NextLevel Online: Prayer

Session 6: Why Pray the Psalms?

The sixth session gives us the ten reasons to pray the Psalms.


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Outline

Opening Thoughts

  • ____________ you pray is more important than ____________________ you pray.

  • ____________ you pray matters. Consider… the Psalms!

Ten Reasons to Pray the Psalms:

  • If we didn’t have a ______________ and God decided to inspire one, we would never question whether to make it the center of our prayer lives. We have such a book.

  • When we pray Psalms, we pray like _______________ and the _______________.

  • When we pray the Psalms, we pray with the ____________________ church.

  • We don’t leave our prayers up to ____________________ or whim.

  • Gives us something ____________________ to pray about and focus on.

  • Keeps our prayers God-centered, and draws attention to ___________ in different ways.

  • Helps us pray ____________________.

  • Helps us pray through ____________________ the emotions and experiences.

  • Helps us ____________________ with others by guiding us to pray through emotions and experiences even when we’re not feeling that way ourselves.

  • Makes us pray ____________________ things about God and therefore makes us familiar with those truths. Transforms us by renewing our minds.


  • Check back in on your routine…

  • Pray two Psalms before moving on

Questions for Discussion and Reflection

  • How is your prayer routine going? (If you’re in a group, talk with one another about it. If alone, talk to God about it.)

  • Have you ever heard of praying the Psalms? What is your initial response to the suggestion?

  • Which of these reasons do you find most compelling? Are you motivated to give it a shot?

  • What challenges do you foresee in praying the Psalms?

About NextLevel Online

The vision of Ozark Christian College is to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and edifying Christians worldwide. The mission of Ozark Christian College is to train men and women for Christian service as a degree-granting institution of biblical higher education.