God’s Prayer Book

Psalm 17:1            

Both in Jewish and Christian traditions Psalms has been called the prayer book of the Bible.  For good reason, it’s a collection of prayers and songs (often prayers to be sung).  Want to learn to pray…turn to the Psalms.

In those 150 chapters, there is a vast array of emotions poured out…highs and lows, angst and praise, laments and thanksgivings.  God had all of it recorded there for us, to show us we could hide nothing from Him and that He wanted to hear it all from us.

Praying the Psalms helps us when we don’t know how or what to pray.  Praying the Psalms helps us when we feel as if we’re praying by rote.  Praying the Psalms help us commune with our Heavenly Father as we follow the example He gave us.

A Psaltery (collection of Psalms) is a handy little book to carry around so you have access…and can use a bookmark to track where you left off.   Also, you could use a guide listing the Psalms by “topic” to help you when you want to pray for something specific.  (Such as Psalm 70 for fear; Psalm 23 for contentment; Psalm 9 for grateful; Psalm 77 for despair.)

Using the Psalms as a prayer guide, reading the scripture out loud as a prayer, helps you focus yourself on God…where our focus should always be.

“God gave the Psalms to us so we would give the Psalms back to God.”  – Donald Whitney

Today in Prayer

  • Pray for our Servant Leaders (Kidz and youth staff, GROWTHgroup Leaders, etc.)
    • Their personal health – spiritual, emotional, physical and financial.
    • Their marriages.  Their children.
    • That they would have compassion for others.  For the management of their time and ministry.
    • Authenticity, courage and spiritual discernment among those they serve.
    • Strength and stamina as they assist with many of the physical needs of the body.
    • That they would be godly examples of discipleship and followship of God’s Spirit and God’s Word.
  • Pray that C2, personally and corporately, would follow the teachings of Titus 2 and 2 Timothy 2; discipling and setting examples for one other.
    • Titus 2:2-8 (ESV)   2Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.  3Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,  4and so train the young women to love their husbands and children,  5to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.  6Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled.  7Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,  8and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.
    • 2 Timothy 2:2 (ESV)   and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
  • Pray that the families of C2 would live out Ephesians 5:22-6:4 as well as Deuteronomy 6. Pray for our marriages, single parents and families.
    • Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (ESV)  4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.  5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

 

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