1.26.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on prayer. Part 71. More evidence….

DEVOTION: So yesterday we were speaking about Jesus praying the Psalms and discussed His direct quotes from Psalm 22.

Today, let’s dig into the Acts. (from Donald Whitney’s book “Praying the Bible”

“In Acts 4 after Peter and John have been arrested and threatened by the Jewish authorities for preaching Chris, verse 23 says:

When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them…

In some translations the last half of verse 24 is punctuated to indicate that it is a quotation, for many scholars believe that these words were taken from Psalm 146:6. In any case, notice how verse 25 continues:

…who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, ‘Why did the Gentiles rage and the peoples plot in vain?’

The second half of that verse and all of the next are from Psalm 2. In other words, the early church prayed the Psalms”

Whitney goes on to cite that this is the place where we are told that when they had prayed they were “filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”

So, even the early church in Acts prayed the Bible. This is something that has been going on for years and years and years.

I’m sold. All of this evidence presented makes me firmly believe that this is a valid and very well documented way to pray. Amazing that more people don’t know about this or realize it.

Today. As you do your devotions, read the Bible or sing worship songs, take a few minutes and pray the Bible. Just take one verse from the Psalms and start there. Make this a habit. We need to review and renew the way that we pray.

Prayers up for all of us today.

5 Comments

  1. Margaret M on January 26, 2021 at 6:24 am

    Lord I pray that you give me the courage to speak your word when given the opportunity. Let your light shine in me and through me today so that together we can change someone’s heart.

    So awesome that my niece came to me to ask me to pray for her this week. She has a big exam and is feeling anxious. I’m humbled that she called me and asked for prayer.

  2. Jonathan B on January 26, 2021 at 6:57 am

    Thank you Jesus for your amazing words. Let them flow thru me. Let them fill me. Let them change me. Amen

    • Sherri H on January 26, 2021 at 6:31 pm

      Indeed amen

  3. Cindy K on January 26, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Psalm 121
    1
    Psalm 121 A song of ascents.
    1
    I lift up my eyes to the hills– where does my help come from?
    2
    My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
    3
    He will not let your foot slip– he who watches over you will not slumber;
    4
    indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
    5
    The LORD watches over you– the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
    6
    the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
    7
    The LORD will keep you from all harm– he will watch over your life;
    8
    the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

  4. Peggy F on January 26, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Isaiah 61:3 To appoint those who mourn in Zion, to give them, beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning; the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. Have been spending time , and prayer in this beautiful verse I love so much………….that speaks of the awesome , faithful love of our Father, the love of Jesus. When we come to the place when all that is left ………….are ashes…. been there many times……but ………..oh but God……….He makes ” an appointment” with us , to exchange….. beauty………….HIS GLORY………for all the ashes. God , Jesus, Holy Spirit ……when we ask in prayer. when we invite Jesus into the deepest places…….and ask Him………burn away all the debris…..all the hurt, pain, disappointments of all the past storms……………..and Jesus…………You take it all. ……….we place a garment of praise………………….. for the spirit of heaviness……………..oh to know the Presence in that moment……..all the heaviness taken……..when we praise You Jesus………….oh how we love and worship You Jesus……thank You Jesus ……be glorified in my life !!!!!!!

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