Today I was getting ready to do some serious praying. I had a concern that weighed heavy on me. I was bowing my head to pray, but I didn't know where to begin. At just that moment I received a text that said "Psalm 37:5-7... God wants to bless you and give you peace." This person had no idea I was getting ready to pray nor that I was carrying a heavy burden before the throne at that exact moment.
I read a little more than suggested, but it was perfect.
"Delight yourself in the Lord
and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in Him and He will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret... it leads only to evil.
For evil men will be cut off,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land."
After reading this Psalm I prayed it.
"Lord, make me delight in you, Lord, make me delight in you." Over and over I mumbled this.
"Give me the desire of my heart. Give me the desire of my heart. Give me the desire of my heart."
"Lord, I commit this burden to you, take it." Again, I mumbled this over and over.
"I trust you. I trust you. I trust you. I trust you."
"Help me be patient and wait. Help me be patient and wait. Help me be patient and wait."
"Take away my worry. Take away my worry. Take away my worry. Take away my worry."
"Take away my anger. Take away my anger. Take away my anger. Take away my anger."
"My hope is in you. I trust you. I delight in you. I commit this to your hands. Take it. Make me patient while I wait for you to do it. Help me not to worry and become angry."
I prayed this for what seemed to be a long time. I wish I could say that I got up and my problem was solved and I had peace instantly, because I didn't. I had some peace, but I'm waiting for more.
My point is that scripture is not just to be studied for knowledge. Scripture is also the living and active word of God. It spoke to me like it was written for me today. When we experience passages that were written thousands of years ago, but yet feel like they are shouted to you today; pray them. Prayer is not a formula; however, what could be better to pray than the very words of our Lord?!
Delve into the word of God. Try praying scripture today.