I am a pastor, and I struggle with prayer. There, I said it.
If you’re like me, you find yourself praying mostly the same things over and over again, fighting hard to concentrate because your mind constantly wonders. For years I thought the problem was me, but now I realize the problem was my method.
This discovery came from this little jewel I received in the mail from a friend last week.
In this book I found the secret sauce of prayer, and I want to share it with you (now roll that beautiful bean footage).
The title of the book really gives it away, Praying the Bible. That’s the secret sauce that transformed my prayer life, and the secret sauce that Jesus, the early church, and Christians throughout the ages, have been drinking by the gallons.
If something is going to work for me, it needs to be really simple and profound, and praying the Bible is both. So how do you “pray the Bible” and why is it so mind-blowingly effective?
Praying the Bible simply means reading the Bible and then praying it back to God. Yep, that’s pretty much it. So where do you start and how do you do it? Dr. Whitney says start in the Psalms and then simply read a verse and pray it back to God.
Example from Psalms 1.
Psalms 1:1 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers…”
Prayer – Father, I want to be a blessed man. Help me to not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat scoffers today.
Psalms 1:2 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
Prayer – Father, instead of delighting in the world, let my delight be on your word. Create in me a desire to meditate on your word day and night so that my primary influence is You.
Psalms 1:3 “He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”
Pray – Father, I want to be like a tree that is firmly planted by streams of water. I want to produce fruit for You. I don’t want to wither like the world, but prosper in your word for your glory. So Father help me be like a tree!
Then move to verse 4 and do the same. That’s the secret sauce. Read the Bible, and then pray the Bible back to God in the form of a prayer.
Sounds simple? That’s because it is. But it’s not just simple, it’s also profound. I have been doing this for about a week now, and I am convinced this will transform your prayer life from dull and routine, to God-saturated and joy-filled (it did mine).
So what are you waiting for? Go pray. Or better yet, go pray the Bible!
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For more details and reasons why this method is so effective, I strongly recommend ordering Dr. Whitney’s book Praying the Bible.