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Pray Scripture: Four Compelling Reasons

Pray Scripture

Pray Scripture

If you have prayed Scripture, you do not need convincing as to the power it releases. Even believers who have passively participated in prayer meetings where someone prays Scripture aloud come away with a sense of awe over this prayer form.

You come away energized by the life that is resident in God’s Word. You come away refreshed by His presence that occurs when you pray Scripture.

But, how do you explain this phenomenon to someone who has yet to experience Scripture prayer firsthand? How do you convince a person of prayer to try it?

Here are a few compelling reasons for your consideration to make Scripture prayer part of the prayer regimen:

One-Faith: When you pray Scripture you are exercising your faith in what God has said. Faith is a force and you have just released it in prayer! There is all the difference in the world between a prayer of hope and a prayer of faith. Hope is a good thing, but faith carries the power. Unless one is praying Scripture, most prayers are just prayers of hope, unfortunately.

So what kind of “force” are we talking about here? Look at Hebrews 4:12: For the word of God is living and powerful….Powerful comes from the Greek word energes, #1756 in the Strongs”. It means active, operative, powerful. So by implication, the Word of God itself is energy (energes), a powerful energy.

As you pray Scripture on a regular basis you will find your faith increasing. This is related to the Scripture telling us that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. (…) Hearing the Word of God in your own voice seems to carry an extra benefit in renewing your mind and building faith…something about the Word of God getting into the subconscious, beyond the scope of this article.

Jesus was impressed by instances of faith in action. Remember the woman with the issue of blood? She crawled through the crowd to touch the hem of His garment and secure her healing. Jesus felt the power drain from Him and stopped the whole parade to see who had exercised such great faith. He loved it! (Mark 5:25-34)

He still does. Release prayers of faith and know that He is right there beside you, nodding, honoring your faith as He honored the faith of the woman who touched His robe.

Faith is a potent force. One day, science will have hard data demonstrating the power of faith. In the mean time we have the soft data of testimonies, countless testimonies, to God’s answers to prayers of faith.

Two-Spirit and Life: Words carry power. We already know that. Experiments showing the power of words on water have really drawn a crowd. This power should be no surprise. Long ago Solomon recorded that life and death are in the tongue. Life and death are still in the tongue…your tongue.

Now ramp up the power of words by using God’s Words which He tells us are “spirit and life” (John 6:63), that Paul tells us are “living and powerful”(Hebrews 4:12). God honors His Word above His Name.(Psalm 138:2) Where the Word of a King is, there is power and we are given the right to use His Word, to release some of His power through prayer. Remember “energes”? Mind boggling, isn’t it?

Three-Agreement: In praying Scripture you pray (proclaim) in agreement with what God has already said. You know from Scripture that agreement is a powerful component of prayer. Consider these:

  • Matthew 18:19 Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything they ask it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. (NKJ)
  • Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? (NKJ)
  • Genesis 11:6-7 Indeed the people are one and they have one language and this is what they begin to do; now nothing they propose to do will be withheld from them. (This refers to the folks who were building the tower of Babel.)

When you pray Scripture, you come into that place where God’s Word will not return to Him void but accomplish that which He sent it forth to do (Is 55:10-11). You come into agreement with Him just as Jesus did when Jesus walked the earth. Jesus’ power indicates his agreement with His Father. Jesus said what He heard the Father saying and did what He saw the Father doing: Agreement!

You agree with God and sense the power of Heaven being released in accordance with those prayers. Imagine! God is engaging with you in response to you're agreeing with Him.

Four-Renewed Mind, Transformed Life: With a daily regimen of praying Scripture, you will find negative thinking slipping away, replaced with life-giving thoughts from the Word of God. Your negative scripts are being over-written. You are not only speaking the same words in prayer that God is saying, but now you are beginning to think like Him.

No wonder God told Joshua to not let the Book of the Law depart from his eyes for this was a tool to make his way successful (Joshua 1:7-9). In meditating on the Word day and night, Joshua began to think like God. Joshua had a big job to do (occupy the Land of Promise) and he continually needed big power released on his behalf. Don’t you know that Joshua was proclaiming Scripture most of the time as he and the nation of Israel moved forward.

God has also called you to do things bigger than yourself. And, you can do them just as Joshua did…exercising faith, agreeing with God, speaking what God has already spoken, and learning to think as God thinks. What an exciting life! A Kingdom life!

Pray Scripture regularly and watch YOUR Kingdom life enlarge. Collect the testimonies to encourage your own faith and the faith of those who look to you for guidance. Draw them into prayer with you. Let them taste the awesomeness of Scripture prayer and help them get started praying on their own.

What an opportunity! Your Land of Promise lies just ahead. Waste no time. Get started with a regular schedule of Scripture prayer today.

  • Why Pray Scripture?
    Need a little more information on the power of praying Scripture? This article will help - brief and to the point.
  • How to Pray Scripture
    Get some background on this prayer form and lots of suggestions on how to make Scripture prayer a natural part of your prayer life. Good guide!
  • How to Pray Scripture
    This page has fine examples of Scripture with the prayer that come from that Scripture. This is excellent reinforcement for someone just learning to pray Scripture. Find suggested Scriptures by category. Very helpful.

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Frank Slovenec from San Francisco, CA on November 15, 2012:

WOW! I am so right with you!! The power of prayer cannot be denied, the power of the study of God's Word and praying it is overwhelming. God put His Word out for us to know Him and to worship Him through His Word..our ministry is all about Men in Ministry praying. RA Torrey in The Power of Prayer (the best book on prayer ever written) says we cannot pray without Bible Study and cannot study the Word without Prayer..all so true. The true power of prayer can only be released if we do all things to please God. 1 John 22: and receive from Him anything we ask, because we keep His commands and do what pleases Him." Amen



The Bible is the only book

where the Author is present every time we read it!

Faith is like electricity...it is there all the time

and its force and power work!

When you pray, God sends angels.

Get out of begging and into the praising position.

You need God's Word every day to feed you.

Every breath is a miracle.

Be thankful for each day God gives you.

Don't miss the many opportunities you have

to lay up for yourself treasures in heaven.

Keep your eyes on God's power

and your heart on His love.

God searches our hearts

to see just how much we really love Him!

Remember...God's mighty power

is only a prayer away!

© Bernard Levine

viveresperando from A Place Where Nothing Is Real on April 22, 2011:

beautiful and inspiring hub!

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on March 01, 2011:

Jesus Freak, where would we be able to check out your lyrics?

JesusFreaks on March 01, 2011:

I got some lyrics here check them out!

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on February 08, 2011:

Thanks for the visit, ImChemist. Looking forward to your hubs on amino acids! Welcome to Hubpages.

ImChemist on February 08, 2011:

Great hub , thank you.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on February 04, 2011:

Revmjm, thank you! What encouragement! Yes, I need to be more disciplined in my writing and DO MUCH MORE. Thank you for the reminder.

Margaret Minnicks from Richmond, VA on February 04, 2011:

Thanks. You don't write often, but when you do your hubs are powerful. I am going to sign up to follow you. Don't keep me waiting too long for your next hub.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on January 30, 2011:

Tamarajo, bless you for all your encouragement. Thank you, thank you! Yes, the concept of partnering with God changes the tone and the faith-base of prayer. I love working with a small group of people, teaching this prayer form. Quickly they begin to pray with confidence and a sense of dignity that is fitting the children of God. They begin to pray more often because they never lack words. And, they experience more clear answers because "its's what He wants tool"

Blessings to you and yours!

Tamarajo on January 30, 2011:

Good solid teaching.

I love the idea that praying God's Word being like partnering with Him rather than just begging Him for something. His Word is His will and when we pray His Word we pray His will. It reminds us that it's what He wants too.

A Blessed read.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on January 26, 2011:

Marie, thank you for the visit and the comment. Yes, when we pray Scripture on a consistent basis, we gather loads of testimonials to God being faithful to His Word. So remarkable to experience!

Welcome to Hubpages. You will be blessed by this community of people.

memoreton from Blaina South Wales UK on January 26, 2011:

Amen and Amen!! I totally agree, I've experienced the power of praying scripture. For example, a friend of mine in a situation with lots of enemies. I prayed various applicable scriptures. Later I hear from him how God protected him and dilivered him from his enemies. I shall pray scripture alot more often, thank you for the promt. God bless you greatly.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on January 23, 2011:

Yolanda Yvette, I am overwhelmed by the richness of your feedback. You know, I wrote this hub in response to feedback I got from 50Calibre on another hub of mine. I write because I feel compelled to make a difference. Others have made a difference in my life in such huge ways I need to pass it on.

One of those ways was praying Scripture. I had grown up with prayer and am thankful for it. But, when I first heard someone praying Scripture, I was totally caught up with it. Whenever I got hold of a tape of someone praying in this fashion, I would rewind and play and rewind and play. By the time those tapes were completely worn out, I was pretty fluent in praying Scripture myself.

I had a book by Don Gossett and EW Kenyon that was a real help...maybe the one you refer to. Actually I still have it, all marked up and dog-eared. Need to pull it out and do another read.

Thank you so much, Yolanda Yvette, for all the encouragement. I've been gearing up for a season of productivity and you have nicely fueled the effort! Blessings to you and yours!

yolanda yvette on January 22, 2011:

OMG, Jeanie!! This hub...I have read many things on praying scripture and have heard much about it, but this is the best so far. And there's a lot that I know I'll carry with me from this article:

1. when you said, 'unless one is praying Scripture, most prayers are just prayers of hope, unfortunately.' Those words seemed to leap out at me. I've never heard that before, but it resonated with my spirit right away. That alone is enough to make me become more committed to Scripture prayer.

2.when you started talking about the power words carry, and you said 'now ramp up the power of words by using God's Words....' That did something to me. Honestly. I know that I must not have the same prayer life, nor the same speech life after reading that line. That sentence put me in mind of a statement that still lingers in my mind that I read from a book titled, The Power Of Your Words, written by Don Gossett & E.W. Kenyon. In this book, either Don or E.W. ( I can't remember at the moment) made this comment which I'll paraphrase: Speaking God's Word will put you over in life. This statement was so powerful to me because it caused me to see that when I'm not all I can be or want to be, when I don't have all I need, when I'm not the smartest, most talented and qualified person for a position it doesn't matter. If I will keep the Word of the Lord flowing from my mouth, agreeing with Him instead of circumstanes, He'll put me over in life. And reading that sentence from you about ramping up the power of words with God's Words put me in mind of that.

3.and lastly you touched my heart with this one, 'pray Scripture regularly and watch YOUR kingdom life enlarge.' I like that. I need that to be manifested in my life. Who doesn't, right? And you went on to say, 'Collect the testimonies to encourage your own faith and the faith of those who look to you for guidance. Draw thenm into prayer with you. Let them taste the awesomeness of Scripture prayer and help them get started praying on their own.' I appreciate these lines you wrote because it reminds me that it's not all about me. It's not enough to become familiar with Scripture praying and not consider others who are important to me and who need to become familiar with it as well. The better I become at praying Scripture the more influence I can have on those around me. And that's important to me because I know I'll never truly fulfill my destiny except I help those God has called into my life fulfill theirs. Just as your are fulfilling your destiny by helping us who God has called you to. I love you and your heart for God and people. May God continue to richly bless you even more than He already has. Thank you so much for all you do. And I will definitely check out you Psalm 91 blog.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on January 04, 2011:

Johnny, welcome back! So good to be around like-minded folk. I have great expectations for this year for the people of God. This is gonna be a good one! Drop by my blog at http://www.Psalm91.org and leave a comment. I'd love the feedback. Bless you and yours in this New Year!

The Minstrel on January 04, 2011:

Great hub JeanieR. The Word of God has power. When we pray through it, we magnify the effect and become more like Jesus in the process. It is a win-win. God bless you for this hub. Oh yeah, I was called JohnnyNaakea, but I started this new hub after a short break.It's good to be back.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on January 01, 2011:

Gingerka, thank you for the visit and feedback. I was delighted when I found those videos. Had considered doing some similar one myself until those showed on the horizon. That chap is a great teacher.

God bless and happy new year!

gingerka from Colorado on January 01, 2011:

I loved the videos because they opened a new dimension to praying scripture that I need at this time. Thank you.

gingerka from Colorado on January 01, 2011:

Thank you for your encouragement. I have experienced what you are writing about in this article. You are so right! Keep up the good work.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on December 27, 2010:

Jokarenk, you might find it helpful to pray with anointed worship music playing. Worship with it and allow prayer to just flow naturally. If all you do is worship, don't you know that God is loving it! Another possibility is to pray with scripture prayer on cd. When your mind or your emotions are wacky, this can really help get you get centered on the Lord. Give it a try! And, welcome to Hubpages!

Karen Wade from Addison, NY on December 27, 2010:

Thanks for the post, I just posted something regarding prayer as I slip away from prayer at times is when I become filled with negative thoughts from my past as well as not feeling righteous in my ways. Prayer is a very important part of life and the only way to remain close to God. I have found that there have been two times that I was slipping in prayer and both those times have resulted poorly on my life, even after just a few days of not praying I begin to feel lost. It is not something that is done intentionally yet something I find at times I dont do. I have been very adamant in praying and God is always on my mind. I pray for myself to never lack in prayer and to do it always. It is for the love I have for God and Christ that keeps me close to them through prayer, He listens and he answers, He is always there.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on December 27, 2010:

Pastor Carlotta, this hub and your Healing Hub are perfect companions. Thank you for supplying such a rich resource of Scriptures for prayer. You have a real heart and gift for equipping the saints.

Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC on December 27, 2010:

LOVE, Love your Hub! I love when you said, "One-Faith: When you pray Scripture you are exercising your faith in what God has said. Faith is a force and you have just released it in prayer! There is all the difference in the world between a prayer of hope and a prayer of faith. Hope is a good thing, but faith carries the power. Unless one is praying Scripture, most prayers are just prayers of hope, unfortunately. I invite you to check out the Healing Hub, and tell me what you think! God Bless you! Voted-up on this Hub!


JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on December 13, 2010:

DeBorrah, thank you so much for your visit. As I was reading your comment I was struck by the power we have to stir one another to greater faith. You have a real gift in that area. Thank you for sharing your gift on this hub!

I find it helpful to remember that Abraham (the Father of Faith) did not start out as a stunning example of faith in action. He GREW into being one. I pray that we all follow his example with a sense of mission and zeal.

An abundance of grace to you and your family! Flourish like the palm tree!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on December 12, 2010:

JeanieR, Amen! This is encouraging as well as edifying it is important that we spend time in the Word and relate to it and apply it to our own lives appropriately… It is “ALIVE!” “FAITH comes by hearing the WORD of GOD!” AMEN! As you stated: “Faith is a force and you have just released it in prayer! There is all the difference in the world between a prayer of hope and a prayer of faith. Hope is a good thing, but faith carries the power.” Amen! & AMEN! We have to BELIEVE that God is able to do what we are requesting when it is in HIS will…

There are times when we must actually step out on the FAITH that we talk about… When life presents a challenge; it is during this time we can experience His Presence, Peace and His Power as we exercise our FAITH & TRUST in HIM! “ God is able to do exceedingly above all that we could ever ask or think…”

Thank you for this well presented article! There is a wealth of spiritual food to digest… This is timely and enlightening.. GOD is truly GOOD! In HIS Love, Grace, Peace & Blessings! GOD BLESS YOU!

heart4theword from hub on November 28, 2010:

Yes JeanieR, I will encourage the power of praying scripture. You did well in explaining this, in your hub! Blessing to You, my hub-friend:)

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on November 25, 2010:

Heart4the Word, thank you so much for the visit and the encouragement. Please help spread the call for praying Scripture. People of faith and prayer could make such an enormous difference in this world by regularly praying and proclaiming Scripture. Thank you and blessings this Thanksgiving night!

heart4theword from hub on November 25, 2010:

This is great, many never think of praying in scripture:) Also, lifting up a scripture through song, can be a very blessed experience! I'm bookmarking this hub:) Good Job, JeanieR!

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on November 17, 2010:

Daughter, than YOU for the encouragement. And please spread the word. A passion I have is to see every praying believer using Scripture as part of his/her prayer life. What a difference that could make!

His daughter on November 17, 2010:

Love it! When we seek God's will with our requests and particularly praying those Scriptures over the various situations and people, we know we are praying according to His will and will be heard. Thanks for the encouragement.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on November 15, 2010:


You will find yourself on my blog and who knows where else.

Thank you much!

Aaron Rushing from USA- Florida on November 15, 2010:


That is very kind of you. The words I used were based on God's Word/scripture. Quote away! May Christ be glorified and may His word be lifted up.

In Christ


JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on November 14, 2010:

ABR, can I quote you in some of my writing? You wonderfully and concisely bring it all together. I love it. Makes me want to write more! Bless you, dear brother! Bless you.

Aaron Rushing from USA- Florida on November 14, 2010:


Good word here. One of the marks of a good hub is that it gets me thinking and inspires me to write long comments after words. You have done so. But I will control myself and keep my comment to a minimum.

Jesus is the Word. This understanding more than any other has transformed my life. From my prayer life to my scripture study to the words I use in conversations. Jesus said I have come that you may have life. When I Pray using scripture, life is what results. When I memorize Scripture, life is the result. When I encourage others with scripture, life is the result.

When I apply scripture to my life and live accordingly, life is the result. Life more abundantly.

Thanks for taking the time to write out your thoughts I leave better then I came.

In Christ


JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on November 12, 2010:

Daydreamer, thanks for the visit. I love your poetry!

daydreamer13 on November 12, 2010:

Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on November 11, 2010:

UlrikeGrace, we all struggle with the battle taking place between our ears. The one thing I can count on when my emotions are wanting to run game, when fear or worry want to take over, is to begin a litany of related Scripture verses relevant to the situation. So powerful! Start a collection or two of your own to use. This really is the Sword of the Spirit to use in battle. Be blessed!

UlrikeGrace from Canada on November 11, 2010:

Jeannie, a good hub, some of what was presented I will have to put some thought to, yet there is much there to encourage me to praying scripture with more regularity. I really appreciated this statement:

"With a daily regimen of praying Scripture, you will find negative thinking slipping away," Praise God...that is what I want and this should be reason enough for any of us to read and pray scripture. Blessings to you my sister.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on November 09, 2010:

Hi Dave! Sung Scripture is so powerful in changing the atmosphere. My first little grandson had a hard start. Lots of pain. His mom would play Scripture songs and he would calm down almost immediately. He still loves them and he is eight years old. The little fellow is very sensitive to the things of God and I'm sure that the Scripture songs played a key part.

Sing on, Brother. God is smiling big!

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on November 09, 2010:

Jeanie: Thankyou for this Hub. As a Choir singer often we sing/pray scripture and in doing this, God has such a huge grin on His face and loves every word sung.

Brother Dave.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on November 09, 2010:

Marliza, thank you for the visit and feedback. Blessings on your spiritually nourishing hubs! That's a great outreach you have going.

JeanieR (author) from Sequoia National Forest, CA on November 09, 2010:

Lifegate, thank you for the feedback. I will use that statement more intentionally as I teach and preach. For the most part we do not have a clue as to the power dynamic resident in the exercise of faith. I pray to live long enough to see this revelation begin to break loose.

Marliza Gunter on November 09, 2010:

Yes..thanks for this hub...some good advise for us all.. :)

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on November 09, 2010:

Boy, I loved this statement, "When you pray Scripture you are exercising your faith in what God has said." That says it all. Thanks.

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