Praying the Scriptures

There is absolutely nothing more powerful than using bible verses when we pray.  Praying the scriptures is essential to getting our prayers answered.

The truth is that when we use the bible in our prayers it makes praying that much easier.

” The word of God is the food by which prayer is nourished and made strong.” E. M. Bounds

praying the scripturesWhy pray the scriptures?

  1.  No matter how you feel when you pray, whether you believe it or not, God’s word accomplishes something in the spiritual realm when we use it in prayer.  If you need a healing in your body and you don’t feel like your prayers will be answered, the mere fact that you used the scriptures in your prayer brings you one step closer to seeing the manifestation of your healing.

Isaiah 55:10-12 (NIV) “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

2. The word has a supernatural power that fixes things that we don’t even know needs to be fixed.  It puts things in divine order and helps to reveal the deepest places in our soul

Hebrews 4:12 New International Version (NIV) “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

3.  God is watching over His word to make sure that it will do exactly what he says it will do.  When we speak it in prayer it can remove strongholds and it can build things that we would never be able to do in our own strength

Jeremiah 1:9-12 (NIV) “Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.” The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?”“I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied. The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”

4.  A prayer that is 100% perfect is one that is based on God’s word.  If we want our prayers to be answered we need to be praying based on the will of God.  The way in which we find out the will of God is by finding it in the scriptures.  The bible is God’s “Last Will and Testament”  that’s why it is called the Old Testament and the New Testatment.  The New Testament does not negate the Old but it builds upon it and tells us of all the things that Jesus fulfilled for us by going to the cross.

1 John 5:14-15 (NIV) “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”

John 15:7 (NIV) “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

Now that we know the importance of praying the scriptures let’s examine how we do it.


There are 2 ways to pray the scriptures:

1. Inserting your name or the persons’ name directly into the scripture and praying it as is.

Here is Isaiah 53:4-5 “Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”

Here is the same scripture but now insert yourself into it so you are essentially praying it over yourself “Surely He took up my pain and bore my suffering, yet I considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted. But He was pierced for my transgressions, He was crushed for my iniquities; the punishment that brought me peace was on Him, and by His wounds I am healed.”

You can do the exact same thing by inserting someone else’s name.

2. You can pray scripture by reading it and processing it in your mind and then turning it into your own prayer.  Like this…
Father God, thank you that Jesus was crucified for all of my sins according to your word in Isaiah 53:4-5. He died for my complete healing – spiritual, physical, emotional, financial, relational so that I would have peace through His sacrifice and be made whole. Appropriate this truth in my life, in Jesus name, Amen.

Now that you know how to pray the bible verses all you need to do is find all the scriptures that are speaking directly to your need and pray them.

We’ve listed some of the more common ones below

Let’s Pray!
Healing: 3 John 1:2, Luke 17:11-19, Psalm 118:17, Psalm 103:1-3, Matthew 8:2-3
Protection/Spiritual Warfare: Ephesians 6:10-17, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Deuteronomy 28:7, Psalm 25:1-2
Salvation: Acts 16:31, Romans 10:15, Romans 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 3:16
Financial: Psalm 23:1, Proverbs 21:5, Proverbs 10:4, Philippians 4:19, Deuteronomy 8:18


Here are some other scriptures for prayer

Here is a list of bible verses based on various topics

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