Going Deeper

Going Deeper

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Would you like to go deeper into God’s Word?  I’d like to share a couple of ways that I try to dig deeper into the treasure of truth in the Bible when I’m spending time studying and praying.  Read on for a couple of examples that might be helpful to you!

While reading the familiar New International version of my Bible, I find it helpful to compare the text with other translations using a handy Bible app (I use Bible Gateway).  Other versions can really show a more enhanced aspect of a passage and give you more insight into the meaning.  Sometimes I’ll compare a passage with a paraphrase version but rely more heavily on translations of Scripture.

I also go deeper on my own, even using a dictionary as I read the text.  For instance, Isaiah 54:17 says, “No weapon forged against you will prevail.”  It sounds like a very powerful verse with such a deep meaning.  So I “camp” there for a few minutes and ask God to help me truly understand the verse.  I might pray something like, “Take me deeper, Lord, help me to understand what this passage is really saying.”  Then, I dwell on the individual words and write out the definitions.  Immediately, I begin to gain a deeper understanding.  For the verse in Isaiah, here’s what I came up with:

Weapon = used by the enemy, tool used in war, kills, is aimed at me, evil, seeks my demise

Forged = Designed and customized for evil, worked (as forging steel), took a lot of effort, planned against me, someone who forges works hard, sweats, keeps working until the weapon is just right

Prevail = Wins, overcomes, stronger, dominant, overtakes my life

Then I think again about the verse.

No weapon used by the enemy that is aimed at me, designed and planned to destroy me shall overcome or dominate my life.

Wow – now I’ve got it!  (Sometimes I even write “wow” in the margin)  I really grasp the seriousness and importance of this verse.  The depth of the meaning forces me to pray, “Lord, thank you that you protect me from any weapon that Satan forges against me.”

Praying for others

I have tried to incorporate more Scripture into my prayer life.  God’s character and will is revealed in God’s Word and I want to pray according to His will.  Many times I take passages directly from the Bible and intercede in prayer for others using the same or similar words.  When I learn God’s mind on the matter I’m praying about, I try to stick as closely as possible to Scripture when formulating my prayer.  Here’s an example:

Colossians 1:9-13 is a wonderful passage to pray for those we love who are distant from the Lord.  Verse 13 says, “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins.”

Isn’t that exactly what we want to pray for others?  And so we can pray:

Lord, please intervene and rescue ___________ from the power, stronghold and dominion of darkness and lies.  Please rescue __________ and break the power of sin in ___________ life.  I pray that you would bring ___________ into the full knowledge and truth of Jesus.  Give life and forgiveness to ___________.  In Jesus’ Name.

What a powerful prayer!

If you have other ways of digging deeper into Scripture, please comment and share your ideas!

Laurie Driesen About Laurie Driesen

Laurie Driesen is a writer, entrepreneur and business owner. Her passion is to encourage and strengthen people's faith by sharing the truth of God's Word through her writing. In her recently published book, Beyond Regret - Living Your Life Purpose in Spite of Past Choices, Laurie shares how God uses our mistakes and detours to lead us into His will and accomplish His true purpose for our lives. Check out her website for more.


  1. Thanks for this wonderful resource, Laurie! I especially appreciate the idea of using God’s Word to pray for others. When I’m praying for loved ones, I often feel like the well has run dry or I’m not sure how to pray. Your words remind me that praying God’s Word over their lives is always praying God’s will!

  2. Thank you Stacey! I do feel that when I use Scripture to pray for others, it keeps me from always just praying for what I want (which I still do plenty)!

  3. Ditto what Stacey said!

  4. Laurie Driesen says:

    Thanks Linda! I love how God’s Word is alive and is still so powerful, even in our lives today.

  5. My New Year’s resolution is to grow spiritually by spending more time in prayer and the Word. This was a wonderful encouragement! Thanks, Laurie!

  6. Laurie Driesen says:

    Thank you Cynthia! I’m trying to be fully submissive, that is what I’m focusing on in 2018. I always feel a slight selfish twinge whenever I think of full submission and I really want to get rid of that!

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