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.