Reflection

An easy and great source of prayer is the Bible. Praying the scriptures has a long tradition among the faithful. When you lack what to pray about, or perhaps a particular scripture speaks to you, trying simply praying those verses.

 

Praying the Psalms calls us to address every emotion including lament and praise. Praying Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) will lead us in prayer for the poor and oppressed. Many scriptures such as Jesus’ healings and parables, the letters, and others, may speak to our needs, help us to praise, or remind us of a promise of God.

 

If you have a favorite passage of scripture, start there.

  1. Select a passage that is meaningful to you and that you feel really speaks truth into your life. A Psalm is a great place to start for this practice.
  2. Take a moment to ask God to bless your time in scripture, to keep you focused, and to help you pray earnestly through the words.
  3. Start reading through your passage slowly, meditating on each word and verse.
  4. Personalize it. Insert “I” instead of “we.” Replace “us” with “me.” You get the idea.
  5. Pray as you go through the passage, bringing the ideas of the passage into your own conversation to God.

 

Examples:

 

Feeling like praising God? Pray Psalm 100:

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.

3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

 

Feeling like you need a break? Pray Psalm 46:

1 God is our refuge and strength,
 an ever-present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
 and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam
 and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
 the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall;
 God will help her at break of day.

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
 he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
 the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
 the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease
 to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
 he burns the shields[d] with fire.

10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
 I will be exalted among the nations,
 I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
 the God of Jacob is our fortress.