I recently read a book by Dennis Fuqua called “United and Ignited – Encountering God through Dynamic Corporate Prayer.” While an excellent read on praying in groups, he also mentioned what he calls concordance prayers, looking up various words such as peace, hope, joy, truth, etc., reading the verses and using it as a springboard to prayer.
I love Scripture-based prayer! This is a great way to fill your heart with more of God’s Word and then to pray it back to Him! I grew up with the big, thick Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, but today enjoy the convenience of internet based concordances such as www.blueletterbible.com. You can pick a word like “hope” but because of its frequency, there will be many verses. You can narrow your search down by including other words like “hope” and “God”. You can even choose which version of Scripture you’d like. Reading a number of verses on a topic helps get a clearer, broader picture of the meaning. Read several verses and then choose one that particularly speaks to you.
Here’s one I chose:
“Now may the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Then you can pray something like:
“Jesus, I thank You that You are the God of hope. You fill me with encouragement and joy as I look to You for all that I need. Holy Spirit, Your power gives me hope in my life today. I trust in You!”
What Scriptures can you use to fuel your prayers today? Maybe think of something you are struggling with – fear, doubt, discouragement, or temptation. Search for the opposite in the concordance (peace, faith, encouragement, hope or victory) and then pray those Scriptures.