Exercising The Praying Scripture

After a few weeks of discussing my reasons for prayer journaling, I thought it would only be right moving into putting that into practice. So let us get into it!

There have been so many times I have sat down to spend time with God in prayer – and my mind just seems to go blank. Other times I feel like a broken record, bringing the same things over and over before God.

One day, I was reading a verse out of Psalm 119 that said His word is a “Lamp for our feet, a light on our path.” At that moment it hit me. His word is the “LIGHT” that will GUIDE MY PRAYERS! Honestly guys, this got my brain spinning about some helpful ways I could use scripture to pray and I want to share them with YOU!

First though, let’s talk about “the WHY?”…

WHY Pray Scripture?

It helps you focus on what is important

It is easy to fill my prayers with issues we are mainly concerned about such as illness, money, anxiety, relationships, etc. Well, it is not wrong to pray about things we are concerned about, but scripture helps guide me to pray for things that God is really concerned about”  For example, anxiety is something people pray about often. It is easy to pray again and again for Him to take it away, but His word challenges us to develop a thankful heart in Philippians 4:6.

So for example, let us say anxiety that something of a worry for me. My prayers might be shaped, by not just bringing my desires for anxiety to subside before Him, but filling my prayers with thanksgiving. Maybe it is what I am thankful for in that day or aspects of God’s character that I am thankful for, but He is trying to orient my heart towards something greater than my anxiety. His word helps us pray towards growth and maturity as disciples, not just outcomes.

It helps you pray the TRUTH with confidence

I can feel confident when I pray scripture because I know it’s the truth. It is firm ground to stand on during my prayer time because it expresses God’s will, character and promises to us. I feel so much more confident asking for things when I pray with scripture because He tells us in His word what he has promised to us and how He wants to transform us.

It keeps your prayers fresh

Like I said earlier – some days I have the same prayers on repeat! & that is fine. I can be a creature of habit and sometimes my creativity is lacking when it comes to what to pray, but I have a whole Bible full of verses I can use to pray! Psalms alone feels like a never-ending resource of prayers that I can turn to and use to help me form what I want to say to God.

There are several other reasons praying scripture is a great idea, but these are just a few that I have found to be helpful for me!

Practical Tips for Praying Scripture

Find a Prayer Guide

Find a prayer book or devotional that you can use to support you in prayer. I would highly recommend Fervent by Priscilla Shirer – A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer. It is amazing!

Make a Scripture prayer journal

Well, you must have known I was going to mention this one! One great use for this would be to write down sentences or phrases you see in scripture that will help you build up biblical ways of speaking when you pray. Having these will help give you language to pray with. Your journal is also a great place to record all of your scripture-inspired prayers. I sometimes read through a passage and then write a section of it I would like to pray through at the top of my journal page. Then I write my personalised prayer below it.

Pray using the 3 R’s! Rejoice, Repent, and Request

With most verses in scripture, especially the Psalms, we can use one or more of these to pray. I have included an example of this below:

Psalm 51:1 (ESV) “ Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.”

Rejoice – God, you are so generous in your love and mercy towards me. I am so humbled to call you my God. Thank you for sending Jesus to rid me of my sins and take away my guilt and shame.

Repent – Forgive me, Father. There are so many times I take your love and generosity towards me for granted. It is so easy for me to rush through my day without acknowledging how grateful I am for you.

Request – Give me eyes to see all of the many ways you extend your grace and mercy towards me. Help me to also extend that love and mercy to others so they will also know what a loving Father you are and how much you care about your children.

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These have been easy ways for me to start using God’s word in my prayer life! It has been so effective and honestly made praying a lot more fun! The Psalms are a great place to look for scripture you can use to pray because they are meant to be used for just that! I would love to hear if you start using any of these in your own prayer life and how they are working for you!

Let me know your thoughts!

P.s – Something amazing is coming on 1st August, make sure you look out for it!

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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3 Reasons Why I Love Prayer Journaling

Happy New Month my lovelies!

We are officially in JULY! & I WELCOME this month with open arms because not only has God kept me by His safe and by His side to see the middle of 2020 but He has given me the grace to see my 27th birthday month!

I decided to do something different this month of July. Each week this month, I will be discussing all things relating to Journaling specifically Prayer Journaling.

Why?

It has been such a blessing in my life & by God’s grace, it will give you some great ideas if you are in a journaling rut or want to incorporate journaling into your own faith journey!

I mentioned how you can incorporate journaling into one’s week in a previous post. Check it out here.

Three reasons I find journaling helpful:

Journaling Helps Think It Out

There are some days where I just need process what I am thinking properly, get it all OUT of my head and put them somewhere else. Sometimes I talk it out loud, go on my prayer walks but I have really found that writing it down is more helpful for me.

My journal is a sacred space where I can get all the good, bad, and the ugly down on paper and sort it out with God. I try not to filter myself when writing and let my mind go where it needs to. And sometimes writing it down, helps me see that my feelings actually do not align with what I want or with reality even. And sometimes, I realise they do not make sense and something about that feels freeing at the moment. Other times, as I write things down, I am able to uncover lies I am believing, which is a starting point for turning things around.

As I am writing, God often brings scripture to mind that helps me take all the things I feel and think and process them through the perspective of His truth.

This is important because my feelings can go all over the map, but to process them through truth on paper makes sure I land in a place with less of my human perspective of more of a God perspective.

Journaling Helps Me Have A Record Of What God Is Teaching Me

I am often so encouraged when I look back in my journal and I am reminded of what God was teaching me at particular times. When I am on the other side of specific prayers and can see his faithfulness, it encourages me to trust Him more. Also, I am reminded He is working even when I think He is not!

Through my journals, I have a record of His faithfulness to refer back to when the present feels difficult or when I lack hope. I also use it to write down scripture I am reading through or how certain verses are specifically impacting me at that time.

I mentioned in my first ever Honey Luxe post (3 Ways To Give Your Prayer Life A Boost) how journaling can support one’s prayer life.

It brings me joy just simply writing out scripture – just picking a verse and then writing it down in my journal. I have found that when I am really struggling to focus, it is helpful for me to write a bit of scripture down. As I slow down enough to write it out, I am able to focus on it more and really let it sink in.

Journaling Helps Me Remember

When you were a child you probably could not tell if you were getting taller from one day to the next because growing is a slow process, but from one year to the next you could see a big difference! It can be the same in our spiritual life.

I do not see what God is doing from one day to the next all the time because spiritually maturing can also be a slow process, but when I look back at a journal from a year ago I am honestly blown away! I have a reference point through my journal to see all that God has done and how I have matured in my faith and in my relationship with Him.

It reminds me that He is producing character and good fruit in me when day to day faithfulness feels like I am trudging through mud. I need that reminder that growing little by little each day will eventually yield noticeable growth in my life and I love having a record of the process in my journal.

Well, there are definitely more benefits to share, but those are the major reasons why I find journaling helpful in my faith!

Do you journal?

If so, how has prayer journaling helped you in your relationship with God?

Stay tuned for my next post in this series that will give you some different ideas on WHAT you can journal when you spend time with God!

Let me know your thoughts!

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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My Thoughts During This Season

So last week on my Instagram stories I shared how up and down my emotions have been the past few weeks. We are really living through an epidemic! Seriously, just let that sink in for a second. Not only that, but there has also been an uproar on the police brutality and racism in America and the UK as with other countries are taking a stand for it! And so honestly, I am just PRAYING for a change. I just know a change is truly coming…

There are so many different aspects and angles to how my mind is grasping this whole situation. There is a positive outlook and then there is, of course, the negative thoughts that can sometimes cloud my brain. In Deuteronomy 7:9 it reminds us that we should know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations and that is what I am going to lean on always.

Positives

  1. This is definitely a great time to refocus on me physically, mentally and spiritually. We may be going through so much but I truly believe God would not put us through anything we can not handle & with it is important to make the best of this season!
  1. Spending more time in the word. Reading the Bible more, turning to the bible for inspiration and motivation is super enriching and prayer journaling as I always feel like my mind is in a better place when I am focusing on building my relationship with God.
  1. Staying connected with the outside world. To be honest, it will always be a work in progress. I have always spoken highly about keeping a good balance of social media and the real world. Your girl is really trying. I have made sure that I am not staying isolated from my friends and family and trying to stay active as I can on social media.
  2. Having time to work on things behind the scenes. I know it probably is not great me not giving too much away but I can not wait to sure what I have been working on and all will be revealed soon enough!

I have been able to grow in spiritual maturity, lose a few pounds and spend more time focusing on my health and goals. So that is all good!

Negatives

Alright, so then there is obviously the negative side of my brain that brings all the bad and unwanted thoughts in at the worst times. I will keep it all the way real… I can be an overthinker and more than ever during this season I have the opportunity to be alone with my thoughts. It is so easy to stay in a negative space and it is important to be intentional. A lot of times when I feel like this, I turn to the Bible or my circle. It always helps!

I came across the scripture that talks about how if we are even upon epidemic, we must repent our sins and He will return our land to us. In the end, we really just have to do our part but that seems so far out of reach when people, instead of spreading love and kindness, are spreading hate and cruelty!

My oh my have I yoyo’d with my diet! Yes, my streak of being healthy normally lasts for a number of weeks, where I may have a cheat day or two. But when I break that streak, boy do I BREAK that streak. It could be a week of me eating pounded yam, lots of rice and sweets. Especially my guilty pleasure chocolate. Which does nothing good for my skin! I honestly feel like boredom mixed with eating my emotions is the cause of this. But we thank God, self-control is key and I constantly pray that God will bless me with this.

Let me be honest. I do always feel better in my quiet time and my conversations with God. I know that He is completely in control of this season. I know God does not cause us any harm but it sometimes feels weird to be in this. So many things happening in our world right now point to what the Bible describes as the end of time. Am I wrong? The virus, all the deaths, the hate among our own people. I do sometimes get overwhelmed but I am reminded in Isaiah 43:19 – Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Let me know what your thoughts are, I would love to hear them!

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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