5 Steps to Praying through Scripture

Prayer is an essential part of a Christian’s life and sometimes one of the hardest.  Have you ever sat down to pray and then couldn’t think of something to say other than ask God for all the prayer requests for your friends, family and self?  Don’t get me wrong, we need to bring the requests to him. He wants to hear you ask. Jesus tells us himself in Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

However, I believe that God also wants us to just talk to him.  What better way to talk to God and hear from him than using his own words?  I’ve heard this from many people in different situations, but wanted a structure to help guide me in my prayers.

The Steps

I am sharing what I have adapted from my time in praying through scripture with you.  In addition, I will also share my prayer on John 3:16 as an example and encouragement. I would love to see how you are praying through scripture in the comments.

First, once I have found the scripture I want to pray through is to read it.  Not only the verse, but also the verses leading to it and the ones following it.  Read it in context to get the whole idea.  

Next, write out the verse in your journal.  I know we live in a technological world, but sometimes I think long-hand is still a good method for some things. 

Then, answer/meditate/ponder/think on, these questions based on the verse you just wrote.

  • What has God done for me?
  • How does this define or identify me?  How does he feel about me?
  • How then should I live?

Now, write out your prayer to God using his words from the verse.  

Finally, draw something that reminds you of the verse and recite or think about the verse as you are drawing.  I didn’t use to like drawing, and it doesn’t always come naturally to me. It doesn’t have to be pictures, you can rewrite the verse more artistically.  

My Example

My example is below.  I have taken pictures of it in my journal and I am writing it out for your convenience.  

Read:  My verse is John 3:16.  I read John 3: 1-21.

Write: Write out the verse. 

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.


  • What has God done for me?
    • Sent his Son to die on the cross for me
    • He has saved me
    • Given me eternal life
  • How does this define or identify me?  How does he feel about me?
    • He loves me.
    • He cares for me.
    • I have eternal life in him.
  • How then should I live?
    • Stay in his word – ABIDE
    • Be loving & kind
    • Share Him so others can have eternal life

Pray: Write out your prayer.

God, thank you for loving the world.  Thank you for loving me. That you would send your one and only son to this world to die on the cross for my sins is amazing.  Thank you Jesus for staying in God’s will and dieing for my sins. Forgive me for not taking that seriously at times. You gave your life up for me.  Thank you for loving me so much.

Draw:  Draw an image that helps you focus on your verse.








I have found that this method is deepening my prayer time and my relationship with God.  What more could I ask for? You don’t need to use large vocabulary and sound theological (unless that is natural for you).  Simple is more than fine in God’s eyes. What matters is that it is heartfelt and genuine.  

Grab your Bible, your pen (or in my case pens), your journal, and start praying. See what God has to say to you as you pray through the scriptures.

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