Prayers: Delighting in God's Word

Father, I pray that _____ will delight in Your Word, rather than listening to what this ungodly world tells him. I pray he will meditate on Scripture day and night. If he does, he will be like a tree planted by rivers of water that brings forth fruit in its season. He will not wilt under the pressures and temptations of this life. Instead, whatever _____ does will prosper. Psalm 1:1-3

Father, teach _____ that Your law is perfect, converting the soul; Your testimony is sure, making wise the simple; Your statutes are right, rejoicing the heart; Your commandment is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of You is clean, enduring forever; Your judgments are true and righteous altogether. Cause _____ to desire Your Word more than gold, much more than fine gold; for Your Word is sweeter than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover, by Your Word, _____ is warned about evil. In obeying Your Word there is great reward, but _____ must know it to obey it.  Psalm 19:7-11

Lord, I pray that _____ will seek You; that her soul will long for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. May she come to know that You alone are living water that can satisfy her thirst. Then she will be a blessing to others, for out of her heart will flow rivers of living water. Psalm 63: 1-2, John 37-38

Lord I pray that _____ will desire the pure milk of Your Word, just like a newborn baby craves milk. Then he will grow up into a full experience of Your salvation, since he has had a taste of Your kindness. 1 Peter 2:1-2 NKJV, NLT

God I pray that _____ will come to love Your Holy Scriptures. You inspired men to write Your Word, and that Word is able to make _____ wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Your Word is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, so that _____ may be Your woman, complete in You and thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:14-17

Father, may Your Word bring _____ joy and  rejoicing in his heart! Jeremiah 15:16

Lord, may _____ say, along with Paul, that she delights in Your Word. Romans 7:22

Lord I pray Your Word will be a lamp to _____’s feet and a light to his path. Your Word will bring life and healing to those who find it; I pray _____ will find Your Word irresistible. May he take joy in doing Your will, Lord, because Your instructions are written on his heart. Psalm 1:2, 119:105, Proverbs 4:22, Psalm 40:8

Impress upon _____, Father, that this Bible You have given us shall not depart from her mouth, but she shall mediate upon it day and night, that she shall observe to do all that is written in it. For then You will make her way prosperous, and she will have good success. Joshua 1:8

Father, help _____ to be like the Bereans, who received Your Word with all readiness of mind, and searched Scripture daily, to verify the teaching they heard. Acts 17:11

Your Word, Lord, is living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow. May _____ allow it to discern the thoughts and intents of his heart. Hebrews 4:12

Jesus, You said that we make mistakes because we don’t know the Scriptures, and without knowing Your Word we can’t know Your power. I pray, Father, that _____ will know both Your Word and Your power. Mark 12:24 NLT

Father, I thank You for Your Word, the things which were written for our learning. You desire that through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

Jesus, teach _____ to use the sword of the Spirit, which is Your Word, in times of trouble and temptation, as You did when You were tempted in the desert. Ephesians 6:17, Matthew 4

Whoever wrote Psalm 119 LOVED God’s Word. It describes in detail all of the beauties and benefits to be found by delighting in Scripture. Psalm 119 is also the longest chapter in the whole Bible, so I did not write it out for you here…! It is written as a prayer and divided into 22 sections, so one idea might be to take a single section each day, pray it for yourself and then for the people you love.  

Keep in mind that the Psalmist uses a number of different words for God’s Word: law, statutes, testimonies, ways, commandments, precepts, and judgments. Here are just a few of my favorite prayers and praises from the Psalm:

Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes! (5)

How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your Word. (9)

Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from Your law. (18)

My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to Your Word. (28)

Turn my eyes away from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way. (37)

I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts. (45)

This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your Word has given me life. (50)

I thought about my ways and turned my feet to Your testimonies. (59)

You are good, and do good; Teach me Your statutes. (68)

Your hands have made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.(73)

Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, so that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth. (88)

Unless Your law had been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. (92)

You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies (98)

Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (105)

I hope in Your Word. (114)

Deal with Your servant according to your mercy, and teach me Your statutes. (124)

Direct my steps by Your Word and let no iniquity have dominion over me. (133)

Your commandments are my delights. (143)

My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your Word. (148)

Many are my persecutors and my enemies, yet I do not turn from Your testimonies. (157)

Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble. (165)

Give me understanding according to Your Word. (169)