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Learning to pray Scripture


Scripture Praying

The Bible is absolute truth, and, if prayed through and obeyed, will formulate your value system and lead you into the will of God.  It is through this Book that God speaks to us.

Scripture praying is the practice of using God’s Word as the foundation for our communion with Him. The Word and prayer are inseparable. When one engages in prayer without the Word it can lead to mysticism; when one uses the Word without prayer, it can lead to legalism, intellectualism and coldness of heart.

Even the most sincere believers can mishandle the Scriptures if they don’t practice discernment. All too often, careless observations lead to faulty interpretations and improper conclusions. This can be avoided by a simple three step process: Observe—Interpret—Apply. 

  1. As you read through Scripture, observe the context and note the original audience of the text. Try to “climb inside the skin” of the writer and see the scenes and personalities through his eyes. Take note of the words, phrases and sentences—what they are saying and to whom they are directed.
  2. Next, ask the Holy Spirit to open your mind to enable you to correctly understand and interpret what the writer specifically meant in this historical setting and for what purpose. At this point, you are not interpreting the Word for your personal use but are looking at it from the author’s viewpoint.
  3. Finally, after observing and properly interpreting the Word, ask God how these truths apply to you personally, today. Then, allowing the Spirit to formulate your thoughts, shape your prayers and determine your actions, pray back to Him your response to what He has just said to you through His Word. By using the various elements of prayer: praise/adoration/worship, thanksgiving, confession with repentance, intercession and petition one will maintain a balanced, meaningful and dynamic communion with our Great Creator.

This unique form of two-way conversation, Scripture Praying, will give you the certainty of knowing that God’s word will providentially nourish, instruct, guide, convict and purify your soul as you live for the glory of our King!

The following calendar outline can be used as an aid to pray various portions of Scripture for personal devotions throughout the year:

January/April
July/October

Day/Scripture

  1. Psalm 1,2
  2. Matthew 5:1-26
  3. Psalm 3, 4
  4. Matthew 5:27-48
  5. Psalm 5, 6
  6. Matthew 6:19-34
  7. Psalm 7, 9
  8. Matthew 7
  9. Psalm 10, 11
  10. Matthew 10
  11. Psalm 12, 13
  12. Matthew 18:15-35
  13. Psalm 14, 15
  14. Mark 9:14-37
  15. Psalm 16, 17
  16. Mark 10:17-31
  17. Psalm 18
  18. Luke 1:46-55: 67-80
  19. Psalm 19, 20
  20. Luke 6:27-49
  21. Psalm 21, 22
  22. Luke 10:1-20
  23. Psalm 23, 24
  24. Luke 11:1-1 3
  25. Psalm 25
  26. Luke 14:1 5-35
  27. Psalm 26, 27
  28. John 14
  29. Psalm 28, 29
  30. John 15
February/May
August/November

Day/Scripture

  1. Psalm 30
  2. John 17
  3. Psalm 31
  4. Acts 2:14-47
  5. Psalm 32
  6. Romans 3:9-31
  7. Psalm 33
  8. Romans 5
  9. Psalm 34
  10. Romans 6
  11. Psalm 36
  12. Romans 7
  13. Psalm 37
  14. Romans 8
  15. Psalm 40, 41
  16. I Corinthians 13
  17. Psalm 42, 43
  18. Galatians 1
  19. Psalm 46, 47
  20. Galatians 2
  21. Psalm 51
  22. Galatians 3
  23. Psalm 61, 62
  24. Galatians 4
  25. Psalm 63, 65
  26. Galatians 5
  27. Psalm 66, 67
  28. Galatians 6
  29. Psalm 71
  30. Ephesians 1
March/June
September/December

Day/Scripture

  1. Psalm 73
  2. Ephesians 2
  3. Psalm 75, 77
  4. Ephesians 3
  5. Psalm 78
  6. Ephesians 4
  7. Psalm 85, 86
  8. Ephesians 5
  9. Psalm 90, 91
  10. Ephesians 6
  11. Psalm 102, 103
  12. Colossians 1
  13. Psalm 111, 112
  14. Colossians 2
  15. Psalm 113, 115
  16. Colossians 3
  17. Psalm 116, 118
  18. II Timothy 2
  19. Psalm 119:1-88
  20. II Timothy 3
  21. Psalm 119:89-176
  22. Hebrews 3
  23. Psalm 125, 126, 127, 128
  24. Hebrews 10
  25. Psalm 138, 139
  26. Hebrews 12
  27. Psalm 141, 143, 144
  28. Hebrews 13
  29. Psalm 145, 146, 147
  30. Revelation 4

Note: When praying through the imprecatory Psalms, you may want to think of the “flesh,” that great enemy of our soul, as a synonym for the word “enemy(ies).”

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