It is important to review that God always hears our prayers. It doesn’t matter when or where they come from. He is Ever Present. He knows our hearts. He knows our thoughts before we think them. Praying can be silent or out loud. He hears us either way. In Psalm 17:6 David wrote, “I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God; incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.”
Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” One way to pray through faith then is praying Scripture. I love how Paul prayed for others. We can imitate him in this practice. It is especially helpful when we don’t know how to pray for someone.
Ephesians 1:15-16 says that when he heard of their faith, “…do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers.” Making mention seems an odd choice of words to me, because he doesn’t just say their name. He has a full on, purposeful, and hearty prayer for their spiritual growth and understanding.
Verse 17 says, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.” This is a great prayer. As I pray these words for myself or others, faith arises. It is a prayer that God answers. Proverbs 2:6 says, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Verse 7 says that He stores up wisdom for the upright.
In Ephesians 1:18-19 we read how Paul prayed for the eyes of their understanding to be enlightened in order to grasp what God had called them to. Also that they would understand the incredible great power that resided in them. Then connected that power to be the same as God raising Jesus from the dead.
Colossians 1:9-11 recorded another of Paul’s prayers. In 1983 a friend asked me to pray for her and her husband. Then said that it is unmentionable. That threw me. I had no clue. Now when that happens I pray whatever Scripture the Holy Spirit brings to mind. The Lord knows and He answers His word.
I love to peer into Jeremiah 33:3. It says, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” The Lord loves to reveal the inner depth of His word to us. There are hidden meanings that He wants us to mine out. It isn’t just printed words on a page. He wants to illuminate our heart with truths that will set us free. He wants to deep dive with us into the marvelous wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of what He has called us to.
God’s word is His heart in written form. We know from Isaiah 55:8-11 that His thoughts and ways are far higher than ours. We know that His word will never return to Him void. Verse 11 says, “…it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Jeremiah 1:12 says that He is ready to perform His word. As we pray His word in faith, He stands ready to fulfill it.