Praying Scripture: the First Day

One of my pastors in seminary lead a bible study on praying through Scripture, and it changed my life. I had never seen someone take the Bible and pray word-for-word through passages like that. The Word of God isn’t just a source of information, but revelation for the sake of formation: how God speaks to us and a way we can speak to God through prayer, to make His Words our words, His thoughts our thoughts–a way to know God and then make Him known, first in our own hearts.

Praying Scripture_ the First Day (2)


In the beginning, God–these are the first words of the Bible. In the beginning, before Adam and Eve, before Eden–God. God who acted: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. He divided what was before Him, setting what is above, above and what is here, here. The earth was without form and void… God with this eternal habit of taking what is without form and void and shaping, creating, renewing. …and darkness was over the face of the deep. The darkness that be formidable had the darkness been alone, but in the beginning, God… looking, moving, planning, working–creating.

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. The words used here are subtle, soft even. No booming verbs, no clanging descriptors, no violent clash with another. Do you see what He is doing here? The slightest flick of His tongue and the world began.

And God said–in the void and darkness God spoke out–“Let there be light,” and there was light. By His Word He baptized the darkness with light.

(There was once a man full of leprosy, whose body was was without form and void, and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged…”Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, no pause in the text between the man asking and the Son of Man acting, and Jesus said, “I will; be clean.” The slightest flick of His tongue and the world began.)

And God saw that the light was good.

And God separated the light from the darkness. (Because what fellowship has light with darkness?) He called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.





(All italics are direct quotes from Genesis 1:1-5 and Like 5:12-13a from the ESV.)

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