A Most Powerful Prayer


Would you like to pray a really powerful prayer--one that will help your life and plans flow more smoothly?

Believe it or not, there is a scripture in the Bible that has turned out to be a life-changer for me. Years ago, as I read through the book of Proverbs, this particular verse lit up like the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Plaza. I highlighted, underlined, and memorized it. More importantly, I took it to heart. I began to pray this verse over myself and my family, and watched in awe as God moved.

Now please don't get me wrong; I'm not a formula person, and God is not a magic genie for whom we recite particular words and *poof* our dreams materialize. But God does watch over His word to perform it (see Jeremiah 1:12), and His word is living and active, more powerful than a two-edged sword (see Hebrews 4:12).

In other words, the words in the Bible are powerful. And when we pray God's word in faith, our prayers will be, too.

Interested? Here is the scripture that I regularly pray, and that has brought huge change in my life:

Roll your works upon the Lord--He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and so shall your plans be established and succeed. (Proverbs 16:3)

So how, exactly, do we pray scripture? We personalize it. Like this:

Lord, I lift (state your particular issue here) to You and ask you to cause my thoughts to become agreeable to Your will, and then my (example: career, school, vacation, marriage, friendship) plans will be established and succeed.

Don't be afraid to be specific. I've learned that specific prayers receive specific answers.

When we pray this particular scripture, we're doing several things. We are:
  1. Inviting God into the idea/plan/situation
  2. Asking Him to actually shape our thoughts
  3. Requesting that He align our will with His
  4. Asking God to establish our plans
  5. Requesting favor and success
All from one prayer based on one scripture!

Whether you're a planner or a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type of person, the next time you're making decisions, planning, hoping or dreaming, I hope you'll remember this particular scripture and invite God into the process by praying this most powerful prayer.



8 comments:

Karen said...

Julie, great verse and I love the steps for application. Blessings*

Margaret said...

Thank you for this post. I love it so much!! Powerful words you have spoken (typed) today!!

Diane said...

This reminds me of a book I read recently Living Close to God and he spoke of praying the Scriptures in the same way. Awesome! :O)

myletterstoemily said...

i totally endorse praying the scripture.
it's the only way i know it is His will.

Kim said...

Julie,
Thanks so much for this blog post and great reminder to pray scripture. blessings on your week!

Cheryl Barker said...

Julie, love the five steps you outline in applying this principle. What a great way to pray about every situation!

Terri Tiffany said...

Hi Julie, thank you for this reminder to me today. I have some praying I need to do this morning!

faith hope love ღ said...

i love your post! thanks for sharing... God bless you loves soraya

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