To pray the Scriptures is to perform spiritual surgery in a person's innermost being. I experienced the sword of God’s Word first hand.
My deepest desire is to know the love of God and make it known to others. I aspire to have delicate discernment when I minister.
My attitude once hindered me from God fully using me. I needed to forgive my childhood abuser and see him as God sees him. I clung to my right to fight. I was a victim of abuse. I should be able to hold on to a grudge, right? Bitterness was my attempt at justice.
I studied the prayers of Paul. Oh, to obtain the inner peace Paul had. He was flogged, shipwrecked, thrown into jail, and left for dead. Yet he learned contentment and found peace amidst the trials. I wanted that peace. I prayed the Scriptures, seeking a changed heart. After all, Scripture states it will change attitudes (Hebrews 4:12), and mine was obstinate.
The Spirit encouraged me to combine some of the Apostle Paul’s prayers into one. The interweaving of the Scriptures produced this powerful, poignant prayer. I began interceding for myself and others.
The working of the word in me was like surgery. The sword of the word lanced my tumors of sin and replaced them with a salve that heals.
The paraphrased Scripture references are Ephesians 3:17–20, 1 Corinthians 13:4–8 and Philippians 1:9–11.
Lord, I pray that out of your glorious riches you strengthen us with power through your Spirit in our inner being, so Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith—that we would be rooted and established in love. Your love that is patient, kind, not envious, boastful, rude, or proud. Your love that keeps no records of wrong. Your love that never fails. May we have strength to comprehend the breadth, length, height, and depth of your love for us, and to know the love of Christ, which surpasses knowledge. I pray this so that our love may abound more and more, with wisdom and depth of insight so that we can discern what is best and be found blameless on the day of Christ, Now to You, who is able to do above and beyond all we ask or imagine, according to the power at work within us, to You be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
This prayer seems like a mouthful, but when earnestly prayed and believed, it can produce radical change.
The hatred toward my abuser changed from wanting him dead to pray for his eternal salvation.
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