Learning how to pray using Bible Verses is one of the best things to ever happen in my prayer life…
And it’s about to be one of the best things to ever happen in yours.
Have you ever wondered:
+ Does God was really hear my prayers? Or…
+ What’s God’s will for my life?
The uncertainty we have when praying, can make it difficult to go before God with faith.
That’s why reading the Bible, and praying based on what you’ve read is a game changer.
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Why you should pray using Bible Verses
Imagine knowing that what you’re praying for is the exact will of God for your life?
How confident would you feel in asking God for those things?
Well, we can have confidence in our prayer lives when we start to pray using Bible verses.
“Faith begins where the will of God is known.” – F. F. Bosworth
The Bible tell us what the will of God is. When we know His will, we can use it to instruct our prayers. When we know we’re praying according to His will, it stirs faith within us.
As the Bible says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17 KJV)
Praying the Wrong Way
Can I keep it real with you?
I used to doubt that prayer even worked, or that God even cared about what I had to say.
If I’m being really honest, most of my praying wasn’t prayer – it was complaining.
There was no faith involved.
It wasn’t until I had a crazy dream (i’ll spare you the details), and in the dream the last thing someone said to me was, “your prayer life is dead.”
I had that dream years ago, and I still remember how I felt when I heard those words. #shivers
That’s when I started getting serious about learning how to pray.
Where did you learn how to pray?
So many of us were taught to memorize different prayers when we were younger.
For example, one of the first prayers I remember learning was “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. etc…”)
But beyond learning prayers to memorize, I was never taught how to pray.
And it honestly never dawned on me that there was a Biblical way to pray.
It took me years to realize that the Lord’s prayer gives us a blueprint for prayer. (Matthew 6:9 1-13)
Thankfully, God in His faithfulness is always helping us fill in the gaps!
How to pray using Bible Verses
Okay, let’s jump into a few keys that will help you pray more confidently.
1. Find scriptures in the Bible that reference what you’re praying about.
For example, if you’re praying about your marriage, find Bible Verses about marriage.
Similarly, if you’re praying about healing, find Bible verses on healing.
If you don’t know where to start, do a simple Google search to find relevant scriptures.
You can also pray and ask God to lead you to a specific scripture – that’s my favorite way to practice learning to hear the Holy Spirit.
I’m often so shocked when He points me to a verse that touches on the exact issue I need help with!
God’s Word reveals His will.
So as you read these Bible verses, you’ll begin seeing what God has to say about the issues in your life.
🙏🏾 | 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)
Not only will God’s Word reveal His will, but it’ll also help shift your perspective so it aligns with His.
When you know God’s will on an issue and you’ve aligned your perspective with His, you’ll know what to pray and how to pray.
2. Do this to understand scripture better.
You ever read something in the Bible and think to yourself, “What in the world does this mean?”
Haha, don’t be embarrassed. That happens to me all the time.
Here’s what I’ve learned…
You can’t grasp the Word of God using your intellect.
That’s why the smartest people in the world can read the Bible and still not be changed by the Word of God.
In Jesus’ day, He spoke in parables. Even the religious leaders didn’t understand Him.
It wasn’t about being a “religious expert” or a brainiac.
In order to really “get” what the Word of God is saying, you need revelation.
That revelation comes by the Holy Spirit and happens when you meditate on the Word.
Meditation leads to Revelation
Meditation is one of the ways that the Word of God gets deep down in your Spirit. It brings revelation, understanding, and faith.
So what exactly is meditation?
Meditating means that you’re thinking about the Word, breaking it down, and mulling it over.
And the Bible tells us to do this all the time (Joshua 1:8). Which means you can’t just glance at it once. You’ve got to do it consistently.
3. Pray with faith.
As you meditate on the Word of God, He gives you insight and revelation on the scripture itself, but also on the issues of your life.
Here are 3 Scriptures that tell us how God’s word helps us:
🙏🏾 | Romans 12:2 – “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.“
🙏🏾 | Psalm 119:130 – “The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.”
🙏🏾 | Psalm 119:105 – “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”
The Word of God gives insight that builds your faith.
So as your faith grows, practice praying in faith.
The Bible puts it this way:
🙏🏾 | Mark 11:24 – “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”
We’re to have confidence that God hears us and that we have what we’ve asked of Him in prayer.
One of the ways that we honor God in our prayer life is by believing Him and believing His word.
How would you feel as a parent, if your kids didn’t trust that you’d do the very things you promised to do? It would probably break your heart.
Well, God is a good father. He is perfect – He cannot lie. (Titus 1:2)
The Word of God is Truth. We Must Believe It.
As Christians, one of the things we all have to settle in our hearts is this:
God’s Word is true. If He says something in His Word, He’ll do it.
So when we pray, we’re to pray in faith. Remembering who He is, what He says, and with expectation that He will perform His Word in our lives.
*Source for all Bible Verses: Bible Hub (I personally prefer Bible Hub because you can easily view multiple translations).
Gonna start to pray using Bible Verses? Know this…
I truly believe that when you start to pray using Bible Verses, it’ll kick your prayer life up a notch.
But, I’ve gotta tell you… there aren’t any shortcuts to this.
For this to really work, you have to spend time in God’s Word.
I used to feel overwhelmed when reading the Bible, especially as a beginner.
So here are some tools that can help you get started in God’s word:
- If you’re not consistently reading the Word yet, I highly recommend downloading the YouVersion Bible App. It’s totally free and they have different devotionals and Bible reading plans you can use to get started. It’s very Beginner friendly and you can set reminders in the app to make it part of your daily routine.
- I also recommend finding sermons or teachings you can listen to. It’s one of the first things I did when I started trying to grow in my walk with Christ. I listened to sermons in the morning while I got dressed for work. It was a small change that made a huge difference.
Alrighty, that’s it for now! I pray this blesses you.
Questions or comments? You know what to do: drop ’em below!
w/ light and love,
Matthew 5:14 – You are the light of the world. And like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden.