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Pray the Psalms

March 14, 2013

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I have recently been led by the Spirit in Prayer to pray through verses that I feel are very powerful to me, and speak of God’s infinite ways. When I read my Bible I highlight verses in yellow that really stand out, and speak of God’s power, love etc. So the other morning as I was praying, I felt I was prompted by the Spirit to begin praying through the Psalms by reading these highlighted verses. Some of them I made them to fit myself, so instead of …”but we boast in the name of the Lord our God”, I would pray: “but I will boast in your name, O Lord my God”. I want to encourage all of you to try this, it has been so rewarding, comforting and powerful to pray the actual prayers and cries of the psalmist and also some of the Words of God Almighty.

Start by reading through the Psalms, a couple of Psalms a day. As you read verses that you really like, highlight them. Then when you come back and pray through it, you may enjoy a prayer such as this:

 

Heavenly Father,

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.

Lord you reign forever. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O LORD, do not abandon those who search for you.

I trust in the LORD for protection.

I am determined not to sin in what I say. I have followed your commands. I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O god.

If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, Lord you would not have listened. But God you did listen! You paid attention to my prayer.

I will sing praises to you God, and to your name! I will sing loud praises to you who rides the clouds.

In Jesus Mighty Name Amen!!

May you be as blessed in this as I am. I know Im not inventing the wheel or anything.  But for those that have never tried something like this, it will truly bless you and reward you if you can tap into it.

Heres a link to another great post about praying with scripture, and actually adding names into them (like our kids). We are “praying in God’s language” when we do this. So cool!

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5 Comments
  1. I have been praying the psalms and other Scripture for years and I tell you, it really works. It shows you how to adore God more in prayer and also how to really look to him as counselor and “a very present help.” I was led a few years ago to do this, and I love it!

  2. Mike Sands permalink

    I like that. In Psalm 100, I’ve highlighted versus 4-5. If I turned it into a prayer it would say:

    Heavenly Father, I am thankful to You, and I bless Your Name. For You are good, Your mercy is everlasting, and Your truth endures to all generations. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!!

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