Why and How to Pray Scripture

God wants to grow us in our faith. This is the process of sanctification. He sanctifies us, and we work with Him in the process. When you read and study the Bible, pray, and serve, you are working with God in His work of sanctification in our lives.

Praying Scripture is a wonderful part of our growth in Christ.

Here’s why you should do so.

Praying Scripture means that you are praying in the will of God. Because we are praying according to His Word, we can be assured that we are praying in His Will.

Praying Scripture means that we are pleasing God. He gives us His Word. Our praying Scripture shows that we want to please Him (Ephesians 5:10).

Praying Scripture means that we can adequately praise Him. I often feel inadequate to praise God. When I pray the great words of praise to Him, my inadequacy is removed. I particularly pray Psalm 8:1: “O Lord, our LORD, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” I also often pray Psalm 103:1-2: “Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul and forget not his benefits.”

Finally, praying Scripture means that you will access the power of God in your life. Instead of simply getting what you can do, praying Scripture means that you also receive what God can do to conform you to His image.

My Scripture prayer at this time is Ephesians 4:32: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Praying that verse makes me conscious of what God wants me to be, and through prayer I receive the power of God to do what I cannot do.

Here’s a way to get started.

Simply select a passage of Scripture to pray.  I suggest Philippians 2:5: “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” who humbled himself and became obedient. You might pick Ephesians 4:32 as well.

Also, spend a few minutes with God to ask Him, “what do you want to change in my life?” Then, select a passge of Scripture to deal with the issue. You may have to read the verse to God first, but soon you will be able to recite it–another wonderful advantage of this new discipline.

What Scripture passage are you planning to pray through? Please leave a comment.

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14 Comments


  1. Kwalker
    Aug 09, 2011

    I like Galatians 5:22-26. It’s a great way to remind myself of the attitude of Christ Jesus and what it should look like in my life. I will pray through that, thanks for the advice.


  2. Lisa
    Aug 09, 2011

    Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;


  3. Tissie Gibson
    Aug 10, 2011

    The 12th chapter of Romans is one of my favorites in the Bible. It instructs us about how we should act as an individual and a church. It serves as a wonderful guide in prayer.

  4. […] Read the Bible. You should be reading God’s Word every day. This is non-negotiable.  Start in the New Testament (The Gospel of John for beginners) and move out from there.Learn particular verses of Scripture. Hide these in your heart (Psalm 119:11). Use them to help you make decisions. Pray the Scripture. This will help you pray Scripture:  http://waylonbailey.com/2011/08/why-and-how-to-pray-scripture/. […]


  5. Kristen Branch
    Aug 15, 2011

    12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

    I pray this scripture because it is the past that I am having trouble leaving behind. I am struggling to move forward after my husband left me for another woman. Although he was mean and rarely had a kind word for me; somehow the safety I did not even realize I felt is now hard to be without. I know that I must move forward and the lack of my doing so has called God to work in my life in such a way that I would look upward to him. He is calling my name.


  6. lrhodes
    Oct 04, 2011

    Psalm 46:10 ……. be still ……. know that i am God ………because i am trying very hard to learn how to “listen” to Him …. I speak, I pray, I have a lot to say but do I listen? No, that is what I feel I must work on right now


  7. Waylon
    Oct 04, 2011

    It’s so much easier to talk than to listen, but listening helps bring us to obedience.

  8. […] Fifth, read, memorize, and pray Scripture. (You can read about praying Scripture here http://waylonbailey.com/2011/08/why-and-how-to-pray-scripture/)                                                                                         . […]

  9. […] on Scripture. I find praying Scripture extremely worshipful. You can read how I do that here.  http://waylonbailey.com/2011/08/why-and-how-to-pray-scripture/. At least for this point in my life, I find this worshipful, meaningful, and […]


  10. M. Fortman
    Jan 10, 2012

    My best assurance of God’s comfort and grace is Philipians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication make your requests known unto God; and the peace of God which passes all understanding will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.


    • Waylon
      Jan 10, 2012

      I agree. One of the passages that I pray often and with great benefit.

  11. […] Over the next few weeks, please memorize these two verses, pray them to God and meditate on them. If you would like an example of how to do this, please click here. You will find help for this important spiritual discipline. […]


  12. Diana Goin
    Oct 22, 2012

    I like to share with you the passages I pray everyday; found them very comforting: Psalm 118:24, Psalm 81:10, Nehemiah 2:8, Psalm. 84:11, Proverbs 2:7, Psalm 5:12, Psalm 9:9, Psalm 16:11, Psalm 42:5-6, Luke 2:40, Isaiah 30:18, James 4:10, 2 Corinthians 2:14, Habakkuk 3:19, Matthew 19:26, Ephesians 3:20-21, Phillipians 3:12, Colossians 4:5-6, Luke 10:19 plus the teaching of Pastor Waylon on Sundays which I love. it makes my live lighter!

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