Are you looking for ways to grow your prayer life and improve your regular quiet time with God? Perhaps you desire to pray more powerful prayers for your friends and family in need but you are unsure of where to start.
One of the most powerful ways to pray is by praying the scriptures. This involves incorporating the words of the bible into the prayers that you pray, thus praying the word of God back to him. This not only encourages you through the power of hearing the word of God, but this allows you to use the most powerful weapon we have as Christians, God’s living word! This post will help encourage you to incorporate a habit of praying the scriptures into your quiet time with God in order to create a war room prayer full of power!
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What is war room prayer?
As we walk through our lives on Earth, each of us is daily on a spiritual battlefield. The bible says in Ephesians 6:12:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
We are constantly fighting against the principalities of darkness against our families, our purpose, and our lives. The war room is where strategy happens. Militarily speaking, a war room is the space where plans are made, strategies are created, and the war is won in the mind.
You may have seen the movie, The War Room, staring Pricilla Shirer. It is a movie that highlights the importance that prayer has on every aspect of our lives, and how the spiritual battles are won, when we get on our knees! War room prayer is just that. It is the power prayer that we pray daily using the weapons that we have been given (the word of god) to fight the battles we face daily.
One thing to note, war room prayer has little to do with your surroundings. While it is nice to have a prayer space in your home where you can focus intentionally on developing your prayer strategy, this is not required. In fact, war room prayers can be prayed in your car on the way to work. They can be prayed in the classroom before children come in for the day. They can be prayed outside, or on the street, or anywhere where you need intentional prayer filled with the Rhema word of God to fight the battles you face.
What does the bible say about prayer?
Prayer is one of the most power weapons we have against the forces of evil. Prayer is our access point to the creator of the Universe through Jesus Christ. Throughout the bible we read of the powerful prayers of the righteous, but what does the bible say about how we should pray today and what is the importance of prayer as stated in scriptures?
Jesus gave us the example of prayer
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Hebrews 5:7
Jesus’ time on earth was spent experiencing life to show us how to experience life. One thing he was consistent in was his prayer life! He often found time to purposefully and intentionally get away from the crowds to pray to God. This bible verses about prayer reminds us that his prayers were heard because of this.
We get peace through prayer
Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let you requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:5-7
This world is exhausting. From racial tensions, and political strife to sickness and disease. There are so many things that can easily lead us to be anxious, but God is faithful. When we present our requests and our cares to God, he gives us peace to continue on.
We do not need to worry so much about what we pray, only that we pray
Likewise the spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Romans 8:26
One of the often-cited reasons for why people don’t pray in public or in general is that they feel like they do not know what to say or how to say it. This bible verse about prayer is speaking directly to this issue. When we do not know what to pray, we have been given a helper that can intercede on our behalf and translate our deep needs to the father.
Our needs are met in prayer
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
When we pray we are accessing the power of heaven and coming before our heavenly dad as his children. is our way to request the things we need and believe that our good father will supply based on his all knowing power.
How do you develop a prayer strategy?
Prayer strategy simply refers to the way in which you create the prayers you pray. There are several different strategies that you can use to improve your prayer life and pray more powerful war room prayers. Some methods you can use to create powerful war room prayers include:
- Using acronyms such as PRAY, ACTS, or the 5 finger method
- Praying the scriptures
- Use Breath prayer
- Start a prayer journal
How do you start praying the scriptures?
Praying the word of God back to him is one of the prayer strategies mentioned above and is a powerful way to improve your prayer life and help you pray more effective prayers. It usually involves finding the Rhema verses for the particular prayer need you want to pray about and then writing the verses out as prayer. This can be done on your phone or in a prayer journal! Then once you have written out the prayer filled with the powerful word of God placing those prayers in visible locations.
Praying scriptures this way allows you to pray both the need and the answer/promise that God has already given us consistently. Here are a few steps for effectively praying scriptures and creating a prayer strategy:
Find a great bible concordance or simply use Google to search for bible verses related to the needs on your prayer list. A concordance is a book that lists all the keywords in the bible. Having a bible app such as the Blue Letter bible is also helpful because it lets you translate the scripture into its root Hebrew or Greek words.
Next you will want to write down the list of scriptures that speak directly to your need and study them in context and outside of context. God’s word is living so a particular revelation you have about a verse of scripture may be different or not as impactful for the time in life I am currently walking through.
After you have a list of scriptures you will want to do is to write the verses out in prayer form, relating to your needs. Here are a few examples of praying scriptures:
Scripture: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
Example 1 of praying scripture: Lord thank you for loving me. Thank you for giving your son for my salvation! I praise you for eternal life through Jesus Christ! Amen
Scripture: 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.”
Example 2 of praying scripture: Heavenly Father, your plans for me give me hope for the future. They are good and will not harm me. I trust you with my future and ask your guidance as I walk the path you have placed before me. Amen
Scripture: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight
Example 3 of praying scripture: Lord in heaven, I acknowledge that my ways are not your ways. Lord help me to not lean on my own understanding, but to instead trust you. I long to walk in the way you have prepared for me. Help me to align my ways to your ways. Amen
As you can see in each of these examples, the word of scripture is used to create a war room prayer strategy. Praying scriptures is a habit benefits you in many ways! These benefits include:
- Helping you create more powerful prayers
- Gives you a chance to study the scriptures more
- Writing prayers encourages you to pray more which improves your prayer life
- Creating war room prayers gives you a prayer testimony
List of Scriptures to use when praying
One of the most important aspects of praying scriptures back to God is having a ready list of verses that you can use to pray. One way to do this is with the use of a bible concordance. These books include an exhaustive list of words that are used in the bible. It allows you to focus in on a topic that you may be wanting to create a prayer strategy for and find specific promises that stick out for your individual prayer needs.
Additionally you can be intentional during your personal bible study time and listen to the holy spirit for promises, commands, and verses that can be used as rhema for your war room prayer.
During my study, and prayer journaling time I have been creating lists of prayer points and scriptures to use when praying over different needs that I come across both for myself and for others. Here are some ideas of scriptures to use to pray for different subjects
- Deliverance scriptures to pray
- Marriage scriptures to pray
- Healing scriptures to pray
- Scriptures to pray over your children
- Scriptures to pray for confidence
- Scriptures to pray for peace
- Praying scriptures for your faith
- Praying scriptures for guidance and direction
Pray the scriptures daily for an improved prayer life
When we pray the scriptures back to God we are tapping into the power of his word, encouraging ourselves and using the power that he has given us as his children.
Have you tried praying the scriptures? What has been your experience? Share how you do it in the comments below!