Praying Scripture

The Praying Scripture Method

The Praying Scripture method encourages you to find the content of your prayers in the Bible and guides you through six different aspects of prayer:

1. Adoration: praising God for who he is and what he’s like

2. Confession: acknowledging and turning from your sinfulness

3. Thanksgiving: being grateful to God for his works and his gifts, especially his grace in the gospel

4. Supplication: asking God to help you and meet your spiritual and physical needs

5. Consecration: committing yourself to obeying God’s will

6. Intercession: asking God to meet the needs of others


There’s no better fuel for your prayers than the Bible. By praying Scripture you’re ensuring that your prayers are anchored to God’s truth and aligned with God’s will, and you’re avoiding what James calls “ask(ing) wrongly, to spend it on your passions” (Jas 4:3 ESV) and what Jesus refers to as speaking without thinking (Matt 6:7).

“Praying the Scriptures is so important in the Christian life. If we don’t form the habit of praying the Scriptures, our prayers will almost certainly degenerate into vain repetitions that eventually revolve entirely around our immediate private concerns, rather than God’s larger purposes.” —John Piper

The basic method is simple. As John Piper puts it, “Open the Bible, start reading it, and pause at every verse and turn it into a prayer.”

Enter a Bible reference above to get started. The Psalms are especially well-suited for praying back to God. Consider starting with (Psalm 1), (Psalm 3), (Psalm 23), (Psalm 30),(Psalm 42), (Psalm 51), (Psalm 63), (Psalm 84), (Psalm 91),(Psalm 139), or (Psalm 145).