I find prayer a little daunting sometimes. I always feel like I never know quite what to say or if I’m doing it wrong. And, logically, I know that there’s no wrong way to pray, but still I sometimes find myself with a little bit of ‘pray’er’s-block per se. So, for advice and inspiration I like to look to some people who are considered experts in the field. Take David for example. He is often lauded as a great man of God and prayer and, in fact, has a whole book of prayers (aka Psalms) often credited to him, so, clearly, he’s killin’ the praying game. One way I like to use the Bible in my prayer life is to take an in depth look at what the author is saying and then interpret and pray that message for my own life. Over the years, I’ve used Psalms 5 more than once because in my Bible it’s listed as the “Morning Prayer.” I love how the author starts his morning with a focus on being with the Lord, which means being away from everything evil and asking for guidance towards the good God given stuff. Below, I have included the verses from the chapter and, when I am feeling a little stuck, I like to use them to kick start my day. How can each verse apply to my life – maybe it inspires prayer for a specific class or group of people or internal hurt that I’m struggling with. Maybe, if nothing else, it just starts off my morning with a minute of thinking about how great God is. Prayer’s-block can hit any time, but when we recognize Satan’s attempt to get between us and Jesus and simply turn to the scriptures, we are able to employ the one weapon that is able to defeat him every time.
Give ear to my words, O Lord;
consider my groaning.
2 Give attention to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for to you do I pray.
3 O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.
4 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil may not dwell with you.
5 The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;
you hate all evildoers.
6 You destroy those who speak lies;
the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
7 But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
will enter your house.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
in the fear of you.
8 Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies;
make your way straight before me.
9 For there is no truth in their mouth;
their inmost self is destruction;
their throat is an open grave;
they flatter with their tongue.
10 Make them bear their guilt, O God;
let them fall by their own counsels;
because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out,
for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may exult in you.
12 For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
you cover him with favor as with a shield.