Learning to Pray Through the Psalms
Weariness. Wonder. Joy. Longing. Anger. These are the feelings of the Psalms: honest expressions of pain and joy penned by real people in the midst of real life circumstances. Though they were written centuries ago, the Psalms still resonate...
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Weariness. Wonder. Joy. Longing. Anger.
These are the feelings of the Psalms: honest expressions of pain and joy penned by real people in the midst of real life circumstances. Though they were written centuries ago, the Psalms still resonate deeply with us today, giving voice to our thoughts and longings:
"Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD." (Psalm 130:1)
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1)
"As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God." (Psalm 84:2)
In Learning to Pray Through the Psalms, James W. Sire teaches us to take our appreciation for this rich book of Scripture a step further. Choosing ten specific psalms, Sire offers background information that helps us read each one with deeper insight and then lays out a meditative, step-by-step approach to using the psalmists' words as a guide for our own personal conversation with God. A group study is also included in each chapter, along with a guide for praying through the psalm in community.
The Lord loves when his people pray. And his Word is a powerful tool for framing honest, intimate prayers. Sire's innovative approach will enrich our minds and our souls as we read more perceptively and pray with all of our emotions.
Table of Contents
1. Becoming Right with God--Psalm 32
2. Waiting for the Lord--Psalm 130
3. Night Thoughts--Psalm 4
4. A Morning Meditation--Psalm 5
5. Thirsting for God--Psalms 42-43
6. A Plea for Deliverance from Slander--Psalm 7
7. A Blazing Song of Joy--Psalm 84
8. Praying Our Anger--Psalm 137
9. The God Who Knows Me--Psalm 139
10. Our Mighty Fortress--Psalm 46
11. Teach Us to Pray
Appendix: Guide for Small Group Leaders
Although the psalms were written centuries ago, their expressions of pain and joy are very real to us today. James Sire selects 10 psalms and shows how they can be used for personal meditation. Background information and a step-by-step approach are used to guide the reader toward deeper spiritual insight and more meaningful prayer.
James W. Sire (Ph.D., University of Missouri), formerly a senior editor at InterVarsity Press, is an active speaker and writer. He has taught English, philosophy, theology and short courses at many universities and seminaries. He continues to be a frequent guest lecturer in the United States and Europe.
His IVP books and Bible studies include The Universe Next Door (a worldviews textbook), Scripture Twisting, Discipleship of the Mind, Chris Chrisman Goes to College, Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All?, Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling, Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept, Learning to Pray Through the Psalms, Why Good Arguments Often Fail and A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics.
His most recent books are Praying the Psalms of Jesus. and Deepest Differences: A Christian-Atheist Dialogue with staunch atheist Carl Peraino
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- 1. Becoming Right With God--psalm 32
- 2. Waiting For The Lord--psalm 130
- 3. Night Thoughts--psalm 4
- 4. A Morning Meditation--psalm 5
- 5. Thirsting For God--psalms 42-43
- 6. A Plea For Deliverance From Slander--psalm 7
- 7. A Blazing Song Of Joy--psalm 84
- 8. Praying Our Anger--psalm 137
- 9. The God Who Knows Me--psalm 139
- 10. Our Mighty Fortress--psalm 46
- 11. Teach Us To Pray
- Appendix: <em>guide For Small Group Leaders</em>
- Annotated Bibliography