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Gaining Spiritual Thirst

Hand reaching for water.

Are you on dry ground spiritually? Is your spiritual thirst near nonexistent… and decreasing by the day?

I encourage you to pray the word of God — to pray Scripture. At the end of this post, I share examples of scriptures and prayers to pray. But first, why pray the word? For three reasons:

1. God’s word is alive!For the word of God is alive and powerful” (Hebrews 4:12). The original Greek word translated “powerful” is energēs (notice the resemblance to the English word “energy”?). The word was used in secular society of the day to describe a medicine effectively engaged in the work it was designed to do.

What if you had a physical condition that kept you from ever wanting to drink liquid…and there was a medicine just for your condition? Wouldn’t you want to take it? Yes, because without liquids you’ll become dehydrated. Go very long without any liquids and you’ll die. Without Living Water you’ll die too — you’ll become spiritually dead and lifeless.

God’s Word was designed to treat your condition of inadequate thirst! And it has a 100% cure rate!

2. God ordained our words to have power.

“From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:20-21).

There is a harvest from what we speak. The ‘crop’ we reap from our words can be good or bad depending on what seeds we’ve sown through them. We sow seeds through words spoken aloud, but also through words spoken silently in our thoughts.

When we agree with God and His Word, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, the harvest is immeasurably good and satisfying.

Why respond to a matter by speaking and praying God’s word?

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

This is war. We have an enemy who will stop at nothing to keep us from God’s word and prayer.

Lack of spiritual thirst is a stronghold. A stronghold is any argument or pretension that “sets itself up against the knowledge of God.” It’s anything that exalts itself against God’s will for us — in this case, spiritual thirst for Him. A stronghold is something that raises itself up in our minds, pretending to be bigger or more powerful than God. It strangles abundant life, keeps us from fulfilling our callings and renders our lives ineffective for Christ. Is that not the enemy’s goal for our lives?

This is a spiritual battle. And as such, we have God-given weapons that are powerful — completely capable of demolishing this stronghold.

What are these weapons? In Ephesians 6:10-12, Paul listed the whole armor of God. Just one piece of the armor is a weapon. The rest are defensive pieces of armor. The Sword of the Spirit, identified as the Word of God, is the only offensive weapon listed in the whole armor of God. Second Corinthians 10:4 uses the plural, assuring us we have weapons for warfare. What would the other weapon be? I believe the other weapon is given right after the words identifying the Sword of the Spirit as the Word of God in Ephesians 6:17. The next verse says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions.” There are two weapons with divine power in our warfare: the Word of God and Spirit-empowered prayer.

These two weapons have divine power. The original Greek word for power is the adjective form of the term dunamai meaning “to be able.” Our English word dynamite is derived from the same word. Our lack of spiritual hunger and thirst is a stronghold, a fortress, that can’t be merely brushed aside. It won’t disappear if we ignore it. It has to be demolished with dynamite!

In Praying God’s Word, Beth Moore writes:

God has handed us two sticks of dynamite with which to demolish our strongholds: His Word and prayer. What is more powerful than two sticks of dynamite placed in separate locations? Two strapped together… What makes these two sticks of dynamite so powerfully effective when strapped together?

Prayer keeps us in constant communion with God, which is the goal of our entire believing lives. Without a doubt, prayerless lives are powerless lives, and prayerful lives are powerful lives: but, believe it or not, the ultimate goal God has for us is not power but personal intimacy with Him. Yes, God wants to bring us healing, but more than anything, He wants us to know our Healer….The primary strength we have in warfare is godliness, which is achieved only through intimacy with God; therefore, God will undoubtedly enforce prayer as one of the weapons of our warfare because His chief objective is to keep us connected entirely to Him. We will never win any spiritual battle without prayer….

What makes the Word such a powerful stick of dynamite to demolish strongholds? Take a look once again at 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. In the process of demolishing strongholds, our objectives are to cast down anything that exalts itself in our thought life and to take our thoughts captive to Christ. What does Scripture mean by “taking captive every thought to make it obedience to Christ”? … We take our thoughts captive, making them obedient to Christ, every time we choose to think Christ’s thoughts about any situation or stronghold instead of Satan’s or our own. What are Christ’s thoughts? The Word of God revealed to us. [1]

I encourage you to not only pray scriptures about spiritual thirst silently, but to pray/speak the verses aloud also. This is one way that we exercise faith and actively believe God.

“I believed; therefore I have spoken. With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak” (2 Cor. 4:13).

(I’ve spoken about this in the Faith for the Supernatural Series. The recordings and the study guide are available for free here.)

3. God answers prayer — especially when we pray His word.

One reason praying God’s word is effective is that we’re praying His will. When we pray what we know to be God’s will for our lives, we know he hears and answers.

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5: 14-15).

This is why George Mueller would be found praying with His finger on a promise from God to plead. In The Power of Prayer R.A. Torrey said of Mueller:

When it was laid upon George Mueller’s heart to pray for anything, he would search the Scriptures to find if there was some promise that covered the case. Sometimes he would search the scriptures for days before he presented his petition to God. And then when he found the promise, with his open Bible before him, and his finger upon that promise, he would plead that promise, and so he received what he asked. He always prayed with an open Bible before him.

Get Aggressive

I encourage you to print the scriptures and scripture-prayers below. Or copy and paste the verses into a document and add additional verses about spiritual hunger and thirst.

Either way, get a list of scriptures and put them by your Bible to pray each day. It’s time to get aggressive!

The kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it” (Mt. 11:12).

Print a few other copies and put in strategic places in your home and workplace to pray throughout the day. Put one in your car to pray, for example, when you’re stopped at a red light or waiting to pick your kids up from school (not while driving!). Put one up on your bathroom mirror to pray while you’re brushing your teeth. Put one by your bedside to pray first thing when you wake in the morning and before you go to sleep at night.

A second step could include something like programming your phone to send you scripture alerts throughout the day, like it would calendar alerts or reminders. Rather than calendar event info, type out a verse and have the text pop up as your reminder. You might even send yourself an email every day with a few of these scriptures to remind you to take a moment to dwell on them, pray them and claim them.

Your aggressive measures may be different than mine, but no matter how you do it, it’s time to shake off spiritual laziness when it comes to God’s Word and prayer. It’s time to demolish strongholds! Especially the lack of thirst for Living Water — a lack of getting into the Word of God and waiting on Him in prayer!

Your Ammunition

This is war. We’re wrestling against principalities and powers and rulers of darkness that want to steal our intimacy with Christ. They want to keep us from our ammunition against them — prayer and the Sword of the Spirit, God’s Word.

We don’t work to earn God’s attention and affection — we already have them.  But we do have to exert effort in the battle in which we’re engaged. Violence is constantly taking place against us in the spiritual realm. It must be countered with aggressive measures. We can’t afford to become spiritual couch potatoes.

“From the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize—a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion]” (Matthew 11:12, AMP).

I’ve never seen a lazy, lackadaisical army win a battle. We must be intentional! Forceful! Zealous! Willing to pursue our share in the Heavenly kingdom with intense exertion!

In Your Shoes

If you’re fasting and not gaining spiritual thirst, you’re not alone. I’m in your shoes. As I was fasting, my spiritual thirst wasn’t increasing . . . and I was frustrated.

Yet, I’m totally exhausted physically and mentally, largely stemming from my illness and life’s demands. I’m drained in every way. So I would love to be spiritually lazy and have things just happen for me.

But there is a forcefulness that is called for! As I typed and prayed the prayers and scriptures in the Gaining Spiritual Thirst resource page, God began answering. He immediately began increasing my spiritual thirst! His word and prayer are dynamite against our enemy!

I encourage you to let the Holy Spirit be aggressive through you. You won’t be doing this alone in your own strength.

“[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight” (Phil. 2:13, AMP).

It’s not a matter of exerting in our flesh. It’s a matter of no longer resisting God and squelching what He longs to do through us in prayer.  All we have to do is make a simple choice of the will and discipline ourselves to crack open the Bible and get started. For you this might involve printing the prayers and scriptures and setting aside time to pray.

Think of it as lighting the fuse on the stick of dynamite. The explosives do the real work. All we do is make a decision to light the fuse.  We merely have to make a choice to be a conduit for God’s power . . . and the Spirit of God does the rest. Rest assured, as you do this, you will not be left to fleshly effort. But you do have to choose to get off your spiritual Lazyboy and let the Spirit of God work through you. And He will!

From Isaiah 58, the Faster’s Chapter:

“Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I” (Isaiah 58:9).


Verses About Gaining Spiritual Thirst


God’s Greatness

“Why does God allow us to spend so much of life in the heat of battle? Because He never meant for us to sip His Spirit like a proper cup of tea. He meant for us to hold our sweating heads over the fountain and lap up His life with unquenchable thirst.” ~ Beth Moore [2]

God is supreme over all things. Omnipresent. Omnipotent. Omniscent. He reigns over all. He alone is God. No one can hold back His hand or say to Him, “What have you done?” The starry hosts were made by the breath of His mouth. Heaven is His throne. The earth is His footstool. His faithfulness reaches to the Heavens…where incredible creatures sing, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!” He is great! He is worthy! He is God!!

Praying scripture about God’s “Godship” is a crucial part of gaining spiritual thirst.

Why? Because it:

  1. Renews our minds
  2. Strengthens our faith and confidence in God
  3. Proclaims His authority over our lives

In Praying God’s Word, Beth Moore gives another vital reason: It’s critical in the process of breaking free from strongholds:

1. Virtually every stronghold involves the worship of some kind of idol. For instance, the stronghold of pride is associated with the worship of self. The stronghold of addiction is often associated with the worship of some kind of substance or habit. In one way or another, something else has become “god” in our lives: the object of our chief focus. Filling our minds with Scripture acknowledging the “Godship” of God is a crucial part of renewing our minds. Until we turn from our idols to the one true God, we will never find liberty, for “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor. 3:17). One missing link in almost every captive life is the spirit of God’s lordship.

2. As long as our minds rehearse the strength of our stronghold more than the strength of our God, we will be impotent. As we pray the Word of God acknowledging His limitless strength and transcendent dominion, Truth will begin to eclipse the lies. We will realize that in our weakness He is strong and that as we bend the knee to His lordship God is more than able to deliver us.

3. We may be forced to realize that our perception of God is something that we, ourselves, have conjured up and not the one true God at all.…If we believe God is small, that’s not God at all. Truth sets us free. The truth may be that we’ve carved a “God” out of our own image, assigned Him the utmost and noblest of human characteristics, unintentionally envisioning Him to be more of a “superhuman” than the sovereign El Elyon—The Most High God. [3]

Prayers about God’s Lordship and Greatness

My Father, I acknowledge that You are the Lord Almighty, You are the first and You are the last, and apart from You there is no other god. Make me witness to the fact that there is no other Rock but You. Enable me to say with full assurance, “I know not one.” (Isa. 44:6, 8)*

My Father, You are my Lord, my Holy One, my Creator, my King. You are the One who made a way through the sea, a path through mighty waters. (Isa. 43:15-16)*

My Father, You are the Lord my God. I desire to love You, listen to Your voice, and hold fast to You, for You, Lord, are my life. (Deut. 30:20)*

My mighty God, in Your hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. (Job 12:10) You, my God, open Your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. (Ps. 145:16)*

My Father, Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations. You, my Lord, are faithful to all Your promises and loving toward all You have made. (Ps. 145:13)*

Ah Sovereign Lord, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for You! (Jer. 32:17)*

O, Lord, my God, help me never to worship any other god, for You, my Lord, are a jealous God. (Exod. 20:4-5)*

You, my Lord, are a warrior; the Lord is Your name. (Exod. 15:3)*

Scriptures to turn into prayers about God’s “Godship”:

  • Isaiah 6:1-3
  • Isaiah 44:6, 8
  • Isaiah 43:15-16
  • Nehemiah 9:6
  • 1 Chronicles 29:11
  • Psalm 145:16
  • Psalm 95:3-5
  • Psalm 145:17
  • Psalm 145:13
  • Acts 17:24-28
  • Psalm 40:5
  • Job 36:26-29
  • Psalm 90:1-2
  • Psalm 104:1-4
  • Psalm 11:2-4, 7-8
  • Psalm 113:5-6
  • Psalm 121
  • Isaiah 40:22
  • Isaiah 40:26
  • Isaiah 40:28-31
  • Psalm 36:5-9
  • Jeremiah 32:17
  • Psalm 145:3-7
  • Isaiah 51:16
  • Isaiah 45:18
  • Exodus 3:14-15
  • Exodus 20:4-5
  • Isaiah 42:8
  • Deut. 7:9
  • Deut. 32:4
  • Deut. 10:17
  • Psalm 144:2
  • Psalm 62:6-7
  • Mal. 4:2
  • Isaiah 66:1
  • 1 Samuel 2:10
  • Psalm 73:25
  • Isaiah 55:8-9
  • Ephesians 1:22-23
  • Numbers 23:19
  • Isaiah 25:1
  • 1 Timothy 1:17


Prayers and Scriptures About Spiritual Thirst

From Psalm 27:

I ask one thing of you LORD. I seek only one thing: that I may dwell in your house all the days of my life. I want to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in his temple… My heart says of You, ‘Seek His face!’ Your face, Lord, I am seeking.

Thank you that in this day of trouble, You are keeping me safe in Your dwelling – You have hidden me in the secret place of Your tabernacle. You have set me high upon Yourself–the Rock! Therefore, I offer SHOUTS of joy to You today! I will sing – yes, I will sing praises to You, Jehovah!

I am still confident of this, Father: I will see Your goodness. I am waiting for you, hoping in You and expecting You! My heart is stout and enduring. Thank You, O God my Savior, that You will not hide Your face from me. Thank you that although my mother and father forsake me, You will take care of me. (Psalm 27:4, 8, 5-6, 9-10, 13-14 ).

My heart pants for You, O God, as the deer pants for streams of water. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. I am eager to meet with You today! Thank You for meeting here with me. (Psalm 42:1-2).

“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young—a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you… Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked” (Psalm 84:1-4, 10).

“My soul is consumed with longing for your word at all times… My soul faints with longing for your salvation” (Psalm 119:20, 81).

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me” (Psalm 63:1-8).

“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26-26).

“I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land” (Psalm 143:6).

People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God. Therefore, God, I know you will feed me today with your word. Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your word.” (Matthew 4:4, Psalm 119:18)

I’m blessed today because I’ve worked up a good appetite for You, God. You’re food and drink in the best meal I’ll ever eat. Increase my appetite for you even more! (Matthew 5:6, MSG).

O Lord, like David, help me to rejoice in Your strength and say of You, “how great is my joy in the victories You give!” Father, please grant me the desire of my heart to be free from this stronghold and do not withhold the request of my lips. (Psalm 21:1-2) Through the victories You give, may Christ’s glory be great! (Psalm 21:5)*

“The bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Jesus, You are the bread of life. You said “He who comes to me will never go hungry.” I am coming to you today. Thank you for feeding me and never letting me go hungry. (John 6:33, 35a).

Thank you for sending the Spirit of Christ into my heart, the Spirit who calls out “Abba, Father.” It is the Spirit who prays through me today. The Spirit who searches all things, even the deep things of God. The Spirit knows your thoughts in the same way no one knows my thoughts but me. Holy Spirit, reveal God’s thoughts to me today. Show me what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, what no mind has conceived – what you have prepared for those who love you. I have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that I might understand what You have freely given me. Father, thank you for freely giving me spiritual thirst! Thank you for freely giving me the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 4:6; 1 Corinthians 2:9-11.).

My Father in Heaven, although I am a fallen human being, I know how to give good gifts to my children. How much more will You give the Holy Spirit to those who ask You! Open the windows of Heaven and rain down Living Water – your Holy Spirit — on me. Help me be sensitive to the ways I am quenching your Spirit and grieving Him. I don’t want to ask You for His power and anointing and then have sin and idolatries in my life that turn Him away. It’s like asking You for a gift, then slapping the gift out of your hand when you extend your arm to give it. You want to give! Help me be ready to receive! (Luke 11:13; Ephesians 4:30)

“I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:8-10).

My soul, waits only upon You, God. I silently, humbly submit to You; for my hope and expectation are from You and You alone. Everything I hope for comes from You. I look to nothing and no one else but You. You are my everything. You are my Rock and my Salvation, my Defense and my Fortress; I shall not be moved. My salvation and my glory rest with you. You are my Rock of unyielding strength and impenetrable hardness, and my refuge is in God! Pouring out my heart to You, I trust in, lean on, and rely on you, and have confidence in You at all times. Thank you for being my refuge today. You and You alone are my fortress and high tower – my stronghold and my deliverer. (Psalm 62:5-8; 18:2)

Jesus, You called your disciples to You and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.” Thank you for having compassion on me and not sending me away from your presence today hungry. Thank you for what I am about to eat. I praise you that I will not collapse from spiritual dehydration and weakness as I go about my day today. Hallelujah! Praise You, Lord! (Mt 15:32)

Hungry and thirsty, Their soul fainted in them. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses. And He led them forth by the right way, That they might go to a city for a dwelling place. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness. (Psalm 107:5-9)

“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6). Jesus, You are the same yesterday and today and forever. You do not change! (Hebrews 13:8) You have compassion on the hungry and You feed them. You deliver those in distress. Thank you for Your goodness and for your wonderful works to the children of men. For you satisfy the longing soul and fill the hungry soul with good things! (Psalm 107:5-9)

Help me withhold no part of my heart from You. May all of my heart – the seat of my appetites and desires, my mind will and emotions – seek You. For You promised that I will seek You and find You, when I seek You with all my heart. (Jer. 29:13)

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. (Isaiah 55:1)

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. (Matthew 5:6)

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Gal. 6:9).

“For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring” (Isaiah 44:3).

“The parched ground shall become a pool, And the thirsty land springs of water; In the habitation of jackals, where each lay, There shall be grass with reeds and rushes” (Isaiah 35:7).

Lord, help me not to allow the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desires for other things to come in and choke Your Word, making it unfruitful in my life. (Mark 4:19)

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)

Lord, I pray You will give me the desire of my heart–which right now is to be hungry and thirsty for more of You–and make all my plans succeed. (Psalm 20:4)

Above all else, help me to love You, the Lord my God, with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5)*

Faithful God, because of Your great love I am not consumed, for Your compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lord, You are good to those whose hope is in You, to the one who seeks You. (Lamentations 3:22-25)

Father, help me to put on Your full armor so that I can take my stand against the devil’s schemes. (Ephesians 6:11)

Lord God, Your divine power has given me every thing I need for life and godliness through my knowledge of You who called me by Your own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3)*

Lord, help me to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that I may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:19)*

If I call to You, You will answer me and tell me great and unsearchable things I do not know. (Jeremiah 33:3)

Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You. (Psalm 9:10)

In a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize. Lord, help me to run in such a way as to get the prize. (1 Corinthians 9:24)

Now unto You who are able to do immeasurably more than all I ask or imagine, according to Your power that is at work within me, to You be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Great, great God, You execute justice for the oppressed. You give food to the hungry. You give freedom to the prisoners. Thank you for freeing my spiritual thirst that has been held captive. I am expecting and thanking you in advance for Your food for this hungry heart today. (Psalm 146:7)

Promises for the one who has sought God with fasting and prayer: “Return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning…Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast…then the LORD will be jealous for his land and take pity on his people. The LORD will reply to them: “I am sending you grain, new wine and oil, enough to satisfy you fully…Be glad, O people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains in righteousness. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before…You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the LORD your God. I will pour out my Spirit on all people…Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.” (Joel 2:12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 23, 26)

[God] gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed. (Romans 4:17, AMP) Father, help me speak of these precious promises You’ve made to me as if they already existed. Help me no longer confess my deadness, my spiritual dryness but instead begin speaking as if you’ve already increased my hunger and thirst for you. As if You’ve already restored my sense of your presence. You answer those who call to You. You will be found by those who seek You. You give food to the hungry. You give your Spirit to those who ask. You are the same God today who spoke every one of these scripture promises…and who has fulfilled them in your children’s lives for thousands of years. You have not changed. You cannot lie. When you speak…it becomes so. What you have promised, You have done in my life. Thank you! Thank you for pouring water on this thirsty one and floods on dry ground. Praise you, LORD!

One Last Suggestion:

Consider, as you pray, using websites and phone/tablet apps to look up words from Scriptures in the original language (or make notes from them for use when you pray). It will help you pray the scriptures even more deeply — and help get the Scriptures even more deeply into your heart. When I take scriptures God is asking me to pray and look the words up in the original language, I am always amazed at the depths of the riches in the scriptures — and the depths of my life to which God is speaking through them.

The verses and prayers above are meant to merely get you started. Many of the resources below have a way to search the Bible by topic or keyword. This is a great way to find scriptures on any topic or area of your life God is leading you to address — so that you might pray His word, hide it in your heart, and take every thought captive.

Apps (Most are available in iPhone & Android):

  • Strong’s KJV 2010 (I use this extensively in my prayer time. My favorite Bible study app, apart from YouVersion for Bible translations and reading. You can select any word in a verse and see the meaning of the word in the original language.)
  • Touch Bible Loaded  (This app works the same way. You can select a word and see the meaning. I prefer the Strong’s app above for its layout and functioning. It just feels more intuitive and easier for me, but they are very much alike.)

Other Apps for Bible Study:

Websites with Searches for Word Definitions in the Original Language:

Other Websites for Bible Study:


  1. Beth Moore, Praying God’s Word (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 6-7
  2. Ibid., 27
  3. Ibid., 20-21

* Prayers with an asterisk are from Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word