Teach Me to Pray

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As I continue to read the book "Fervent," I am realizing how ... well, wimpy my prayers can be.  Now, I do believe that God hears and honors our every prayer, but my prayers were often unsatisfying.

As I am learning how to use Scripture for the basis of my prayers, I'm finding it to be a powerful experience.  I thought I'd share the way I used Colossians 1:9-14 as the basis of prayer for myself and for others.

"Lord, may I be filled with the knowledge of your will in a spiritual wisdom and understanding, so I may walk in a manner worthy of You.  May I be fully pleasing to You.  May I bear fruit in every good work and increase in my knowledge of God.

"Strengthen me, Lord, with all power, according o Your glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.

"I give praise and thanks to You, Father God, for you have qualified me to share in he inheritance of Your saints, in light.

"Thank you that you have delivered me from the domain of darkness and transferred me to the kingdom of your beloved son, in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of my sins.

"Strengthen me to continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel which you saw fit to share with me.  Amen and amen."

Scripture prayers are for me, such powerful prayers.  I find I like to take my Bible, and my journal and write the words out by hand.  I think of how old these words are and the vast number of others who have prayed and read these very words ... The words given to us by God.

I am finding these are the times I feel closest to God.

Do you have any verses that you have turned into personal prayers?  If you are willing to share, I'd love to hear them.  What a vast repository we have at our disposal.  I'm thinking I may not be able to truthfully say that I don't know what to pray - I have a whole Bible full of inspiration to draw from!

Once again, God shows me just how amazingly good He is.  For I, like His disciples, asked Him to teach me how to pray.  

And, He is answering that prayer.


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