Sometimes we can feel guilty about our prayer lives. No matter how much we pray, we’re sure it’s never enough. We think we should pray more, but the phone’s ringing or emails are piling up or our toddler just squeezed syrup in her hair. What can we do? Consider this: You just might be praying more than you think!
Where could you turn in the Bible to find an inspired prayer? The book of Psalms. But the psalms are more than prayers. They’re Israel’s hymnal. Godly Jews didn’t merely recite the psalms in their quiet time. They sang the psalms with others in the synagogue. Their prayers were meant to be sung.
Consider Psalm 25, a song that includes many elements of prayer. Praise: “The Lord is good and does what is right” (Psalm 25:8). “The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness” (Psalm 25:10). “The Lord is a friend to those who fear him” (Psalm 25:14). Confession: “Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth” (Psalm 25:7). “For the honor of your name, O Lord, forgive my many, many sins” (Psalm 25:11). Request: “Do not let me be disgraced” (Psalm 25:2). “Show me the right path, O Lord ” (Psalm 25:4). “My problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from them all!” (Psalm 25:17).
Do you enthusiastically join others during worship? Do you catch yourself singing worship songs throughout the day? Then take heart. You’re praying more than you thought. Also take care. If singing is praying, then consider singing words that you would pray to God.
There will be days when it’s hard to pray. So sing instead. You’ll find it’s not really “instead.” Your songs, like the psalms themselves, are prayers. And prayers, whether spoken or sung, are received by God as the incense of heaven (Psalm 141:2; Revelation 5:8).
How can songs of praise be a vital form of expressing your love for God? What song will you sing as a prayer today?
Taken from “Our Daily Journey”