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How To Pray the Bible
October 21, 2020

How To Pray the Bible

October 21, 2020   /   Monument Heights Baptist Church

How to Pray the Bible

I. Why We Don’t Pray (Barriers to Prayer)

A. Priorities (Mark 1:35)

B. Boredom (Psalm 1)

C. Skepticism (James 5:16–18)

II. Why We Should Pray

A. To be changed

B. To know God (Ephesians 1:15–18)

C. To glorify God

III. How We Learn to Pray

A. Scripture

B. Psalms

1. Choose a psalm

a. Morning and Evening (Book of Common Prayer)

b. Psalms of the Day

2. Respond to the psalm in prayer

3. Special cases: Imprecatory psalms (pray about spiritual powers/darkness)

C. Luther’s Method

1. Twice daily

2. Meditate on Scripture

a. Understand the text

b. How does this text lead me to praise God? (Adore)

c. How does this text lead me to confess and repent? (Admit)

d. How does this text lead me to petition God? (Aspire)

3. Reflect on the Lord’s Prayer (don’t recite)

IV. A Plan

A. Morning Prayer (30 minutes)

1. Pray a psalm

2. Read two chapters from Bible reading plan

3. Choose favorite verses and meditate (see Luther’s method above)

4. Free prayer: Adoration, Confession, Supplication

B. Midday Prayer (5 minutes)

1. Read/pray a psalm (Psalms 1; 75; 103; section of 119; 121; 126)

2. Reflect on the Lord’s Prayer (see above)

3. Free prayer: Any challenges in the day

C. Evening Prayer (15 minutes)

1. Pray a psalm

2. Confess and repent for sins of the day

3. Pray for people you met during the day

Recommended Resources

Tim Keller, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God

Tim Keller, Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms

Donald Whitney, Praying the Bible

Valley of Vision

“Five Psalms” app

 

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