Famous Christian Evangelist and director of multiple orphanages, George Mueller, spent the majority of his life caring for the orphans. He is known mostly for his ability to care for the orphans through prayer instead of asking for any money or financial support. However, Mueller’s prayer life changed when he began to read the Bible before he prayed. Hear how George Mueller describes this change in his own life.
The difference, then, between my former practice and my present one is this: formerly, when I rose, I began to pray as soon as possible, and generally spent all my time till breakfast in prayer, or almost all the time. At all events, I almost invariably began with prayer. . . . But what was the result? I often spent a quarter of an hour, or half an hour, or even an hour on my knees before being conscious to myself of having derived comfort, encouragement, humbling of soul, etc.; and often, after having suffered much from wandering of mind for the first ten minutes, or quarter of an hour, or even half an hour, I only then really began to pray.
I scarcely ever suffer now in this way. For my heart being nourished by the truth, being brought into experimental [today we would say “experiential”] fellowship with God, I speak to my Father and to my Friend (vile though I am, and unworthy of it) about the things that He has brought before me in His precious Word. It often now astonishes me that I did not sooner see this point.
I would dare say that most of our prayer lives are no different from Mueller’s early prayer life days in how we approach God. We long to communion with the Father, but often it falls short because we have not taken the time to allow God to speak to us through His Word. We don’t take the time even to know the conversation topic God desires to discuss with us.
Over the next couple of weeks, I’d like to take the opportunity to pray through the book of 2 Timothy with you. It might seem awkward at first, but over time and with a little practice, praying God’s Word does become more natural. After all, it is Christ living in us, and it is His Word that was made flesh. You don’t need to have Scriptures memorized, nor a particular “prayer book.” All you need is God’s Word.
The process is quite simple:
READ the Scriptures
PRAY the Scriptures
ACT the Scriptures
Read the Scripture
Open your Bible and read 2 Timothy 1. Or click here to read 2 Timothy 1.
Pray the Scripture
Below you will find how I have taken 2 Timothy 1 and personalized each section. Then the words in italics are additional prayer prompts for you to use.
Father, God, I come before You as one of Your children with the promise of life in Christ Jesus. May Your grace, mercy, and peace fall upon me. (v1-2)
Adore God by acknowledging who He is (for example Lord God Deliverer, Savior, Alpha Omega, Beginning and End, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Strong tower)
Lord, thank you for such dear friends who have walked alongside me for so many years. Those who have encouraged me and have interceded for me when I could not pray. Lord, there are dear friends who I have not seen in awhile and yet, I long to meet with them so that the joy that comes through the fellowship of the believers may be overflowed in my heart. Remind me of their sincere faith and ways that I can pray for them. (v3-5)
Pray specifically for any family or friends that God brings to mind.
Lord, help me to keep ablaze the gift of God that is in me. You have not given me a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. Let me not succumb to the hold of the enemy in this area. Instead, give me the strength to stand my ground against fears of the world and rest in the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the council of the Holy Spirit. (v6-7)
Pray against any fears or strongholds that you or those you know might be struggling with
Father, help us not to be afraid of the testimony of Christ, or of those who are suffering for Christ. Help us instead to share in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God our Deliverer.
For You, Lord have saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to Your purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. This has now been made evident through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. (v8-10)
Praise God and rejoice in the work of Christ on the cross to overcome sin and death
It is for this gospel that we have been appointed to proclaim and to teach to the nations, and it is why we suffer. But Lord, help us not to be ashamed because we know the One we have believed in and are persuaded that You can guard what has been entrusted to us until the day You call us home. Lord, help us to hold on to the pattern of sound teaching that we have heard through Your Word and through those You have sent to teach us in faith and love in Christ Jesus. Through the help of the Holy Spirit, help us to guard the good thing that has been entrusted to us. (v11-14)
Acknowledge your identity as an ambassador of the gospel and ask for help in being a good steward of what Christ has given to you
Lord, we know there are those that have turned away from the Gospel and us. But Lord grant mercy to those who have remained and have been encouragers to us and have not been ashamed of the truth we proclaim. Grant Your mercy on Your servants who minister to so many throughout the world. (v15-18)
Thank the Lord for those who have been faithful to walk with you through the thick and thin times. Pray God’s mercy for missionaries you know who are serving the Lord throughout the world.
Act the Scripture
Throughout the day take time to walk with boldness and courage instead of a spirit of fear and timidity.