Praying in Color: Pray the Scriptures

Praying in Color 2 Timothy 1:7 Photo Credit:
Praying in Color
2 Timothy 1:7
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According to Sybil MacBeth, author of Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God,

“Praying in Color is an active, meditative, playful prayer practice.  It is both process and product.  The process involves a re-entry into the childlike world of coloring and improvising.  The product is a colorful design or drawing that is a visual reminder of the time spent in prayer.”

Since discovering Praying in Color a couple of years ago, it has become one of my go-to methods for praying and interacting with Scripture.

We have discussed this technique several times on the blog as a method of engaging in prayer for our grandchildren and children.

A Grandma Who Prays in Color

Praying in Color for Your Grandchildren and Children

Creative Journaling: Breathing Fresh Air into Your Journaling (Part 2)


Now let’s take a quick look at how Praying in Color can be used to pray the Scriptures.

What you need to get started:
1) Paper
2)  Pen/pencil
3) Colored markers or colored pencils or colored gel pens
4) A surface to work on

Option #1:

Write your chosen verse of Scripture on a sheet of paper.  As you say the verse over and over, either in your head our out loud, embellish your written Scripture with color and designs.


Option #2:

Write your Scripture verse on a sheet of paper.  Spend some time quietly reading over the verse several times.  Ask God to give you a word.  Then circle the word that jumps out at you.  (If no word jumps out, simply choose one.)  Then concentrate your prayer, color, and design on that word.


Give it a try.  I’d love to hear your comments on this method or see you images of Scripture that has been Prayed in Color.

2 comments on “Praying in Color: Pray the Scriptures

  1. I love the way this practice integrates talking to God, listening to God, and loving our families!

    • Michele, Have you tried Praying Scripture in Color before? I love this practice for studying scripture and for praying — for the very reasons that you state.

      Thank you for stopping by today!

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