I often need to let things steep in my heart and mind, much like a good pot of tea. Lately I’ve been pondering a thought from Dr. Myles Munroe’s book, Understanding the Purpose and Power of Prayer.
“The backbone of prayer is our agreement with God’s Word.”
Often, I determine what would be the best answer in my situations and then ask God, in faith, to accomplish it. Scripture is sometimes a part of that. Yet God began to challenge my heart to ask Him first what His Word says about what I am praying for. How could I agree with His Word in the things that I felt moved to pray for?
Here are 10 truths I discovered about praying according to His word.
When praying for someone who seems oblivious to God’s care for her. Show her the wonder of Your great love, O Lord (Psalm 17:7).
When praying for someone who seems directionless in his work. Establish the work of his hands, O Lord (Psalm 90:17).
When praying for someone who sincerely desires to walk in God’s ways. Since she lives in the Spirit, help her keep in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-20).
When praying for someone who is tempted to go back into his old ways. Thank You Lord that it is for freedom that You have set us free. Help him to stand firm and not be entangled again in this slavery (Galatians 5:1).
When praying for someone who is confused about how to live.
Lord, help her not to conform to the patterns of the world but to be transformed by the renewing of her mind so she can discern Your will for her life (Romans 12:2).
When praying for someone who is distracted spiritually by acquiring things. Lord, help him to set his affections on things above and not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:2).
When praying for someone who is despondent and broken-hearted. Lord, restore her soul and lead her in right paths for the sake of Your name (Psalm 23).
When praying for someone who needs to commit his life to Jesus. Thank You Lord that You are patient and desire that everyone comes to repentance. Help him choose to turn his life over into Your hands (2 Peter 3:9).
When praying for someone who desires a spouse, a new job, or a change. Thank You Lord that You will perfect that which concerns her today (Psalm 138:8).
When praying for those worn out in ministry. Lord, may he be energized today as he lives his life for the purpose of the
Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).
How can you use the Scripture to shape your prayers today?