Prayer Tip: Pray The Psalms
If you want to learn how to pray well, spending time reading and praying through the Psalms are a great way to do it. There have been a number of times in my life when I couldn’t come up with the words to pray on my own. In those moments the Psalms have been a great tool for me to help me talk to God and express what I’m thinking when I’m not entirely sure what to say.
The beauty of the Psalms is that there are 150 of them that cover the full range of human experience and emotion.
Seeking wisdom? Psalm 1
Are you happy and want to celebrate by praising God? Psalm 145
Are you struggling with an enemy? Psalm 35
Are you grieving, lost, or, afraid? Psalm 23
Do you need to confess and repent of sin? Psalm 51
Feeling hopeful? Psalm 46
Do you feel lonely and forgotten? Psalm 42
This is just a small sample of the things in the Psalms that you can find to pray about. Take advantage of the words that have already been used to express what you are already feeling and are not quite able to articulate.
The Psalms are honest, raw, and often unpredictable. Do you want to shout at God because you are angry? Go ahead. Psalm 22 will help you with the words. God can take it. The Psalms demonstrate that over and over again. Don’t neglect this beautiful and powerful tool available to you in God’s word. Let the Psalms teach you how to pray during whatever season of life you find yourself in today.
If you are looking for a breakdown of the types of Psalms and the topics they cover then click here for some help. However, there is no substitute for digging in yourself and reading through them, and learning them on your own. May the Psalms be a blessing to you as you read and study them. May they be the words that you sometimes struggle to find when you talk to talk. May they teach you bout prayer.