Practical Ways to Pray the Scriptures {Audio Encouragement}

5 Ways to Pray the Scriptures

I’m super excited to share with you something new I tried for this blog post. I’m going to actually talk to you and share with you a little encouragement from my heart regarding prayer and praying the Scriptures! Please let me know what you think in the comments.

Below is the summary of what I talk about in this quick audio session ~ less than 7 minutes, perfect to start your day! If you want to hear more about each option, take a quick listen!

**If you’re reading on a blog reader like Bloglovin’ or Feedly OR if you’re receiving this as an email, you will need to click over to hear the audio. I apologize! I don’t know how to get the audio to show up in other places!


Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue; God’s voice is its most essential part. Listening to God’s voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine. – Andrew Murray

{I have the Essential Works of Andrew Murray which contains his best writings, including his writings on prayer. You can also get the Kindle version  for .99 right now!}

5 Ways to Pray the Scriptures

1. My Index Card Spiral – read this linked post to see how I use an index card spiral as a Bible memorization tool. Listen to the audio track to find out how I use it to pray the Scriptures!

2. Open Bible and pray a Psalm outloud to God. Subscribe here to get 30 Days of Praying the Psalms FREE.

3. Use the audio version of the YouVersion app! I’m loving this new-to-me option. Listen to hear how I am using this. This app is really neat, you can find any Scripture, read it in any translation and also LISTEN to it!!

4. Journaling the Scriptures.

5. Praying the Scriptures for others. Intercessory prayer.

These are 5 simple ways to begin praying the Scriptures more in your own life. I would love to hear from you…do you have other suggestions? Tips or ideas I haven’t listed here? Please leave a comment below and let me know your favorite ways to pray the Scriptures!

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Author: Candace Crabtree

I'm Candace and I'm grateful you're here. It is my heart's desire to encourage you while you're visiting and remind your heart of the truths of God's Word and the power of His love to transform lives. Great is His faithfulness! {Note: this blog does use affiliate links.}

26 thoughts on “Practical Ways to Pray the Scriptures {Audio Encouragement}”

  1. Thanks for sharing this Candace. Sometimes I don’t know what to pray. I feel like I say the same thing over and over. This is a great way to dig into God’s word and pray what is written in the Bible.

    1. Stacie, that is one of my favorite things about praying the scriptures! So often we don’t have the words…but praying His words gives us the perfect words to pray. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

    1. Marcy, thank you so much for your sweet words, friend! Praying the Scriptures has had a huge impact on my prayer life. I love it. 🙂 This audio was easier than the video I did for my subscriber freebie last week. I think I will stick to these. 🙂

  2. I was wondering what kind of journal you use? I really really want to get a prayer journal going because I need something to help guide me and keep me focused (lovely ADD) but have yet to find a format that I feel is organized enough without being overwhelming…

    1. Hi Renee! I don’t actually use any certain kind…I’m a lefty, and love spirals, BUT spirals seem to fall apart on me after a few months. I really like the moleskin notebooks or the Markings brand that is similar from walmart. I’ve had 2 of those now and they haven’t torn or ripped after over a year of writing!

      i’ve tried different “format” types of prayer journals over the years and NEVER can stick to anything except just free journaling with no format. 😉 Sorry, I’m no help there!!

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  4. I love your ideas on praying the scriptures. I learned this from my grandmother. I have a problem knowing just what scripture or how to find that scripture when I need it do you have any suggestions for this? A lot of times I know a scripture that I’ve heard or read but can’t remember how to find it. I have several online concordances but it is not always worded the way I remembered it and sometimes I can’t remember exactly how it is worded. It isn’t really praying the word unless you hunt the scripture up and pray it as it is written. Thank you for your words of encouragement. Paula

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  7. Hi Candace, I’m a new subscriber that just listened to your post on 5 Ways to Pray the Scriptures. Wonderful. I do have a question though. So please forgive my ignorance on How to pray the scriptures. Do you pray them verbatim; in other words, exactly as they are written in the Bible? Or do you paraphrase them? The reason for this question is as follows:
    I’m a member of a web site that allows people to pray for the needs of other people. I have been in this site only for a short time and in praying for others, I use scriptures that I feel fit whatever their need is. I basically cut and paste them into the spaces given for prayer and encouragement. The site is called soSoul ( In a recent email they sent me, it was suggested that instead of praying or encouraging others by using the scriptures, I should: “We have found that personal and specific blessings are more powerful than using “copy & paste” text. If you want to encourage people even further and make them feel even better you can use more personal blessings. The “known” verses are beautiful but don’t do the same effect as personal blessings.”
    To me the scriptures are a personal blessing. As you stated, they are God’s words spoken out loud. What more of a blessing could one ask for?
    This may seem like a foolish question and I’m not here to take up your precious time, but I have been researching what Praying the Scriptures really means. How does one pray the scriptures unless they, again, as you have stated, pray the verbatim out loud?
    Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you when ever time permits. God Bless.

    1. Hi Garrett! I hope you get this reply, I’m never sure if people get the replies to comments. I’m sorry you got reprimanded (in a way) for your prayers. I think actually saying the words of God directly from the Bible is a beautiful way to pray!

      I don’t pray that way every time. Sometimes I will read and pray a meaningful verse and then go on to pray more in my own words. But I definitely do BOTH. I think prayer is so personal. It’s a relationship between you and God. If you want to pray right out of His Word, I say go for it!! His Word will not return void and there’s no way I would think that MY words could be more important for someone. But like I said, I do pray both ways.

      I hope your encounter with this other group doesn’t discourage you…keep praying and keep talking to God and keep digging into God’s Word! He is faithful!

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  9. Thanks for sharing, what an inspiration it is to me and a blessing for my family. I find myself on fire for God but when difficult circumstances comes my way I feel like I’m drowning. My prayer life has waxed cold and I’m afraid. I came across your blog late at night as I was reading inspirational posts on Pinterest. Pray for me that I may continue strong in the Lord.

  10. Hi Candace, I love your blog! Thanks for the great ideas on how to pray scripture. Recently, each morning at work I open my bible and let scripture speak to me. I find encouragement for the day on the pages of God’s word. I write them on an index card in whatever color(s) speak to me for that verse. Also I have been able to give the cards to other role for encouragement throughout the day.

  11. Thank you for your insightful resource. I was searching for scriptures to pray, specifically the Psalms. You inspired me as I do email coaching with a girl in India.

  12. Hello
    I am a new subscriber and I think this is a great idea. I am not sure who or why someone would criticize this approach. For me I am so familiar with scripture but I do not remember them verbatim so I think with time this will help with that. I do think its good that scriptures even come to mind but I fear that over time one might add more of their own into the word of God rather than the interpretation being Spirit directed. Mediating day and night is the way to go!

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