Praying the Bible for my family

January 14, 2013
Photo Credit: samantha celera

Photo Credit: samantha celera

Last week I heard this quote from John Piper of Desiring God.

If you close your Bible you probably won’t last another three minutes in prayer.

Julie has always said it this way.

If you want to pray God’s will you should pray the Bible.

Yesterday evening I finally put this into practice. During the day I found a scripture for each of the five women in my house and spent yesterday evening praying the Bible over each of them.


Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Lydia has a very strong passion for the things of God. She also has a dream to travel to Haiti this year and eventually Japan.

For Lydia I prayed that God would grant her the ability to combine her two loves. I asked God to provide a way for her to travel to both these places and share the message of Christ when she does.


Nehemiah 8:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

When Jessica is experiencing joy she lights up our home in such a unique way. Everyone is having fun and laughing. The sounds of play and laughter are infectious.

For Jessica I prayed that God would fill her heart with Joy. I asked God to let her experience the kind of strength that comes from the Joy only God can give.


Psalms 42:2
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?

Elaina loves spending one-on-one time with Julie or me. For Elaina I prayed that God would grow that desire inside her spirit in a way that would cause her to desire one-on-one time with her maker, the creator of the universe.


Matthew 18:4
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Anjelia is incredibly humble. She was the only person in our house on Christmas day who offered one of her gifts to her other sisters. She received a gift that she knew Elaina also wanted. She instantly wanted to take her gift over to Elaina and give it to her. Julie had to talk her out of it. Anjelia has the supernatural ability to see everything as temporary.

I prayed that God would continue to grow humility in her life. I prayed this because I know that as she remains humble she will also remain committed to God’s provision and grace in her life.

Everyone in our family could learn a thing or two from Anjelia and her humility.


Philippians 4:7
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Julie has been my best friend for over 22 years. She is the most committed person I have ever met. The struggle with this kind of commitment is it creates a lot of busyness mentally while less committed people (like me) can just turn their brains off whenever they want. People with immense character like Julie struggle in this area.

For her I asked God to give her peace of mind during the week. I asked God to lift the stress of her responsibilities from her heart, so she can relax when she needs to.

At this point I was already a bucket of tears. What Julie did next overwhelmed me. She called me over to her and had a verse and prayer for me.


Psalms 1:1-3
1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

I love being encouraged. My primary love language is words of encouragement.

Julie prayed a prayer of thanks to God that she has a man who strives to live life by this powerful passage.

Now, before you comment here or on Facebook about how spiritual and wonderful I am, please wait just a moment. There is a powerful truth here that I am more interested in than the praises of man.

I cried way too much yesterday evening. It was all very overwhelming praying the Word of God over my family. I shouldn’t have cried because I should be used to doing this sort of thing. There is nothing more powerful than God’s Word. Just like Julie’s quote above. There is no better way to pray for someone than using the Bible. Praying like this guarantees that we are praying what God wants. I have done this far too little over the years and I want to change it.

There is a huge difference between praying for someone and praying God’s Word with someone.

James Dibben


3 responses to Praying the Bible for my family

  1. I think it is also extremely important to pray the Word over yourself. The great thing about doing that is the prayers become less selfish and less about your wants and needs and more about what God wants and needs for you…and His desires trump ours and roll ours up in them anyway. Definitely nothing more powerful than speaking the Scripture aloud in our worship and our prayer time for others and for ourselves. We know those are effective prayers that will get answered with at ‘yes’ and ‘Amen’!

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