We already have a powerful prayer book.
As I look through the book store, I see some really cool prayer books. Most of us have gone away from them, but in some faith communities, the prayer book is still a thing. I picked up a nice one at a thrift store. My library is kind of like a vine, it grows all up and down the walls. The book shelf is already full. Now there are little piles of book along the side of my bed, flowing off the night stand. Who needs a night stand, I could just use a pile of books.
But that is another issue. Perhaps you can see me on the next episode of “Book Hoarders” on The Learning Channel.
Have you ever stopped to take notice of the beautiful prayers that are right there in the Bible?
Right there, already set out in black and white (and red), are words that are alive, and pleasing to God and to our spirits. I recommend that you begin to read them out loud as you come across them. I bet they will take on a new significance, as they have for me.
They have been transformative for me.
You probably remember the Prayer Of Jabez book. That one is a good example of how praying the Word of God can change lives. There are many testimonies to that fact, plus the book was highly popular. So, don’t stop there. Speak them out. This might sound wacky, but if I could change the world by making a TED Talk, I think I would make it on this. I wish I could get the Word of God to be spoken more in the atmosphere.
But let’s narrow down.
Let’s just stick with ourselves, our little home-realm before we charge the four corners of the earth.
We have the Psalms.
That’s a great place to start. We also have the Lord’s Prayer (or Disciple’s Prayer). There is Jabez’ Prayer. That’s a good foundation. What about the Shema (Deut. 6:4-9)? That is a proclamation that people have been reciting daily for thousands of years.
Daniel prayed. We know that Daniel eventually got a close encounter with the growly, scratchy kind all because of his praying. He was seen kneeling in prayer on a regular basis. Well, before he achieved status of Lion Whisperer, he prayed for revelation regarding the king’s dream. The stakes were equally high. Because, if someone didn’t tell King Nebbie about his dream – the dream itself AND the translation, some prophet and wise man heads were going to roll. (What a gruesome turn of phrase that we use.)
God answered his prayer and revealed the dream to him. His prayer of thanks is what I want to share with you today. I think it is an appropriate prayer for this season and in this country:
Blessed be the name of God forever and ever; for wisdom and might are his. He changes the times and the seasons; he removes kings, and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals the deep and secret things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.Daniel 2:20-22
So, my “Hack My KJV” tip for today is to mark out all the prayers you encounter in the Scriptures. Maybe highlight the text and simply write the word “Prayer” in the margin. As you encounter the prayer in your daily readings, take time to recite that portion out loud. It is so important to fill the air with our prayers, praises, and proclamations. Why not let more of those prayers have the added power of the actual living Word of God?
Have you found any impactful prayers in the Bible? If you know of any, do share in the comment section below.
Be blessed and keep smiling.