For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
God’s word is alive and active. It is quick and powerful. But to be effective it must be released. Imagine being in a battle. You have a sword that is far superior to any weapon that the enemy has. Yet you never take your sword out of its sheath. It hangs useless by your side. If we keep God’s Word enclosed in the pages of its binding, never reading or speaking it, it will still be true, but ineffective in our circumstances. We must learn how to use it. We must take it out, become comfortable with it, and allow its power to work in our lives. The more we read and speak God’s Word, the more effective our prayers will be.
Let us learn to wield our swords with skill!
Reflecting on God’s Word
Consider an area of your life that needs prayer. Ask God to lead you. Open your bible and find applicable verses. Copy them down on notecards. Carry them with you and proclaim them out loud. Include them in your prayers to the Lord. Pray as you take a walk, run errands, drive to work.
No matter the need in your life, God addresses it in His word. Talk to Him about your needs and ask Him to show you how to pray.
Following are some brief examples of scriptures that have been combined with prayer, or have become a personalized prayer. Remember, these are just examples. There is no “right” way to pray. God hears us when we call and loves our prayers, no matter how they come to Him. This week find your own favorite verses. Verses of praise, of healing, of promise. Read and pray them, both silently and aloud. Memorize them. They are a mighty weapon!
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
Lord, I can’t do this myself. But by Your strength, I can do all things. Send Your strength to me as I move forward. Thank You.
And now Lord, I set my face like a stone. I know that I will not be put to shame, for You are with me. You are holding me by my right hand. You are helping me. I do not need to be afraid. Thank You Lord that You love me. Amen
It is good to allow scripture to remind us just how great God’s love for us is. Especially when we are feeling unloved by those around us! Following are just a few of the many scriptures about God’s love. Find your own favorites and memorize them. Thank God for the Truth of His love.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life. (NIV)
Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. .
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Thank you Lord that You love me. That as I gaze at each hair that has come out in my brush, I know You are keeping count. If You care enough to number my hair, how much more must You care for the bigger things that concern me.
Thank you Lord that I am honored and precious in Your sight.
That your love for me is everlasting.
That NOTHING can separate me from Your Love.
Help me to love You in return. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
*Side note: I must chuckle and say, the older I get, the bigger the job God has in keeping track of my hairs! (Even though I am a girl.)
I like to put my name or the name of a loved one into God’s Word. It is especially powerful when you pray it out loud. Following are some examples.
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
I pray Lord that You would grant me, according the the riches of Your glory, to be strenghtened with the might of Your Spirit in my inner man; that Jesus would dwell in my heart by faith; and that I, being rooted and grounded in love would be able to understand with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Jesus which passes all knowledge, that I might be filled with the fullness of You.
. . . . I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save. (NIV)
You will contend with those who contend with me, and my children you will save.
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 3For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, the Saviour. . . . .
When I pass through the waters You will be with me, and through the rivers, they will not drown me: when I walk through the fire, I will not be burned, nor will the flames set me ablaze. For You are the Lord my God, the Holy One of Israel, my Saviour.
When (name, for example Betty) passes through the waters, you will be with her, and through the rivers, they will not drown her: when Betty walks through the fire, she will not be burned, nor will the flames set her ablaze. For You are the Lord her God, the Holy One of Israel, Betty’s Saviour.
Following is Psalm 18:1-3 as a prayer directly to God.
I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. 2The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. 3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
I love You Lord, my strength. You are my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, You are my God, my strength; I trust in You. You Lord are my buckler, the horn of my salvation and my hightower. I call upon You Lord. You are worthy to be praised. You save me from my enemies.
Lord, thank you for Your Word. May our lives be a prayer as we walk with you each day. AMEN!