Sometimes I don't even know what to pray, but I know that if I pray God's words back to Him they will not come back void. There are many excellent resources and prayer books written to be used as a tool to help you regularly pray scripture. But, a few years ago I saw an idea that I have incorporated into my prayer life that has been such a blessing for me: making a prayer Bible.
I designated one of my Bibles to be my "prayer Bible." It has become a tool, a cherished posession, a work-in-progress, and a lifeline for me. It's the one Bible I would grab if the house caught fire! But since it's marked with personal notes and crammed with post-it tabs and sticky notes, I don't carry it to church (because I never know what would fall out!)
I began by marking with Post-it sticky tabs all of the documented prayers in the Bible. (All of them.) I did this by marking them in my prayer Bible as I came across them in my through-the-year Bible. (So it took me a year!) Each time I would come across a passage where someone was calling out directly to God, I would highlight it in my prayer Bible and tab that page with their name. These are prayers that God felt were important enough to have included in the Bible, and they are prayers that were powerful and effective. I often find myself in similar circumstances and love praying what some of the saints before me have prayed, along with praising Him for how He moved in their circumstances and thanking Him in advance for how He'll move in mine.
I have also begun writing my own scripture prayers on large post-it notes and sticking them on the page with the verses. I write the names of those for whom I am praying specific scriptures beside the scripture I'm praying for them (along with the date.)
I have also written the Hebrew and Greek names of God, along with their meanings, beside the corresponding passages, because sometimes all I can do is call His name.
I mark in all my Bibles, but this is one that is almost like a journal for me. I love looking back at scriptures I have prayed in the past, and remembering God's faithfulness to me and most of all to His Word. This Bible, with its tear stained, coffee-stained, wrinkled, and marked-up pages... works for me!
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