Whenever I suggest to people that praying the scriptures is so freeing and authentic, I more often than not, get looks of dismay. After all, surely spontaneous prayer is far more spiritual and biblical.
I don’t know so much. I have heard many people opt for the so called “free-form” prayers, and to be honest, most of them were just repetitive phrases : Lord, I just want to ask… just want to say… just… just. Some were like : God, Father God, ummm God our Father. It felt like this “free-form” approach lacked variety and depth. It sounded like same-old-same-old.
Then some years back I was introduced to praying Scripture. Almost immediately it felt as if my prayer life jumped from club rugby to Springbok World Cup rugby. It was incredible as I took the Scriptures and prayed them into situations and for people.
“Lord, I pray that the eyes of their heart will be enlightened, that they may know the hope to which you have called them… I ask that their love may abound… I pray that you would help them not to concern themselves with things too wonderful for them… I ask that goodness and mercy would follow them all the days of their lives, and that they would dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
How cool is that? It certainly gave me fresh eyes as I read Scripture, and in my mind I was converting what I was reading into Scriptural prayers. I found myself writing out prayers based on the Scriptures I was a reading… it gave my prayer life a vitamin boost of note.
Why not try it, I can certainly recommend it. It will bring life to your prayers.