The Bible is fuel for prayer because it doesn’t sugar-coat life. It’s raw and real. The psalms, for example, are completely honest. We can find prayers there for our souls. Angry? Check Psalm 4. Grief/feeling overwhelmed? Psalm 6. Trials? Psalm 20. It also meets us in our joy: Psalm 126. Grateful? Psalm 100. And on and on.
Scripture meets us where we are and ministers to us as the living word of God. God doesn’t want to hear from us only when we’ve got it all together or figured out (good luck with that). It’s a beautiful thing to take the words of Scripture and pray them back to God. When we don’t have words to pray; God does. He knows.
For example: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.” These words of Psalm 23:1-3 could be prayed this way: Lord, be my shepherd today. With you, I want for nothing. Make me lie down in green pastures and lead me beside quiet waters, where You restore my soul. I need to be restored, Lord. Lead me in paths of righteousness – show me the way to go -- for Your name’s sake. I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Father, teach us to pray.