Women: How to Pray God’s Word for Your Life
- Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Kathi Lipp's new book, Praying God's Word for Your Life (Revell Books, 2013).
God has wired women to nurture others, so it’s natural for us to pray for the other people in our lives – from our husbands and children, to our neighbors and coworkers. But how often do we make time to pray for ourselves?
Praying for your own life isn’t selfish. In fact, it’s the best thing you can do as a caring, nurturing woman. When you pray for yourself you invite God’s power into your life, which will give you the strength you need to give to others as God leads you.
Here’s how you can incorporate truths from God’s Word, the Bible, into your prayers so God’s power will flow through your life:
Recognize why it’s worthwhile to pray through Bible verses. Reasons why praying Scripture is a valuable pursuit include: God asked you to pray faithfully and His Word encourages you in your faith, God wants to enjoy a personal relationship with Him and the Bible reveals important truths about who God is so you can know Him better, God has given you all you need to live a holy life and much of that valuable information is in His Word, God wants to give to you abundantly when you ask and the Bible contains promises you can claim to ask for God’s provision, and God always answers prayers that reflect His will as He reveals it in the Bible.
Develop a plan and establish a habit of prayer. Figure out the details of what works best for you to start a daily prayer time with God. Choose a time when you focus on prayer, such as just after waking up in the morning, on your lunch break, or just prior to going to sleep at night. Choose a quiet place that’s as free of distractions as possible, such as a corner of a room in your home, your yard, or your car. Start praying for just one minute a day and gradually work your way up to a longer time. The more time you spend communicating with God, the more you’ll enjoy prayer, and the more you’ll look forward to your prayer times.
Pray when you’re overwhelmed. When the stresses of life overwhelm you, you can pray verses such as Matthew 11:28 (asking Jesus to bear your burdens and give you rest) and Luke 10:38-40 (praying for the wisdom you need to best balance your time, energy, and resources).
Pray for your relationship with God. Draw closer to God by praying verses such as Psalm 36:5-6, 10 (telling God that you want to feel His love, see His faithfulness, learn from His righteousness, and experience His justice) and Romans 8:28 (asking God to use your life for His good purposes).
Pray for your relationships with others. You can support your relationships in prayer by praying verses such as Proverbs 12:26 (asking God to give you the wisdom to choose friends who will lead you toward Him rather than away from Him) and Psalm 133:1 (praying for help to resolve conflicts and live with others in peace and unity).
Pray for your marriage. Invite God’s power into your marriage by praying verses such as 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (asking God – the source of all love – to give you love for your husband every day and put that that love into action) and Genesis 2:18 (praying for empowerment to help your husband in ways that honor God).
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