Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:13-16
“Prayer is where the action is.” – John Wesley
- Call your prayer partner for your 10-Minute prayer call! God is the one who has the power to work in your heart and the hearts of those you love. Prayer changes everything!
- Grab something hot and delicious to drink, your Bible, journal, a pen and a candle and go to the place where you meet with your Jesus.
- Read James 5: 13-16. Write the second part of verse 16 in your journal. I love how the New Living Translation says, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”
Praying God’s Word is Powerful!
If you’re like me and feel like you hardly ever have your life together, you will find GREAT hope in the Word of God! When I read the Scriptures, I read that God loves me, and promises to give me wisdom and help in time of need, especially as a mom! The stories I find in the Bible feature REAL people with REAL problems, most of whom failed in one way or another. Even though they failed, God still brought beauty out of their ashes and mistakes, and He always showed Himself faithful to each and every one.
I love that about our God. He is faithful and trustworthy, and His Word is perfect; every word is flawless, and we can find our refuge in Him! Proverbs 30:5. Over the years, I have learned to lean on the flawless Word of God more and more.
Many years ago, I knew this woman at the YMCA who would read her Bible while on the treadmill and pray Scripture over her family. One dark morning, when my Dad was dying in the hospital, I was overwhelmed with despair and asked her if I could borrow her Bible while I was on the stair machine. My heart was carrying a deep sadness with the realization that I was losing my last living parent, and this load felt too heavy for me to bear.
I remember that day as if it were yesterday because that was the day I felt the strengthening power of praying God’s Word!
Praying God’s Word is powerful because we are agreeing with God about our situation and praying His will over our lives. Every word in the Bible is true and shows what we can believe God for–His promises. And it helps us to stay in faith and trust Him with our hopes, dreams, difficulties, and concerns, knowing He is faithful.
We see this truth in action in Psalms 145:13, “…The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.”
When we pray Scripture, we hope for the right things and see things more from God’s perspective than our earthly one. We get to see His faithfulness play out before our very eyes. God Word constantly speaks hope and wisdom personally to us every day and gives the power to be strong Christian wives and moms who look to God for help and not to ourselves. It helps us to feel stronger as moms because we are believing God more and walking closer with Him by faith.
A short time after my dad passed away, I went out and bought a little Bible to carry around with me. I underlined and highlighted the verses that I felt God was leading me to pray for my family, children’s spouses, descendants, and friends. I pray it while I am exercising and bring it with me to pray when I travel. What a difference this habit had made in my life! I can honestly say, by the grace of God, that I have seen God answer MANY of my prayers in faithful, and mighty ways.
I am sharing this with you today with hopes to encourage each of you to start praying the promises of God for your family, friends, and descendants. Pray and ask God to give you Scriptures to pray over your family. Purchase a little Bible and highlight the verses you want to pray and carry with you when you go places, or have to wait anywhere. You could also record the verses on your phone and listen to it in your car, when you’re on a walk, or in your bathroom getting ready for the day. Do whatever works! Remember, You do you!
I have included a list of my ten favorite verses to pray for your children (yourself and your husband too) to know the love of God and to love His Word. Print them out and put them on your fridge, your bathroom mirror, or anywhere you will see them frequently. Pray them over your children and wait in faith for God to answer. You can print these scriptures here.
Question to ponder
- Pray and ask God to give you verses to pray over your husband and children. Write them in your journal.
- Print out these prayers and put them where you will see them. Pray them every day this week.