Praying the Scriptures | How To Hide The Word In Your Heart for a Lifetime

PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES | How to Hide The Word in Your Heart for a Lifetime
Dan Wilt

May Christ’s love delight your spirit today.

Praying is one thing. Praying eternal truth in conversation with the One who both delivered it to us and promised its fruits to abound our hearts is quite another thing altogether.

To pray the Scriptures and hide them in our hearts, so they re-emerge in times of need for decades to come, I’ve learned that we must have a few things in place for a 7 day period.

  • An accessible version of an encouraging passage
  • A time we repetitively do something else (like brushing our teeth)
  • A way to keep the passage in front of us throughout the day

I created the following as an example, with a special PDF (below) to help.


I created the following as an example, with a special PDF (below) to help.

Here are the 3 steps I would use to pray a passage for a week.

1. I discerned a good passage for me to pray for the week would be Ephesians 3:17-19. How high and how wide…. Yes.
2. I re-wrote the passage to be a morning prayer for praying at my bathroom mirror while brushing my pearly whites. (Or you can just use the passage itself.)
3. Third, created a physical version of the prayer that can be printed in color (p. 1) or black and white (p. 2), and taped it to my bathroom mirror.

I will also print a copy for my car, desk, and refrigerator.

Over the next 7 days I will pray this each morning, and when I’m in my car or at my desk, I will pray it out loud and as often as it comes to mind.

Praying it out loud is very important. The neuroscience of learning tells us that the more of our senses we involve in learning anything, the more “sticky” it will be.

Slowly, I’ll naturally begin to memorize it because it is short. I may even journal it over and over to reinforce the prayer (indelible-prayer-journaling, I call it).

The prayed passage will start to hide itself in my heart, and I’ll believe its truth more as the week progresses.

I may need it more than I know this week.


Try this with me for the next 7 days.

Download – Morning Prayer for Your Bathroom Mirror (Eph. 3:17-19) PDF

Follow the steps I noted above.

If you journal, consider starting with this passage, and ask the Holy Spirit to expand on it with you. If you do lectio divina, considering using that approach as a way to open your writing.

I’ll be praying that the Holy Spirit moves through this passage to make you and I more whole through its message, to dissolve residual shame, to relieve nagging anxiety, and to sweeten the moments with those in your sphere of relationships.

Dan +

P.S. “Praying the Scriptures” is just one of the practical habits we’ll explore at the Spiritual Habits & You event on Jan. 8. I’ll provide many more downloads as well. You can register here and use the code: spiritualhabits50 until Nov. 30.

Consider inviting friends, family, a small group, or church volunteers to join you in the experience by getting the Gift Certificate to give at Christmas!


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Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy, along with its companion volume, Endless Grace, helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and foil-stamped hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms.