Weaving Scripture Into Your Prayers

I recently ran across a little book where the author took various passages from Paul’s Epistles and rewrote them into prayers. The book is entitled “Praying Daily with Paul” by Eldon Degge. Let me give you a sample of one of the prayers that impacted me. This one is based on Paul’s description of the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-26.

Dear Father, grower of spiritual fruit,

Let the fruit of the Spirit blossom, mature, and ripen in my life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these. Let me possess them!

Since I belong to Christ, I have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Let me live by the Spirit. Let me walk by the Spirit!

Let me show no self-conceit, give no provocation, have no envy toward anyone else. Let me live in, through, and for Christ Jesus, as he lives in, through, and for me and his whole church.

In the name of Jesus, I ask you to perfect us, whatever that may take, and give us the grace to endure your renovation process. Amen.

Eldon Degge

This rewording of the passage as a prayer helped me to take it in and allow it to transform me. The prayer itself invites this transformation. I began to experiment with doing this myself with some other passages and found it a delightful discipline. It is so easy to simply read scripture to reap new bits of information, but reading scripture should always be a transformational event for in its pages, we encounter Jesus—The Living Word.

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The writer of Hebrews says:

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

Hebrews 4:12

The prophet Isaiah says:

“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

Isaiah 55:11

Try praying this prayer with me and see how it transforms you. You might even take another passage of scripture that is special to you and turn it into a prayer, take it in and let God’s Word transform you!

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