1.13.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on prayer. Part 58. How it works.

DEVOTION: “The Psalms; they are designed to be prayed.” – Gordon Wenham.

Yesterday we prayed through Psalm 4. Here’s a little bit of the “method” that Donald Whitney is suggesting.

“Basically, what you’re doing is taking words that originated in the heart and mind of God and circulating them through your heart and mind back to God. By this means, His words become the wings of your prayers.”

Take Psalm 23.

It starts like this…..”The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”

So maybe the first part of your prayer is “Lord I thank you that you are my shepherd. You’re a good shepherd. You have shepherded me all my life. And, great Shepherd, please shepherd my family today; guard them from the ways of the world; guide them into the ways of God.”

and so on….

The next passage….I shall not want.” Maybe the prayer continues like this:

“Lord, I thank you that I’ve never really been in want. I haven’t missed too many meals. All that I am and all that I have has come through you.”

and so on…

So this is the first time that I’m hearing this method but….I think I like it. I think it’s worth talking about and bringing to the forefront for two very HUGE reasons….

  1. It causes us to read the Bible more. Always a plus.
  2. It causes us to pray more and to speak a language that is closer to the heart of God. Always a HUGE plus..

So…Let’s try it. Today, as you pray. Take a Psalm. Maybe it’s Psalm 23. And just pray through it. Add your own cares, concerns etc to the core of it and pray.

God, today, let our prayers echo through the halls of heaven and breathe new life into our prayer life. Amen.

6 Comments

  1. Margaret K on January 13, 2021 at 6:05 am

    Amen. I’ve never heard of that method either but I think I like it.
    I’m going to incorporate it with our daily reading through the Bible on the Read Scripture app, which ends each day with us reading a Psalm.

  2. Peggy F on January 13, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Yes, our morning , noon and evening prayers , the Psalms. There are many Psalms that I sing, many are Psalms / prayers, put to songs, one by Jerry Williams, that has also become my own, as in Psalm 20..verse 1 …May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble, becomes …… ” May the Lord, answer all your prayers, when you struggle and with fear, In His Name………….. He’ll see you through” (vs 1,2) ” May you find, in His sanctuary strength, to rise up in faith again, and believe that He is with you,…… May he grant you according to your hearts desires and complete what He started in you…………,” For I know that He knows you, and I know that He hears you and I know from His throne He’ll send the answer, and I know that He loves you and I know that He wants you, and I know, you know He’ll always answer, for I know, you know He knows… , !May the Lord, through His mercy and His grace, give you strength to face the day and the joy to see you through, May you find help to soon forget all the failures in your past, and remember he is with you, may He grant you according to your hearts desires and complete what He started in you……….for I know that He knows you, and I know that He hears you, and I know from His throne He’ll send the answer , and I know that he loves you and I know that He wants you…and I know you know He”ll always answer, for I know you know, He knows…………..He will keep in perfect peace, he who sets his mind on Him, He will calm the raging winds, if you just believe in Him, for I know that He knows you and I know that He hears you and from His throne He’ll send the answer , and I know that He loves you and I know that He wants you, and I know He’ll aways answer, for I know you know He knows…………………….He Knows……………………….this is only one of so many Psalms , that have become my own prayers to God , Oh and so many more…………………..yes , take each psalm, make it your own prayer , we know He hears us when we pray…………….oh, I can not tell you how much I am comforted, and strengthened praying and singing the psalms………….

    ….I am so glad this has come up in this study…………and I pray everyone takes them for their own. Another one I pray first thing in the morning is Psalm 5, ” Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my medication, Give heed to the voice of my cry…………O hear me Lord Jesus, …………My King and my God for to You I will pray, My voice You shall hear in the morning O Lord, In the morning I will direct it to you, and I will look up ! ( and that is only the first three verses) verse 11 ” But let all those rejoice, who put their trust in You, Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them, Let those also who love Your name, Be joyful in You !!!!!!! and verse 12 for You Lord will bless the righteous, with favor ( you will surround him )…………..as with a shield

    ! Amen and then, know my heart wants to sing , You Surround Me…………….” Reach out , take my hand, tha”ts all I heard today, ……its enough to make me stand to turn my black to grey…….I see You in the sunshine,…….. I see You in the rain, I feel You in the wind that blows……….., I feel You in my veins, like a water around a castle, like the air that I breathe, every thing I ever thought of Your all I’ll ever need……everywhere I look……………., every thing I touch, I know You’ll never leave, You surround me……………………..You surround me!

    So many times , praying a psalm, will trigger words I pray, to start singing to the Lord in song, and they are all prayers……..all the thoughts , the feelings , the desires, the cries of my heart…………..all to Jesus…………………I surrender…………………all to Him I freely give………………..There is so much I could continue to write , about the Psalms being …………..my prayers. I am so glad you have all found this to be true for yourselves…………..Blessings for this beautiful day for all here …………continued prayers for all of it and for all……

    • Peggy F on January 13, 2021 at 9:00 am

      Psalm 5 ………………. ” Give ear to my words, O Lord……..Consider my meditation……………………………

  3. Suzanne on January 13, 2021 at 11:09 am

    The author of the book Dave is reading, Donald Whitney makes this suggestion.
    Take todays date read that psalm ………….. Psalm 13
    then add 30 and read that psalm…..Psalm 33
    and add 30 3 more times Psalm 63…Psalm 93 and Psalm 123

    this is a good tip …

  4. NELA E on January 13, 2021 at 11:32 am

    This is excellent!! I’ve used “Prayers That Avail Much” to pray scripture and it’s a great format. I like this even better because it’s personalized!
    I’m going to begin using this format using a psalm that matches what I may be dealing with at the time.
    On Suzanne’s comment, I’ve done the same! Also with Proverbs.

  5. Sandy on January 13, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    I had never heard of this method of prayer until dave mentioned last night and in today’s devotion. It sounds like a good idea and I think I will try it.
    I like your tip too, Suzanne! Thanks.

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