My friend, Tim Kerr, is a pastor in Toronto and he is publishing a book to help you pray God's Word as you intercede for yourself and others. I had the privilege of endorsing Take Words With You and can't wait to get my first copy. Even in the age of digital search, there's something refreshing about holding and praying over Scripture organized to help your intercession.
But you don't have to wait for Crossway to publish it to start using it. A few weeks ago, Desiring God published a PDF file with the work Tim has compiled. I definitely recommend you check it out. Here's what Tim wrote about his inspiration for compiling these verses:
Many years ago I discovered a precious truth regarding prayer: God loves to hear his own words prayed back to him!When a small child crawls up on the lap of their father and says,“Daddy when are you going to take us to the zoo like you promised?” the father smiles and assures his child he has not forgotten and is very much looking forward to doing what he promised (when the time is right). In the same way, our heavenly Father delights to hear us remind him of his promises to us. The Bible is in fact a great big prayer manual that should fill and guide our prayers each and every day.
It is hoped that the many promises of God written here will be prayed back to God in prayer as we seek to enter into God’s purposes accomplished for us through Christ’s cross. Sometimes we remember the gist of a promise but cannot remember what was said or where it is found in Scripture. This manual has been written to make that process easier by organizing the promises of God by categories and themes.
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