Praying the Scriptures

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, May 11, 2011

 Nathan the prophet spoke a blessing over King David:Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.” – 2 Sam 7:16

 David’s response reveals his intimate relationship with God: “O LORD Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to offer you this prayer” (2 Samuel 7:27).  

       The NIV translation gives clarity to the modern reader.  But what would the people of David’s time have heard regarding the word ‘prayer’ in his response to the revelation of blessing?  They would have heard the king first praise and thank God because of this good thing, and from that basis dare to approach and ask Him to “open the ears of His heart.” Amazing!  The creature approaches the all-powerful Creator confidently, speaking to Him in intimate terms and asking for favor.

In a similar way, Jesus encourages his disciples: “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:14). What a liberating and empowering promise! The Lord promises His followers that we may ask for anything in His name, and He will accomplish that for us.  Yes, we know that this depends upon right relationship.  Yes, we know that this is not about worldly prosperity (Though He knows our needs). Nevertheless, we have the ear of the King.

The Anabaptists of the 16th century well knew and needed the power of such prayer.  In a world in which kings were at war and commoners were dying for their religious beliefs, Anabaptists were fervent in prayer.  They would often “pray the scriptures,” a form of the ancient practice of “lectio devina.”  This meant that they would humbly seek out in the Bible scripture that promised a response particular to their specific need, and then pray that scripture back to the Lord. They would plead with Him to hear and to bring to pass in their life this much-needed blessing.

What are your needs today? Are you ‘right with God?’ (See 1 John 1:9). Your need may be bigger than you are, but be assured . . . it is not bigger than God is. Meditate on Jer. 29:11.

 Prayer: Lord, remind me to look to your word for strength and to pray your word so that it will become a part of who I am. Amen.

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