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How to Pray Scripture

How to Pray Scripture


On the National Day of Prayer in the first part of May, as I drove I heard someone on the radio praying for the nation from II Chronicles 7:14 which says, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.”

As I drove, I quoted the scripture with the speaker and was surprised when they left off half way through the scripture dealing with our wicked ways and God’s response if we will do our part.

In order to enjoy God’s blessings, we have to DO what He requires, before we see Him move on our behalf. How can we fulfill His requirements if the person speaking doesn’t tell us what God says to do?

It’s a little like someone giving us a treasure map and says, “X marks the spot.” When we look at it, half the map is torn away. We need to hear and do the whole truth in order to receive the treasure.

In my quiet time this morning, I was drawn to Ezra 9:6-15 and Daniel 9:4-19. Both are powerful prayers because they give a powerful pattern of how to pray for God’s intervention. Click the blue words to be taken to those scriptures.

What do you think? Have you seen God intervene as a result of prayer?


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Today’s Bitterness

Today’s Bitterness

The Spirit of Marah (Bitterness)

On the third day when the Israelites journeyed back to Israel after their Exodus from Egypt, they found themselves at Marah, thirsty and out of water. There was a well there, but it was bitter. The Biblical account tells us in Exodus 15:23 (NASV):

“When they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter; therefore it was named Marah.”

So we learn that Marah means bitter in Hebrew. There is another time the word translated marah is used. It’s in Deuteronomy 21:18-21 (NASB).

“If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father or his mother and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them, then his father and mother shall seize him, and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gateway of his hometown. They shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey us, he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so you shall remove the evil from your midst, and all Israel will hear of it and fear.”

The Hebrew word rebellious in this passage is the same word as the one used in the above scripture. Marah. (Ma-ra)

Stubborn in the Deuteronomy scripture above in Hebrew is sa-rar which means “to rebel; be stubborn, be refractory.”

According to, refractory means “hard or impossible to manage; stubbornly disobedient. Difficult to fuse, reduce, or work as an ore or metal. A refractory is a place for making bricks of various shapes used in lining furnaces.”

In case we don’t get the flavor of the meaning, synonyms for refractory are “obstinate, perverse, mulish, headstrong, intractable, disobedient, recalcitrant, ungovernable, unruly.”

As I have observed the elections of 2016 and the days following the inauguration of President Trump, it seems to me this description of rebellious and stubborn seem to fit a lot of people in our nation.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not out to stone anyone but I do believe the Bible when it tells us in I Timothy 2:1-2 (NASB), “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”

Perhaps we have neglected our first priority to pray for all people and for those who are in authority. I wonder how things would change in our nation and around the world if we obeyed God’s priorities in prayer. Could this spirit of Marah (bitterness and stubbornness) be rendered ineffective in our nation through prayer? Then we could work together as a nation with one mind and heart. It’s worth a try, what do you think?

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Praying for our Government

Praying for our Government

I Timothy 2: 1-2 says, “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”

Paul urges us to pray for those in authority as a first priority. How many times have we glossed over that part?
But what should we pray? According to Psalm 110:11, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” That wisdom is God’s wisdom, not man’s wisdom. We don’t possess that kind of wisdom–unless God gives it.

In a list of mighty men who followed King David in I Chronicles 12:32, we learn of “the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do.” Wise men are mentioned again in Esther 1:13. King Ahasuerus was surrounded by “wise men who understood the times . . . who knew law and justice.”

Since President-elect Trump is choosing his cabinet at this time, perhaps we should pray for him to pick men (and women) who possess God’s wisdom, who understand the times with knowledge of what the U.S. should do, who know law and justice.

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God’s Solution to Terrorism

God’s Solution to Terrorism

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II Chronicles 7:14
“ . . . and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

God promises His people deliverance if they will do four things. (1) We must humble ourselves. That means to bring ourselves into subjection to Him. To stop trying to do things our own way. (2) To pray—to cry out to Him—to intercede for His deliverance. (3) To seek His face—to seek God’s presence and person. (4) And then turn from our wicked ways—our displeasing hurtful deeds and actions. We must change our life directions that displease God.
If the people called by His name, will meet His requirements, He promises to (1) give heed and grant our requests; (2) forgive—pardon our sin and (3) heal—restore favor to our land and our inhabitants.
Each of us needs His healing and deliverance. Will we fulfill His requirements in order to see His hand bring the healing we so desperately need?

Lord God, only You can heal us and our land.
We have walked apart from Your word and way.
We have sinned greatly against You. Please forgive us.
We cry out to You for Your deliverance.
May we come to know You as we are known.
We choose to walk a blameless path before You, our God.

Jesus, Our Need-Meeter

Jesus, Our Need-Meeter

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Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.

In the Greek, this scripture not only refers to the healing of individuals. It also includes healing of nations and involves restored favor. Do you know any person or nation that is brokenhearted (is a wreck; is crushed or ruptured)?

Some come to mind immediately. They need more than a bandage and a couple of aspirin. They need a major overhaul. No amount of human effort is going to bring healing to these wounds.

Only Jesus, the All-Powerful God, can restore, heal, bind up, these gaping injuries and sorrows. He is Jesus the Great Physician. He’s waiting for us to ask. Will you?

Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth,
come in and bind up these wounds.
Set the crooked straight.
Heal the unhealable.
These situations are beyond our help;
only You are our Healer, our Deliverer,
our Hope.
We stand to see You, Jesus,
bring the healing we so desire.

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Need Help?

Need Help?

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Hebrews 13:6
. . . so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What shall men do to me?”

When we lose sight of the fact that we are the Lord’s and He is ours, we tend to become afraid. We think we have to provide for our need or our protection. We have the mistaken idea we will suffer lack, or that someone may do us harm. We tell ourselves we have to work harder in order to accumulate more.
This only tends to move us farther from God. This kind of thinking becomes burdensome. Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). Let Him be in charge.
God is our helper in all things at all times in all circumstances, no matter what we face. Nothing happens to us apart from His notice. If He allows it, He has a purpose for it. It’s up to us to seek Him for why He permitted a certain thing.

My Lord, my Master,
thank You that You neither slumber nor sleep.
I rest in the fact You will supply all my needs
according to Your riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

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God’s Prescription for Healing

God’s Prescription for Healing

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With Ebola banging on our door it might be a wise thing to search God’s word, the Bible, for His prescription for our healing. He has a prescription for all our needs whether it be physical, mental, or emotional healing. Here is a page from my new book Looking Deeper.

Exodus 15:26
And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord, am your healer.”

In order to enjoy God’s divine health, we must do four things:
Give heed to God’s voice (hear and obey)
Do what is right (pleasing in His sight)
Give ear (listen) to His commandments
Keep all His statutes (His prescribed limits, boundaries, laws and conditions).
God lists some of the diseases of Egypt in Deuteronomy 28:27 which are, “boils, tumors, scab, and itch, from which you cannot be healed.”
But there is hope. Jesus has come to heal us. Perhaps as a nation and individuals, we need to repent to see His healing. As long as we’re still breathing, God’s mercy extends to us. Let us call upon Him now.

Father, forgive us.
We have listened to the world and obeyed its voice instead of You.
We have gone our own way and failed miserably.
We have written our own rules and fallen far short of Your desires.
We have run rough-shod over Your boundaries
and neglected Your conditions.
In Your mercy, please cleanse and heal us as individuals
and as a nation, so we might enjoy Your favor once again.

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Healing for Our Nation

Healing for Our Nation

Jeremiah in jail

Jeremiah 33:6
Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, I will heal them; I will reveal to them an abundance of peace and truth.

Jeremiah received this word from the Lord while he was being held in the court of the guard. He told the king they would be hauled off to Babylon. The king didn’t want to hear it so he threw Jeremiah in jail.

God promises to bring healing and restoration, health and a sound mind. He promises to heal the hurts and defects of nations and individuals.

He further promises to reveal Himself and make Himself known in an abundance of contentment with friendship with God. We know God’s truth by divine instruction through true doctrine found in the Bible.

Would this not be a great scripture to pray for our nation? We have gone very far from the knowledge of the one true God. We desperately need His healing and restoration.

Father God, what You do for one,
You’ll do for all.
We bow before You today pleading
for Your merciful hand to bring us
and our nation back into right relationship
with You, that You might receive
the praise, honor, and glory
for this miraculous turnaround.

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