October 31, 2017

How to Pray God’s Word w/ Giveaway!

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin with prayer. We want to pray specifically for our friends and family, but we can’t quite figure out where to start.

I felt that way until I spent a few years around some amazing prayer warriors a few years ago. They taught me to pray God’s Word for the people I love. Praying God’s living and active Word is what makes our prayers powerful and effective!

So, over the next weeks and months, I dove into God’s Word and found topics that led to Scriptures that equipped me to pray for my people.

Today, I thought I would share some of those Scriptures with you. But, instead of just sharing the verses, I’m going to personalize them to help you see what I mean when I say “pray God’s Word.”

Many of you already do this, so I would be grateful if you would share any tips you have or verses you’ve personalized for your friends and family in the comments below.

It’s always a gift to share what God has taught us with friends. It’s what I LOVE about this community God has gathered here at wendyblight.com.

I’ll use my my family prayers as an example so you can get the feel for how to personalize your prayers.

Heavenly Father, I lay my family before You today asking:

Our love for each other will grow deeper and stronger the longer we walk with you and that it will abound more and more and reflect Your character. Help us be patient and kind, not boastful or proud. Help us always think the best of, and seek the best for, each other. (1 Cor. 13:4-7; Phil. 1:9-11)

You help us live in unity, putting each other’s needs before our own. Give us oneness of heart through the beautiful thread of Your Holy Spirit that binds us together in Jesus. (John 17:11, 21; Phil. 2:1-5)

We would have the mind of Christ and acknowledge You daily, no matter where we are, together or apart. Help us take every thought captive to Your Word, replacing lies with truth. Despair with joy. Grieving with hope. Anxiety with peace. Hate with love. Rudeness with kindness. Disrespect with honor. (Proverbs 3:5-6; 1 Cor. 2:11-16; 2 Cor. 10:3-5)

We will live each and every day in the fullness of Your Spirit and in the abundant life You promise. (Eph. 5:18; John 10:10)

We will be confident in who and Whose we are, never looking to others for affirmation of our value and worth. Knowing down to the marrow of our bones it is found solely in You. (Psalm 139:13-16; Eph. 1:3-4, 7-8)

We would hunger for more of You and more of Your Word. That nothing else would satisfy us more than spending quiet time alone with You. (Psalm 63:1; Matthew 4:4; John 4:13-14, 7:37)

We would daily take up the Armor of God to protect us from the evil one. Keep us alert to Satan’s temptations, schemes, and lies. By the power of Your Spirit enable our hearts to fully submit to You so we can confidently resist the devil by speaking one Word alone … One name… Jesus. (John 8:44; Eph. 6:10-18; James 4:7)

We would be strong, courageous and bold in a culture hostile to You. That we would never be afraid to share our story and the hope we have in You. (Joshua 1:9; 2 Cor. 5:17-20)

You give us servant hearts. Hearts that seek to serve the least and the lost. Give us eyes to see the ones who need an encouraging word. Give us ears to hear the stories of those who need a listening ear. Give us patience to love those who drive us crazy. Give us a generous heart to share our blessings with those who have needs much greater than ours. (Mark 10:44-45; John 15:12, 30; Gal. 6:2; Hebrews 13:16)

You give us hearts of gratitude. Awaken us each morning with Your joy filling our hearts, no matter what the day may hold. May we anticipate divine encounters with You throughout our day … to see where You are at work and join You. (Psalm 118:24; Romans 15:13; Col. 2:7; 1 Thess. 5:18)

You develop in us prayerful hearts, ones that seek You in all things and for all things. Hearts that are tender to Your voice and leading, ready to pray wherever and for whoever You ask. (Phil. 4:6-7; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thess. 5:16-18)

I pray these verses bless and help equip you as you pray for your friends and family.

Now it’s YOUR TURN.

If this is new to you, in the comments, please share the verse(s) that spoke most to your heart. If this is how you pray, share your favorite verses to pray and give examples of how you personalize them. I will choose one name from the comments to win a copy of my book “Living So That:Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life.” It has an entire chapter devoted to (you see a picture from that chapter above, “Pray So That”)!

I’m so grateful for each one of you. Thank you for meeting together with me here. I only wish we could be in the same room together sharing our thoughts and our hearts.

Comments

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have heard of praying like this for some time now, but have never really gotten a grasp on it. Your examples opened my eyes and heart to show me that it’s not that hard. Never thought of combining more than one verse. I would love to win the book to be able to read more about it. Thank you again for the blessing today.
    In His Service,
    Linda

    • I’m so thankful this gave you deeper understanding of what it looks like and means to pray God’s Word. That is exactly why I wrote it!! Thanks for stopping by and taking time to share how it spoke to you today!

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  2. I love using God’s Word in my prayers. One of my favorite passages to use is Colossians 3:12-17 to show me how to walk as a Believer.

    Dear Heavenly Father,
    As you have chosen me, may I put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another. If anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave me, so I also must do. But above all these things may I put on love. And let the peace of God rule in my heart and be thankful.
    May the Word of Christ dwell in me, teaching and admonishing one another in songs, worshipping and singing with grace in my heart to the Lord.
    May whatever I do in word or deed, may I do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
    In Jesus’name, Amen

  3. April Lopez says:

    Psalm 63:1. I desire a hunger for God and His Word daily. To have the same zeal I had when I was first saved. I need that but I lack in so many ways. Life’s been hard but I desire more of Him.

  4. To be confident in who and whose we are is so important. My granddaughter is struggling to try to “fit in” and needs to be reminded to be fitting in with God instead. Psalm 139 is such a great scripture for this and so much more! Thanks for your ministry. May God continue to guide and bless you! Cherie K

    • Thank you for your kind words, Cherie. I am lifting a prayer for your granddaughter right now to know her identity in Christ and know how precious she is in His sight. I have freebies on my blog to help her know WHO she is in Christ. I’ll put the link for one below.

      http://wendyblight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Faith-Declaration.pdf

      I pray this equips her on who she is and how to pray those truths over her heart until they sink in deep.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

      • Thank you Wendy. I will be sure to share these with her. She just went back into public school (6th grade) after being home schooled for 4 years – so it’s a little rough for her right now. She will come to treasure these scriptures I am sure!

  5. Cheryl Sherry says:

    Thanks Wendy! My prayers felt weak. I needed this. One of my favorite verses is Philippians 4:6-8. 🙏

  6. Grateful for you too Wendy!! What a joy it be would to all be gathered together, but until that happens in heaven I’ll share I’m grateful for the lessons I’ve learned about prayer from you! Two things I’ve done to incorporate this into my life is –

    1 – I have a journal that I’ve divided into different sections – my husband, each of our kids, myself, extended family, church family, ministry and friends. When I come across a verse that speaks to that person/situation I jot it down and use it to guide my prayers. Definitely a powerful tool when I’m not sure what/how to pray. And amazing to see how God has led me to verses that He knows each individual will need.

    2 – At Christmas each year, I do “Stocking Scriptures” for our family. I spend the month of December praying about/looking for a verse for each of us and then write it up nicely on a card and include it in the stockings. For instance one year I chose Proverbs 29:25 for one of my daughter’s and I know God has answered that prayer!

    One of the verses I continually come back to pray is 2 Timothy 4:5 – But you Jill, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

    Looking forward to what others have to share!

    • Oh, I love what you shared about the journal and the Christmas Stocking Scriptures!! What a creative and great suggestion for us all as Christmas is drawing near.

      Love you,

      me

  7. Rhonda Byrd says:

    I pray Proverbs 3:21 for my oldest son. My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion. And my youngest son who is autistic I pray Isaiah 40:11a-He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom,-God gave me that scripture for my son when he was 3 years old and diagnosed with autism. He turned 16 Sunday but mentally he will always be younger. God has carried him everyday.

    • Beautiful Scriptures to pray over your children. I especially love the one God gave you for your youngest son. Such a precious picture it gives us about God our Shepherd.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  8. Thank you Wendy for sharing such a beautiful, powerful and holy prayer. The piece that specifically speaks to me is… being confident and unafraid. My heart is is blocked by fear & hurts of the past that I’m afraid to open up to Him & those around me, so as not to be hurt again. This has in turn left an emptiness inside that feels as though it can not be filled. I try to remain hopeful, that I will be blessed with a prayer warrior as you described. Today’s prayer that you share is a helpful reminder. Thanks again for sharing your heart !

  9. I love how you made a prayer of Proverbs 3:5-6; 1 Cor. 2:11-16; 2 Cor. 10:3-5. These verses speak volumes right now. Thank you for the reminder to personalize His Word.

  10. When I let my “worries” & anxiety distract me and lead my thoughts in the wrong direction: Do not worry..,,instead I will pray, express my petition (need) with gratitude, let my concerns be know to God. Knowing the peace God gives will allow me to endure, allow His peace to calm my thoughts and not let these things to lead my choices and attitudes – He will guard my heart and my mind. Phil. 4:6-7

  11. Thank you very much for this devotion. I do pray scripture. Romans 12:12 “help us to be joyfully hopeful,patient in trouble, and to keep on praying (never to give up)” I liked all of the scripture verse you listed and especially giving us hearts of gratitude etc.

  12. Tina Schneider says:

    Wendy thank you for sharing this today. It has blessed me and has reminded me to pray scripture more. I have been memorizing scripture lately to reminded me to always pray without ceasing. As I am driving or cleaning or just going about my day I repeat the scriptures that I have memorized. My favorite is Psalms 51:10 -13.

    • Wow! That is impressive … memorizing Scripture. Hiding in your heart makes it readily available to your mind to pray! Thank you for the encouragement to memorize God’s Word.

      Wendy

  13. When times are hard (painful), and I don’t know what to pray, I often pray Romans 8:26, knowing that even the Holy Spirit intercedes on my behalf, Romans 8:26 New King James Version (NKJV)

    26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us[a] with groanings which cannot be uttered.

    Father, hear our prayers, even when we don’t know what to pray, you know our hearts and thoughts, and I know Your Holy Spirit will lift those prayers to You. Thank You for giving us your Holy Spirit.

    • Thank you for reminding me of this verse. Last night and several before that, I haven’t known what to pray. It is such a great reminder to know that HE knows, even when we do not.

    • Yes!! This is a beautiful verse for the times we don’t know what to pray. Our God is so good to make this promise to us. Thank you for sharing.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  14. Thanks Wendy for your devotional today. Your humble and loving heart always ministers to me. I want to start praying scripture over my family. 1 Cor.13:4-7 is one I will start with. Thank YOU!

    • Janice, thank you for leaving such sweet words of blessing today. Great encouragement to me as I continue to study ad write. I love knowing this is the verse that spoke to your heart.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  15. I’m so thankful that I found you from a bible study recommendation from a new friend! Thank you for this! I have asked myself often lately, how can I better my prayer time, and this is exactly what I needed to hear/learn. This verse spoke to me so much today…. to pray for and over my family!

    We will be confident in who and Whose we are, never looking to others for affirmation of our value and worth. Knowing down to the marrow of our bones it is found solely in You. (Psalm 139:13-16; Eph. 1:3-4, 7-8)

    Looking forward to learning more!!

    • Yay! It blesses me to know that someone sent you here. And what is more amazing is God knew just what you needed and timed your visit so He could equip you with what was already on your heart through what He laid on my heart. LOVE stories like this!!! Thank you for taking the time to share your story and your passage.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  16. Thank you for this devotional. I’ve been slacking on my prayers lately and this post spoke to me so much!!

  17. Ramona Ross says:

    We would daily take up the Armor of God to protect us from the evil one. Keep us alert to Satan’s temptations, schemes, and lies. By the power of Your Spirit enable our hearts to fully submit to You so we can confidently resist the devil by speaking one Word alone … One name… Jesus. (John 8:44; Eph. 6:10-18; James 4:7)

    These verses speaks volumes to me. Lately Satan has been attacking my family and I need this to remind me that by putting the full armor of God on he cannot succeed in his evil plan to separate my family! ny faith and trust are put i my Lord Jesus Christ who sustain me through all things..

  18. We would daily take up the Armor of God to protect us from the evil one. Keep us alert to Satan’s temptations, schemes, and lies. By the power of Your Spirit enable our hearts to fully submit to You so we can confidently resist the devil by speaking one Word alone … One name… Jesus. (John 8:44; Eph. 6:10-18; James 4:7) This is the one that spoke the most to me. I have not been doing this, but would like to start! Love everyone’s suggestions! 🙂

  19. Terri Ross says:

    Wendy I have enjoyed reading both, I know His Name and Living So That…..
    I read Living So That soon after my divorce and it helped me began my journey of healing. Still not quote there but I get closer each day. I also often refer to I know His Name when praying for my family and friends. Thank you so much for checking in regularly with other suggestions for a strong Christian walk.
    Terri Ross

    • Oh, it’s such a gift to connect with women who have read my books. And it especially means so much God met you in such a hard place in your marriage through the messages and scriptures He gave me in “Living So That.”

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  20. Eileen Ealy says:

    My favorite to pray for my children: Eph 3:16-19 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

  21. I, too, had several mentors teach me to pray for others … I was clueless until a few years ago … this part of the prayer touched me today: You develop in us prayerful hearts, ones that seek You in all things and for all things. Hearts that are tender to Your voice and leading, ready to pray wherever and for whoever You ask. (Phil. 4:6-7; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thess. 5:16-18) … Thank you Wendy!!

    • Thank you for sharing what spoke to your heart. Now that you’ve learned it, YOU too can mentor a friend. It’s amazing how learning to pray this way transforms your prayer life.

      Wendy

  22. Kathy Lynne says:

    Thank you for your examples. I plan to print them and keep a copy in my prayer journal. I learned to pray God’s Word too. But, I am not nearly as good as memorizing as I was 40 yrs ago! I do know praying the Word of God is POWER! As believers, it is our best weapon/defense because NOTHING can break the Word of our God!

    I do have a couple of prayers I will share. I have been in prayer for my family that needs to find Jesus. The second prayer is for a prodigal child that needs to return to Jesus.
    God bless,
    Kathy

    Lord,
    I pray for both H & E and ask that You will give them a new heart and put a new spirit in them; Please remove from them their heart of stone and give them each a heart of flesh.
    Ezekiel 36:26

    Lord.
    I pray for my child. Your Word says,
    “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
    So, by my faith and the power given to me through Your Son, Jesus Christ, I claim this promise. My trust in you my knows You have already answered my prayer. If it is necessary for my child to hit rock bottom before cries out to You and is lifted from the muck and mire. May it be sooner rather than later so she may know the fullness of Your Joy. May so live the life You have waiting for her and put a new song in her mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
    In Jesus’ Name,
    Amen

    Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) ;
    Psalm 40:1-3 (NIV)

    • Oh, these are so beautiful. I am taking a moment to stand In agreement and pray them with you, sweet friend. so many moms can identify with the cry of your heart. Thank you for sharing the verses that are in your prayer.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  23. I have never thought about putting other verses together. Thank you. I think this book would help me to grow closer to God. He has never left me but I know I leave Him. Thank you again for this blessing.

  24. Becky Barnes says:

    Would love to be so much better at praying verses. I have heard and seen this before but struggle with it.

  25. These two verses spoke really strong to me:
    We would daily take up the Armor of God to protect us from the evil one. Keep us alert to Satan’s temptations, schemes, and lies. By the power of Your Spirit enable our hearts to fully submit to You so we can confidently resist the devil by speaking one Word alone … One name… Jesus. (John 8:44; Eph. 6:10-18; James 4:7)

    You give us hearts of gratitude. Awaken us each morning with Your joy filling our hearts, no matter what the day may hold. May we anticipate divine encounters with You throughout our day … to see where You are at work and join You. (Psalm 118:24; Romans 15:13; Col. 2:7; 1 Thess. 5:18)

    My family is going through alot right now. My daughter is in jail for drug addiction and I am raising her two babies; which is putting a huge financial strain on me. But I still need to be thankful….God continues to give me a new day each morning.

    • Tam, what an amazing mom and grandmother you are! I am praying for Jehovah Jireh, God our Provider, to bless your sacrifice and generosity to care for her babies and to provide for your needs in very personal ways that you will KNOW His hand is upon You and He is working in and through you as you raise these babies. And how thankful I am they have a believing grandmother raising them and praying for them.

      blessings,

      Wendy

  26. Thank you for this Wendy. I really want to pray the scriptures. “We would be strong, courageous and bold in a culture hostile to You. That we would never be afraid to share our story and the hope we have in You. (Joshua 1:9; 2 Cor. 5:17-20)” This really spoke to me personally as I want to be able to share my faith more with others. I also want to find verses to pray over the young people in my life who have stepped away from God.

    • Roberta, God promises the we seek Him, we will find Him, and I believe that goes for His Word too. When you seek promises from His Word to pray, you will find them!! There are some great books out there on how to pray for your children and they are based on age. I used them when my kids were little, and I didn’t know how to pray God’s Word on my own. They really helped me.

      Blessings,

      wendy

  27. Nicole Huskey says:

    I went through a pray study that showed how to make specific prayers for thankfulness, praise, even song. It was a wonderful study.

  28. Susan Mattro says:

    Thank you Wendy. I do try to say the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) every night in my Prayers. The Prayers that you posted that spoke to me were, Ephesians 1:3-4, 7-8 & Ephesians 6:10-18.

  29. Martha T. says:

    I have prayed using Scripture for awhile. I usually add my name or someone else’s name into prayers or ask Jesus to mqke the verses evident in my life.

  30. Jem Renee says:

    Love this Wendy. Thank you for sharing. I often pray Philippians 4:6-7 but I’ve been wanting to dig further and felt a need for awhile to dig into the psalms. Been finding from each psalm verses of hope and promises to include in my prayers. I’m doing this with each one and I love what it has been showing me.

    • Hey friend! Thank you for sharing how you pray. What a great idea to use the Psalms to pray. So many rich truths and promises fill the pages of the book of Psalms.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  31. I loved this entire post! My hearts desire would be to have a prayer life like this and for my family to be selfless, but ultimately, to have that relationship with God, where we always do the best thing. Always being patient, selfless, or waking up with joy in my heart because God is so good. Instead, I find myself always grumpy since I feel like I parent alone, and I feel like I am married for no purpose at all. I need to do what God desires, yet I don’t even know what that looks like. And applying it is harder than it looks or sounds. I just feel so trapped, most days.

    • Lisa, I too have had times where I have felt overwhelmed. I have learned to choose one area of my life and commit that to prayer. Deep and abiding prayer. It keeps you focused and as you pray faithfully you will see God at work. And as that area changes for the better, it build confidence to tackle the next area. I encourage you to do this. Be patient. Prayer is powerful and if you are consistent and persistent, God will bless that!!

      I’m praying for God to encourage you as you commit to grow in your prayer life, and I pray against any discouragement in the NAME OF JESUS!! God is for you, my friend. He is waiting to meet with you.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  32. Thanks so much for these awesome verses to pray. I’m printing out this page!
    I love to pray James 1:5 for myself as well as my family and the kids I sponsor in other countries…asking God for wisdom!
    Bless you for always blessings us!

    • Susan, thank you for your kind words. I love what I do here on the blog. But part of why it blesses me is because of friends like you!! Thank you for taking the time to share your verse with us today.

      W

  33. You give us servant hearts. Hearts that seek to serve the least and the lost. Give us eyes to see the ones who need an encouraging word. Give us ears to hear the stories of those who need a listening ear. Give us patience to love those who drive us crazy. Give us a generous heart to share our blessings with those who have needs much greater than ours. (Mark 10:44-45; John 15:12, 30; Gal. 6:2; Hebrews 13:16).

    This is so important to me right now. Family issues can be so hurtful. So many unkind words and actions that can divide what was once a close knit group. Patience, empathy, and forgiveness are hard to find in this world. I pray that we can all find it before it is too late.

  34. I like to call this practice, “pray-reading.” I use the Word of God to pray each phrase until it is integrated into my spirit. The verses that have been used recently are from Ephesians 3:16-19…

    “That He would grant you according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man. That Christ would make His home in your hearts through faith, that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be full of strength to apprehend with all the saints what the breadth and length and height and depth are and to know the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, that you may be filled unto all the full of God.”

    These verses are powerful! As I prayed over the phrases, I felt that this matter was settled into my heart and spirit to find deep peace and confidence of God’s Word supporting me. Thank you for confirming to me the effectiveness of God’s Word.

  35. Dear Wendy
    Thank you so much for encouraging us to pray the Word of God. I guess this is a sure guarantee God will answer affirmatively. I think I’ve been quite timid to pray God’s Word, esp if it has to do with blessings, for myself, but your examples in the post are surely helpful! I think I will adapt them for myself and my family and start practicing 🙂
    Oh I sooo loved your wording of “help us love those who drive us crazy” 😄😄- ain’t it true and oh so needed. I definitely need that ability so I can reflect God’s love, patience and gentleness despite how my flesh feels.
    I would looove to read your book- it’s been on my wish list for quite some time now 🙂

    • Yes, when we pray God’s Word with surrendered hearts, we are praying His will, and He will answer those prayers. It’s His promise. We trust Him with the end result because HE IS TRUSTWORTHY!!

      Thank you for stopping by.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  36. Thank you for sharing! Love it! Needed the reminder.

  37. This is a new way for me
    Thanks for giving us a opportunity to win. I loved personal scripture of Ephesians 5.

  38. I recently had the chance to simple pray Psalm 46:10 over a Friend. It was a beautiful moment She never realized it was okay to just Be still and just rest in the thought He is God! It was an aha moment for her to realize she didn’t have to try and fix everything. It helped me to remember that sometimes it’s the simple Word if God that helps others not a big long lecture about what she needed to do. Just be still and listen to what God would have her do. Thank you for the reminder.

  39. This post was beautiful and very timely. We have a lot going on right now as a family and I know I need to be tapping more into God’s power. I see His incredible faithfulness but I also tend to be stuck in overwhelm and frustration rather than living with joy and recognizing that I’m in the abundant life right where I am. I’ve also always wondered how exactly to pray God’s word; I love how you’ve combined Scriptures here to create a flow. I especially like the prayers for unity, putting on the full armor of God, and there was one about kindness and having a servant’s heart. I know for myself I want to pray for joy and gratitude no matter what the day holds. Both of my girls are different, outside-the-box children and each day is a new challenge. I think this will help greatly in my approach. I definitely want to get your book sometime!

  40. Today Psalm 91:4 really spoke to my heart… and it led me too pray it over my children, my husband and myself.

    He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭91:4‬

    Thank you Wendy for this wonderful devotion on praying Gods Word on our lives. ♥️

  41. Linda Johnson says:

    This is AWESOME! I pray on my way to work for HIS Grace, compassion, attitude, and words for everyone I come in contact with. I love the verses (Mark 10:44-45; John 15:12, 30; Gal. 6:2; Hebrews 13:16) and how you personalized them. It is more detailed than what I come up with on my own. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful word!!

  42. Susan Rinard says:

    I love praying the Psalms…especially the 23rd. It pretty much takes care of all we should pray for…blessing Him, walking with Him, thanking Him, meeting other’s needs, etc. I also like prayng several verses in Ephesians 1:17-23 and several verses in Colossians. God said to put Him in remembrance of His Word, so when we pray the Word, we are prsying perfectly.

  43. The Psalms are my favorite to pray through! One I have been praying lately is “Open the eyes and heart of my husband, turn his heart to you, a heart of flesh and not stone. Help him to seek your kingdom and righteousness so that what he asks will come after.” (Eph 1:18, Ez, 36:26, Matt 6:33) The list could go on. It depends on what I am praying for and reading at the time.

  44. Thank you Wendy for these powerful examples.

  45. Christina Shannon says:

    I am so thankful for the I Know His Name study. I am going back through it as a I feel God is leading me to do so. I am already learning so much from the study and God is revealing more in the second ho through

  46. I love to pray Scripture.. one I pray a great deal for myself and others.. and a great one to pray for your spouse and children can be found in several places in the Bible.. Deut 6:5, Matt 22:37, Luke 10:27.. Lord may I love You with all my heart, soul, mind and might.. every ounce of my being Lord! When my kids were each born, I prayed for God to give me a verse for each one.. He did and I prayed those over them all these years (they are now 25 and 29) and still pray them. My daughter’s is Matt 5:8.. her name means pure and she was born on Valentine’s so it is truly the perfect verse for her.. Lord, give Katherine a pure heart that loves you and as a result she will see you not only face to face one day, but working in her life now. And my son’s is Matt. 5:16.. also connected to the meaning of his name which is light-bearer.. Lord let Luke’s light shine before men that they may see his good works and glorify You. My son is in ministry, as is his wife, and I pray 1 Cor 15:58 over them.. Lord, may Luke and JJ stand firm in their faith. Let nothing move them. May they always give themselves fully to Your work, Lord because their labor for you is never in vain. There are lots more but those are the first ones that jump to mind.

  47. Holley Hicks says:

    Thanks for sharing!! I love to pray the Lord’s Prayer over any and every area of my life or situation I may be facing-It’s so powerful!

  48. I would like to win you book! I’m not sure how or what I should be saying when I praying! Thank you

  49. Una-Marie Catania says:

    In today’s world, I believe that it is crucial to pray God’s word “so that” we ask God to protect us from the enemy and the powers of darkness. I love the following prayer because it is rooted and formed from a very profound and compelling scriptural passage:

    Let me be strengthened by You, Lord and by Your vast strength. Grant that I may put on the full armor of God so that I can stand against the schemes of the devil, knowing that my struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens. For this reason, help me to take up the full armor of God, so that I may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take my stand. Let me stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around my waist, righteousness like armor on my chest, and my feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. In every situation, let me take up the shield of faith with which I can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one, taking also the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit—which is the word of God. Amen (based on Ephesians 6:10-17, NIV).

  50. Shelley Sisson says:

    I love personalizing verses: Zeph 3:17 The Lord, your God Wendy, is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over Wendy with gladness; He will quiet you Wendy by His love; He will exul over Wendy with loud singing.

    • Shelley, I love this and I come into full agreement of our Papa’s unending adoration for Wendy (and you and me)! There’s nothing like being serenaded… xoxo

  51. My Dear Wendy,
    You have transformed my prayer life by teaching me to pray God’s Word back to Him. What a gift to have the confidence in knowing we are praying in His will!
    This was my prayer for my husband a few hours ago in the middle of the night as warfare was palpable…
    Papa,
    Ryan’s strength is in the Your mighty power. Help us to fasten his full armor of God, so that he can take his stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Help us to tighten his full armor of God, so that he can stand against all evil. Secure his belt of truth around his waist, with his breastplate of righteousness in place, and with his feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, strengthen his arm to take up the shield of faith, with which he can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Tighten his helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is Your Word. Thank You for fighting for Ryan. He can rest in You as he simply stands. in Jesus’ Name I praise You in advance since the cross has guaranteed victory for us. Amen.

    • Oops. I hit “post” too soon. Thank you Wendy for your ministry of grace and truth. Thank you for interceding for us. You have no idea how much your friendship means to me and my family. I love you my dear friend. xoxo, noey

  52. Anita Sawyer says:

    Many of the verses you posted hit home with me today. I guess the ones that hit closest to my prayers are the following:

    We would have the mind of Christ and acknowledge You daily, no matter where we are, together or apart. Help us take every thought captive to Your Word, replacing lies with truth. Despair with joy. Grieving with hope. Anxiety with peace. Hate with love. Rudeness with kindness. Disrespect with honor. (Proverbs 3:5-6; 1 Cor. 2:11-16; 2 Cor. 10:3-5)

    Our whole family has been going through hard times, but I believe that because of God’s goodness, grace, mercy, love, and kindness we are surviving all of these times with many of the ways listed above because of prayers and reading His word.
    Thank you for these wonderful verses.

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