HOW ARE YOU FEELING?

HOW TO PRAY A PSALM

First, pick a Psalm that focuses on your current mood. If you need help, visit esvbible.org and use the search function.

Second, once you've selected a Psalm, resist the urge to read it and move to the next Psalm. Reading one Psalm one time won’t get into your bloodstream. We suggest reading the Psalm five times in a row in one sitting. When you do that, something beautiful happens. The border between you and the Psalmist begins to dissolve. The prayer of the Psalmist becomes less the prayer of a stranger, and more authentically like your prayer. 

Third, read the Psalm another five times. Sometimes, something even more beautiful happens on the ninth or tenth reading: your voice begins to disappear, and you begin to hear the Psalm in Jesus’ voice. The Psalms were Jesus' school of prayer, and that's why he prayed the Psalms while he was on the cross. It is right if we discover Christ to be present as we read through the Psalms.

Fourth, consider paraphrasing the Psalm in your own words in a journal or on a scrap of paper

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