Praying with Scripture

I want to share my testimony of how I experienced victory in a challenging situation when I prayed with scriptures. I went through a tough time at the office and was forced to work with difficult people for a long time. Instead of retaliating or defending my position, I allowed God to fight the battle for me. It is written “Do not fear or be dismayed at this great multitude; for the battle is not yours but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15). I prayed with scripture “No weapon that is fashioned against you shall prosper” (Isaiah 54:17). I also prayed for my enemies as the Word of God says, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44). I wondered why I was suffering in this way but later on realized that God was purifying me through these people. It was not easy but after a while, I experienced the peace of God in my heart. I repeated, “Thank you Lord, your presence goes with me and you give me rest today” (Exodus 33:14). I focused more on the Word of God instead of the situation and I knew God was in control. After three and half years, there was a vacancy for which I applied. I was told that they received seventy-seven applications. One would assume interviews for internal job posts would be easy; on the contrary it was extremely difficult. I answered three rounds of interviews with different panels. All the interviews went well with God’s grace. I prayed with scripture, “LORD you have made me the head, and not the tail; I shall be only at the top, and not at the bottom” (Deut. 28:13). Four months later, the management was under pressure to recruit a local for this post and HR interviewed local candidates. However, I did not lose hope in God. I continued to pray in faith declaring the scripture, “Lord, You will go before me and level the mountains, you will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron” (Isaiah 45:2). Thank you Jesus, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to you” (Matthew 28:18) and you have given me favor with all those in authority over me and the decision making committee. I waited on the Lord for six months. “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Psalms 27:14). Indeed, nothing is impossible for God! The management received permission to recruit non-locals and I had been selected! God has blessed me with much more than I had expected! The booklet ‘Ask, Seek and Knock’ published by HSI contains God’s promises for different situations. If you don’t have a copy, I strongly recommend you buy one. Praying with scripture will increase your spiritual growth. You will learn what God says about various situations. You will see how God remains faithful and fulfills his promise in your life. Your mind will be renewed according to the Word of God. As your thinking expands, your behavior will begin to reflect the truth found in the scriptures that you pray and proclaim. - Ancilla Mathias