Praying Scripture is Praying God’s Will

Have you ever wondered what God’s will was for your life or your children’s life? Wondered what to pray? Well I have found that personalizing God’s Word and praying it back to Him is one way to assure myself that I am praying with a pure heart.

Personalizing scripture is simply putting in names and pronouns. For example: “Lord, I pray that You will guard my daughter_____’s heart above all else, for it determines the course of her life (Proverbs 4:23 NLT).” In my book Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter, I have a section titled “Forty Days of Praying Scripture for Your Daughter,” which is simply personalized scriptures for the parents to insert their daughter’s name into and pray.

Three parents in our Hope for Parents of Prodigal Daughters Support Group had a breakthrough with their daughter after only praying scripture for three weeks. One daughter even was saved!!

Another parent wrote me: “Praying for our daughter has made her become more touchable to me through prayer than any other experience I tried to make happen. Our daughter has been separated from our family for 16 years…Praying Scripture has given me new insight into God’s Word and into my own heart, and becoming more real, and seeing our daughter as God sees her and intends her to be and become.”

If you haven’t prayed scripture before, try it this week in you quiet time with the Lord. If you have questions, just leave a comment and I’ll try to answer them.

Prayer works because we are partnering with God.

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  1. Dear Janet,
    I want to personally thank you for your book, Praying For Your Prodigal Daughter. I will tell you our story. My daughter has left our home at age 18. She left 5 months ago before she graduated from high school. She left in total anger and I can still see her tail lights going out the gate of our road at midnight the night she quit accepting us as her parents. My husband and I are both church workers. Only a year ago, she still wore the purity ring we bought her and confidently claimed that she would remain a virgin until marriage. Today she is sleeping with her 28 year old boyfriend who has been previously married to one woman and has an 8 month old baby with another woman. We are devestated and yet, I was given the gift of your book. We have had so many people witness to us and share their testimonies of having prodigal children or living through being a prodigal themselves. The stories have given us great hope, but they do not always take away the ache of waking up in the morning and knowing the nightmare is still true. I have read all the way through your book and now, my husband and I are reading it through together. It has been amazing in meeting us exactly where we need to be met. I began praying with the Scriptures in the back on June 1 and am currently on day 32. I plan to begin again when I complete day 40. I have filled every line of the journal with the exception of page 264 because that day has not yet come for us. You used the word relinquish and that is what we are having to do. We are giving control over to God. Why wouldn’t we? He can handle it way better than we ever could. I could go on and on, but I can never communicate enough to you how thankful I am to you for sharing your story and guiding us in our process of coping and healing. God has most certainly used you and Kim to reach out to others in need. We have 5 children, ages 14-20. We worry that one of the others may do the same thing as our 18 year old daughter. Pages 71-72 taught me about worry and all the good it will do me. None! May God keep you strong and able to keep sharing your message. If there is anything I can do to help I will.

    In Christ,

  2. I am grateful to have found this website. I would like to ask for prayer for a prodigal daughter Jean and for restoration in her marriage. They have been separated for over a year. I pray the Lord will restore the years that the locusts have eaten.

    Her husband Dan is from a Roman Catholic background and I pray for his salvation.

    Please pray for healing in this marriage. Also, healing in my relationship with Jean, it is strained. I do think there is spiritual warfare in this relationship – so I ask for grace and strength and wisdom to be sensitive in my communication with Jean and the four grandchildren.

    Thank-you for prayer support.

  3. I agree with your blog because praying Scripture has really made a difference in my prayer life for myself and my dear grandchildren. It gives me more boldness and confidence when I am praying God’s Word.

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