We all want to be effective prayer warriors, right? I'm referring to those who believe in the power of prayer, that is. Sometimes it is simply talking to God about whatever comes to mind, but we are also to intercede for others, and that takes more time, thought, energy . . . even tears! One way of praying that I have found to be powerful and effective is to pray God's words right back to Him! Think about it. The Bible is not just a book of empty words and man's ideas. It is living and powerful and, well, capable of much! So why not use God's very own words to talk to Him?
I must not be the only one who thinks this is a good idea. There are at least three other people, the authors of these books I'm about to share. :) What each woman has done is taken Scripture about different topics. organized them for the reader/pray-er, and worded the passages as prayers.
Now, there is no "magic" here. This isn't hocus-pocus stuff. And the way these ladies have worded their prayers isn't the perfect or only way. A person can do this on his/her own, using a Bible, without buying books. The thing I like about the books is that they help me find the verses I'm looking for, the ones appropriate for what I want to pray for. I use these books pretty much every day.
Here they are:
Praying God's Word, by Beth Moore. This helps me focus on Who is in charge, and also has lots of verses for different things I might be struggling with on a given day. I think this might go along with one of her Bible studies, but I'm not sure. It's great on its own!
The Power of a Praying Wife, by Stormie Omartian. Even if I don't want to pray word-for-word what she has written, Stormie provides the verses by category that go with so many important aspects to pray for my husband. Husbands/fathers have a huge responsibility, and our prayers help keep them going!
Praying the Scriptures for Your Children, by Jodie Berndt. I love this book! There are verses in it I have prayed to the Father every day for years. It helps me so much as a mom to surrender my motherhood each morning to the only One who can truly change my son's heart. It makes a difference! I love that Jodie includes verses/prayers reminding us moms of our role, our responsibilities and what our attitudes ought to be. Sometimes a child's wayward behavior isn't the only problem going on! ;)