7 Intentional Scriptures to Pray Over Your Year.

Kristi Woods

Friday, January 24, 2020

Are you an intentional prayer warrior? Do you schedule requests for God, setting aside a certain time each day, or do you offer prayers on a whim? I’ve been known to do both, but what about a prayer life intertwined with Scripture?

Weaving our requests and petitions with Bible verses is one way to be intentional about our prayer life. It’s powerful, too. Keep reading to find seven scriptures to pray this year.

What Does the Bible Say About Intentional Prayer?

Being intentional simply means to pray on purpose or as intended. Looking in the Bible, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 instructs us to be purposeful—to pray always.

Let’s be honest, the fast pace of life can easily whisk us away and into the busy grind, leaving the day void of conversations with God. However, if we’re intentional, keeping a determined focus on our prayer life as we would a new habit of walking, reading the Bible, or drinking water, God can change us.

In addition to that verse in 1 Thessalonians, here’s what the Bible says:

“[P]raying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,” (Ephesians 6:18 KJV)

We’re called to pray for all types of needs—for others, self, ministry, work, the heart, healing, deliverance, and more. And to pray continually. That’s intentional.

How Was Jesus Intentional in Prayer?

Flipping through the pages of the New Testament, we read about Jesus and prayer. In Luke 5:16, we note that our merciful Savior often retreated from the crowd to spend one-on-one time with his Father.

With the pending crucifixion, Jesus asked for deliverance but, in Matthew 26:42, assured the Father that his (the Father’s) will would be done. On the cross, he also prayed a prayer of forgiveness. All were intentional.

Find more Bible verses and insight concerning this topic in this piece on Crosswalk.com.

Purposeful Living

It’s easy to pray in reaction to circumstances. That’s okay. Welcome, even. But what if we’re missing out by simply living in reaction versus intention? What if our faith can grow deeper when we focus with purpose? How would this impact life aspects such as relationships, church, and the words we speak?

The Intentional Living Podcast with Kristi Woodsa free six-part series, offers an everyday look into these life topics. Find conversation and suggestions for a deeper walk with Jesus this year—prayer included.

Intentional Prayer Samples

God desires to hear your voice and mine, to commune with us in prayer every day—whether  out loud or in silence. Prayer is simple communication with God—with words and listening ears. Below are a few samples to consider.

When someone lists a prayer need on social media, talk with God right then. Father, my friend has need of comfort. Comfort her like only you can.

When you wake, offer thanksgiving. Thank you for today, Father. Thank you for the sun, the answers, and even the challenges that will come.

Take ten minutes and walk around the neighborhood or house, praying. I pray for _____ today, that they’ll be strong in you and in your mighty power, Lord.

Lift requests while in the car, or ask for help from God before beginning a task. Lord, I’m about to dive into this new endeavor. I believe you’ve called me to it. I will remain in you because apart from You, I can truly do nothing. Bring forth the spiritual fruit for the sake of others and your glory, Lord.

10 Intentional Scriptures You Can Pray throughout the Year:

1. The Nehemiah Prayer 

Here’s a prayer for strength. God stirred Nehemiah’s heart for a mission, but that mission wasn’t easily completed. He needed strength beyond his own.

We find the initial prayer in Nehemiah 1:4-11. He converses with God with praise and supplication. He addresses sin as well as the task ahead. Other powerful words await in Nehemiah, too, and we don’t want to miss them. They make a powerful prayer for the servant of God.

“For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, ‘Their hands will drop from the work, and it will not be done.’ But now, O God, strengthen my hands.” (Neh. 6:9 ESV)

A prayer created from this verse might look like this:

Father, this work is not easy. My enemy attempts to make me afraid, to quit in fear, but You have called me to this task. So I look to You. I will complete it. God, strengthen these hands. In Jesus’ name, amen.

2. Words from Ephesians 

Ephesians provides many wonderful verses that can transition into powerful prayers. Consider the passage below. Insert the name of a loved one before verbs. For example:

…May Christ’s dwell richly in ______’s heart through faith, that he/she being rooted and grounded in love…

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:14-19 ESV

3. Psalms and Prayer

The book of Psalms is filled with poetic prayers and praises. For example, use the verse below from Psalm 5 as a simple supplication. Others that make wonderful prayers are Psalm 3:7, 10:17, and 25:1-2.

“Give ear to my words, Yahweh. Consider my meditation.” (Psalm 5:1 WEB)

4. Utilizing Proverbs

A popular scripture passage, Proverbs 3:5-6 offers words of strength when spoken over the lives of others or ourselves. Study the words and consider the deep meaning when offering these words.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV)

Father, I will trust you with all my heart. I refuse to lean on my own understanding, but ask you for wisdom with this. Lord, I’ll acknowledge you in all my ways. Show me any ways I’m going astray. I love you and know you’ll make my paths straight. Praise you, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.

5. Praying from the Book of John

John 15 includes many verses easily used as intentional prayers. Here’s one:

“I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 WEB)

Father, I know You are my supplier, and according to your Word, if I remain in you, you will remain in me. That’s where I’ll produce much spiritual fruit for the benefit of others and to your glory. So Father, I remain. I remain in you. Show me how to do this on a day-to-day basis, for I know that apart from you, I can truly do nothing.

6. Romans and Salvation

A prayer for the forgiveness of our sins and the gift of salvation is potentially the most powerful offering of words we’ll ever utter. It secures our eternity in heaven. Our loving Father freely welcomes and answers it.

Here’s one scripture to help model our words.

“[T]hat if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9 WEB)

Father, I ask you now to forgive my sins. Thank you for washing me clean. Starting today, I call you Lord, Jesus. I believe in my heart that God raised you from the dead. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

7. Help from Matthew

It might be one of the most popular prayer passages in the Bible. Many churches recite this one regularly during their services. What if we take these words and turn them into a personal conversation with God?

“Pray like this. ‘Our Father, who is in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your kingdom come. May your will be done, as in heaven, so on earth. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Amen.’” (Matt. 6:9-13 WEB

Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. May not copy or download more than 500 consecutive verses of the ESV Bible or more than one half of any book of the ESV Bible.

DEVOTIONAL

Week 4 Friday

January 24, 2020

 

 

“And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, ‘Lie with me.’”

Genesis 39: 7

King James Version

 

EXPLORATION

 

“Prosperity and Passion” 

How to Get Ahead

 

“Wealth means power: the power to subdue, to crush, to exploit, the power to enslave, to outrage, to degrade.”

Emma Goldman

 

 

What have I used in my life to try to control the behavior of another person?

 

 

INSPIRATION

 

“O Lord, help us to be masters of ourselves.”

Sir Alexander Paterson

 

Across the desert the caravan moved, carrying a 17-year-old young man who had never been away from the family who adored him.  Joseph faced living in a strange country, with strange people, in a position he’d never been in before. Joseph was now a slave.

 

Think for a moment how Joseph must have felt as the Ishmeelite merchant men took him farther and farther from home.  Away from the father who favored him from the day he was born.  Away from his brother Benjamin.  Away from the security and comfort he had known since he was a child.

 

For Joseph, that was then!  This was now! Upon his arrival in Egypt, he found himself on the “sales block” with other bodies.

 

The high bidder for Joseph’s service was Potiphar… “an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard….” (Genesis 39:1).

 

It didn’t take long for Potiphar to see that everything Joseph touched turned to gold.  Genesis 39:2 states that, “And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man….”  But Joseph wasn’t only “doing well” for himself.  Potiphar’s entire household benefited from the blessings that flowed into Joseph’s life.  Interestingly, not only did Potiphar realize Joseph was blessed, but he also came to understand that the “Lord” was behind Joseph’s prosperous behavior.  Isn’t it wonderful that in a heathen land, Joseph’s integrity and conscientious work ethic spoke louder than anything he said.  It was the way he behaved that left an impact on Potiphar.

 

It wasn’t long before Joseph was made overseer of Potiphar’s house and “all” was put in Joseph’s hands.  In fact, Genesis 39:6 tells us that Potiphar ended up leaving everything under Joseph’s control, except for the food Potiphar ate.

 

With Joseph running everything and with plenty of money coming in, Potiphar could take it easy and let things roll right along.  Maybe this is why Mrs. Potiphar lost interest in her husband or looked in another man’s direction or found herself lonely.  Somewhere along the line, Mrs. Potiphar became bored, alone and looking.  With a handsome young man, who had a golden touch in the house, Joseph became very alluring, indeed!  Although Mrs. Potiphar knew Joseph was a “slave,” she may have considered this to work to her advantage because how could someone lower in status than she was, ever deny any request she might make of him.

 

However, before we heap our disgust on Mrs. Potiphar, I’d like to share some thoughts written by Sara Buswell:

 

“Before we sit in judgment on the behavior of this pagan woman, we should ask ourselves whether our own behaviors or attitudes are really any better.  To what extent are (we) considerate of the needs of others?  What tactics do (we) use to get people to do what (we) want? Perhaps (our) objective is not the same as that of Potiphar’s wife, but how different are (our) methods?  Do (we) tease, scream or sulk?  Do (we) make threats or false promises?  What is (our) definition of manipulation, and would (we) fit the category of an individual who tries to use other people to satisfy (our) desires, regardless of their desires?”

 

We may not be trying to seduce a “Joseph,” but our behavior can be identical if we use our power to try to control others in our lives.

 

One day, when Mrs. Potiphar thought no one was watching, like a tiger on the prowl, she pounced and went for the jugular.  No beating around the bush.  Mrs. Potiphas was an “in your face” kind of woman.  “Lie with me,” she demanded.  Direct. Blunt. Forward.

 

What was Joseph to do? I doubt he ever felt he would be in this position.  He had worked hard.  He had played by the rules.  He had done the right thing.  Now, he was faced with losing everything because servants were supposed to obey their owners.  If he crossed Mrs. Potiphar’s will, who knows what would happen.

 

Have you ever been in a position where you were asked to do something you knew was wrong, but the consequence for saying, “no,” would be devastating?  What helped you make the right decision?

 

In Joseph’s case, there was one reason he did not succumb to temptation – Joseph never forgot who he belonged to.  First, he knew the prosperity that had followed him was a gift from his Father in heaven.  In some of the most memorable words recorded in the Bible, Joseph’s answer to Mrs. Potiphar’s proposition should serve as a blueprint on how to handle temptation for every one of us:… “how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9 K.J.V.).

 

In I Chronicles 4: 10, the prayer of Jabez is recorded.  The one line I find very important in this prayer is:… and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me….”  One translation of this phrase is: “keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain.”

 

This thought was foremost in the mind of Joseph.  He did not, above all things, want to cause pain to his Heavenly Father.

 

The great preacher and hymn writer Charles Wesley penned this request, “Make and keep me pure within.”  May this be our prayer, even in the face of temptations that threaten to shake the foundation of our world.

 

“Grant Lord, that I may not, for one moment, admit willingly into my soul any thought contrary to thy love.”

Edward Pusey

1800-1882

 

AFFIRMATION

 

“Almighty God, in whom we live and move and have our being, Thou hast made us for Thyself, so that our hearts are restless until they find rest in Thee; grant us purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing Thy will, no weakness from doing it; but that in Thy light we may see light, and in Thy service find perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

St. Augustine

 

 

 

Your friend,

 

 

Dorothy Valcárcel, Author

The Women Who Met Jesus

Dorothy@TransformationGarden.com

 

 

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Devotional by Leslie j. Barner

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By Leslie J. Barner
When I first heard that Christian wives are to submit to their husbands, it was like hearing a four-letter word.

I’m the oldest of four girls. I was used to being the leader. “Submission” was not in my vocabulary.

For the first several months of our marriage, little decisions could turn into major battles. Then one of those battles went nuclear. I had a complete meltdown. But Aubrey remained calm and loving even as he stood his ground.

Wanting peace and harmony in our relationship, I decided to find out more about biblical submission.

One attitude-changing truth for me was discovering that God wasn’t calling me to be inferior to my husband. We’re both His image bearers (Genesis 1:26-27). We are equally loved and valued and have equal access to Him (Romans 8:17). He just calls us to different roles.

The husband’s role is as a servant first—loving his wife sacrificially and with humility—then as a leader who is in turn following Christ’s lead (see Ephesians 5:25).

The wife’s role is that of a helper, an ally (Genesis 2:18). To lead well, a husband needs his wife’s help—her advice and her involvement in their relationship, home, and family life, including the decision making.

I also learned submission isn’t just for wives. Both spouses are called to submission. Ephesians 5:22-29 tells me I’m to willingly yield to my husband’s authority out of obedience to God. And my husband, too, surrenders to authority—the authority of Christ.

I came to understand that submission was not being dominated or controlled. The authority God gives husbands reflects Christ’s relationship with the church—for whom He laid down His life.

With an understanding of what biblical submission is (and isn’t) and a desire to obey God, Aubrey and I went from all out war to becoming a united team.
Click here to listen to a two-part podcast titled, “Liberated through Submission,” with wife and author, Bunny Wilson, and hear how submission can make your marriage thrive.

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