Praying Scripture

Do you ever feel like your prayers are ineffective? Maybe you’ve given up on set times of prayer because you feel like you’re just repeating the same words over and over. Or perhaps you just don’t know how to voice what’s on your heart. Scripture praying has helped me develop a richer (and definitely more biblical) form of praying.

What specific prayers are you praying for your family and closest friends? If you’re a mom, do you know what your children are struggling with right now? Do you know their deepest desires and longings?

Are you interceding for them in prayer for specific areas of spiritual growth?

If you’re married, what about your husband—do you pray for his protection from evil? Do you know the details of his day so you can stop at critical times to pray for him? Do you have prayers from Scripture that you’ve memorized and applied specifically to his needs?

Perhaps you’re single and childless— you can still serve others as a prayer warrior. Pray for the children in your church, for your extended family, for your pastor and spiritual leaders, for ministries around the globe, for our nation, for revival.

There is always a LOT to pray for! And Scripture informs me how to pray specifically.

Letting Scripture shape my prayers is so helpful. Just praying through a passage and inserting loved ones’ names, or praying for situations that the passage brings to mind, is a way for me to know I’m praying according to God’s will.

Praying, in faith, for God’s will to be accomplished in others’ lives is truly effective praying!

These are a few of the passages I have recorded in my prayer journal:

Romans 15:5–7 Prayer for unity (in marriage, among friends or family members)

2 Corinthians 2:14–16 Prayer for effective ministry

2 Corinthians 1:3–7 Prayer for comfort and endurance in affliction

2 Corinthians 13: 7–9 Prayer for spiritual maturity (for your children)

Ephesians 1:3–14 Prayer of praise for God’s gracious work and kindness toward us

Ephesians 1:15–20 Prayer for wisdom and understanding of what He’s given

Ephesians 3:14 –21 Prayer for faith, strength, and a work beyond our ability to ask

Ephesians 6:18 –20 Prayer for boldness and power in sharing the gospel

Colossians 1:9–12 This is an awesome prayer that covers it all!

Search for other prayers in Scripture that you can use in praying for the people God puts on your heart.

We’re certainly not limited to praying Scripture, but it’s a wonderful tool to help us pray according to the Father’s will.

The next two days, I’m running posts from Jani Ortlund and she shares the Scriptures that she prays for her family. You’ll find these so helpful for growing in your prayer life!

What are some Scriptures you use when praying?

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  • Vivian Etherington

    For my girls I pray from 1 Peter 3:3-4. That they would not focus too much on their outward appearance but rather “the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit …”
    Psalm 25:4-5 for all of my children–“Make (insert name) to know your ways, O Lord…..”
    Colossians 3– I pray for my children to “Set their minds on things above, not on things of the earth…”
    Matt 22:37. I pray for them to “love The Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.”

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Viv ~

    Thank you so much for sharing. You provided an excellent example of a mother praying Scripture that specifically provides for the needs of her own children and how to apply them personally. Thank you!