Psalm 107:20 (KJV); He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
If you want to pray effectively, learn to pray the scriptures because, in prayer, God is moved by His Word.
An effective prayer life is one in which our requests to God are shaped by His own Word.
The Psalmist sets this example in Psalms 119:13-16. He says, “With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.”
When you pray, always use the Word.
If you are believing God to heal you, effective prayer sounds like this, “Lord I thank You because you were wounded for my transgressions, bruised for my iniquities and by your stripes I was healed (1 Peter 2:24). So I thank You because divine health is my portion.”
If you are trusting God for provision, effective prayer sounds like this, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation (Psalm 68:19). I cannot lack! The Bible says that God, who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32). I am sufficient in all things!”
As you pray the Word, faith rises. As you pray the Word, you stir up your inner man to stand tall in any circumstance.
FURTHER STUDY: Philemon 1:6, Psalm 119:13-16
GOLDEN NUGGET: An effective prayer life is one in which our requests to God are shaped by His own Word. As you pray the Word, faith rises. As you pray the Word, you stir up your inner man to stand tall in any circumstance.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. The Bible says that just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return without watering the earth, making it bud and sprout, providing seed to sow and food to eat, so does Your Word that proceeds from Your mouth. It will not return to You empty, but it will accomplish what You please, and it will prosper where You send it. Because I pray with the Word, I bear fruit and bring forth the results of prayer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.