Reminder: We used one of Paul’s prayers as our springboard yesterday to practice how to #PrayRead the Scriptures. Let’s continue to work the same muscle today, this time praying in our reading from Psalms.
You’ve made it halfway through this Reset—fabulous! Let’s renew our commitment and go the whole 20 days!
Millions of believers have a practice of praying daily from the book of Psalms—because it’s so deeply meaningful, powerfully sustaining, and incredibly helpful. Hopefully you’ll get hooked, too.
The book of Psalms is the Bible’s songbook and prayerbook. It provides an inexhaustible treasure trove for believers who delight to sing and pray from Scripture.
The psalms David wrote were called, “The prayers of David” (Ps 72:20). When you’re meditating in a psalm, you’re bathing your soul in a Spirit-inspired prayer. Listen carefully: Your prayer life will be complete only as it includes consistent engagement with the book of Psalms.
Personally, Psalms is the first Bible book I open daily. I #PrayRead there daily. My pace is relaxed because I’m not trying to break any speed records. Some psalms are finished in a day; others take several days to traverse. The end result is that I typically complete all 150 psalms around once a year.
No matter if it takes you three months or three years to get all the way through, just bask in the journey.
For today, let’s #PrayRead the first part of Psalm 1.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungod- ly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. (Ps 1:1)
PRAY the three phrases of this verse.
◆ Express to God your commitment to renounce the values and advice of ungodly people.
◆ Tell the Lord you don’t want to stand or hang out in a place where sinners do their thing. Ask for wisdom to remove yourself from such places.
◆ Ask Him to save you from scoffing, with the scornful, at things that are holy or precious. Refuse a cynical spirit.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he medi- tates day and night. (Ps 1:2)
PRAY the two phrases of this verse.
◆ Tell the Lord how much you delight in His word. Far from being a burden, His commands are a delight to you.
◆ Ask the Lord to expand your prayer life until you are meditating in His word day and night. Express how eagerly you long for this attainment. Entreat Him to increase your appetite for His word.
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. (Ps 1:3)
PRAY the four phrases of this verse.
◆ Since He’s planted you by the river of the Spirit, draw upon His life-giving power right now.
◆ Ask Him to make you a fruitful believer. Believe for seasons of particular fruitfulness.
◆ A withered leaf speaks of drought. Even when weathering dry times, ask for a connection to His Spirit that always keeps you renewed and vibrant.
◆ As you devote yourself to righteousness, ask Him to prosper you in every way—spiritually, financially, mentally, emotionally, physically, and relationally. Apprehend the verse as a personal promise and hold to it in faith.
If you still have time, continue to pray in this manner through each verse in Psalm 1.
Now I invite you to write out the verse in Psalm 1 (or any psalm) that is meaning the most to you today:
As you hit the road, take this verse with you and #PrayRead it back to God. Want to send out a #PrayerReset post? Have a good one!
RESET: 20 Ways to a Consistent Prayer Life Copyright © 2018 by Bob Sorge Published by Oasis House
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