Yesterday on Facebook, John Piper highlighted a stellar resource for prayer. It’s a compilation of approximately 1500 Scripture promises and prayers called Take Words With You by Tim Kerr. This resource is designed to be used as manual in helping you praise God and plead with God based on what he has already said in the Bible.
Here’s what Kerr has to say in the Introduction about the importance of praying Scripture:
There are two words that are very powerful when used in prayer. These words are simply, “you said”. In Genesis 31:2, God makes a promise to Jacob. Involved in that promise is one of the most faith-giving promises in Scripture – “I will be with you”. A promise that means God will do us good and pour out his favor upon us! Then later, when in deep crises, Jacob cries out to God in prayer and reminds God of his promise to him. Listen to what he says:
But you said, ‘I will surely do you good’…and Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good.’ (Genesis 32:12, 32:9)
The fuel of an intercessor is the promises of God. We remind God in prayer of what he has said and call him to be faithful to his word. Attaching God’s promises to people and situations is the very backbone of all faith-filled praying.
This resource is only $0.99 for the Kindle version. It seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it?