“Knowing God’s Word helps us pray, and praying helps us know God’s Word.” —Craig T. Owens
I am currently reading Max Lucado’s book Praying The Promises (book review coming soon!) in which he makes the same case. For instance, consider the following passages—
The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with My word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. (Isaiah 55:10-11)
[Abraham] was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He promises. (Romans 4:21)
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 1:20)
Here’s how Max Lucado turned those passages into a prayer—
Lord, You are the Maker and Keeper of promises. Your Word does not return void. When You say You will do something, You do it. You are able to do whatever You promise. So many years ago You made a covenant with Your people, and You have been faithful to the covenant.
Sometimes it is easier to put my faith in my circumstances rather than in Your promises. I want to rely on myself, my earthly possessions, and the people in my life, but these so often fail me. But Your promises will never fail me!
As I read through Your promises, give me a new passion for them. Show me what promises I have forgotten over the years and need to cling to again. Reveal Your true character to me. Remind me of the power of Your love and Your grace. Strengthen my faith, and teach me to lean on Your Word rather than on myself.
Thank You for keeping Your promises. I’m grateful for the ultimate promise I have in Your Son, Jesus. Amen.
Why don’t you start making this a regular habit yourself.