Something wonderful happens when you pray lines of scripture. There are a few key phrases that I do consider ‘mine’ so to speak and I use them in daily conversation with the LORD, most of them are from my favorite chapters and the ones I am most familiar with (Psalm 73, Isaiah 43, Psalm 139, Romans 8). I definitely don't have all these memorized word for word, and in many cases I had to look up the reference. The point is merely to embrace a phrase and bless the LORD with it. This is probably the only area that I don’t mind when a verse is taken out of context, because it’s used only for the purpose of dialogue. I do so because a particular phrase really puts into words what I feel, but I can’t otherwise articulate. Somehow, praying phrases that people like David also prayed seems sort of magical and moves me. These are my favorites, some of them are intended to be myself, to the LORD and some of them are Him, to His People (i.e. Isaiah 43).
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 73:25-26)
*side note, I pray this verse almost daily as it has changed my life, I consider it to be my ‘life verse’*
The LORD is my strength and my song. (Ps 118:14)
You are my hiding place and my shield. (Psalm 119:114)
In Your presence there is fullness of joy. (Ps 16:11)
Oh taste and see that the LORD is good. (Ps 34:8)
But in all these things
we overwhelmingly conquer. (Rom 8:37)
You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Ps 139:13-14)
What is man that you thought of him? (Ps 8:4)
But You, Oh LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head. (Ps 3:3)
The LORD, He is the One who goes before You.
He is with You, He will never leave you or forsake You. (Deu 31:8)
No temptation has overtaken you except which is common to man. (Cor 10:13)
…the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the GLORY THAT IS ABOUT TO BE REVEALED TO US. (Rom 8:18)
Even the darkness is not dark to you. (Ps 130:12)
Search me Oh God and know my heart. (Ps 139: 23)
Make Your ways known to me. (Ps 25:4) For You I wait all day. (Ps 25:5)
The steps of a man are established by the LORD, and He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, for the LORD is the One who holds his hand. (Ps 37:23-24)
When you walk through the waters I will be with you, when you walk through the rivers they will not sweep over you. When You walk through the fire you will not be burned for I am the LORD Your God. (Isaiah 43; paraphrased)