Try this at home. Here’s one feat I encourage every believer to attempt. Insert the names of loved ones into Scriptures, then pray the truths over family members and see what happens.
Recently, I recognized the eight-year-anniversary of my father leaving this earth in a social media post. In the write-up, I mentioned the years my dad spent as an atheist.
When I met Christ at sixteen, I started praying for my dad. Prayers for him to believe in the heavenly Father. And God answered my prayers sixteen years later when my dad gave his life to the Lord.
The Power of Praying Scriptures
But in the middle of the long process, my faith often waned. I struggled to believe my dad would ever become a Christ-follower.
Needing help with my own unbelief, I inserted my dad’s name into Scriptures. Then I prayed the truths out loud and back to God. And I think it played a part in my dad’s salvation.
Because I know this: There’s power in prayer and we move mountains in the spiritual world with the truth of God’s Word.
Also, this practice acquaints us with the Scriptures, aids in its memorization, and reminds us of all of God’s promises.
I’m sharing 15 Scriptures I’ve personalized and prayed for family members. However, keep in mind the wealth of Bible topics available at our disposal.
Examples include: salvation, freedom from something/addictions, fear, healing, spiritual growth, strength, faith, trust, love, forgiveness, bondage, sin, wisdom, wayward souls/children, and depression. Simply research Bible verses that address your family members’ specific needs
Inserting Names into Scriptures
1.) Salvation/John 3:16, For God so loved ________, that he gave his only Son, that if ________ believes in him, he will not perish but have eternal life.
2.) Fear/2 Timothy 1:7, For God has not given ________ a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind.
3.) Forgiveness/Ephesians 4:32, ________ will be kind to others, tenderhearted, forgiving others as God in Christ forgave him.
4.) Victory in an area/Ephesians 3:20, Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all ________ asks or thinks, according to the power at work within her.
5.) Strength in the Spirit/Zechariah 4:6, This is the word of the Lord to ________: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.
6.) Healing/Malachi 4:2, But for ________ who reveres my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. ________ shall go out leaping like a calf from the stall.
7.) Life in Christ or calling/1 Corinthians 1:9, God is faithful, by whom ________ was called into the fellowship of his son, Jesus Christ her Lord.
Praying Scriptures Over Our Family
8.) Surrender and support/2 Chronicles 16:9, For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to ________ when her heart is completely His.
9.) Secure in God’s love/1 John 3:1, See what kind of love the Father has given to ________, that he should be called a child of God; and so ________ is.
10.) Discouragement/Psalm 90:14, Satisfy ________ in the morning with your steadfast love, that he may rejoice and be glad all his days.
11.) Peace/Isaiah 26:3, You keep ________ in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because she trusts in you.
12.) Comfort for hard times/Psalm 32:7, You are a hiding place for ________; you preserve her from trouble; you surround ________ with shouts of deliverance.
13.) Christian walk/Micah 6:8, He has shown ________ what is good. And what does the Lord require of him? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with his God.
14.) Wisdom for decision/Proverbs 2:6, For the Lord gives ________ wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
15.) Sin or away from the Lord/Acts 3:19, Repent, ________, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.
Inserting names of our family members into Scripture becomes a powerful prayer. And keep in mind, there’s nothing selfish about inserting your own name into Bible verses for needs. In my office, on the wall above my computer, hang several bright-colored sticky notes with my name inserted into Scriptures.
The Name Above All Names
Write the Bible verses with names on a notecard, sticky note, in a journal, or type out and save where you will see them. It serves as a reminder to pray and also builds our faith.
My list gives you some ideas. The important message remains.
Prayer changes things and people. So pray with intention, specifics, God’s Word, and with names. Call out names to the Name above all names.
What Scriptures would you add? Tell us in the comments.
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* 2 Timothy 1:7, Micah 6:8, Proverbs 2:6, and Acts 3:19 are based on the NIV, all other verses based on ESV.