I recently read a book by this title. Praying God’s Promises, The Life-changing Power of Praying the Scriptures by Linda Evans Shepherd. The author makes the case for active prayer. It’s not a hard pitch to make. If there’s life-changing power to be had, I’m in! Citing personal experience and stories of friends, Shepherd reminds her readers of their need for life-changing power in the real-life-circumstances we each face then stacks applicable verse upon verse for the reader to pray.
I’m certain this will become a well-thumbed reference for me. It’s logically laid out and I can see it have ongoing impact for me as circumstances and needs change.
I am a strong believer in praying scripture. Sometimes life is so …much.. whether good or bad. Sometimes the feels are just too overwhelming to put into words. It seems to me that is the perfect time to turn to The Bible to put words to our joy or suffering, celebration or confusion. One caution comes to mind in the midst of this praise though. I think it is crucial that we consider the fuller context of the original scripture. It’s tempting to cherry-pick promises without thinking through the circumstances of the original listener(s). While I believe God’s Word is for the ages and comes from Him who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, I also believe that the thinking Christ-follower must also understand the culture, history, and relationship of the key players to whom the promises were made.
This book will be significant as a reference or a devotional and I plan to keep mine handy!