Euroventure is coming up soon! We are excited to see you there. Our theme is “Re:ignite!” Throughout the week, you will hear a lot of different “re-” words to help to reignite your passion for God and Jesus. But I also wanted to give you some other “re-” words before we get started. These are ways to help you to pray through the Bible. Praying through scripture helps you to learn more about the Bible, but it also helps to focus your prayer, ’cause sometimes we just don’t know how to pray, or what to pray for. So, the method, which I got from another person, is called “rejoice, repent, request,” and you can use it for any verse in the Bible.
Rejoice: How can you praise God, based on this verse?
Repent: What have you done wrong that this verse helps you to realize?
Request: What specific requests, about you or somebody you know, can you think of based on this verse?
Here is an example from Psalm 50:7-12 —
7 “Listen, my people, and I will speak; I will testify against you, Israel: I am God, your God.
Rejoice: Lord, thank you that I can be part of your family, that you would call me one of your own. Thank you that you do speak to us- that you are not silent. Thank you that you speak, even when you say things that are against us. Thank you for being my God.
Repent: God, there are ways that you can testify against me. If you speak, I am silent before you, since you are holy and good. Therefore, please forgive my sins, according to your mercy, and the blood of Jesus.
Request: God, help me to be bold in this world- to speak out against injustice. When I notice that something is wrong, give me boldness in my mouth.
8 I bring no charges against you concerning your sacrifices
or concerning your burnt offerings, which are ever before me.
Rejoice: Thank you for giving us a way to be holy before you. While our sacrifices are not the same as in the Old Testament, thank you that we can sacrifice in our lives.
Repent: Sometimes I do not surrender myself completely to you. Sometimes I do the things which I want to do. Forgive me.
Request: I pray that I might learn what sacrifice means in my life. Help me to be truly repentant of my sins.
9 I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens,
Rejoice: Lord, you don’t need me or my offerings, but I praise you for allowing me to come before you!
Repent: Forgive me for holding on to property and not giving more to you.
Request: Lord, help me to give more of my life and possessions to you.
10 for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.
Rejoice: I praise you for owning everything. Your kingdom and power are wonderful!
Repent: Forgive me when I hold on to possessions. Forgive me when I think that they are mine. Forgive me for sometimes having a covetous and greedy heart and mind.
Request: Provide for me from all that is yours. You know my needs, both financial and material. I pray that you would give abundantly to me, according to what I need.
11 I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine.
Rejoice: I rejoice that your knowledge is vast! How great it is that you know all of the birds- how much more that means to me. I rejoice that you have a knowledge and ownership of the insects as well!
Repent: Father, I don’t always look at birds or insects as owned by you. I often am at awe of nature, but sometimes that awe does not then turn to you in praise.
Request: Lord, give me a better heart for nature, and allow me to see your wonders in all of your creation.
12 If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it.
Rejoice: I rejoice that you own the entire world. I rejoice that you are a sufficient God that does not need me, but yet you still desire me. You are so good!
Repent: Lord, I also belong to you, and at times I live as if I belong to myself! Forgive me.
Request: God, Help me to live for your kingdom. May my acts not be selfish.