Pray Scripture Back to God
By Rick Warren
— February 29, 2012
“The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need. He lets me rest in fields of green grass and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water.” (Psalm 23:1-2 GNT)
You can use a variety of methods to meditate on Scripture and apply it to your life. Each will emphasize something a little different. Over the last few weeks, I’ve shared with you some of these methods, such as the pronounce-it method, the picture-it method, and the personalize-it method. No matter which Scripture verse or verses you’re studying, you should be able to find that at least one of these methods will help you get the most out of your time in the Word.
The pray-it method is no different. In this method you put whatever passage you’re studying in first-person and pray it back to God. Using this method, you don’t have to wonder whether you pray or read the Bible first during your quiet time. You do them together! And, you know your prayer will be answered because it’s in Scripture.
Here’s how you might do it with Psalm 23: “Thank you, Lord, for being my shepherd. Thank you for making me lie down in green pastures. Thank you for leading me beside quiet waters. Thank you for restoring my soul. Thank you for guiding me in the paths of righteousness for your name’s sake.”
Stop and think about the prayer for a bit. Has God ever made you lie down? Sometimes we don’t have enough sense to rest or relax. Sometimes God forces you to lie down. Sometimes he makes you lie down in green pastures because you are not taking care of yourself. That’s something to thank God for!
Have you ever felt down and depressed and were restored by God? Does God lead you down right paths? Of course! Psalm 23 provides a great opportunity to thank God for what he has done in your life.
Meditating on Scripture using the pray-it method will open up a whole new world to you in God’s Word.
Talk About It
- How will using the pray-it method help your prayer life in general?
- For what are you thanking God today? How has he been working in your life?
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Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
This devotional © 2012 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.