Stone Soup for Five: 5 simple tips to help you pray through the Psalms--Prayer School

5 simple tips to help you pray through the Psalms--Prayer School

The psalms are some of the most beautiful, all encompassing prayers in the Bible.  And when I first read through Donald Whitney's short book on Praying the Bible I was excited to jump in and try praying through them.

But, as with lots of things in my life, the reality is that it gets tedious after a while.  I felt my attention drifting and my prayer time lacking.  After brainstorming, researching, and reading, I figured out a short cut that helps me focus and work through the Psalms in a bit more organized way.  And because I'm a blogger, I have to share.  It's who I am.  :)

Start by reading through the Psalm you've chosen for the day.  (I recommend starting with chapter 1 and working your way through!)

1.  Give thanks based on the Psalm.  
Review and dig through the psalm for nuggets you can give thanks for.  For example, in Psalm 1, you might pray:  "Thank you, Lord, for your law that I can delight and meditate on it."  "Thank you that your Word nourishes, strengthens, and prospers me."

2.  Make a statement of truth.
For Psalm 1, I'd write down something like:  I am blessed when I delight in the law of the Lord.  I am not to walk in the counsel of the wicked.  Blessing comes from meditating on the Word. 

3.  Ask a heart-searching question 
Based on the thanks and statements of truth, ask some heart-searching questions:  "Do I delight in the law of the Lord?"  "Do I often walk in the counsel of the wicked, or stand in the path of sinners or sit with scoffers?"  Do I meditate on the Word like I should?  

4.  Confess any sins 
Confess any sins that are brought to mind and ask for help.  "Lord, I don't delight in your Word like I should.  Please help me make proper time for it.  Please grow my love for it.  Please remove my unbelief and pride."

5.  Offer praise and thanksgiving 
Offer praise and thanksgiving:  "Lord, you are the righteous judge.  You know those who are Yours and those who are not.  It is not for me to judge, but You.  You have promised nourishment, growth, and strength in Your word.  Thank you Lord for not giving up on me.  Thank you for Your love and care.

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  1. Thanks, Kari!
    I love your posts adding to "School of Prayer"! Happy Summer..
    Have Fun!!

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