All scripture is breathed out by God & profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, & for training in righteousness. ~2 Timothy 3:16~
WEEK IN REVIEW
Well, let me tell you, after last week’s leap into Lectio Divina-style prayers, I’m hooked! I finally had a night when no one was home yet, all was quiet, and I decided to delve into a scripture. I chose scripture, wrote it out in my journal (leaving a line between each line of words – for other markings I thought I might make), and then I set my timer for 10 minutes. I told you I didn’t think I could go for 30 minutes, much less an hour, so I decided to start with 10.
Ten minutes went by like a flash! I couldn’t believe it! When my alarm went off I had not even gotten to the prayer part yet. I was still reciting the scripture and making marks (see below) on the words and phrases I thought the Lord was pointing out to me.
Time really did fly by and I totally did not expect it to! I thought I would be done in a matter of minutes and then I would be sitting there for another 7 minutes wondering what to do, but that wasn’t the case. It was awesome!
I set my alarm for another 10 minutes and began to write down what I felt like the Lord was pointing out through those phrases and words that I had underlined, boxed in, etc. Once I felt like I had exhausted the messages from the scripture, I began to write out my own prayer.
By the way, in the middle of the second 10-minute session I was interrupted, but the time still flew by!
All in all I probably spent about 30 minutes from the time I wrote down the scripture, read through it a few times, highlighted what I felt the Lord was leading me to focus on, writing out what I thought He was trying to teach me, and praying in response to what He had shown me. It really did keep me focused and attentive. And it wasn’t drudgery…….it was a pleasant experience!
This week’s post is also about praying through scripture, but in a more “personalized” manner.
A few years ago I had a greeter leader at our church give me a set of personalized scripture cards. It was one of the most special gifts anyone has ever given me. The cards were nicely presented in a clear business card holder (see pic below) and every card had my name inserted into a verse.
It really was a great way to pray scripture so that I had a personal connection to Bible verses. I still turn to those cards when I need to pump myself up or seek guidance for a situation. By inserting my name into a scripture, it sounds like the Lord is speaking directly to me. And of course He is, we know He is, but it takes us even deeper in our conversations and relationship with God to see our names written in scripture.
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.” ~Psalm 91:14~
You don’t have to have personalized scripture cards to pray scripture like this, but it is nice when you’re looking for a verse or two to help you through your day and it has your name right there in the verse. Another way to personalize scripture is to simply read your Bible and replace your name anywhere you read “you” or another place where you could replace your name for another person’s name.
I found a couple of fun resources that will put the names in scripture for you. The first is from Rejoice Marriage Ministries where you can put your spouse’s name and your name in their template and they will produce several verses like the one below:
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in Kelly and Tom will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
Another one is Achieving Balance in an Unbalanced World The page, NAPSV, stands for Net-Automated Personalized Scripture Verses. Again, you click on a verse, put your name in and voila:
Consider, Kelly, what Paul said, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things. Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to the gospel, for which Paul suffered trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. Therefore Paul endured all things for the sake of the elect, which includes you, Kelly, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. ~2 Timothy 2~
Another resource, the Living Prayer Center, has a lot of helpful information on prayer in general.
WANNA GIVE IT A TRY?
If you do give this form of prayer a try, just like last week, I would love to hear from you and how your experience went. It helped me personalize scripture in a way I had never known before. Maybe it can help you make a connection as well!
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***I will be traveling next week for my last art education association conference as the president, so if I do not get a post finished, I will post scripture and other information in Facebook. Please join us there! I will be in Fairhope, Alabama, so there is bound to be a LOT of art there! I will be sure to share pics on Facebook and Instagram.***
Jump over to the Art Stuff page to see Personalized Scripture Cards and Journal Pockets. Learn techniques on how to make personalized cards and pockets for your journals.