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Singing Our Way Through the Bible's Prayerbook

This article explores prayer and the book of Psalms.

Brian Moss

Am I really supposed to pray like this? That is the question I kept asking myself when I first started praying through the psalms. I tried to make the prayers “my own” but found that I could not. I tried to pray through the psalms in their totality—their joy, anger, praise, lament, exultation, despair, longing, and hope—but it was just too much for me. I wanted these prayers to echo through the depths of my heart. I tried praying through the psalms in a week, in a month, in three months. I wanted to learn how to pray, and I was sure that there was no better way to learn how to pray than to pray the prayers that Jesus himself prayed. But things did not go as planned.

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