Praying Scripture: James (Ch. 1)

Read: James–Chapter 1

Key Verses: James 1:19-27 “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

Dear Heavenly Father, I ask that you will give me joy so that I can be joyful in any trials or circumstances that I face. Please also give me the perseverance I need in order to become mature and complete. I pray that you will give me wisdom to live my life according to your plan for me. Help me to be wise in any decisions that I make for myself and my family. Please take any pride from my heart so that I can humble myself before you and others. I pray that you will bless me with these characteristics so that I can be more like Christ. Lord Jesus, keep me away from temptation and evil. My desires sometimes lead me away from you. I pray that you will help me to follow you and not to fall into sin. Thank you for the blessings that you have poured out on me and my family. Thank you for your truths that you have shown me which have allowed me to know you better. Father God, you know that I have struggled with my anger. Until recently; my anger has gotten worse instead of better. I praise you for the work you have done in my life over the past year. I pray that you will continue to work on me so that I can rid myself completely of my angry spirit. Help me to listen before I speak. Please save me from myself. Help me to hold my tongue before speaking out of anger. Please take away the chains that have held me captive for so long. Amen.


***My prayers are based on the whole chapter not just the key verses.

***The Prayer is in black, and the Scripture (NIV) is in red.

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