Lord, Teach Us to Pray {Part 5}: 10 Passages to Pray

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One of my personal goals is to cultivate a habit of prayer. I’m sharing what I’ve learned over the last month or so in this series. Here is the line-up:

Monday, May 21st: Focusing in Prayer with Prayer Breathing

Tuesday, May 22nd: 10 Thresholds in Prayer (Giveaway Entry)

Thursday, May 24th: Praying the Lord’s Prayer Part 1

Monday, May 28th: Praying the Lord’s Prayer Part 2

Tuesday, May 29th: Praying Scripture: 10 Passages

Thursday, May 31st: Obstacles to Prayer

Friday, June 1st: Book Review: Prayer On Fire by Fred A. Hartley, III (Giveaway Winner Announced)

I will be tweeting using the hashtag #Luke11 (the Lord’s Prayer) during the series. I hope you’ll join in the conversation after you read my posts! As always, you can comment directly on the post or join us on Facebook as well.

Bring me to life

Praying Scripture

I’ve always known that praying Scripture is an important aspect of my prayer life. However, I have never really figured out how to do it. I know it sounds really simple. Pray Scripture. But this is what it generally looked like for me:

Read Scripture.
“God, please let that be true in my (or my husband’s, child’s, so and so’s) life. Amen.”

This was better than nothing, but I did not know how to take it deeper. During the prayer retreat, Chip was kind enough to give us a peak into his personal prayer life. He sat before us and prayed through a passage for his family out loud. Many were in tears when he finished. The experience was so intensely personal.

How did he make the prayer so personal using Scripture?

He took the passage and applied it individually to each of his family members’ lives.

Let me demonstrate a bit:

Philippians 1:3 “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,”

Lord, thank you for my husband. I remember when you first brought us together in college. Thank you for the fun we had at football games and barn parties. Thank you for continuing to draw us together towards marriage. I remember the day Michael proposed and how I could not open the Easter egg he had hidden my ring in. Thank you so much for the last 5 years and all you have brought us through with graduate programs, moving, and having our first child. I am so thankful for the many memories you have given Michael and me.

Philippians 1:6 “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ”

Lord, I know that you will continue to work in Michael’s life towards a good work. I ask that you would bless his study time as he prepares for this exam. Help him to remember what he has studied and apply it to his work. We know that this is part of your plan for him, and we trust in you to finish that good work. May we not miss the lessons you have for us in the season.

The theme of my lessons in prayer seem to be about specificity (if that’s even a word!). It’s true with praying Scripture. Take the passage and apply it to something specific in the life of the individual or situation that you are praying over.

10 Passages to Pray

Certainly you can pray any passage that the Holy Spirit leads you to pray. These are simply some passages that were recommended at the retreat (Click to link to the full passage):

  1. Philippians 1:2-11
  2. Ephesians 1:15-23
  3. Ephesians 3:12-21
  4. Colossians 1:2-6
  5. Colossians 1:9-14
  6. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
  7. Romans 15:13
  8. 1 Corinthians 1:4-9
  9. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
  10. 2 Corinthians 2:14-17

This post is linked with thanks to:

On Your Heart
Soli Deo Gloria
Hip Homeschool Moms
Top {Ten} Tuesday
What I Learned This Week
Titus 2sdays
Teach Me Tuesday
Domestically Divine

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  1. Amen… Amen and AMEN!!!! I agree! I have been praying scripture over my family like that for years and it not only has increased my faith but there are lists of praise reports that we have already seen as a result and many more to come in the future! stopping by from OYHT Blessings

  2. I enjoyed this! Thank you for sharing and for providing the links to scripture.

  3. Beautiful post!

  4. This is helpful. I pray lots but not like this and I appreciate the scripture references and examples. Thanks and so glad to meet you over at my place.

  5. I feel like prayer is one of the biggest areas of my life that needs improvement. I think praying through scripture will help me to stay focused on my prayer topics as well as be intentional.

  6. Welcome to Jen’s meme. I am so glad to find your series on prayer as that is an area I also am deeply called to. Will look forward to your message

  7. Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker says:

    I’m so thankful to have found your blog-I can’t wait to read through more of it! Thank you for sharing.

  8. What a blessing I have received here this morning. I want to come back when I have a bit more time to read all the posts in this series. I love finding new ways to deepen my prayer life. What a privilege we have in to speak to God through His Son!

  9. really wonderful list… thanks for posting!

  10. This is such a good series! I haven’t prayed Scripture very much, but this is an inspiring list! Thank you! :)

    • MB@NewLifeSteward says:

      Thank you!

      I’m still fairly new to praying Scripture. I find that it really helps to direct my prayers towards God’s will instead of just my wants.

      Mary Beth

  11. Fantastic.

  12. What a great post on praying scripture. I can’t wait to visit the other links as well. This is a topic that sits close to my heart. Popping over from OYHT. A Little R & R http://jukiczr.blogspot.com

  13. It’s so important to grow in the Lord, especially in the area of prayer. Thank you for opening my eyes to a new way to deepen my relationship with Him. I will be back to learn more and check out your other links.


    • MB@NewLifeSteward says:

      You’re Welcome! I’ve really enjoyed learning! It’s actually seemed to increase my prayer life in that I feel like I have more to pray about now, but it’s not just a laundry list of requests.

      Mary Beth

  14. Enjoyed your post! Pray Scripture and you can’t go wrong.

    • MB@NewLifeSteward says:

      That’s so true! God uses praying Scripture to gently steer our hearts towards His plan!

      Mary Beth

  15. I think that prayer life is a process of cultivating — my time in prayer has cultivated so much over the course of my faith. Can’t wait to check out some of your links!

    • MB@NewLifeSteward says:

      Definitely true! This is the first time that I’ve really focused on growing in my prayer life. God has shown me a lot!

      Hope you enjoyed your visit!

      Mary Beth


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