone you consider a prayer warrior. Maybe you have listened with a feeling of joy mixed with a bit of envy as their prayers made heaven come down.
This week we are remembering the sacrifice that our Lord and Savior made for us. We are celebrating and meditating on the event in history that changed everything. The resurrection. We are prayerfully seeking the face of God and begging him to move, to change, to deliver, to redeem.
So as we turn our hearts towards God I wanted to share with you a gift straight from the number one prayer warrior in my life. My mom.
As a child, when I would have a hard time sleeping I would creep out of my room and petition her for some warm milk. Without fail I would find her knitting on the couch either listening to scripture on her Sony Walkman, or praying, or both.
Determined to fill her heart with scripture, my mother had taken verses, inserted our names in them, written them out, and recorded herself reading them. We would regularly listen to these tapes as we fell asleep at night. She was always praying scripture over our lives.
Recently her passion for praying through scripture was re-ignited. Having witnessed the power of this tool in her own life, she was determined to share this gift with others. So she scoured the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and pulled out verses that one could pray.
Here is an excerpt of her hard work:
JEREMIAH, NAHUM & MALACHI
Before God formed _______ in the womb, He knew her/him, before _______ was born, God set
her/him apart; God appointed _______ as a prophet to the nations. (Jer.1:5)
Now, God has put his words in _______’s mouth. Today, God has made _______ a fortified city, and
iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land. (Jer.1:9,10)
_______ obeys God’s voice. _______ walks in all the ways that God has commanded her/him that it
may be well with her/him. (Jer.7:23)
Surely God will deliver _______ for a good purpose; surely God will make _______ ‘s enemies plead
with her/him in times of disaster, in times of distress. (Jer.15:11)
When God’s words came, _______ ate them; they were her/his joy and her/his heart’s delight, for
_______ bears your name, O LORD God Almighty. (Jer.15:16)
_______ is blessed because she/he trusts in the LORD. _______ is like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream. _______ never fails to bear fruit. (Jer.17:7,8)
Heal _______ , O LORD, and _______ will be healed for you are the one she/he praises. (Jer.17:14)
_______ sings to the LORD! _______ gives praise to the LORD! (Jer.20:13)
God is _______’s stronghold in time of trouble. (Nah.1:7)
She has invested hours of prayer and love into this project, and it is available to you for free!
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Let’s start praying with a purpose and see God move.
How have you practiced the discipline of prayer? Share any testimonies or suggestions in the comment section as we spur each other on towards love and good works!