Praying the Psalms
If you really want to expand your prayer life beyond asking for things for yourself and those you care about…and perhaps praying that your team wins the game, consider praying through the psalms. Consider taking a psalm and reading it to God and putting yourself in the place of the writer and talking your way through it with Him. Psalm 25 is an excellent example of how this works. This psalm is one of deliverance and forgiveness. It is filled with great theology of who we are and who God is. Here is just one section: Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day. What a great way to start the day, reminding yourself of your need to have God show you the way He desires you to go. Could you benefit from giving God 15-30 minutes of purposeful access to your mind to process those two verses? Is it not likely that by giving God this time He might begin to show you what His way is for you…that He might begin or continue the process of teaching you His paths in a specific way? I hope that you would want God to show you His way and then would desire to follow that way. Prayer is so much more than asking for things. Prayer is conversation with God. The entire Bible is useful for this kind of prayer, especially the psalms. Thirty minutes is 2% of your day. It’s the best investment of time you will make. Unfortunately, most people don’t do it…and wonder why God seems so distant and not a part of their lives. Take some time and read through Psalm 25 today and see what God can say to you!