Day 25: Pray the scripture {Tools for memorizing}



* Pray through the words.

Take a few minutes today to slowly read through the words, one verse at a time, and listen to what God is speaking to you through them, and repeat back to him the truths you’re believing.

1  You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me.
2  “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”
3  With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
4  And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.
5  “Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.
6  Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
Isaiah 12 (ESV)


* Pray the scriptures.

Sometimes we just don’t know what to say. Our prayers seem stale or repetitive or empty. In those times (as well as in times of plenteous words), borrow words from the Psalms or elsewhere in scripture, and use those words to express your own sentiments. Either in your head or aloud, speak truth back to God with the very words he’s already given you.


Don’t make it too complicated. Sometimes we overthink our spirituality. But often, as in any relationship, God just wants us to hang out with him, just spend time together, with or without conversation.

In those times of quiet rest, we can simply meditate through a practice like Centering Prayer or just be still and know (Psalm 46:10) or quietly breathe back the words he’s already breathed once into us.

Simple can be plenty.

LINKS and Week-in-Review

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Is there a scripture that you like to pray? Please share in the comments.



2 thoughts on “Day 25: Pray the scripture {Tools for memorizing}

  1. David

    My bedtime prayers atm are a bit too “heartfelt” for this kind of thing (work stress, home stress). But I’m going to be away from home on business for a few days. I’m going to try things like praying aloud and praying scripture, spending time writing about the Psalms I’m thinking about (I love my pen-and-paper diary. Blogging has a special public/private magic but often I find the mechanics of using the software gets in the way).

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Getting out of my normal settings is usually an invitation to me too to experiment with spiritual disciplines in slightly different ways (or sometimes to take a break from them altogether). Hope yours turns out beneficial.

      As much as I love and have become dependent upon technology, I hope pen and paper will never go away. We are richer by our less hurried interactions of hand to paper. I applaud your use of keeping a diary that way.

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