A Written Prayer Prays More than Once

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I love thinking about this. Not only do we pray as the Father unfolds His Word, but the recipient may also begin to pray as they read. That’s already “two of you agreeing on earth about what they ask” (Matthew 18:19). Just think what happens if they print out the prayer to pray again or forward it to friends. One simple prayer grows and expands into the heart of many. Isn’t that encouraging?

Let’s explore yet another way to compose a written prayer. 

For this exercise, you will need a pocket promise book. Start by opening the table of contents. No matter the publisher, each promise book is organized into topical sections. 

Mine has a section that says, “Do you need peace of mind?” Who immediately comes to mind when you read this description? Turn to those verses, asking the Father to form them into a written prayer.

Pray the verses in order as they are listed. There is nothing super spiritual about this. You are just praying God’s Word. If one doesn’t seem to fit, skip it and move to the next. 

As you begin, do so with thanksgiving or praise to focus on the Who rather than the what. God is always bigger than fear. Remember, we are praying to the Promiser, not about the problem. 

Here is how my prayer unfolded, using this one section as my guide:

Holy Father,

Thank You that Your peace can keep our thoughts and hearts quiet and at rest (Philippians 4:7). Every time I open Your Word, I find You speaking peace to Your people (Psalm 85:8).

Today, I come bringing __________ to Your throne. She is in dire need of Your peace, as the peace of the world hasn’t panned out (John 14:27). You promised that if we come to You — even if we are bogged down, and heavy laden — You will give us rest (Matthew 11:28). I’m asking this restful peace for ________.

Despite all the panic that her thoughts suggest, You have not given her this spirit of fear. You have given her power, love, and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7). Thank You. I ask that You would clear her thoughts so that she can see the power, love, and self-control clearly rather than focusing on her situation. Turn her thoughts often toward You, for I know You alone are the place of perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). 

__________ needs hope and courage, Father. May she be able to lie down and sleep tonight, awakening in the morning with both courage and hope (Job 11:18-19; Proverbs 3:24). Remind me to pray for her often. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

See how simple this is? Yours will sound a bit different as the Word melds with your communication style, but the blessing of receiving a written prayer lasts for years. I believe in you! Let me know how it goes. 

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