12.19.20 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on prayer. Part 34. Prewritten prayer?

DEVOTION: “ I think you are perfectly right to change your manner of prayer from time to time and I should suppose that all who pray seriously do thus change it. One’s needs and capacities change and also, for creatures like us, excellent prayers may “go dead” if we use them too long. Whether one shd use written prayers composed by other people, or one’s own words, or wordless prayer, or in what proportion one should mix all three, seems entirely a question for each individual to answer from his own experience.” (Pg 61)

Do you pray your own prayers or use other prayers?

No, really. It’s a real question.

Years ago my mom came to our house and stayed with us for a few days. We had a nice visit. Before she left, she wanted to bless the new house that we had just moved into. She pulled a book out of her bag and opened it up. We bowed our heads and she prayed this long, beautiful prayer. It was a prayer for the home, it’s inhabitants, all that happened there and more.

I liked the thought of this. Of using “prewritten” prayers. Sometimes we just don’t know what to pray and these prewritten prayers tend to fill in the blanks.

So maybe there’s a feeling or thought you’re having trouble conveying. Maybe you can’t put it into words. Maybe this might be a solution.

These prewritten prayers also give us a new outlook and a new view on prayer.

Just a thought….


  1. Suzanne on December 19, 2020 at 9:25 am

    My husband is walking through a storm right now, words don’t come to him easily so I am looking for a few things for him to say. Paul’s words are good prayers…I can’t remember exactly what it said or where it was but I am remembering something that would be good …If I find it I will post it

    • Suzanne on December 19, 2020 at 10:28 am

      change the you’s to I’s, or insert a persons name and this is a good personal prayer

      Ephesians 3:14-21

      Prayer for Spiritual Strength
      14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

      20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

  2. Jonathan B on December 19, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Sometimes we need the building blocks for our prayers. With these we can begin to grow in our prayer lives. Rest in the comfort of others and their hearts for God. Be an example for others.

  3. Barbara Smith on December 21, 2020 at 11:55 am

    I have tried praying the prayers of others but I am still not sure about it! When it’s in the context of something I am reading it’s comfortable but picking up a book of someone else’s prayers, not so much. I have tried praying the Bible to and it seems odd. Maybe I just need more practice….I always need more practice!

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