How I Pray Scripture

I will briefly share in this post how I pray through Scripture. While this action seems easy to do, questions arise at times about how to pray Scripture. People have been very thankful when I have shared this simple approach in person. So, maybe some readers will also appreciate the following perspective.

First, of course, you will have to choose a Scripture to pray through. You might chose a Scripture that is a favorite, one you’ve memorized, or one that speaks to a certain issue you are currently dealing with.

For my example, I will use Romans 5:1-5 which was one of my past memory verses. It is also a favorite of mine.

1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-5, ESV)

I will begin the prayer with an open Bible (unless I’ve memorized the verses). Then, I will simply repeat the verses as a prayer to God as my own paraphrase. I am, essentially, praying God’s words back to Him.

Below is how I might pray Romans 5:1-5.

Heavenly Father, since I have been justified by faith, I have peace with God through my Lord Jesus Christ. I praise you Father that I have obtained access by faith into your grace in which I now stand. And I rejoice in hope of your glory. Lord, more so, I rejoice in my sufferings. Help me rejoice in my sufferings! For I know that suffering produces endurance which produces character. That character produces hope; and hope does not put me to shame because your love has been poured into my heart through the Holy Spirit who you gave to me! Father, let my life be a picture of my prayer – of your words. Help me grasp the truth of your words as I live them out daily. In Christ’s name, Amen.

How do you pray Scripture?

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1 Tim Scott February 12, 2014 at 8:51 am

Great article Mark! I do something pretty similar in my praying Scripture. Usually though, I pause at significant words or a thematic emphasis and spend time praying through that word or theme. So, for instance, when I reached the phrase, “justified by faith”, I would spend time praying through all that means for me in Christ.

2 Mark Lamprecht February 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Thanks, Tim. And I agree with your practice as well. There is much you can do to reflect on God, His promises, glory, etc. while praying Scripture.

3 mrmatthewhenry February 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm

I republished a classic prayerbook by Matthew Henry called A Method for Prayer that I thought you would like to check out.
The book is about praying Scripture, I hope it will be edifying in some way.

It is free in a audio book and in every eBook format at and



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