In John 10:10 Jesus promises His followers abundant life. This blog is about my life as His follower.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Word Power

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A friend and I are facilitating a Bible study at our church.  As part of the group, each week we spend some time in prayer.  I've tried to include various types of prayer: silent, thanksgiving, popcorn.  This week I felt impressed to introduce praying the scriptures to the group.

As I spent time preparing, God encouraged me with these words  from the Bible:

Proverbs 18:21: 

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (NIV)

Isaiah 55:10-12
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. (NASV)

I want to speak life over the people for whom I'm praying.  I want to pray with power and know that I'm praying God's will.  Periodically in the past I've prayed specific scriptures that I've felt led to pray over my husbands, sons, or others.  Today as I prepared  I felt impressed to do this more.

I picked some common prayer situations and scriptures to get the group started:

Unbelievers to come to faith
John 6:44 - that God would draw him to Himself
2 Corinthians 4:4 - that Satan would be prevented from blinding him to truth
Deuteronomy 4:29 - that he would seek after God
John 5:24 - that he would Believe

Wisdom regarding specific challenges before a fellow Believer 
Proverbs 3:13-14 - that God would bless her with wisdom and help her to gain understanding 
Ephesians1:17-18 - a prayer for wisdom and revelation 
Colossians 1:9 - for wisdom and understanding by the Spirit 
James3:17 - for heavenly wisdom

Strength and stamina for specific situations before a fellow Believer 
Ephesians 3:16-17 - for strengthening in his inner being 
Philippians 4:13  - to remember and experience that he can do all things through Christ's strength 
Colossians 2:7 - that he would be rooted, grounded, and strengthened in faith 
2Thessalonians 2:16-17 - for God's strengthening

That a fellow Believer would experience godly self esteem
Ephesians 2:10 - that she would recognize in the deepest part of her heart that she is God’s masterpiece 
Psalm139:14 - that she would recognize in the deepest part of her heart that she is fearfully and wonderfully made 
Matthew22:37-39 -that God’s Holy Spirit inside of her would empower her to love God, himself, and others

That a fellow Believer would experience fruitfulness  
John 15:8 - that God would bless him and that he would bear much fruit and bring glory to God 
James1:25 -that he would look intently into God’s Word and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, practice what he reads and experience God’s blessing on his life 
Jeremiah17:7-8 - that God would root him in Himself and nourish & refresh him and cause him to bear fruit 
1 Corinthians 1:4-7 - that he would use the gifts God's given him to bear fruit

I'm interested to see what God's going to do in our prayer time tomorrow night and in the coming days.
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