I love to pray the scriptures. Jesus is our model. With the scriptures, He countered temptation, answered His critics, and even prayed the words of the Psalms from the cross. Ephesians 6:17 says, “Take the sword of the Spirit, the word of God.” Bring the power of the Word into your praise and prayer.
Read a verse or Scripture passage. Ask God what He sees. He will highlight a praise, a confession, or a petition based on the passage. Pray it back to God. Praying the Word of God is God-oriented praying. Seek His face, not His hand. Gaze at God, glance at your problems. Match His attributes and names to your needs.
Just the other day, God led me to pray certain verses from Psalm 25 for guidance.
1 In you, LORD my God, I put my trust.
2 I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.
4 Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.
7 According to your love remember me, for you, LORD, are good.
8 Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
12 Who, then, are those who fear the LORD?
He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
This is blessed assurance of His guidance.