We further trust that prayer is at its best, when we pray according to God’s will (see I Jn. 5:14). Thus, praying the scriptures is an attempt to pray or talk with God, in accord with what God’s word and will says.
The acronym ACTS is helpful in having a balanced prayer life. A stands for adoration, C confession, T thanksgiving, and S supplications. “Supplications” is essentially our asking God to supply something for ourselves or for someone else. When asking God to supply for someone else this may also be called intersession.
Matthew 28:19-20 says, “19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."”
To help you “pray this scripture,” consider responding to the questions below and then rewording your response into a statement of prayer. For example, notice both my response and my prayer statements, based on ACTS questions and the text:
- What can I adore God for, based on this text?
Response – I can adore God for still being concerned about disciple making, even after Jesus’ hand-picked disciples proved to be less than impressive.
Prayer – God I adore and praise You for loving humanity and me, in spite of our many shorting comings.
- What should I confess to God, based on this text?
Response – I should confess that disciple making has not been as great a priority to me, as it should be. Or I should confess that I have not focused on the God’s presence as much as I should.
Prayer – God I confess that I have not focused on the God’s presence as much as I should have. (i.e., second response)
- What should I be thankful to God for, based on this text?
Response – I should be thankful that God was and is concerned with disciple making in all nations, especially since the US was not the first nation to receive the Gospel.
Or I should be thankful that God is with me, until the end of the age. This is important to me, as friends leave and family members die.
Prayer – God thank You for having a vision for the world, including me and my loved ones. (i.e., first response)
- What should I ask God to supply (i.e., supply to me and/or supply to others), based on this text?
Response – I should ask God to supply me with focus on making disciples and trusting His presence. I should ask God to supply my church with focus on making disciples and trusting His presence.
Prayer – God please help me to stay focused on making disciples and trusting your presence. God please bless my church family to stay focused on making disciples in all nations and trusting your presence, especially when our circumstances are distracting and/or disappointing.
Can you see that you could have had more than one response for each question? You can have had more questions. You could have had different prayer statements.
On just one passage of scripture, it would be easy to spend a significant amount of time. You can use a reference Bible to add other passages of scripture.
It may be helpful to keep a journal of your responses, prayers, and how prayer has made an impact in your life and/or the lives of others.
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