The Word of God Teaches Us to Pray — John MacArthur
“I’ve learned through the years that my best prayer times are with an open Bible. I give you an illustration of that on Sunday morning, I did it this morning, I do that every week. I read a portion of Scripture and then I sort of pray my way back through that because I’m just lining up with the purposes of God, lining up with the Word of God, lining up with what God has revealed. You have a difficulty praying because you’re sort of done in a few minutes, you can’t think of what to say, just try praying through a text of Scripture, identifying with what God is revealing there. And when you need to confess, confess. And when you need to praise, praise. And when you need to thank Him, thank Him. And when you need to seek understanding and wisdom, ask for that. And when you see something that dishonors God, cry out of your concern for His dishonor. And when you see something that glorifies Him, give Him glory. The Word really teaches us how to pray because it reveals God’s agenda and God’s character…all prayer should be born out of the study and understanding of God’s revealed plan and character in Scripture.”
- John MacArthur
taken from: A Pattern of Prayer from a Man of Prayer”, sermon from Daniel 9:1-19 delivered on October 30, 2005.