Day 1

A Prayer Praising God’s Greatness

from the reading plan

Psalm 145:1-21

In my home office, I have a stack of prayer journals I’ve kept since high school. Every so often, I look through them, hoping to jog a memory or retrace a bit of my spiritual journey. One thing I notice in those earliest entries is that many of my prayers followed a similar, simple pattern. I had a decent vocabulary as a teenager, but my early prayers didn’t show it.

Why? Because I was just learning how to pray, and I didn’t yet have the words. I didn’t know much about the depth of God’s nature, and I didn’t have a great awareness of my own emotions. These are things we learn over time. Part of the art of learning to pray is learning what to say and how to say it.

One of the great uses of Scripture is that it gives us vocabulary for talking to God. There is no better place in Scripture to learn the language of prayer than the Psalms. Today’s psalm is a great example. It says “My mouth will declare the LORD’s praise” (Psalm 145:21). God calls us to magnify His name and to sing of His glory, but the truth is, for many of us, we struggle to find the words. Psalm 145 is filled with language to help us praise God for His greatness.

The book of Psalms was the hymn and prayer book for the people of God from before the days of Jesus. God’s people have been using these writings as prayers ever since, and using them to shape and inspire their own prayers too.

In this reading plan, Psalms for Prayer, we have selected fifteen psalms for you to use when you pray. They cover a range of topics, from glorifying God, to praying for our personal concerns, to lifting up the needs of this world. Some of these psalms are worded as prayers offered directly to God; others act as thought prompts for the reader. Use these psalms to practice praying. Let them expand your vocabulary and sharpen your focus. Consider writing your own prayers down on paper.

It is good to pray with Scripture open before us because all Scripture can be used for prayer. The more we read and study the Word of God, the broader and richer our vocabulary will be when we pray to Him.

As you spend time with the psalms in this reading plan, I pray you will come to know the character and love of God in a deeper way. And as you practice the art of prayer, may you grow in the joy of expressing your love for Him in return.

Written by Russ Ramsey

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5 thoughts on "A Prayer Praising God’s Greatness"

  1. Joey Quintero-Liboy says:

    We were made to praise God with every breath of our being. We were created for that purpose. Acknowledging and practicing that throughout our daily lives will only draw us closer to Him. Recognize who He is in your life!

  2. Kevin says:

    Day 1: I’m excited for this plan. I feel like I know how to pray, but I know it’s probably not the best. Not that it needs to be, but I feel like it could be something used to help others see the Lord a little bit better.

  3. She Love says:

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  4. Stephen says:

    God I look out at the sunrise and am in awe. Your beauty and strength with the crashing waves and the gentle breeze are a brilliant reminder of who you are. I pray that I first and foremost recognize you and your great love before coming to you with petition. I pray that you humble me. Let me ask for for others then the desires of my heart. I pray that the desires of my heart are aligned to your character.

    Lord I lift up my grandma. She is in pain and she loves you dearly. Let your will be done: if it is your will allow her to see her great granddaughter one more time this side of heaven. Let her legacy be left on the women of this family. God I pray that you soften the heart of my grandpa. Comfort him in this trying time. Gives him eyes to see your purpose and will in the tough situation.

    God I lift up Daniel and Abby. I pray that they come to know you as their Lord and savior. I pray that whatever sickness they have now will pass quickly. I pray for sleep.

    God I pray for my physical pain. My back specifically. I pray that you continue to pull me close. Let me not be complacent in my walk with you. Let your will be done in my life. Let me lead according to your character. Give me eyes to see where I should lead our family.


  5. Jackson Colwell says:

    Thank you lord, for the life you have given me. I find myself attempting to be self sufficient when times are hard. If only I would turn around, I would find you right behind me. Ready to take up my burdens and give me rest. Lord, help me to exalt your magnificent power! Lord, give me the wisdom to let you take the lead and help fight my battles.

    God, you are the almighty! God, you are the alpha and the omega! God, you come before all, and you will be after all!

    Lead me to trust you, I want you to guide me because your way is perfect.

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