I set a goal this year to pray a certain passage of Scripture for my husband. Each day when I pray for him, I start with that verse and allow it to direct me in the way I pray for specific needs in his life. It’s amazing how that passage gives me a new perspective on those things, whether they are big picture requests or simple requests for his day.
Additionally, I have begun praying a verse for myself each day. The Holy Spirit reminded me that I don’t handle surprises very well – when things don’t go the way I expected, I quickly get irritated or flustered and end up saying things I regret. Since I can’t start my day by praying specifically for those situations (I don’t know what they’ll be!), I decided to pray a verse that would cover the unexpected! Here’s the verse I’m praying right now.
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. – Proverbs 16:24
I’m asking the Lord to help my words to be all those things – gracious, sweet and healthy! I can’t say that it’s transformed me into a person who only says gracious, sweet and healthy words…but I can see growth in my life as a result. Gracious words are not just beneficial for the hearer – they benefit the speaker as well.
How do you find a verse that you can pray for yourself or others? For me, I’ve found that the Lord draws attention to verses as I’m going through my daily Bible reading. I read one chapter of Proverbs each day – the chapter that corresponds to the date. March 16 was the day Proverbs 16:24 spoke to my heart, and I’ve been praying it since then.
Read More —> How To Pray Powerfully Using Scripture (from my Mom’s series on prayer)
Do you pray a verse for yourself or others? I’d love to hear what it is!