1.12.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on prayer. Part 57. Pray the Psalms.

DEVOTION: Continuing yesterday’s thought.

Just to be clear and say that it’s actually OK to pray for the same things. It’s actually very normal for someone to pray for the same things. Your family, friends, health, peace, protection, your job etc. All of this is very normal and healthy to pray for. Just want that to be clear. God wants to be involved in the every day, the ins and outs of our lives.

“Therefore, the problem is not that we pray about the same things, rather, it’s that we say the same things about the same things.”

When we get into these habits of praying the same old things the same way all the time, things start to stagnate. They start to get boring. Sometimes maybe we feel like not even praying. And…when we don’t feel like praying…it’s hard to pray. That’s just our human nature.

So…what’s the solution?

According to this author, it’s simple. We’ve been given the desire to pray by the Holy Spirit in us. God put that Spirit in us. We need to pray, because prayer is how we stay in touch with God, so let’s make it a little more exciting.

“When you pray, pray through a passage of scripture, particularly a Psalm. The best place for learning to pray through a passage of scripture is in the book of Psalms.”

I agree with him. Since we started this read through the Bible on 1/1/21, the reading sessions have been ending with a Psalm. It’s been incredible to read them both silently and out loud. They are literal prayers written by those writers all those years ago.

Try it today. Go read Psalm 4. Read it silently and read it out loud.

More on this tomorrow….

3 Comments

  1. Jonathan B on January 12, 2021 at 7:03 am

    Thank you Jesus for hearing my prayers. I pray to you and await your answer to my prayer. Fill me oh Lord so that I may be ready to help others. Fill me that I may rebuke the devil that tries to get inside me. Thank you for this day. Amen.

  2. Suzanne on January 12, 2021 at 11:13 am

    I know people who faithfully pray Psalm 91, I never did until the pandemic hit…
    Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence….
    the entire psalm is good to fight spiritual warfare.

    I love psalm 121. This is my go to psalm

    My help comes from the God of Israel. He can’t be caught unaware because he isn’t even taking a nap. He is protecting me during the day and in the night, He watches my coming and going now and forever more. The does not leave a single moment of my day where God is not available to me. I use this psalm as both praise and prayer.

    Psalm 34 is another of my favorites and I use Psalm 13 to be lifted out of my pity party. I know a few people who are so well versed in the psalms that they can liken it to the Torah-the first 5 books of the OT. I can’t

    Psalm 121
    I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
    2 My help comes from the LORD,
    who made heaven and earth.
    3 He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
    4 Behold, he who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
    5 The LORD is your keeper;
    the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
    6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
    7 The LORD will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
    8 The LORD will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.

  3. Maria P on January 13, 2021 at 10:11 am

    I was struck by the devotional today to look at my prayer life. I have been seeking to have a more intimate relationship with my Lord and Savior and realized that I keep saying pretty much the same things day after day. While that is ok it has made me reflect on how that is becoming a mechanical check the box type of prayer. I am sincere in my prayers but I can see that God wants more if I want that intimate relationship with Him. As I read psalm 4 I can see how this opens another way of communing with Him. Thank you. Have a blessed day. Maria

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