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/_.jpg" width=87 height=120 alt="" border=0 align=left hspace=5>Learning to Pray (Part 5):
by Lynn Anderson
For the past few weeks we have been walking the path toward learning to pray using the Psalms. Lets, stop, turn and look back down the trail at some milestones we have passed.
We acknowledged that a healthy, disciplined prayer life is very difficult for most of us to sustain long term. And a good deal of the advice we get does not work for the long haul. Then we boldly suggested a secret to the life of prayer: the Psalms can teach us to pray. In fact the best time-tested prayer technique among great faith-warriors for 3000 years is to pray the Psalms. And we began exploring the benefits of praying the Psalms:
First we noted that praying the Psalms helps us to Speak the Unspeakable.
Second, praying the Psalms helps us Explore the Uncomfortable. Now, lets move on.
Lets look at a couple more blessings of praying the Psalms this week.
In addition, praying the Psalms takes prayer beyond mere begging. Prayer gatherings often go something like this, Any prayer requests? Then we raise our hands and tell the group what we want God to give us or to do for us: Heal Aunt Sally! Get me a raise! Give me a safe trip! Fix my marriage! Etc. etc. Of course God is interested in Aunt Sallys health and my safety. And it is great that we ask God for things that trouble our heart. Jesus himself tells us to seek, knock and ask. However, for the Psalms, personal petition is just one small piece of potent prayer. Sure the Psalms have as making requests, but they take us far beyond begging. When we keep praying the Psalms, the Spirit opens up new vistas of prayer and before long they have us...
Oh yes, praying the Psalms vastly broadens and deeply enriches our understanding of the purposes and powers of prayer. Our prayers grow fresher, broader, deeper, and higher as the Psalms teach us to pray.
Author: Lynn Anderson
Publication Date: October 3, 2001
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