By Allan Swinson
Money. Family. Health. Friends. Work. War. The Lost. Let’s face it, there is no shortage of things we can pray for. But sometimes, do you ever find yourself thinking, “I don’t know what to pray for!” It has happened to all of at one time or another.
The Bible as Inspiration
Fortunately, God has given us an amazing resource for prayer: His very Word. Not only is the Bible full of excellent examples of prayer – just read the Psalms – but we can use any Bible passage to inspire us to pray.
A great way to begin your Bible reading is by inviting God into it with you. Simply pray, “God, would you meet me here today? Please give me eyes to see what You would have me see. Speak to me through Your Word, Father. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
As you read, pay attention to a word, a phrase, or a sentence that stands out to you. Remember, you asked God to reveal something to you. Read with expectation and anticipate a word from Him.
When something grabs your attention, use this as your prayer focus. For example, let’s say you are reading Matthew chapter 10 where Jesus sends out the twelve disciples to do ministry on His behalf. Jesus warns them that they will face adversity, but He assures them in verse 19, “At that time you will be given what to say.” Let’s imagine for the sake of this exercise that is what stood out to you. You could pray…
Lord, I pray that You would send me like You sent the disciples. I want to be used by You. I’m not always sure what to say when talking to others about You, Jesus, but please give me words to say. I trust You, Lord. Here I am… send me.
The Bible is an excellent source of inspiration that can fuel any believer’s prayer life. Whether it’s words of adoration, psalms of lament, the faith of a Bible hero, or an inspiring story, you can use Scripture to spark your imagination and find new, meaningful ways to talk to God.less.