I need help learning to pray and do it consistently. One practice of mine is to use Scripture.
One example is to take a portion of Scripture like Psalm 23 and read and reflect on it. Then use the text of the 23rd Psalm to talk with God. I’ll start with verse 1 and go through the verses line by line in our conversation. I’ll pause at each verse and listen for the Holy Spirit to speak to me, before I offer my petitions to the Lord.
Another example is to take a book of the Bible like 1 Thessalonians and mine it for key thoughts and ideas. Then use them for my prayer focus for the day, the week, or the month. Here are some samples from the five chapters of Paul’s first letter to the church at Thessalonica:
Read 1 Thessalonians.
Use the following verse and short sentence to pray for those staff and students in Chi Alpha leadership, or pray these qualities into those in your small group. “Lord, help John, my small group leader to cultivate a life of thankfulness and prayer according to chapter 1, verse two.”
1 Thessalonians 1:2, a life of thankfulness and prayer.
1 Thessalonians 1:3, a hopeful, pastoral mindset towards others.
1 Thessalonians 1:4, a vision for what God wanted to do in others.
1 Thessalonians 1:5, a clear, anointed messenger for the gospel.
1 Thessalonians 1:6, a transparent and imitatable example.
1 Thessalonians 2:2, a courageous ability to endure opposition.
1 Thessalonians 2:3, a life of discipline, pure motives and integrity.
1 Thessalonians 2:4-6, a tested life that pleases and honors God.
1 Thessalonians 2:7, a gentleness/tenderness in dealing with others.
1 Thessalonians 2:8, an authenticity that leads to truly loving people (and show affection).
1 Thessalonians 2:9, a willingness to set yourself aside for others.
1 Thessalonians 2:10, a trustworthy and blameless example.
1 Thessalonians 2:11-13, an encouraging, fatherly, disposition that calls others forward.
1 Thessalonians 2:17-19, an intense longing to see people mature.
1 Thessalonians 3:2-5, a concern for other’s stability, even from a distance.
1 Thessalonians 3:7-9, a sincere gratefulness for the success of others.
1 Thessalonians 3:10, an earnest effort and prayer to disciple others.
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, a teaching capacity that exhorts people how to live to please God.
1 Thessalonians 4:18, an ability to comfort and instruct with sound doctrine.
1 Thessalonians 5:6, a watchfulness for those under your care.
1 Thessalonians 5:14-22, a checklist for pastoral leaders.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, a firm reliance on the author of our salvation, the faithful One.
We can learn to pray in accordance with God’s will (and with confidence) by utilizing what God said in His own Word. Grow devotionally. Use Scripture to learn to pray and pray consistently.
Love is a verb,
©2017 by Mike Olejarz