1.18.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. Part 63. Did you pray?

DEVOTION:

So…did you pray through a Psalm yesterday? I did. I took 10 minutes and prayed through Psalm 10. A few very important things to report after I prayed through it.

  1. My mind didn’t wander as much as it usually does. I was able to focus more on the prayer. Able to focus more on where the prayer was going because it was rooted in Scripture. Rooted in the Word of God. The text held my attention in a way that a drifting prayer on it’s own doesn’t.
  2. My prayer was more about God and less about me. There were moments in the pray where I was praying verse 16, “the Lord is King forever and ever”. My prayer would be reiterating that point, thanking God for being the King of my life . Of my heart. Of my house. Of my thoughts. Of my money. Of my voice. You get the idea….I never would have prayed that prayer and experienced that thought had I not been praying Psalm 10 today.
  3. Time didn’t seem to drag as much because the prayer was focused. It had somewhere to go. I wasn’t struggling to find the next item to pray for, it was given to me in the next part of the verse or the next verse itself.
  4. It was more of a conversation and less of a shopping list. I felt as though i was actually conversing with someone. The list of things i “need” was less of a focus and the praise of the Father was more of a focus. That’s a good thing.
  5. I was able to pray for things that are affecting my life and need prayer in my life right now. Even though i was praying a Psalm that is very very old, things that are relevant today came to mind. Things that happened today came to mind.

More thoughts on this tomorrow but…what was your reaction. How did it work for you?

7 Comments

  1. Margaret K on January 18, 2021 at 12:19 am

    I prayed through Psalm 1. I also found it kept me more focused. I read it slower than I normally would have and got more out of than I normally would have.
    Praying the Psalm back to the Father made me think more about how it applies to my own life.

  2. Jonathan B on January 18, 2021 at 9:18 am

    I read Psalm 63 My soul thirsts for you. We are filled by him. We are nourished by him. Be thankful in all you do. For he is with us always.

  3. Suzanne on January 18, 2021 at 10:28 am

    Psalm 34
    I read out loud…it became a conversation
    when struck by a verse I repeated it…it became a declaration
    I was reminded of other scriptures…it came alive

  4. Peggy F on January 18, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Yes, it so keeps our minds on the Lord, Less of me , more of Him !!!!!!! Psalm 30 2: “O Lord, My God,
    I cried out to You, And You have healed me…………..4: ” Sing praise to the Lord you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His Holy name…………………….11/ You have turned for me my mourning into dancing: You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness!!!!!! Amen! I love to be clothed with gladness !!!!!!!!!!

  5. Sherri H on January 18, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    Indeed sounds great I forgot to do that was reading some other devotions guess I got sidetracked

  6. Alison C on January 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    I read Psalm 34 and had a nice conversation with God about several tings that have been on my heart lately, things from personal, family related and current events. I feel great! I originally went looking to see which Psalm was related to anxiousness as I am preparing for surgery in a couple of weeks. I know God is with me in all this but I could feel anxiety setting in and while I usually go to Philippians 4:6-7 (in which I still will), I wondered if there was a Psalm that would be good for this and found Psalm 34. I am feeling much more at ease now and thank you for sharing this method of Praying the Scriptures.

    • Dave Pettigrew on January 21, 2021 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks Alison. So glad that we were all able to check this out together!

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