Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Praying Scripture Over One Another

One morning last week, as I sat at my computer at work, I received this text message from a new, but already dear friend…

“Good morning, sweet friend. I’m praying Psalm 9:9 over you this morning.”

Her text made me smile and was just what I needed that morning.

Not only did it touch me to know someone was sincerely and specifically praying for me, it led me to Scripture.

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Psalm 9:9 NIV

I read further to Psalm 9:10, and texted her back.

Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 9:10 NIV

Her simple text took me into God’s Word where I hadn’t been that morning.

And His Word changed my focus…away from what wasn’t going right…to Him.

I stopped dwelling on what was bothering me, and remembered His goodness, His grace, and His love.

It reminded me that God is, indeed, my refuge. He is my strength. And I can always, always trust Him…because He will never leave me.

I’ve had a few other friends pray Scripture over me, and I’ve done the same—prayed over someone when I felt moved to do so.

Is a text, tweet, or Facebook message the ideal way to share God’s love and blessings with another? Probably not. But God can and will work through any form of communication.

He did for me that morning. And I pray He will the next time I pray over someone.

How about you? Have you ever prayed Scripture over someone or had Scripture prayed over you? What are your thoughts?

In Christ,
Laura 

12 comments:

  1. I love the thoughts of praying scripture and have done it often. I think there is nothing better that we can do for one another.

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  2. This is a practice I used to do daily, to pray scriptures. Thanks for the reminder that I need to return to this habit!

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  3. This is a great idea, Laura. Thanks for sharing. I love the simplicity of texting love to one another

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  4. I love this reminder Laura to not only pray scripture but to use scripture to pray over others too. To be honest, I'm a somewhat new Christian and didn't begin really praying until this year. I quickly learned there is a reason scripture tells us to pray without ceasing...it works! Blessings to you.

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  5. Thanks for the reminder, Laura. There's power in praying the Word over each other. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He shine His countenance upon you and give you peace. : )

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  6. Actually, I love the idea of praying scripture over someone and receiving the same way any way it's delivered. I have prayed scriptures over my children for 20 years through Moms In Prayer...and because of that, I've prayed it over many friends and family members as well. So powerful. Inspired by Cheryl, I pray He who is able will do immeasurably more than all you ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, In Jesus' name, Amen!

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  7. I love it. Thank YOU for the encouragement and for lifting me up. You're the best.

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  8. I think God can use anything - sometimes a text is all I can handle, being the introvert that I am! Love how you showed that something little can be so powerful.

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  9. There is such a comfort in knowing friends are mindful of us, that God speaks to others on our behalf. I have friends that do this for me and I'm always awestruck by their kindness. I'm glad you have those kinds of friends too Laura.

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  10. I think it's quite lovely that a friend loves you like that. I'm not surprised, dear Laura, as I'm sure you're a friend to many in your "real life," just as you are to so many of us online.

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  11. I think that as believers we have the amazing job of redeeming culture and we can do that by using technology to share His word and encourage one another :-)
    Shouldn't ever take the place of face to face but there are many ways to glorify Him!

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  12. What a blessing and encouragement to have someone pray scripture over you!! Have a wonderful day and thanks for linking up with WholeHearted Home last week.

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!