I walked out to the front of the church parking lot, found a nice bench to sit on, and opened up my Bible to the book of Psalms.
This is going to be a long ten minutes, I thought to myself.
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I was attending a conference on prayer, and the speaker challenged us to be alone for ten minutes to pray. He challenged us to use a certain passage from the book of Psalms to guide our prayers, encouraging us that praying through Scripture was an incredible way to deepen and enhance our prayer lives.
I wasn’t so sure. I was convinced that reading through Scripture for ten straight minutes would feel like an eternity. Despite my feelings of hesitation, I opened my Bible and started praying. And praying and praying and praying. To my surprise, the passages guided my prayers so perfectly and brought up truths, promises, and ideas that I never would have thought to pray on my own.
After what felt like ten minutes, I wandered back into the church feeling energized, refreshed, and totally in love with the idea of praying through Scripture. When I walked into the conference, something didn’t seem right. The one-hour session following the ten-minute prayer break was coming to a close.
My sister looked at me and asked, “Where have you been all this time? You missed the entire session.”
To my utter shock, I had just spent an entire hour praying. I didn’t enter a time warp but had discovered a powerful way to pray that I didn’t want to rush away from. I was amazed and excited. Praying through passages in the Bible became a new love and habit of mine starting that day.
Today, I want to challenge you to this very same idea of praying through Scripture. What a great way to kick off the new year!
Here’s what I want you to do: Use the passage I’ve listed below, and pray through it. If you aren’t exactly sure how to pray through Scripture, I encourage you to check out this post by Mary Kassian from the True Woman blog.
In a nutshell, Mary gives these tips to help us pray through Scripture. She suggests that we:
Let’s try it!
Take ten minutes to apply those four tips and pray through Psalm 23. Work through the passage slowly, utilizing the whole ten minutes (or hour like I did!). Here it is, verse by verse.
I’d love to hear about your experience praying through this passage.
This article originally appeared on Revive Our Hearts and LiesYoungWomenBelieve.com. Used with permission.
Bethany Baird: After a brief experience in the modeling industry, Bethany’s eyes were opened to how self-absorbed and lost her generation of young women really are. She and her older sister were inspired to start a blog (www.GirlDefined.com) and wrote a book Girl Defined: God’s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity and Identity. Their passion is to help young women find God’s truth about beauty and womanhood and the freedom that comes from living a radically different life for Christ.
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Publication date: January 20, 2017