Prayer Informed by Scripture
On Sunday we saw a proper response to threats. When the church became recipients of the central currency of the world, they did not respond back with threats but with prayer. This is a great reminder for us of what Jesus said in Luke 6:28 — Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. The early church’s prayer in the Acts 4 was saturated with rich theology describing who God was before they got to the request. Likewise, may our prayers be inundated with who God is. The question is how? How do we infuse our prayers with rich theology so that our requests to God spring from the ground of who he is? I think that the answer is to follow the lead of the church in this passage. Their prayer was informed by Scripture. They used words from the text. It is in Scripture that we increase our vocabulary for words in prayer that communicate who God is. My wonderful wife found something called My Epic Life Daily Word Workout which teaches the girls a new word each day. In order for it to work though it can’t just sit do in our dining room looking like a good idea we will get to one day. Each day we have to flip the page and talk about the new word. Our prayer vocabulary will increase as we get into the text and learn new words. Jubilee, let's keep learning the glorious words of Scripture that we might continue to pray to our glorious God.
Learning words to pray with you,