How Praying Scripture Shifts Your Perspective
There are many undesired situations that happen in this life: an unwanted doctor’s report comes, a family member (or friend) is far from the Lord, parents go through a divorce, a best friend leaves without an explanation, a no comes back from the dream job/internship, etc. You get the point. It’s sometimes hard to pray intentionally for situations that seem sad or even heart crushing, but I found a solution: pray Scripture. I know that sounds like the most basic answer but, 2 Timothy 3:16 says…
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
The reality is God inspired people to write His Word. This means He ultimately wrote the Bible. Isaiah 55:10-11 says…
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty. but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
His words demand an action. They are not spoken without something happening. God is saying what He has spoken will become a reality. Numbers 23:19 says…
“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”
The previous Scripture is so important to me. We serve a God who is not human and changing His mind every other hour. He speaks truth and cannot, and will not, lie. He always keeps His promises which are “yes and amen”.
We are able to pray from this reality. We can remind the Lord who He is and what He has said in His word. He has not forgotten His word. It is just nice to be able to confidently approach Him and tell him how He doesn’t lie and has to respond. I want to give you an example of how this looked in my life.
I was going through a season where I did not have the community I so desired. I did not have friends who loved the Lord and would encourage me in Him. I separated myself from friends and was suddenly spending my nights tucked away in my room. I remember praying Scriptures like Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Lord, I pray for a David and Jonathan friendship. Someone that is seeking you as I am and will be as iron sharpening to me as I can be to them.
You know what happened the next day? In my natural sight, nothing; however, you and I do not walk by sight; we walk by faith. I took the lens of faith and began to thank the Lord that His eyes are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry (Psalm 34:15). This prayer took maybe three years to become a reality. It was hard. There were tears. I felt lonely but I was reminded I was never alone. Hebrews 13:5b, “God has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
As I prayed Scripture, I was confident that the Lord who heard my prayers had already inspired them. I was secure in knowing the God listening was also answering. He was re-arranging stories and intersecting lives to become close friends. He has given me a David and Jonathan friendship and a few more who have a firm love for Him.
I encourage you to find a few Scriptures you can consistently pray over the situations/people in your life. My perspective has never been the same and I believe yours will be abundantly different as well.
Kristin // @kristinmwitcher