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Praying The Scriptures

Praying the Scriptures

“I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word.”  —Psalm 119:16

Traditionally we close our eyes when we pray, and that’s a good thing. It takes other things out of our view and helps us focus. 
But it’s also okay to pray with our eyes open. In fact, we can pray basically anywhere and in any position.

We can pray publicly or privately, verbally or silently, and with our eyes closed or open. We can pray anywhere.

The Bible tells us, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere” (Ephesians 6:18 NLT).

We read in the Bible that Daniel prayed in a lions’ den, David prayed in a field, and Peter prayed both on the water and under the water.

Then there was Jonah, who prayed from the gut of a sea monster—and God heard his prayer. Interestingly, Jonah, wrapped in seaweed, prayed the Word of God eight times. He concluded by saying, “Those who worship false gods turn their backs on all God’s mercies. But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the Lord alone” (Jonah 2:8–9 NLT).

Jonah quoted Scripture, and specifically he quoted from Psalms. 
I think it’s a really good idea to quote the Bible when we pray. 
Is this because God needs to hear His own Word?

No, but you do and I do.

For example, let’s say that you have a financial need. Instead of praying, “Lord, provide for me financially,” you could say, “Father, you promised in Scripture that you would supply all of my needs according to your riches and glory in Christ Jesus. So because of that promise, I pray this.”

Jonah’s prayer demonstrated that he had God’s Word in his heart. He had memorized Scripture, and that’s a very good thing to do.

Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie

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Be The Voice In The Wilderness

Chapter 10—The Voice in the Wilderness | Answer Key of The Desire of Ages  Study Guide – Bang Mantab

“Finally they said, ‘Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’

John replied on the words of Isaiah the prophet, ‘I am the voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord’” John 2:22-23 

“I am the voice calling in the desert.” That is what believers like John should say about themselves. That is what you should say about yourself.

A desert is a dry place; not much grows there. John had the mandate to bring life to the lifeless, and so do you!

The voice was no ordinary voice; it was a voice designed to change things for the better.

There are so many voices out there, even among the worshipers. But if you carefully listen to some of the voices you will realize that they are not designed to benefit the listener, but to exalt self. They are not meant to point listeners in the right direction, but to point them towards themselves. Some voices are actually designed to assassinate souls. It’s a pity, really!

Here is how John sought to bring life to his audience: “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'” John 3:29.

This is just wonderful. First, John testified that he was not Christ. Some could have instead taken the opportunity to mislead the audience by claiming to be Christ.

Second, John pointed his audience to Christ. Some could have instead taken the opportunity to put themselves on the pedestal.

If you really want to bring life to the lifeless, point them to Christ. You are a voice; be careful about the message that people could be getting from you!