Well I enjoyed that!
Here are my prayers, verse-by-verse:
- I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name for ever and ever.
- Every day I will bless you and praise your name for ever and ever.
- Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.
- One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.
- On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
- They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness.
- They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness, and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
- The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
- The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.
- All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you!
- They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power,
- to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
- Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
- The LORD upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.
- The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.
- You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
- The LORD is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works.
- The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
- He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.
- The Lord preserves all who love him, but the wicked he will destroy.
- My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
I loved praying by writing. It meant I prayed consciously and with focus. I meditated on the verse and let it inspire me. I loved adoring God and Jesus.
The days I couldn’t manage to write, I felt it. I felt itchy and unhappy, like missing a new lover.
I wouldn’t like this to be a “habit”, but I would love to do it every day. Keep a little notebook with me I can pray in.
I love my silent praying too. Perhaps I am developing a repertoire of different kinds of praying: adoration (writing); meditation (my morning quiet times); reflection (my bedtime prayer). [in case I sound like a nun I should say I don’t always manage or remember to pray every day!]
I think a longer form of written praying might be powerful too, for supplication or for confession of sins (not for posting here of course!). I have kept a diary on-and-off since I was a kid and I have always found that helpful (my wife too, often tells me I am calmer when I write regularly). Writing to God instead of to myself would be interesting.
- Make sure I have the Psalm safely learnt. The first dozen or so verses are safe I think.
- Keep writing to my new penpal.