Praying God’s Word Over Yourself
by Christine Egbert
This past Sabbath Pastor Matthew taught about the importance of our words. Our words are powerful. They can bring life or bring death, both to others as well as to ourselves. Scripture informs us, “As a man thinks in his heart so is he.” Or so, he becomes. We must stop telling ourselves how bad we are. Instead, we must renew our minds through the washing of the water of the word, by taking every thought captive to the obedience of Messiah.
As Pastor Matthew recommended, the way to do this is to pray for ourselves daily. And I do not mean a wish list of your needs for material things. God knows our needs before we pray, Scripture says. And praying Scripture is not praying with wrong motives, like James 4:1-3 warns about. “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
Pastor Matthew teaches, we are to pray God’s word over ourselves. We are to declare ourselves to be who God’s word says we are. According to Ephesians 3:20, “God is able to do far beyond all that we ask or imagine by means of His power that works in us.” 1 John 5:14 assures us that we can have confidence that God will hear us when we ask according to His will. And praying His word over ourselves, as an affirmation of who we want to be (of who we are becoming), is most definitely God’s will for us.
With that in mind, I compiled the following Scriptures for myself. Feel free to use them, or better yet, find your own in Scripture. What sort of Christian do you want to become? Name it and claim it, the right way! Pray God’s word about who you really are in Him.
I pledge my allegiance to You, Father, through Your Son, Jesus (Yeshua), by Your Holy Spirit. As your child, I will keep your Sabbaths, observing them throughout my generation as an everlasting covenant. It is a sign between You and me forever. For in six days, You created the heavens and the earth, and on the 7th Day, You rested and were refreshed. From one New Moon to another and one Shabbat to another, a day is approaching when all flesh will come to worship before You.
You have given me ears to hear You, LORD (Yahweh), and knowledge to understand that You are Echad, a Compound Unity. I will love you with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my might. The words that You Commanded me that day, at Mount Sinai, will be on my heart. I will diligently teach them to my children. I will talk about them when I sit at home, when I walk along the road, when I lie down, and when I rise up. I will bind them on my hand and between my eyes, and I will write them on the doorposts of my house and on my gates.
I will not fear. You are at my side, my rear guard, so what can man do to me? My sufficiency comes from You! I have put my faith in You, Jesus (Yeshua), so as Your word says, my household (my son Jason and my grandchildren) will be saved. You have made me sufficient as a minister of the New (renewed) Covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit, for Your Spirit gives me life. You are the vine. I am Your branch. I will abide in You and You will abide in me, and I will bear much fruit. Without You, I can do nothing. You, Messiah, have given me Your mind. You will never leave or forsake me. Because I asked You for wisdom, I will be wise. Because I desire Your spiritual gifts of discernment, prophecy, and interpretation of tongues, I will be discerning, prophesy, and interpret tongues.
For Your sake, I will take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, and in distresses. When I am weak, then am I strong, for You have taught me—everywhere and in all things—how to be abased and how to abound, to be full and to be hungry, to have plenty and suffer need. I can do all things through You, Messiah, for You give me strength. Therefore, no weapon formed against me will prosper, and every tongue that rises against me in judgement, You will condemn. This is my heritage as Your Servant, O God. My righteousness comes from You.
Because the end of all things is at hand, I will be serious and watchful in my prayers. I will have fervent love for others, for love covers a multitude of sins. I will rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. I will be hospitable to others, without grumbling. When I receive a gift—whether spiritual or temporal—I will minister it to others as a good steward of Your manifold grace. I will speak life and never death. I will forgive others, as You have forgiven me. I will hide Your words in my heart so that I will not sin against You. I will be a doer of Your word and not a hearer only, doing nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility, I will count others as more significant than myself. Speaking as one of Your oracles, I will minister to others with the abilities You have provided, overcoming evil with good, so that in all things You will be glorified through Jesus (Yeshua) my Messiah, to Whom glory and dominion belong forever and ever.
I will submit to You and resist the devil, and the devil will flee from me. I will draw nearer to You and You will draw nearer to me. I will cleanse my hands and purify my heart, and not be double minded. I will walk in Your Spirit and not fulfil the lust of my flesh, for I have been accepted in the Beloved and am now seated in heavenly places. I will prosper in all things and be in health, just as my soul prospers. I will overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony, and I will not love my life even unto death. But in the twinkling of an eye, my body will be changed into a spiritual body, and I will live and reign with You, Jesus (Yeshua), forever.