Praying the Psalms

The Psalms express a full range of emotions!

Morden Mennonite Church

Prayer is like breathing.

Rembrandt Woman at PrayerAs breathing is essential to our physical life, so prayer is essential to our spiritual life. We need to breathe; we can’t not breathe, if we’re going to live. So it is with prayer—even if all we seem to manage is the occasional “God, help me!” or a desperate “Lord, have mercy!”

Here’s the thing about breathing: while it’s an involuntary action, something our body just does, there are good and bad ways to breathe. We can learn to breathe better, whether we’re resting or running, stressing or swimming, speaking or singing.

Prayer is the same way. For Christians it’s an instinctive thing, a respiration of the spirit to the rhythms of the Spirit. Yet we can learn to do it better in all different kinds of situations: in quiet meditation, in corporate worship, in times of great anxiety, in times of raw rage, in…

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