Prayer & Scripture

I’ve lately been thinking a lot about prayer and it relationship to God’s word. Many years ago I became familiar with the practice of praying through scripture.  Since I also memorize portions of the Bible, I turn many of my favorite Psalms into prayers.  Hold it! That idea wasn’t mine to start with.  It is how the psalmists meant them to be used; heart-felt conversations with a loving father.

Some of my favorites are:

Thy word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee. Remove the false way from me, and graciously grant me Thy law. Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, and revive me in Thy ways. Establish Thy word to Thy servant, as that which produces reverence for Thee. Establish my footsteps in Thy word, and do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.  (Psalm 119:11, 29, 37, 38 & 133)

and Psalm 101

Also, more and more as I study scripture I am having a conversation with God. His words are living and active, speaking to me in the present, as if He where there in person. So, I am speaking His words back to Him in prayer and reading His words as if hearing a conversation.  The old delineation between “prayer” and “studying the Bible” are getting more blurred.

P.S. I was raised on King James, but now enjoy the New American Standard Bible, which maintains the older English practice of using “Thee,” “Thy,” and “Thou” when referencing God.  Quaint, old habit, I know.