Tommy Bates Ministries


“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.”  Psalm 19:7

Prayer.  It is the key to unlock the blessings of heaven, yet time and again, men and women approach me with one hurdle:  “I don’t know how to pray.”  Just the other day, as I was talking with a member of our church regarding her husband and his addiction, she asked me to please pray for him, sharing her deepest and most heartfelt concern, “I don’t pray very well.”  As we talked through her concerns, I was reminded of the most powerful weapon we have as Christians, and the most dynamic form of prayer at our disposal:  Praying the Word.  It’s almost taboo to talk about in today’s generation, but when I was growing up, the Word of God taught us to read, the Word of God taught us to sing, and the precious Word of God was our singular and most crucial form of prayer.  One of the most life-changing scriptures I have ever prayed comes from the book of Psalms, chapter 19, verse 7,  “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.”  Praying this scripture while growing up and even as an adult has revealed to me several things:

  1.  Praying scripture can and WILL convert a person who is not even seeking conversion!  Simply getting the Word into your life, pushes the world out!  Strive everyday to pray scripture and watch as God conforms your will, mind, and emotions to be more in line with His will.
  2. Praying the Word paves the way for God to work miracles in your life and in the lives of your loved ones!  Another favorite scripture I pray often is 1 Peter 5:10,  “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”  Friend, we were not placed on this earth to suffer from addiction, disease, financial stress, or emotional instability.  All are the work of a roaring lion to seeks to devour, Satan.  Yet, we can and should remain steadfast in the fact that Jesus is coming back, and, as Christians, we will all be healed and delivered.

If you are hurting for yourself or a loved one today, I encourage you to meditate, memorize and speak the Word of God into your struggles.                                      Boldly claim 1 Peter 5:10 for your own personal life, celebrating the fact that after you have suffered a little while,                                                                                         “Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”

Praise be to Jesus!

I hope you can make your way to Kentucky soon!

I’m saving you a seat at Community Family Church

We love y’all

Pastor Tom

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