This is the final blog in a series on prayer called How to Pray for Your Family, Finances, and Future. If you click on the link you can read an overview on prayer (why it’s hard but doesn’t have to be) and get links to the other blogs in the series. For this article we’re going to focus on how to pray scripture over your future.

How to Pray Scripture

Why Pray Scripture?

Have you ever felt confused by prayer? Like you’re not sure if the words you’re speaking are the words God wants to hear? I tend to be a bit of an over-thinker, so I deal with this on a regular basis. Maybe you don’t. If not, take that as a blessing!

Because I tend to lack a bit of confidence in prayer I’ve read a lot of books and tried a lot of different tactics to make prayer feel more… effective. What I’ve found is that nothing boosts my confidence like praying scripture.

One of the many reasons we have the Bible is to know God’s heart. If we pray his own words back to him it would make sense that he would be pleased with our requests and willing to answer them. Plus, when we pray scripture it actually reminds us of Truth. It solidifies God’s word in our own minds.

Praying scripture is not the only way to pray. It’s not a requirement, but if you’ve never done it I would highly suggest you give it a shot; especially if you’re struggling with your future. Being able to release control over to the Lord, and trust in his will and timing, can feel so difficult at times.

If you’re struggling to know what your future holds, or if you’re not sure how much of your future is dependent on your actions as opposed to God’s providence life can feel very uncertain and stressful. Just praying can help because praying is a reminder that it’s not all on you. But praying scripture takes things to the next level because it helps combat any lies that threaten to steal your peace.

What Scriptures to Pray for Your Future

“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.

Psalm 37:23-24
Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Psalm 34:12-14
The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you."

Psalm 32:8
[W]e constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.

2 Thessalonians 1:11
How to Pray Scripture
How to Pray Scripture

How to Pray Scripture

Praying Scripture is super easy. You literally just use the words in the verse(s), put a “Dear God” at the beginning, an “amen” at the end, and some filler words, if necessary, to make the prayer make sense. Here’s an example using one of the verses from above.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Here’s what your prayer would/could look like:

Dear God, I don’t know what my future holds, but I thank you that you do. Please help my mind to rest knowing that your plans are to prosper me and to give me hope and a future. Amen.

Downloadable Prayer Guide

You can make your own list of verses to pray over your future, but if you’d like a guide to get you started you can get ours by clicking here.

If you’re ever reading the Bible and a verse sticks out to you, turn it into a prayer! You can pray like this for yourself, your family, friends, church, neighbors… You can pray scripture for anyone and anything!

You could even create a scripture prayer journal by writing down your favorite verses in a dollar store notebook. Prayer doesn’t have to be hard, but sometimes we just need some ideas to get us started.

if you like this idea definitely let us know in a comment! And if you have any other good verses to pray for your family, please share those as well!

Because there’s a better way,
Sarah


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