Have You Prayed Scripture?
by Susan Harris
One of the prize books I received for topping my class in elementary school was a book called “My First Book of Prayer”. Filled with colourful pictures, it was my first tangible expression of prayer as a child.
Later, I was launched into prayer during my early years at university with Campus for Christ. There I learned of the multifaceted areas of intercession, praise, worship, thanksgiving, petition, supplication, adoration, waiting, listening, confession aspects of prayer and praying the Scriptures.
Scripture Praying uses the word of God to pray requests that are based on His word. It reminds me of a lawyer presenting a case, where a point is made and then backed up with a reference. You can build fresh resolve for fresh answers by praying the Word of God. In 1985 I started praying the Scriptures and have never stopped.
That year at university I scored a ‘C’ grade in Marketing and was quite distressed about it. I searched the Bible for words that spoke to good grades and intelligence, and found some in Daniel:
Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. (Daniel 1:4, KJV).
(I would recommend using a concordance to help locate scripture verses that speak to your situation. There are free ones online.)
Since the Word of God MUST come to pass, I prayed this verse daily, personalizing it to my situation like this:
I, Susan, am favoured by God just like Daniel was. I am smart and wise, and will understand and gain knowledge in every kind of learning including Marketing, Business Policy, Accounting 1…..
And I named every course I took. The following semester I scored an A in Business Policy, the follow-up course to Marketing, and my faith in Scripture praying was affirmed.
Friend, not one jot, not a punctuation mark, or a letter will go unnoticed by God.
The Word is the tool that Jesus used to defeat Satan’s temptation after His forty-day fast. Not once, but three times, Jesus said, “It is written” and quoted the Scripture. His strategy is as potent and effective today as it was then. Ensure you are doing what is required in your human environment. Then speak the Word to your mountain and see the Lord unfold the results.
(Excerpt from Golden Apples in Silver Settings, by Susan Harris Ch 17 – Fresh Resolve to Pray.)
- How There is Power in Scripture (underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com)
- What is the Date for Answered Prayer? (underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com)
Susan is a speaker, wife, mother, and former teacher. Prayer is her passion, and except for salvation, it is the subject on which she has spoken most frequently over 20 years of Christian ministry. She is also the author of three books – Little Copper Pennies for Kids, Little Copper Pennies: Celebrating the Life of the Canadian one cent piece (for adults) and Golden Apples in Silver Settings. She loves kittens, pennies, and making new friends. Find her at www.susanharris.ca, on Facebook at SusanHarrisCanadianAuthor, and on Twitter @SusanHarris20.