DEVOTION: So in the last few days we’ve been talking about why praying the Scriptures is so cool. Let’s continue with a few more thoughts on this.
“I pray about things that I normally don’t pray about. This is one of the most common responses I hear. When you pray through a passage of Scripture, you’ll often find yourself praying about matters that would never come to mind otherwise. You will intercede for people and situations you would not think to include on a prayer list even if you made one as long as the New York City phone directory.” – Donald Whitney
I can vouch for this one. As I’ve been praying this way, I’ve found that new things are coming to mind often. I’m definitely incorporating daily prayer requests like my family, the future, my voice, the ministry, the Monday Night Worship community and more but then new things start to pop into my head. Think about this Psalm:
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. – Psalm 16:7-8
I stumbled over this verse the other night as I was reading this Psalm. I’ve been in the middle of a few decisions and decided to pray on this one. Here are a few things that came to mind as I prayed these verses.
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me, thank you God that you even care to know my name, that you care to know my concerns. Thank you that my mind can even begin to comprehend a conversation with You. God tonight I pray for counsel with the decision that I need to make. Thank you for the ability to sleep, as I sleep at night, my heart instructs me, thank you for the health in my heart, thank you that it continues to beat. Prayers for my health Father, prayers for continued health. Thank you that I can see, that my eyes can focus on all of the beautiful things in the world. I pray that I would keep my eyes, mind, heart and soul focused on You.
You get the idea. It helps the mind ramble, it helps the mind move from one subject to the next.
Prayers up for you today as you continue to experiment with this type of prayer.