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Praying scripture can sound rather daunting. Maybe you understand what is and how to do it (and if you don’t, check out my previous blog here). But maybe you’re still just not sure what this looks like in practice.

If that’s you, keep reading to see four examples of praying scripture in practice!

Praying Psalm 145

The Psalms are a great place to start when praying scripture because they were literally written as prayers and songs to God. So we can use them just as they are, without any changes.

Just as David would have prayed this Psalm, so can we, thousands of years later.

I will exalt you, my God the King;
    I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
    and extol your name for ever and ever.

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another;
    they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
    and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They tell of the power of your awesome works—
    and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They celebrate your abundant goodness
    and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

Psalm 145

Some other examples of scripture that we can use as they are written in our prayers include: Numbers 6:24-26, 1 Samuel 2:1-10, and Matthew 6:9-13. This last one you might recognise!

It is worth noting that most of these kind of prayers were written by a person facing specific circumstances in history. Do make sure you still follow the rest of the steps in our guide to praying scripture. Especially when it comes to understanding the scripture you are using.

Praying 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.”

Joshua 1:9

This verse comes from God speaking to Joshua, shortly after he has become leader. It’s a very specific story in history, found in the Old Testament. Here, we don’t want to just pop ourselves into Joshua’s shoes. Because we aren’t facing the same situation and circumstances as him.

Instead, we can draw on what this passage tells us about God’s character. That he is alongside us. That he doesn’t leave his people. These are things that do not change.

You could use this verse to pray for the situations that you personally are facing. That God will not leave you. You could also pray that God will give you strength and courage to face that situation.

Examples of praying scripture, based on Joshua 1:9

Dear God, thank you that you were with Joshua, so that he did not need to be afraid. Thank you for the many times that you have been with me in difficult situations. I know that you are the same God yesterday, today and forever – so I know that you will always be with me. Help me to remember that you are with me when I feel afraid and discouraged. May that bring me comfort, courage and strength. Amen.

Praying Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16

This passage of scripture is an example of Jesus’ teachings. It comes from the sermon on the mount, where we see Jesus talking to a big group of people.

When praying scripture using a passage like this, we can ask for God’s help to follow his teachings. In this case, for God to help us shine our light. And for him to show us opportunities to share light with other people.

Examples of praying scripture, based on Matthew 5:14-16

Dear God, sometimes I struggle to let my light shine before others. Sometimes I want to hide away and not be seen. But I know that I should be like a lamp, not hidden under a bowl but placed on it’s stand and giving light to everyone. Help us to share your light with those around us. Help us to be bold so that people see our good deeds and glorify you. Amen.

Praying 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

2 Corinthians 4:8-9

This is yet another different kind of passage from scripture. This is part of a letter from Paul to the church in Corinth. It’s encouragement and guidance from one Christian, to his fellow Christians.

Praying scripture like this will vary hugely depending on the context and contents of the passage. But we can pray for ourselves if we are in need of this encouragement. We can pray for others who need to hear this truth.

Examples of praying scripture, based on 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Dear God, I bring before you everyone who feels hard pressed, who feels perplexed, who feels persecuted, who feels struck down. I pray that they will know your presence with them, that you will bring them hope. May they always know that they are not crushed, they are not in despair, not abandoned and not destroyed. Thank you for the hope that we have in you. Amen.

I hope that these examples of praying scripture have been helpful for you. Let me know in the comments, what Bible passages do you like to pray?

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