One of Jesus’ many names is “The Word of God” (Revelation 19:13).
Then doesn’t it make sense that when we “pray in Jesus’ name” it also means to “pray the Word of God”?
The Word of God on our laps and the Living Word within us have an intimate connection. In order to pray effectively, we must give them a chance to dialog with One another. If we say that we are serious about prayer, but are not serious about putting His Word into our lives, then we aren’t really practicing Truth (1 John 1:6).
Ever notice yourself rambling a prayer? Extending the length and volume of a prayer doesn’t assure connection with God.
I know that feeling all too well. It’s no wonder we spend so little time truly praying.
So, what if we began reading the Word with an eye to pray, and praying with an eye on hearing the Word?
It would look something like this:
Before you begin reading the Word, say a short prayer, asking the Lord to reveal His Heart through His written Word. Then, read with a view to pray.
As the Lord brings someone to mind that connects with a certain verse, stop reading and pray that verse specifically for them. Keep your eyes open, so the Word can direct you how to order your words. In this way, you are allowing the Lord to reveal to you the specific spiritual insights He desires to pour into the lives of others.
This is a great deal more effective than just thinking up stuff you want for them, huh?
Check out 1 John 5:14-15:
“And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, (then) He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, (then) we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”
What we have here is a perfect mathematic equation for prayer. If A, then B and if B, then C. Therefore if A, then C.
In other words, if we ask anything according to His will, then we can know we have it! Pretty astonishing, huh?
And the surest way to know that we have asked in accordance with His will is to use His own Word as we pray.
These are the kinda of prayers that that Jesus asked that his followers to pray: “in His name” (John 14:14).
When we lean into the Word and listen, Jesus will reveal to us what He and the Father are already talking about. He is, you know, sitting right now at the Hand of the Father interceding for us (Romans 8:34).
When we drop our own vain musings, we can pray His Words , which are Spirit and Life (John 6:63). The exact words you mumble won’t really matter, as they’ve been engulfed into a far greater power.
The difference in praying His Truth and making up your own words is a vast as a difference between a drop of pure fragrance essence and a quart of dollar store cologne. Why do we water down our prayers, when we have the choice to administer the concentrate?
Father, teach me how to pray the Word. I want to join in on the conversations you are already having with Your Son and see them released onto earth. Open my ears to hear Your clearly (Psalm 40:6).