By Faith McDonnell, Juicy Ecumenism.
In a recent sermon, the rector of my church recommended adding the Psalms to our prayers, if we had not already discovered this wonderful method of praying. At various times, I have used the Psalms in prayer, but that reminder was an encouragement to be more intentional about using this treasure trove of prayers.
Of course, praying the Psalms is also a powerful way to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. If anyone fits the description “the cords of death entangled me,” it is Christians in Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria, or wherever Christians are suffering for the sake of Christ.
Wouldn’t it be great if Christians in the West all committed daily to praying Psalms on behalf of our persecuted brothers and sisters?
Here’s an example of doing just that from the Psalm I referenced above.
First, read the Psalm — or the portion of it which you are praying — aloud, if possible. Ask God to reveal prayer points to you and how they relate to a particular group of persecuted Christians.