Researching Your Own
Ready-made Scripture prayers are a God-send when you first get started. But there is nothing as powerful as your own Scripture proclamations written with Scripture that God has made alive in your heart for this moment.
So, how to find these proclamation Scriptures?
• You can take the slow and easy way.
• You can take the disciplined and studious way.
• You can come up with any variation in between.
Let me offer something simple, quick, and powerful here: a list of the Names of God.
Print your list and follow the steps below under Work Your List.
The Slow and Easy Way
Make Your List
If you’re not in a rush, have no compelling need that you’re working on simple keep a notebook of proclamation Scriptures that grab your attention:
• In your own study time
• In a church service
• On a teaching tape
• In a collection of Scripture prayers
Remember, you are looking for statements about who God is, who you are, what you can be confident in, etc. Then it’s a matter of simply changing the pronouns and verb tenses. If you’re not clear on this, read Praying Scripture and Prayer Proclamations: What Do They Sound Like?
Work Your List
Read over your list. Pick the one or two Scriptures that stand out. Work with these.
1. Repeat them over and over until you have memorized them.
2. Repeat these Scriptures over and over until new, additional words rise up in your spirit. New rich insights come this way. Record them! You have treasure here. You may not memorize the Scripture verse with your additional words and phrases added, but do read through these on a regular basis. Or, record your Scriptures for regular listening and practice.
3. When you sense that you are ready to add a new Scripture to your practice, go back to your list to find the next stand-out.
4. You may find a Scripture that is screaming for further study. You could have a thematic thread here that you can follow. This leads into the more disciplined method of researching.
The Disciplined and Studious Way
You may know on the front end that you have a particular type of negative thinking to work on. Let’s suppose you have a problem with fear and fretting:
• Fear of the unknown
• Fear of violence
• Fear of failure
• Fear of people
This being the case, you do research on the word “fear” and “trust”. Include “trust” because fear involves failure to trust. Now, this will take time, but even but even one Scripture proclamation can turn the tide of fearful thinking.
Look at Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?”
Repeat this verse to yourself several times.
Powerful, isn’t it? Even if you’re not fretful!
So, don’t feel like you have to find every possible Scripture related to your theme. However, having several Scriptures to work with is like having a full-course meal. You will be stronger and more satisfied. Add to your list bit by bit.
And, stick with disciplined practice. You are renewing your mind. That renewing brings transformation of your life, but it takes time. “And do not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing o your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2, NAS)
Researching and writing your own prayer proclamations is one of the most powerful things you can engage in.
Prayer Affirmations for the Journey
If you feel you need to fill in your arsenal of proclamations with more material, don't miss out on Prayer Affirmations for the Journey. This is a high-quality CD of Scripture proclamations following the themes of faith, direction, favor, strength, and abundance. Save yourself the many weeks of research that went into the development of these proclamations. Get started right away renewing your mind for expansion and fulfillment.
No Storm Too Great!
If you are battling fear and fretting, you will want No Storm Too Great!, a 2CD set based on Psalm 91 and related Scriptures. This set has seen many people through tough times into the wonderful light of victory in the Lord.
Yet More Resources
Ready-Made Resources for Prayer Proclamations: perfect for busy people and newbies
Researching Your Own Prayer Proclamatons: tools for personalizing your Scripture Prayer Proclamations
The Power of Words: understanding the power you hold
The Power of Scripture Words: looking at the power of God in words of Scripture
Finding Rhema: discovering God's word for you
Release the Power of Psalm 91: free e-course
The Names of God: a list of Names by which God reveals Himself to us in Scripture