What is Praying the Word and What is so Good About it?
- Praying word is simply using the word of God straight from the Bible and personalizing it and making it your own. For example, 2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” (NLT) We personalize that into our prayer, “Lord You will generously provide all my need so that I will always have everything I need and plenty left over to share with others.” It is that simple. If you thinks that’s too simplistic, well, it is. Doesn’t that make you want to go to the Bible and dig out more of God’s promises for you? What else does He have for me, you ask. He has plenty more for you and me. We just have to go and look for them.
- Praying the word puts us in a place where we pray from a position of authority. Instead of becoming victims, we become victors. Instead of begging and making wimpy and repetitive prayer requests with our meagre words, we can take charge of whatever situations we are in. It helps us remember that we are more than a conqueror in Christ. After all, Jesus has given us the power and authority. “Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you.” Luke 10:19 (NLT)
- It reminds us of God’s over three thousands promises for us in the Bible. It also helps put things in perspective when we remember who we are in Christ. We are the head and not the tail; we are free in Christ for whom the Son sets free is free indeed; we are hedged in front and behind by the Most High God; our help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, and if God is for us, who can be against us, and on and on and on. Doesn’t that encourage you already? Not only is our spirit lifted up, we are silencing the voice of the enemy by proclaiming God’s promises for our lives.
- Isaiah 55:11 says that “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.God said his word shall not return void, so when we say his word, they will bear fruit.” (NKJV) The word we speak are not man’s word but God’s and there is power is the word of God. After all, He created all things through His word. Our words fail but the word of God never fails. Imagine the power of our prayer if we speak His word. God said it, His word shall not return void but it shall bear fruit. So whenever we say His word, what we say will bear fruit, maybe not immediately but we know it will.
- Ephesians 6:10-18 makes it clear that we are in a spiritual warfare – “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (v12) And God gives us the spiritual weapons to fight with. One of them is “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;”(v 17) The way to defeat the enemy is by using the word of God. Jesus gave us an example of how to do it in Matthew 4.
- The power of the spoken words – when we make declarations, we empower our spirit.
- Proverbs 23:7 says “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” We want to learn to fill our thoughts and words with His truth. “All that you will ever be or accomplish hinges on how you choose to govern what comes out of your mouth. By what you allow to occupy your mind and mouth, you can either bless your life to great heights of success or send it orbiting into realms of failure, sadness, and discontentment.” (Cindy Trimm – Commanding Your Morning)
- Speaking the word of God helps us to “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Prov 4:23 – NLT)
There is one book in particular that I use daily, “Commanding Your Morning by Cindy Trimm.”
She goes into great details of the importance of praying the word and how to use the word of God in our daily walk. At the back of the book she dedicates several pages full of promises and how we can use them as declarations to command our days. I have bought numerous copies to give to people. I gave each of my children a copy of this book. This book has taught me how to use my Bible to pray my day into alignment with God’s will.
What I share is but a drop in the bucket. There are so many more benefits you can reap from praying God’s word. I pray that I have wet your appetite to get into His word and use them as your mighty weapon.
Commanding Your Morning: Unleash the Power of God in Your Life – Cindy Trimm
Praying God’s Word – Beth Moore
Living Free: Learning to Pray God’s Word, Revised (Member Book) (Bible Study) – Beth Moore
Praying the Proverbs – Elmer L. Towns
Praying the Psalms – Elmer L.Towns