There are two methods of praying the Word. The first one simply personalizes the Scriptures. As you pray the verses with the understanding (See I Cor. 14:14,15), replace the third person with the first person. Further enhance the power of the prayer by praying simultaneously in tongues.
Example: Lord, I ask that you would cause me not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful. But that I would delight in your law; and would meditate in it day and night.
While we are praying the Word in this way, the Holy Spirit may convict us of some area of sin. We then
need to ask God to forgive us. The Scriptures clearly tell us to recognize and repent immediately of known sins and come into a right relationship with the Lord.
By praying Scripture, we are praying God’s perfect will for ourselves, because we are asking God for things He desires for us! The prayed Word begins transforming us bringing about right heart attitudes and relationships with God and man. We mature spiritually in faith and in our relationship with God.
The second way of meditating God’s Word is called praying through the Word or praying through God’s thoughts. This involves praying from the front side of a scripture passage (viewing it with the natural, or non-renewed mind) to the back side of the passage (viewing it in the Spirit, or with the renewed mind).
Rom 12:2. Concerning the ways of God, one prays from darkness to light, from flesh to spirit, from sin to seeing the truth, from bondage to freedom, from doubt and un-belief to believing and from confusion and lack of under-standing to clarity and comprehension.
By praying through God’s Word, one begins moving into agreement with God’s thoughts and gaining an understanding of His ways. The power of the Holy Spirit enables him to begin naturally thinking as God thinks. This process is part of a sequence of getting into the right relationship with God.
Often one can pray through from darkness to light, and receive a revelation of the truth by simply meditating upon the scriptures and praying in his spiritual language. As we pray through in this manner, or allow the Word to pray through us, our understanding will be enlightened. As more lights are turned on, darkness and bondage go! As truth enters in and is received, deception and delusion are cast down. Strongholds are broken.
In John 6:63 Jesus said, “It is the Spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing: the words I speak to you, they are spirit, and they are life.” And in John 15:3 Jesus says, “You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the Word which I have given you and the teachings I have discussed with you.”
One knows that he has prayed through in this manner when he experiences a release in his praying. A release comes when spiritual and mental ignorance is removed by a revelation of the Word given to him by the Holy