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….
- It causes us to read the Bible more. Always a plus.
- 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.