Pray First

It always means so much to hear what messages and message series have meant to our people, and never have we received as much feedback as we have with our Pray First series. This past Sunday we wrapped up this series, and if you weren’t able to be with us, or you missed a week or two, I want to encourage you to visit our website and catch up on the messages.

Many of you have requested a list of all the Scriptures that I referenced throughout this series. While these verses are some of the verses that I pray over myself each morning, there are many others that I did not share in the series. As you pray over yourself, the list below is a good starting point, but I would encourage you to search the Scriptures for yourself and ask God to give you specific verses in addition to these to use as a guide for prayer.

Here’s one last suggestion. After praying these verses over yourself each morning, carry the cards with you throughout the day and take 10 minutes over lunch, or while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store, or while you’re working out, and review the verses midday or later in the day as well. “With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.” –Psalm 119:13 (NIV)


My son pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they (the words of God) are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. Proverbs 4:20-22 (NIV)

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1 (NIV)


Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 (NIV)

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 10:5 (NIV)

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 (NIV)


I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman. Job 31:1 (NIV)

My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways, for an adulterous woman is a deep pit, and a wayward wife is a narrow well. Like a bandit she lies in wait and multiplies the unfaithful among men. Proverbs 23:26-28 (NIV)


Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you. Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Deuteronomy 6:3-4 (NIV)

So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  Romans 10:17(KJV)


Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)

He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity. Proverbs 21:23 (NIV)

From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of 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 (NIV)

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)

When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. Proverbs 10:19 (NIV)


Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 (NIV)

Your statutes are my heritage forever, they are the joy of my heart.  Psalm 119:111 (NIV)

I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.  Psalm 40:8 (NIV)

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 (NIV)


For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45 (NIV)

Now strengthen my hands. Nehemiah 6:9 (NIV)

Do you see a man skilled at his work?  He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men. Proverbs 22:29 (NIV)


If you find honey, eat just enough, too much of it, and you will vomit. Proverbs 25:16 (NIV)

It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to seek one’s honor. Like a city whose walls are broken through is a man who lacks self-control. Proverbs 25:27-28 (NIV)


And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”] Romans 10:15 (NIV)

The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Psalm 37:23 (NASB)

The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10:9 (NIV)