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Scripture to Pray

by Duane Mabee on August 30, 2018

In the book Face to Face, Kenneth Boa uses Scripture to guide his praying.  He paraphrases passages to make them more personal while retaining their original meaning.  This is a great approach to prayer.  It gives you ways to pray and suggests things to pray about, while riveting your mind on God’s thoughts and words. 


Here’s an example.  Boa uses Romans 12:1-2 as a prayer of submission to God. 


I submit myself and my life to you, O God: In view of Your mercy, O God, may I present my body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to You, which is my reasonable service.  May I not be conformed to the pattern of this would but be transformed by the renewing of my mind, that I may prove that Your will is good and acceptable and perfect.


Boa’s use of Romans 12:1-2 is both a good example of how to use Scripture in prayer, and a great prayer to pray on a regular basis.  It is a good prayer to pray at communion services. 


Communion should always remind us that we belong to God through Jesus Christ.  Jesus redeemed us with His blood.  We owe Him a debt of gratitude that we can never repay, nor do we need to try.  But, our gratitude should always result in active, intentional submission to God – to His will and to His ways.  We are so prone to do our own thing, though.  Life consistently moves us away from a commitment to follow and obey God, so it is a good idea to reaffirm our surrender on a regular basis. 


Why not use the prayer above to guide your own interaction with God, and renew your commitment to surrender today?