Over time, I have learned the power of praying through Scripture. So often I feel like just don't have the words. Yet what I always have access to is God's Word. For me, the practice of praying scripture started with what has kind of become my life verse:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:13
I knew that reading that verse had encouraged me countless times, but I had never considered using it as a prayer. This one verse has so much substance. Hope. Joy. Peace. Power. When I am feeling particularly weak, I come back to this verse. I find myself praying...
I know with all my heart that you truly are a God of HOPE. The hope you so freely supply is what sustains me in this life when darkness tries to overtake me. It is only through you that I find true JOY and PEACE. I know that when I trust in You and focus on Your will I am able to see things differently. The challenges I am facing cannot compare to Your mercy and grace. You have provided me with all I need, Lord, and I know you will continue to sustain me. I know You will give me the strength I need to get through what I am facing. Lord, I pray that I might truly overflow with HOPE by the POWER of the Holy Spirit. I know that your power is absolute, and I want the hope this ensures to spill over to everyone around me. I ask that you would show me opportunities to encourage the people you have placed in my life. May I be a source of light in this dark world. Not shining that light on myself, but using it to bring You glory! I want the people I love to know the peace you provide. I thank you for renewing my mind, and comforting my heart. In Jesus' precious name,
I have also found that it is one of the sweetest prayers I can pray over family and friends. This is definitely the cry of my heart for the people I love, and as I sit down and really pray through this with someone specific in mind it often reminds me of ways I can be God's hands and feet and care for His people.
I love this verse SO much that I asked my dear friend Stephanie to whip up a little printable for me to share. She is just the best, and has other free printables over at Behind the Camera and Dreaming! I pray that this verse will encourage you the way it has me!
|8 x 10 Printable | right click to open printable in a new window | right click and save|
You can read more of my posts about prayer HERE,
Do YOU have a favorite verse to pray? I would love to hear it!
, by Branson Merrill