Here are a few tips on how you can get started praying Scripture:

  • Select a passage that is meaningful to you and that you feel speaks truth into your life. A psalm is a great place to start this practice (e.g., if you want to pray a prayer of praise to God, try Psalm 100).
  • Take a moment to ask God to bless your time in Scripture, to keep you focused, and to help you pray his Word.
  • Start reading through your passage slowly, meditating on each word and verse.
  • As you finish a sentence or a verse, stop and turn your thoughts into a prayer. Bring the ideas or truths of the passage into a conversation with God.
  • Use the words of the Bible to guide prayers of worship, confession, thanksgiving, and petition for yourself and others.


© Phil Collins, Ph.D., 2014. This material was created in partnership with the Taylor University Center for Scripture Engagement.