September 4, 2016

Psalm 4-5:3

“The prayer of Supplication”

Asking God for a preferred future, far from being some lower form of prayer, is an emphasis in the prayer Jesus taught us.  In its purest form, petitionary prayer is a cry for the kingdom. We will address some common barriers and complications to petitionary prayer.

 

 

August 28, 2016

Psalm 51

“The prayer of Confession”

Rather than shy away from the prayer of confession because we feel as though it encourages a lowly view of ourselves, we find in this prayer the invitation to separate sin from our true selves in order to embrace the self God wants for us.

 

 

August 21, 2016

Psalm 103:7-18

“The prayer of Adoration, part 2

David’s focus turns to adoring God for the particular things he has revealed about himself to Israel.  Being in covenant relationship with God, positions us to know His love more deeply.  It is right for us to adore God in accordance to his revelation, not in accordance to the God we fashion in our own minds.  

 

 

August 7, 2016

Psalm 103:1-5

“The prayer of Adoration, part 1

What we love is what shapes who we become.  David urges us to not forget to adore God.  He lists particular items about ‘what he loves about God’.  Today we see how ‘adoring God’ will direct our path.  

 

 

July 31, 2016

Psalm 57

“The prayer to be held fast

David provides a psalm for all us who are “stuck in a place”.  Its a prayer of confidence in the steadfast love of God.

 

July 10, 2016

Psalm 139

“The prayer for Scrutiny

At the heart of this Psalm is David’s realization that the God who examines him, the God of whom David cannot escape, wants the best for him.

 

July 3, 2016

Psalm 1

“The prayer for Happiness

God desires to lead us into the way of the blessed life, the good life, the happy life.  We can choose to trust God’s way to the good life, or the world’s.  What is God’s way?

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