It’s that time of year again. Fresh starts, do-overs and thinking about the future. Last year I started off 2016 by praying a Proverb a day. There are 31 days in January and 31 Proverbs so it fit perfectly. This year I want to do something similar. So I decided to pray God’s name for 31 days.
You can do this too (see below). It’s a perfect way to start off the New Year on the right food. Don’t worry if you missed the January 1st start date, start whenever!
As you may know there are many names describing our Heavenly Father in the Bible. I chose 31 and added scripture references for each day. You can download the printable calendar below to use in your quiet time or devotions.
WHY PRAY THE SCRIPTURES
Have you ever prayed the scriptures before? God’s word is alive and powerful. In Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) we are told “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
Wow, it can penetrate the soul and spirit? Judge the thoughts and attitudes of the heart? What else can do that? When you read and meditate on the scriptures God’s nature is revealed to us. We learn who He is and just how much He loves us. We can also find direction, wisdom and strength in His word.
HOW TO PRAY THE SCRIPTURES
So you may be thinking, that sounds great I want to learn more about God’s plan for my life, but how exactly do I pray the scriptures? If you aren’t used to praying out loud it may feel awkward at first, but I urge you to keep going. Our words are so powerful so I suggest reading the scriptures and reciting them out loud at least one time a day.
Here is an example of a way to pray the first scripture reference and name of God:
Psalm 31:1 (NIV) In you, LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness.
Pray: I look to you YHWH (Yahweh). You are my refuge, my hiding place. Thank you Lord that you want to reveal yourself to me. Show me more of you. I’m grateful that you want a covenant relationship with me, show me your nature. I run to you Lord, for you alone keep me safe.
You can pray the meaning of the name and the scripture references.
Finally, I decided to focus specifically on the Father for this 31 day challenge. I want to get to know Him better this year. There are also numerous names for Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Maybe I’ll have to do another calendar next year!
You can download it to your desktop or print it out for your prayer room. So will you take this New Years challenge with me and pray God’s name for 31 days? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Let me know if you decide to take this challenge. I’m looking forward to an awesome 2017. I pray God’s nature, face and love are revealed to you in the upcoming weeks.