In the past few weeks, I have heard or read about praying God’s Word no less than ten times. I love this idea and have been known to use the phrase while preaching, speaking and teaching. But what does it even mean and how do we apply it?
A Real Head Jerker
I have an “exciting life list” / a “get’er done list” / a “man I really want to accomplish or be a part of ______ list”. (Most people would call it a bucket list, but I don’t like the idea of kicking a bucket. First, I don’t like pain very much. Second, yes… it is a list of things to do before I pass away, but I don’t like thinking about that day much. I feel this list is more about living life than “kicking the bucket.”) This list consists of places I want to visit, things I want to do and see and things I want to experience. There are normal things and off the wall, extreme things, and there are ways I want to be used by God. Some of the ways I want to be used by God may sound a little arrogant, but they are evidence to me that I am being used in some mighty (mighty crazy) ways by God. One of the ways I want to be used by God is to be quoted in a sermon. The idea that something I said could be used by God to influence the life of more than just those that can hear my voice excites me so much. When you hear your name, what happens? You get excited! Your ears perk up and your head jerks around toward who said it. We want to be acknowledged, recognized and/or given credit for what we have done or said. So what do you think God does when He hears his own words directed back towards Him? I think you get His attention. Remember, these words are from the same God that spoke all of creation into existence. God’s words and Word are powerful, He doesn’t take them lightly.
God spoke all of creation into existence, His words are powerful and he doesn’t use them lightly.
Are Your Ears Burning
There is even a saying that suggests that we know when people are talking about us. Have you ever called someone and they say, “Are your ears burning? I was just talking about you.”? I’m not sure there is any truth to you knowing when people are talking about you or that your ears burn, mainly because, we can’t hear them and have no other way of knowing. (On the flip side, that happens way too often.)
Make God’s ears burn by talking about what He says.
However, God does know you are talking about Him. He can hear you, He can see you talking to Him and about Him and He knows the words you are using. Talk about God in your prayers. Talk about what He has done, what He is doing and how great He is. Talk to Him using His words from scripture. Make God’s ears burn, because you are talking about Him and to Him.
God’s Words are Promises
Most of us look at the Bible and see a really long book with super thin pages. The Bible I use to preach from has 1,152 pages, no doubt it is long. But, compared to what is within those pages, its fairly short and brief. Get ready for this one… The Bible has over 3,000 promises in it. That is 3 promises per super thin page! (I went with the most conservative number. Some sources say that there are over 7,000! While others say that each verse of scripture is a promise from God making that number over 30,000!) Take God up on His promises. He has given us His “Word”; shouldn’t we take Him at His Word?
God has given us His “Word”, shouldn’t we take Him at His Word?
We need to learn to pray the promises of God into our own life. Asking God for what He has already promised you puts you on the same page as God. Mark Batterson says, “You’ve got to define the promises God wants you to stake claim to, the miracles God wants you to believe for, and the dreams God wants you to pursue. Then you need to keep circling until God gives you what He wants and He wills. That’s the goal.” Paul says, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” 2 Corinthians 1:20
Now you know why we need to be praying God’s word, but how do we do it? Well, instead of telling you how, can I pray for you and will you pray with me? Here are some examples:
Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Jesus, it is so easy for us to be afraid of our situation in life, to be discouraged, to feel down and out about where we seem to be in our life. God make us strong and courageous so that we can face tomorrow. I know that you are with us no matter where we are or what we are facing. Please remind us of your presence as we find ourselves in these situations. God, there are some of us facing extremely difficult situations, give us the boldness and courageousness that it will take to stand with you and for you. Father, I specifically ask for the boldness to share your love with others and the courage to step out and say the first word to someone because those first words can be the most difficult.
Job 42:2 – I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
God, we trust you to be in control. We believe that nothing is impossible for you, nothing. Holy Spirit, align us with your purposes and use us in and for your purpose. God, we know that if it is your will that nothing can stand in your way. Jesus, some of us are facing things that appear terrifying, give us the comfort and the understanding that our Father can do all things. Let us rest in the comfort of your control.
Romans 1:8 – There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Jesus, I know so many of us face the condemnation of the world daily. That we have done wrong, that we don’t measure up, and that we aren’t good enough. Even more so, we know that we aren’t good enough. Jesus, we know that we don’t have to face or even fear condemnation from our Father because of You. Jesus I ask that you bring comfort to so many of us that follow you and call you Lord but are still worried about salvation. Help us to understand that you have declared, redeemed and forgiven us. You have freed us to live free in You.
Galatians 5:19-24 – Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Father, we want to be with You in your Kingdom, glorifying and honoring Jesus. We thank you for Jesus and that we are no longer condemned for our sins. Father, keep us from temptation, keep us for the works of the flesh. They are evil and do not reflect who you are and what you have declared us to be. Holy Spirit, reveal yourself in us and let others know of the Father’s love through your fruit. God, I know my fruit would just be rotten, but your fruit is pure and gives good witness to your Lordship in us. Continue to weaken the passions and desires of the flesh, take them away. Let our joy be fully in You.
God, let us pray to you and through the Holy Spirit. Help us to pray prayers that honor and glorify You. Father, give us the words to say and answer our prayers. We love you.
Jonathan Haley Uhrig © 2014