We know the importance and value of prayer. As James 5:16 (NIRV) says: The prayer of a godly person is powerful. Things happen because of it.
Sometimes, though, we need a little help to find a routine and pray consistently — to make prayer a habit. I want to help you get intentional in your prayer life.
Each day I will provide you with an opportunity to practice prayer — to help you pray naturally. These will be simple, biblically-based prayer prompts with fill-in-the-blanks that you can personalize for yourself and your life.
Here is today’s prayer prompt:
Praying a Psalm or part of a Psalm.
Tim Keller writes that “there is no situation or emotion a human being can experience that is not reflected somewhere in the Psalms.” “Immersing ourselves in the Psalms and turning them into prayers helps us pray in accord with God’s character and will.”
A prayer for joy and strength
God, fill me with joy in everything I do today, particularly ________________________.
Show me what you want me to do and fill me with delight in doing your will. I want to follow your words rather than the advice of others. Help me not to go along with those who scoff at you or ridicule the things about you.
Help me consider today how I can follow you more closely when ________________________________.
Let me be like a tree along a riverbank bearing luscious fruit each season without fail, whose leaves never wither, and all it does is prosper.
Watch over all my plans with _______________________ and as I do _____________________________ so I can find joy whatever the season. Amen
Paraphrased from Psalm 1 (GNT)