HOW TO PRAY, USING THE SCRIPTURES

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Step 1: Find the scripture that speaks to your heart regarding the issue you’re praying for. Sometimes that’s not as easy as it sounds. A lot of the names we use today for sicknesses and diseases aren’t written in the older Bible versions. Sometimes we need to look up something in more general terms. Where do we look them up?

 

There are two online sources that I use a lot: Bible Gateway is the first. It’s easy to use. I just type the word I want into the search box. Then I have the option of finding it in several different Bible versions. Often when I scroll down to see all the verses where the word is used, one or two will pop out to me and then I go to read the context and get more out of it.

 

The second resource I use is Blue Letter Bible online. On this site, I have the option of looking at the Strong’s Concordance definitions for the word I’m seeking. This is really helpful. (I’ve included the links to both these sources at the end of this article.) There are other great topical books, both online and hard copy for finding scriptures on various subjects, including health issues and so many other things.

 

We have all prayed for some sickness or ailment to go away, but if we don’t have a solid scriptural backup in mind, we can get distracted or lose our healing because our minds have nothing solid to latch on to.

 

Even though it takes more effort to actually find a scripture or two, it’s totally worth it. God speaks through revelation when we go to read His written words.

 

Once we find a scripture that we like, we read it and thank God for helping us to receive what it says. Even if we start off pleading with God or the Lord Jesus Christ to please help us get well, that’s perfectly okay. In Isaiah 43:26 God tells His people, “Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.”

 

But at some point we need to get to the place of not just asking and begging and pleading, but of believing and thanking Him because we know He has heard our prayer and He loves us enough to answer it.

 

Step 2: Once we have said our scripture back to God, to remind Him and us of what He has said and what he has promised, we need to use the scripture as a sword to slice the devil, prefacing it with, “It is written!” Satan is the one who stands in the way of our healing, and it is those true words of God that will make him back off. Proof of that is found in the New Testament.

 

This is what our Lord Jesus used as His weapon against Satan in the wilderness, and the devil had to back off. This is a way to aggressively move forward with prayer.

 

“Then saith Jesus unto him, ‘Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve’” (Matt. 4:10). And in Matthew 4:6 “[Jesus] answered and said, ‘It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

 

God stands behind His Word. The Almighty God calls it a sword and buckler (Eph. 6:17 and Ps. 91:4). A sword is an assertive hostile weapon. Generally we think of a buckler as an implement that will shield us. That’s true, but it also has projections on the front to pierce and injure any enemy. We push Satan back with the sword and buckler. Jesus said, “It is written” to directly confront the devil and we can too. The written Word of God is a signed contract telling us what is ours and what is true. We need to remind the devil that what God has written, is true, and when we believe it, the devil has no power to stop it. And that’s brings us to step 3.

 

Praying this way makes it real. Yes, it’s a bit of an effort, but it will strengthen our prayer life and bring the results we seek.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

These are the links to the resources I mentioned above:

 

https://www.blueletterbible.org/search/search.cfm?Criteria=navel&t=KJV&ss=1#s=s_primary_0_1

 

https://www.biblegateway.com/keyword/

 

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!

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