Praying Scripture Through Difficult Times

When we look around us and see all the destruction, evil, and madness in our world, it is sometimes hard to pray.  What is the use?  Nothing is going to change, and it seems to get worse.  While Scripture tells us it is going to get worse, there is always hope.  It is the hope found in Scripture that enables us to come openly and honestly before God in prayer so that He can meet us where we are and bring us out of the depths of despair and into the light of hope and encouragement.  Even as we come before the Lord with our discouragement about the world around us, God is always faithful to turn our hearts back to His and see the hope that lies for us.

We continue praying through 2 Timothy by moving through the following steps:

Read the Scriptures

Pray the Scriptures

Act the Scriptures

We began praying through 2 Timothy 1 here.  If you missed 2 Timothy 2, please read it here.

Let us begin.  (The words in italics are additional prayer prompts for you to use.)

Lord, open our hearts to Your Word and allow Your Spirit to move through us as we pray through Your Word.

Read the Scriptures

Read 2 Timothy 3 in your bible or read 2 Timothy 3 here

Pray the Scriptures

Lord God, difficult times are coming.  We see all around us those who are lovers of self and money.  People who are boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is right.  Traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form godliness but denying its power.  Lord help us to avoid such people and to avoid participating in those same things. (v1-5)

Honestly share with God your concerns about the evil and destruction that is going on around you and in the world.

Father, we see those who worm their way into households and capture women who are idle and burdened with sins, led along by a variety of passions, always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.  Just as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so these also resist the truth, men who are corrupt in mind, worthless regarding the faith.  But they will not make further progress, for their lack of understanding will be evident to all, as theirs was also.

Lord, as women help us not to become idle nor be led along by our passions.  Help us not just to acquire knowledge, but to be active participants in the truth you reveal to us.  Father, help the men not resist the truth and be worthless in their understanding of the faith.  For the enemy has paralyzed them so that no progress is made in their understanding.  We see it because you have made it clear, but Lord we plead that You do not leave us this way. (v6-9)

Share with God the concerns you have about people around you that appear to be falling into the hands of the enemy.  Pray for them to turn from the ways of the world and run after the Lord.  Pray the same for yourself.

We must not be discouraged Lord, for there are those who have followed the teaching Paul is instructing Timothy.  People who have followed Paul’s example as well as Christ’s example in teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, and endurance.  Even in the persecutions and sufferings, You have protected Your children.  As we have looked on the persecuted church and what they have endured, Lord You are with them through it all.  In fact, Your Word tells us that all of those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.  (v10-12)

Pray for the persecuted church.

Lord, evil people, and imposters will become worse, deceiving and being deceived.  But Lord, help us to continue in what we have learned and firmly believe.  We know those how have taught us, and we have known from childhood the sacred Scriptures, which can give us wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  For all Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Praise and adore the God of the Scriptures.  Thank God for His steadfast Word.  End your time with thanksgiving.

Act the Scriptures

With the recognition and acknowledgment that difficult days are coming and are now here, let us not deny the truth of what is happening around us.  Today, may we acknowledge the evil but not participate in it.  Let us keep our focus on Christ and our feet on the rock of salvation, our sure foundation as we move through the day with hope and offer the hope of Christ to others as we encounter them.

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