Last year as I read through the Bible using my daily reading journal from The Increase Conference, I found my prayers shifting from self-focused to God-focused because of one simple practice: Praying God’s Word.
This was something I had learned to do a long time ago when I was struggling with anxiety and someone gave me Beth Moore’s book Praying God’s Word. In it, she explains that the two major weapons we have to demolish strongholds in our life are the Word of God and Spirit-empowered prayer.
I don’t know about you, but this time we’re living in right now pulls me in all sorts of directions. My attention span is short, distractions are everywhere, and bad news is the norm. If I’m not actively seeking God through His Word and prayer, my anchor may still hold firm, but I’m far away floating around on a sea of uncertainty.
Praying the Word of God is a tangible way to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” I encourage you to spend time reading the Bible every day, and then ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in praying God’s Word back to him.
Here’s an example from Psalm 27 - Lord, there are so many troubles in this world, I’m running to you, my Shelter, the only quiet secure place in this noise. Though I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, my heart will not fear. Though I’m bombarded with bad news, I will be confident in you. You Lord are my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?
Try not to overthink it. Your prayer doesn’t have to be long or perfectly worded, simply take what you have read that day and pray it back to God.
Here’s a short example from Luke 9:32 - Jesus, I want to live fully awake! Keep me from anything that dulls me to your glory.
I hope this has been helpful, and I’m excited for you to start praying God’s Word if you never have before. If you want more guidance, check out Beth Moore’s book! I also love Mary DeMuth’s book Jesus Every Day.