How to Pray Scripture Back to God – Wycliffe Bible Translators
When words fail you, open the Bible and let God’s words be your prayer. When we pray Scripture in God’s own words, we’re aligning ourselves with his heart, and what better way to give our prayer life new meaning?
Find a quiet place to connect with God.
We can connect with God without distraction when we find a quiet place to pray, and we can focus on letting his Word speak to us and direct our prayers. Our lives are so busy, and our days are constantly filled with noise.
Begin by praying a Scripture that prepares your heart for connecting intimately with God.
How do you approach God and say, “Lord, I boldly approach your throne; I need your mercy and grace in my life” (Hebrews 4:16), or “Please open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions” (Psalm 119:18)?
Use a verse or passage to shape your prayer.
There’s a psalm for every occasion, whether you want to declare God’s goodness, beg him to listen, or praise his holy name; Paul’s epistles also have some great encouragements and prayers, such as Colossians 1:3-13.
Allow imagery from Scripture to influence your prayer.
Pray that Revelation 7:9-10, which depicts all nations, peoples, and languages gathered around the throne, worshiping God, becomes a reality here on earth soon, and that the people group that’s on your heart is included in this gathering.
Turn a verse into a first- or third-person prayer.
“You did this, not because your children deserved it, but because it was your plan from the beginning of timeu2014 to show the Dukawa, and all of us, your grace through Jesus Christ,” Timothy wrote in 2 Timothy 1:9.
Pick a verse and declare it as truth for a people group or nation.
“I pray that the Roma people will call on your name as a result of having your Word in their own language,” Archbishop Desmond Tutu says, “and God will use them for your great glory!”
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you pray.
When we don’t know what to say, the Holy Spirit prays on our behalf in Romans. Praying for a translation project or a people group can feel overwhelming, but God knows your heart, and as you pray Scripture, you’ll discover new ways to communicate with God.
What is the correct way to pray to God?
Learn to Pray in Four Simple Steps
- Step 1: Address Heavenly Father.
- Step 2: Thank Heavenly Father.
- Step 3: Ask Heavenly Father.
- Step 4: Close in the Name of Jesus Christ.
- Praying in a Group.
- Pray Always, With Sincerity, and Faith in Christ.
Where does God tell us to pray?
God wants us to pray “on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests,” according to the book of Ephesians (Ephesians 6:18).
Can I pray to God anywhere?
Prayer is simply talking to God, and we can do it at any time; remember, God is our loving Heavenly Father, and He wants us to come to Him and talk with Him.
Is there a wrong way to pray?
There is no wrong way to pray; people need assurance that what they are doing is correct. Just as children each have their own way of communicating with their parents, we have our own way of communicating with God.
What are the 4 types of prayer?
u201cPrayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God,u201d writes John Damascene. This definition encompasses the four main types of prayer: adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication.
How does Jesus tell us to pray?
u201cDo not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in synagogues and on street corners to be seen by men… but when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your father who is unseen,u201d Jesus advised.
Does God command us to pray?
u201cThen Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.u201d As you can see, the Bible commands us to pray and tells us what it accomplishes, so take advantage of this wonderful gift known as prayer.
Does the Bible tell us to pray for others?
u201cConfess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed; the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.u201d James 5:16.
What does the Bible say about praying in public?
The passage is translated as follows in the World English Bible: “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in synagogues and on the corners of the streets so that they may be seen by men.”
What do you say when you pray?
You can address God as “Dear God,” “Our Heavenly Father,” “Jehovah,” or any other name you have for him; you can even pray to Jesus if you want. Recognize God’s greatness. If you believe in God, you believe he is the creator of the world and all life on Earth.