Have you ever found yourself struggling to think of things to pray about? Sometimes the things we want to pray about may seem so overwhelming that we just don’t know where to start.
One of the ways I have learned to pray with more boldness and confidence is by praying the Word of God.
Praying Scripture back to God is a great way to connect with the Lord, enjoy spending time with him, and never run out of things to pray about!
When we pray Scripture over ourselves, our loved ones, and our situations, we are boldly proclaiming life over our circumstances.
Praying with Boldness
Proverbs 18:21 says that the tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
When we speak and pray God’s word over our lives, we boldly breathe the very breath of God into our situations.
John 1:1 says that,
In the beginning was the word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
Jesus, the divine Son of God stooped down to meet us right where we are. He not only sits enthroned on high, but he became flesh and blood to give us access to the Father.
The Greek word for “word” in this passage is logos which means, a word uttered by a living voice, embodies a conception or idea; the sayings of God. It can also be translated as a decree, mandate or order (source).
When we pray Scripture with boldness, we are speaking and declaring the very essence of Jesus!
We can pray Scripture by simply reading a passage in its context and prayerfully writing or speaking that passage as a heartfelt, sincere prayer. Start by choosing a promise from God’s Word.
Read the passage and write it down.
Now write that same promise as a prayer to God.
Let’s say you want to pray for more boldness and confidence during a time of need.
You can use a Scripture like Hebrews 4:15-16,
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
You could then personalize your prayer using the scripture as your guide:
Lord, I thank you that you are the Great High Priest who intercedes on my behalf.
Because you came down to earth as the Word in flesh, you are able to empathize with my weaknesses.
Help me to approach your throne of grace with boldness and confidence, and grant me mercy and grace to help me in my time of need.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
What did Jesus Say about Praying with Boldness?
Jesus had a lot to say about prayer while he was on earth.
He taught the disciples to pray by instructing them to speak his Word of wisdom and grace from the Lord’s Prayer.
He spoke on how to pray boldly when he shared the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18:1-8.
Five Bold Prayers of Jesus
Here are five powerful prayers of Jesus that we can pray in our own lives as we learn to pray Scripture with boldness and power.
1. A Prayer for Lazarus
Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” John 11:41-42
There are times when a situation in our lives seems dead and hopeless. Allow this prayer of Jesus to remind you that he hears you and cares for you.
2. The Lord’s Prayer
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
This is one of the most well-known and loved prayers of Jesus and is recited by millions around the world.
The words of this prayer are powerful!
3. Jesus’ Prayer at Gethsemane
“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39
The most difficult thing Jesus had to do on earth was to fulfill his purpose for becoming the Word with flesh, and to die on the cross. Aren’t we so thankful that his prayer was,
“Not my will, but yours be done?”
Because of this bold prayer, we have joy, salvation, and true freedom in Christ.
4. Jesus’ Prayer at the Cross
About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). (Matthew 27:46)
This may be one of the most difficult prayers Jesus had to pray. Jesus on the cross felt completely abandoned by the Father.
He willingly endured the shame of the cross, scorning its shame, and he knew that he would sit at the right hand of the Father
–but even Jesus understood what it feels like to be abandoned.
What a mighty God we serve, who willingly experienced the wrath of God the Father so that we might be forgiven!
5. Jesus’ Prayer of Forgiveness at the Cross
While Jesus was on the cross, he also prayed a prayer of forgiveness for those who brutally crucified him.
In the midst of his pain and agony, he selflessly uttered a bold prayer of forgiveness on their behalf–
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34).
When we are filled with hurt and pain at the hand of others, we can boldly walk in the footsteps of Jesus in forgiveness.
We have the power of his Spirit living in us, and he through him, we can do all things.
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Now more than ever, is a time to meet our Lord in a secret place and call out to him boldly in prayer.