How to Pray the Scriptures March 25, 2013 – Posted in: Uncategorized
How to Pray the Scriptures – (not a method… but a rough guide to make your own with Christ.)
Col. 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
Motive: we want to fellowship with Christ, using the scriptures, for the purpose of His expression…as an inner reality being expressed out of our words and actions.
(This exercise can be done individually, in pairs or groups.)
Drawing in: Why should we seek fellowship with Him in our hearts? Why not pray to Him who is in heaven, or in our midst?
An Answer: Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. All of our insecurities, doubts and fears are inner conflicts…so its good to take the scriptures there and meet Christ. When we encounter people who speak and live from the heart…they just taste more salty, real and refreshing. They give us a taste of life, while avoiding a holier than thou attitude.
Scripture: Find a Christ exalting passage. Or a Psalm, or whatever.
If the main point of the verse or passage speaks positively – it can be contribute to the praise of Christ.
If the main point is more negative it contrasts who Christ is/what He’s done.
(From this place onward, I’ll use just the beginning of the first verse of Psalm 23 “the Lord is my Shepherd” as an example of a scripture that’s been selected.)
First go inward acknowledging that Christ lives within you.
Dwell there in His presence and slowly go over the text word by word.
Pray the text to Him concerning your own life…. and spend some time just loving your Lord with it.
Example: “Lord You really are my Shepherd, how fit and capable You are to know me and guide me all of my days.”
Explore the various aspects of the truth of the scripture. If a certain aspect really warms your heart…just dwell there with Him and allow it to be peaceful worship. (resting is important in this.)
Next (still in this same inner place) focus on how Christ personifies the goodness of the passage.
Pray the text concerning Him and His Life.
Example: “Lord you are the ultimate Shepherd. You are the Shepherd guiding people through eternity. You the Shepherd who gave and gives His life for His sheep.” ect.
..and again explore, praise and rest…abide in Him.
3. The GODHEAD
Lastly, remove “you” from the picture and see the truth of the word applying to the Father and Son only– their relationship.
Pray the text concerning their Trinitarian life.
Example: “Jesus while on earth, the Father was your Shepherd, and you followed His leading with perfect love and submission.”
“Father, it was of your good pleasure to fully shepherd the Son in His complete submission to You and Your will.”
See the Trinitarian Love happening by the Spirit between them (in You!) and bask in it. Praise, rest and abide for as long as it feels right.
After intimate fellowship with Christ, you should refreshed and motivated to Love others.
We love others with the same Love of Christ that is on us and in us. We mainly Love God by loving others.
Love is both God’s Law and His nature, and is the most succinct way to describe how to walk in the Spirit.
As we attempt to meet the needs of others, in ways that make sense to us, Christ and the Spirit show up.
They help us perceive the need, and give us the strength and supply, to meet the needs of others in the moment.
This may not feel overtly spiritual, it may seem more like little acts of love, natural seeming empathy, which simply makes sense to us, as we treat the other as they would want to be treated, in the moment.
Being well acquainted with the Gospel of Christ, seeking intimate inward fellowship through praying the scriptures……and the act of giving ourselves over to the Love of others….all this adds up to a very potent and practical help for de-mystifying how to walk by the Spirit…..and how live by the indwelling life of Christ.
Bonus practical things:
-Have a room in the house where family, or guests, can go that is closed off and quiet…this encourages fellowship with Christ in the inner place “shelter of the most High.” (Psalm 91)
-Have a set time and be intentional in addition to being flexible to be drawn in to other times.
-Consider keeping some basic notation of your inward treasuring of Christ throughout the week. Journal, or just write down the basics of what you’ve learned so you don’t forget….So that your community, can feed, refine, balance out, and glory in…your word of Christ…to the praise of the Father.
Eph. 1: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
The heavenly realm intersects or interfaces with our spirits…may we go inward to find that the above verse is most certainly true.