Sojourning and Journaling, part 3: The prayables

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As promised, I have saved for last the best part, the most useful part, of this trilogy. And here it is.

Daily Bible reading has been a “hit or miss” commitment in my Christian sojourn, I admit. That situation did take a positive turn about a month ago when the April 6 article in a Lenten Devotional Guide published by Dawson Family of Faith moved me to action.

Since that day, as I have read each morning (simultaneously listening to voice actor Max McLean read, on the Bible Gateway app), I have noted a lot of “prayable” phrases and statements.

You’re probably familiar with the term “praying the Scriptures.” Many books have been written with that title or with slight variations of it. Using exact phrases we find in the Bible, as we pray, is a powerful process. It doesn’t make the Word more true, but it makes a wider use of our wondrous Book! Praying Scripture truths is a tremendous witness, too. Now, remember: whether we quote Bible verses or not during the prayers we speak silently or aloud, we do not pray in order to appear eloquent or knowledgeable. Keeping that pitfall in mind, I nevertheless want very much to be opening this door and getting inside the room where the Scripture-quoting praying folks are.

Why? Because of the vast treasure of truth, assurance, and witness in God’s Word that we have the freedom and the opportunity to voice, to call to our own remembrance, and to share with any – especially within our own households – who may hear and be blessed and encouraged and educated.

Below, I have listed just a sampling of these “prayables” – items I find notable within a mere month’s mornings of assigned readings in Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Luke, John, Psalms, and Proverbs. Imagine what remains to be gleaned from Romans alone! I want to be found praying words like these. And there are eleven more months’ worth where these came from. Join me. Give some of these a shot.

..Not one sparrow is forgotten by you, Lord; you know the very number of the hairs on our heads! Luke 12:6–7

..We will not be afraid or terrified, for you, Lord, go with us; you will never leave us nor forsake us. Help us to remember this and not to be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:6

..Lord, may we listen to you and learn! Deuteronomy 31:12

..God, let your teaching fall like rain, let your words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants. Deuteronomy 32:2

..Lord, you are our Rock. Your works are perfect, and all your ways are just. You are faithful and upright. Deuteronomy 32:3–4

..Holy Spirit, teach us what to say. Luke 12:12

..Lord, you have told us that we cannot add a single hour to our lives by worrying. Help us not to worry and not to be afraid, but rather to trust you. Luke 12:25, 32

..Dawn on us, Lord; shine on us. Be our help. Bless all of our skills. Bless our land with dew and with water. Give us strength to equal our days. Deuteronomy 33:2-13, 25

..Thank you, God, for the opportunity to work and then to rest. Based on Joshua chapters 10-11

..Lord, you have given us all that we have, including the ability to produce and to earn. All that we have belongs to you. Based on Joshua 12:6–7

..Lord, we see in your Word that if we have regard for you, then we have the basis of understanding how we are to regard our fellow humans. Based on Psalm 86:14 and also on Exodus 20

..Bring joy to your servants, O Lord. Psalm 86:4

..A treasure trove of prayables from Psalms 90 and 91:

  • Make us glad
  • May your favor rest on us
  • Make us to dwell in the shelter of the Most High and in the shadow of the Almighty
  • You are our refuge and our fortress
  • We trust in you
  • Cover us with your feathers; under your wings we will find refuge
  • We will tread upon the lion and the cobra
  • We will call on you and you will answer us
  • Be with us in trouble
  • Deliver us and honor us and satisfy us with long life

..Lord, we look forward to the day when we will eat and drink with you in your kingdom, at your table. Luke 22:30

..From Psalms 92 and 93:

  • Give us understanding
  • Help us to remember that evil will perish
  • Help us to flourish and to grow, that we may honor you
  • Lord, you reign, robed in majesty and armed with strength
  • Lord, your statutes stand firm

..Lord, may our souls march on and be strong! Judges 5:21

..God, we pray that we will not fall into temptation. Luke 22:40

..Make us prudent; may we always give thought to our ways. Proverbs 14:8

..Lord, your Word tells us that evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. Proverbs 14:19

..Lord, bring us out [of this worry… calamity… grief] with rejoicing. Psalm 105:43

Our starting point

I expect that once you and I really latch onto the value of “praying the Word” in this manner, both our Bible reading and our praying will be renovated and refreshed as we glean powerful truths and speak them – to ourselves, and before our families, colleagues, Life Group brothers and sisters, etc., as we have opportunity – to the end that we internalize more of these expressions of God’s truth and encourage one another with them.

Deciding to be faithful in reading is the starting point. (And don’t forget about available audio Bible resources!) As I read, it helps me to write down what I know will benefit me when I review it later on. What practices help you to retain the Bible passages you are reading?

2 thoughts on “Sojourning and Journaling, part 3: The prayables

  1. This morning in the assigned passage in NIV one-year Bible ( John 11:41-42) I found support of this idea of praying in the hearing of others not to impress them, but as a witness and as a teacher! Guess who was doing the praying: Jesus. This was right before he called Lazarus forth from the tomb. Jesus prayed to thank God for hearing him, then added, “I know that you hear me; I said this for the benefit of those standing here.”

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