Praying the Scriptures: Psalm 119

by Romona Weston
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Praying through the Scripture is an excellent way to fellowship with God. What better words could we choose to pray to our Father than the very Words He has given to us? When you read God’s Word, He is speaking to you. Praying is speaking to God.

Read each verse. Then pray each verse in prayer. Ask questions like: “What is God teaching me through this verse?” “How should I respond?” “What does this verse tells about my God that demands immediate praise?” etc. I have given a few brief suggestions, ideas, thoughts and questions to get you started. As you go through each verse, work it through then pray it back to the Lord.

I have found using Psalm 119 to be a very good portion of Scripture to start with. The first 5 verses are done, if you continue this way, one verse a day to meditate on it will take you about 170 days.

Answer the questions by writing down your responses. As time permits, continue beyond these verses on your own.
Psalm 119: 1-5(KJV)

V1. “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.”

PRAYER: Lord, I long to be undefiled and to walk in obedience to you. Show me where my heart is defiled.

QUESTION: What specific things in my life are displeasing to You?

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PRAYER: I confess each of these as sin. (Call them out one by one, and forsake them.) Cleanse me Oh God! By the power of Your Holy Spirit, Keep me walking in Your way. Increase my understanding of Your law that it would change who I am, how I think and how I behave.

V2. “Blessed are they that keep His testimonies and seek Him with their whole heart.”

PRAYER: Lord, cause me to seek You with my WHOLE heart. Cause me to wholly trust You to guide my life. Cause me to completely surrender my will to Yours. Cause me to desire to know You with my whole mind.

QUESTION: What things in my life have I not fully surrendered to You? In what areas have I not fully trusted You, or in which have I not been obedient to You?

PRAYER: Lord, fill me so that I may glorify You in the testimony I live.

V3. “They also do no iniquity: they walk in His ways.”

PRAYER: Father, cause me to be disgusted at the thought of doing any iniquity. Make my desires be only for holy, righteous things. Cause me not to go where sin is. Don’t let it touch me, Lord. Don’t let it even get close to me! Keep me walking in Your ways only. When I begin to stray off Your way, correct me. Teach me to flee from temptation and avoid every appearance of evil.

QUESTIONS: What habits do I need to change so that I will not expose myself to needless temptation in my daily routine? Reading material? TV programs? Time on the computer? Music? Social activities? What things I see on the route I drive to work? Who I speak privately or intimately with?

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PRAYER: Father, I choose today to forsake these things. (Tell God, and a close friend exactly what you are eliminating and how.)

V4-5. “Thou hast commanded us to keep Thy precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Thy statutes.”

PRAYER: Make me diligent, Lord, to study in Your Word so that I may learn Your precepts, then make me steadfast at keeping Your precepts. Oh, that my ways would always be to keep Thy statues. I am sad at heart when I think of all the times I have not kept Your statues! Forgive me, Lord, that my disobedience saddens You, too.

QUESTIONS: What do I need to eliminate from my schedule so that I can commit time to the study of God’s Word daily? Almighty God, show me what is unnecessary or unimportant that I am doing that could be replaced with prayer and/or time in Your Word.

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PRAYER: Father, I choose today to forsake these things. (Tell God, and a close friend exactly what you are eliminating and how.)

Romona Weston lives in beautiful Southeastern Pennsylvania in the Amish countryside of Lancaster County, PA. She loves to hike, camp, organize, read, cook and write. She also leads Bible Studies. She is a Web Publisher as well, who reviews kitchen islands carts and microwave kitchen carts products. As a researcher rather than a retailer, she gives unbiased views of products at http://www.kitchencarts360.com/. She can be contacted at kitchencarts360@gmail.com.

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