Have you ever been praying and lost focus, or maybe you get stuck and are not sure what to pray? Maybe you’ve faced some obstacles to praying or maybe you want to learn to pray God’s Word - well today we are learning all about praying God’s Scripture with five benefits of praying through a Psalm and 3 easy methods you can practice today.
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prayer is communicating to God our dependence
we thank Him
we ask for help
we are giving God glory for being God
Obstacles to Prayer
tired and unfocused
overwhelmed by "logistics" of how to pray
we forget to pray / busy
5 Benefits of Praying through a Psalm
Praying through a Psalm teaches us about God
Praying through a Psalm helps us focus, and focus on what is most important
Praying through a Psalm helps us dwell on what is truthful
Praying through a Psalm helps us express ourselves rightly
Praying through a Psalm glorifies God
3 Methods of Praying Through a Psalm
Read a Bible verse and pray it back to God
The Observe and Pray
Read through a few verses in a Psalm, make some observations, define some words, and pray back what you learned to God
The 3 R's
Read a verse and look for one (or more) of the 3 R's:
Rejoice - What did I read that causes me to rejoice, be glad, or give thanks?
Repent - Is there anything I've read that brings to light sin in my life?
Request - How does this Psalm inform me to pray for others, or myself?
(The 3 R's were from an article on pray on Christianity Today)
Psalm 1 - righteousness vs wickedness
Psalm 15 - great understanding of God's righteousness and holiness
Psalm 16 - God's Faithfulness
Psalm 19 - God's Glory in creation and His incredible Word
Psalm 23 - God's Sovereignty and Right view of circumstances
Psalm 51 - David's prayer of repentance
Psalm 100 - Giving Thanks
Psalm 103 - The Blessedness of God
Psalm 112 - Righteous man characteristics
Psalm 130 - Waiting and persevering
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I have not read this Psalms - the prayer book, but I do admire Dietrich Bonhoeffer and am interested in this resource.