Day 25: Wordy Prayers
Before we begin today’s spiritual excursion, please take a few moments to breathe! Take three slow, deep breaths, expanding from your abdomen; try not to raise your shoulders. As you inhale, whisper, “The Word was made flesh… As you exhale, whisper, “…and dwelt among us.”
Slowly read aloud the following Scripture
(Feel free to pause at any time during your reading to reflect on, thank, praise, or acknowledge God’s stirring in your thoughts and emotions.)
May my song of prayer draw near before You, O Lord; according to Your Word, enable me to understand. May my supplication come before You; according to Your Word, save me. My lips will utter praise when You teach me Your statutes. My tongue will proclaim Your Word, for all Your commandments are righteous. May Your hand be [ready] to help me, for I have chosen Your precepts. I yearned for Your salvation, O Lord, and Your Torah [teaching] is my occupation. May my soul live and praise You, and may Your judgments help me. I went astray like a lost lamb; seek Your servant, for I did not forget Your commandments. (Psalm 119:169-176, Judaica)
For further exploration:
Our Father, we thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the opportunity to increase our wisdom and understanding within The Windsor Village Church Family. Thank You for the opportunity to grow in Christ. Lord, You are good, and Your faithful love endures forever.
Righteous Father, it is not Your desire for us to be unskilled in the Word of righteousness like babes in Christ, but You want us to be developed to recognize the difference between right and wrong like those who are spiritually mature. Therefore, we will study Your Word!
Holy Spirit, enlighten our hearts through the Word of God. Help each of us to fully obtain knowledge of the Father’s will so that our lives will always honor the Lord, and we will produce every kind of good fruit.
Forgiving Father, please forgive our sins. Forgive us for not learning more about You through the study of Your Word. Holy Spirit, remind us of those we need to forgive and help us to forgive.
Holy Spirit, help us not to yield to temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
Triumphant Lord, You are the eternal King, the unseen One who never dies; You alone are God. Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text: Psalm 136:1, Hebrews 5:13-14, Colossians 1:9-10, Matthew 6:13, I Timothy 1:17
Concepts to Consider
The closing prayer of Psalm 119 brings into sharp focus the use of God’s Word as a foundation for prayer. We observe that the “ideal Bible student” modeled here in Psalm 119 saturates our requests with God’s Word and allusions to His character that have been gained from diligent study. The student knows he still has more to learn and that knowledge itself is not enough. But God Himself enables the student’s ingestion and digestion of the life-principles gleaned from the Word. The more the student learns, the more informed and powerful her prayers will be.
When we pray with our feet firmly rooted in the rightly-divided Word, we do not pray alone. Remember that Jesus, the Living Word, and the Holy Spirit, the Life-Breath of the Word, continually make intercession for us and advocate for us within the Triune Reality of God (Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1; Romans 8:27).
We can be assured that God desires us to grow in understanding His Word so that we can be more strategic in our Kingdom prayers and ministry. There is much the Lord desires to do through His followers in the world that is blunted because His people “perish for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).
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Personal Reflection: While the Bible does not infuse our prayers with any kind of “magic,” it does offer us the proper building blocks for constructing prayers that align with the heart and will of God. We are created to partner with God, as His image bearers, and we do that best when we know His character as revealed in His Word. What specifically will you do today to begin responsibly studying the Bible?
Kingdom Reflection: Our Kingdom effectiveness is closely tied to our Kingdom knowledge. As you grow in your study of God’s Word, ask the Holy Spirit to begin to reveal how events and situations outside yourself may be better understood through the lenses of sound Biblical principles.
Optional Time of Centering/Soaking:
If possible, take some time, perhaps 5 to 15 minutes, to get into a comfortable position and simply allow the Lord to minister to you at a deep level (Psalm 42:7). Turn off or put down all distractions. Close your eyes. Hold in your thoughts a meaningful word, phrase, or image from the Scripture you read today. Release all other thoughts and concerns into the Presence of the Lord. If your thoughts wander, that’s okay, just gently return to your Scriptural word, phrase, or image. You may want to set a timer.