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Pray the Psalms – A Transforming Practice

Pray the Psalms this Week

If praying the Psalms is new to you, try choosing one psalm this week (perhaps a favorite), and linger in it, giving its treasures time to enter your heart.

Then pray the words of the Psalm out loud, converting the words so they sound from your voice, personalized, as a prayer.

We’re becoming like Jesus—the goal of our days and nights, our stories and our salvation. Praying the Psalms is a gift that leads us toward that end.

May praying the Psalms bring you life and instill enduring hope in your heart, as praying them has done for me.

Pray the Psalms: A Resource

Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms (Brazos Press) helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation. This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and beautiful hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms.

While each prayer corresponds to a particular psalm and touches on its themes and ideas, it is not a new translation of the Psalms or an attempt to modernize or contextualize their content or language. Rather, the prayers are responses to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and beautiful hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms.

Sheltering Mercy website: PrayWithThePsalms.com

Sheltering Mercy on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Sheltering-Mercy-Prayers-Inspired-Psalms/dp/1587435462/

 

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