Prayer is one of the lost disciplines of the Christian life. Oftentimes we sit down to try and focus and our thoughts just end up scattering. We can also tend to focus mainly on OUR needs, which is not all bad (we are invited to come with our burdens). There’s so much more to prayer, though, than just hitting the list of our wants.
Praying scripture is a wonderful way to help guide us in our prayer times. You can use whatever you’ve read that day as your outline for prayer….letting your mind focus on the truth that is found there. So many times your prayers can flow so naturally out of that as needs of others pop into your mind. Praying through the Psalms is another great tool. You will find the greatness, kindness, and care of God, the trials of life, seeing your continued need for Him, confessions, and forgiveness of sins. What better outline to your prayers than that?
Pregnancy is just one more season that the Lord can use to help strengthen your prayer life. Here are some wonderful verses to help you find momentum in using scripture as a tool for going deeper and deeper in prayer. Don’t feel restricted to just praying the verse, word for word, and then move on. Take your time. Let genuine conversation with the Lord develop from the verses….even if it takes you away from the outline of the passage.
Scriptures you can pray for your baby:
Luke 10:27 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and strength”
Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, acceptable, and perfect.”
Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly”
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Psalm 111:1 “Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation”
Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”
James 1:22 “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
Ephesians 1:16-19 “I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and of knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might”
Psalm 34:11-14 “Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. What man is is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit/ Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it”
Psalm 27:4-5 “One thing I have asked of the Lord. that I will seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. to gaze upon your beauty and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock”
1 Peter 1:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”
Proverbs 1:2-7 “To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth – Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction”
1 John 2:5-6 “…but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him; whosoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked”
1 John 5:28-29 “And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him”
If you need a little more practical help, here’s one way that you could structure a prayer.
“Lord, I can’t stop giving you thanks for this precious gift that you have give to me. I pray that you would give this child a spirit of wisdom and knowledge of you as he grows. I pray that from a young age you would enlighten the eyes of his heart to know your great love for him and the hope that can only be found in you……” (taken from Ephesians 1)
See? It’s not difficult! What are some of your favorite scriptures to pray?