Have you ever heard someone say that praying scripture transformed their prayer life? For years, I periodically heard this but it wasn’t until two or three years ago that I decided to give it a try. My prayer life was struggling and I came across something in which Tim Keller suggested that praying the Psalms had been overwhelmingly impactful. Something (likely the Holy Spirit so, really someone) nudged me to give it a try so I sat down, pen in hand, blank page before me, and opened up to Psalm 1. For the next several months, I slowly went through the Psalms using each one as a guideline for my prayers. And guess what? All of those people who claimed that praying scripture made a difference? They were 100% right.
I don’t journal my prayers as often these days, but I have recently felt that nudge to pray scripture again. I would love to do this with you so, for the next few months, I will be sharing scriptures and prayers for various seasons of life. My goal is to post a new set of scriptures and prayers during the first week of each month. Ready? Let’s do this!
July is for the weary, worn out, and overwhelmed. If this isn’t the season you’re in, would you take some time to pray them for a friend who is? May we experience power, joy, and transformation as we pray the Word together.
“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:30-31, ESV)
Lord, I confess that I feel weary, tired, and weak. Right now, I find myself putting my hope in _________ to restore my joy, energy, and peace. Please help me to turn instead to You. Father, I choose right now to place my hope in You. I pray that you would renew my strength, that you would help me to run my race without growing weary or faint, and give me the grace to soar. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness, For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. This God-his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. (Psalm 18:28-30, ESV)
Lord, You alone bring light to darkness and You alone can bring light to the heaviness that I feel. In You alone, I can face what feels like a multitude coming against me. You give me strength to leap walls and overcome. Your way is perfect and your word always proves true. Lord, I take refuge in You; please be a shield around me. Be my protection, my strength, and my guide. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” (Psalm 33:20-22, ESV)
Lord, my soul waits for you. You are my help and a shield around me. My heart is weary and struggling with joy right now, but I know that, as I chose to trust in You, my heart can be glad regardless of my circumstances. Jesus, thank You for Your steadfast love. I pray that I would feel it more than I feel my discouragement today. Help me to place my hope only in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather! And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.” (Psalm 39:4-7, ESV)
Lord, my life is but a mist; it is fleeting, a few handbreadths, and yet I think, act, and feel as though it and all of it’s circumstances will last forever. Help me to know that my days, my trials, my joys, are all only a shadow, a momentary passing. Neither wealth nor turmoil last forever, but only You. Jesus, I confess that I often put my hope in things other than You. At times I hope in material gain. At other times I hope in my own grit and strength. Both fail me. Please forgive me; You alone are worthy of my hope. Lord give me strength this day to place my it only in You. Help me to wait on You in this season where I feel burnt-out and overwhelmed. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, NIV)
Lord, I am weary and burdened today with __________. I come to You, heavy laden with a yoke that is not from You. I lay it before You and ask to take up Your yoke that is gentle and easy. I need rest-deep soul rest that only comes from You. Lord help me to live under your love, exchanging my burdens for freedom and my weariness for joy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
Lord, I confess that I am losing heart. I feel tired, beat up, worn out, and weary. It does feel like I am wasting away in some ways. Jesus, help me to keep these trials and worries in perspective. All that is difficult in my life is a light, momentary affliction that is preparing me for glory. Praise God! Help me fix my eyes not on what I can see, but on your Truth and on Heaven. I confess my propensity to focus on the transient, and ask for your help in switching my gaze to the eternal. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith-that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:14-19, ESV)
Lord, I love this prayer that Paul prays for the Ephesians, and today I need for it to be true in my life as well. Lord, please strengthen me with power through the Holy Spirit. My inner soul needs to be set on solid ground so that I may be rooted and grounded in your love. I long to know the breadth, length, height, and depth of your love in this season of life, that I may be filled with all the fullness of God. Strengthen me for today and help me live in the reality of your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
I hope these were encouraging for you. If you are reading this, I have prayed for you to be lifted up and comforted. Let’s rest at the feet of Jesus this week and allow Him to remove our cloak of heaviness and replace it with the warmth of His perfect love. He is with us and He is for us. Love to you, friends.