It's interesting that most of the personal comments I receive regarding my blog are about the prayers that I post. And as I've tracked the traffic to my site, I've noticed that most of the people that have visited from a search engine were searching for prayers.
Lately, I've been praying through the Psalms. I've done it before, and it's always beneficial to my walk with God. I've mentioned that to a couple of people, and they don't quite get what that means. I've tried to explain it like this: I read the Psalm for the day and use the the words and theme of the Psalm to direct me as I pray. I usually write it out in a prayer journal as I go.
Anyway, because of these recent observations, I've decided to add a new element to my blog: Praying Through the Psalms. For this element, I will post a prayer that I recorded in my prayer journal. I won't post them everyday, but I will post them periodically as I feel so inclined. The Psalm which directed the prayer will be in the title. For this to be fully benefical, you should first read the Psalm, and then read the post. This is not because I feel like my prayers are so special. Actually, what I hope happens is that people will read them and realize how simple and un-special they are, and realize that anyone can do it. If you practice this, you will be blessed by it. I promise.
O Lord, you are my Lord. There is no good in my life except you and those things you have given me. Lord, I praise you this morning because you are my inheritance. You are my everything. You are my life. You have directed every aspect of my life, and things have gone well for me. Life is not always perfect. Sometimes it even sucks. But because you are in control of my fate, my heritage is beautiful to me. I will bless you, O Lord, for you have counseled me and instructed me and you have given me the grace to follow it. Lord, I have set you continually before me. You are always on my mind. I know that it is you who is guiding and directing me and enabling me through your power. Because of your power in my life, I will not be shaken. Even in difficult times, my heart is glad, and I rejoice in you because I know that you are in control and will not abandon me. My path is certain and my destination is secured. When I don't know what to do, you will make known to me the right path. I will follow you anywhere, even into the deepest darkest abyss, because I want to go wherever I can experience your presence and your power. In your presence there is fullness of joy. And even if I should die, I will go to be with you where there are pleasures forever. When I am on your team, everything is a win-win. To live is Christ. To die is gain.