NextLevel Online: Prayer

Session 7: How to Pray the Psalms

Session 7 gives us the ten ways to pray a Psalm.


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Outline

Opening Thoughts

  • Reminder: we learn to pray by…

  • Idea: The goal is not to get through the Psalms, but to…

Ten Ways to Pray a Psalm:

  • Read the whole Psalm, discern the ____________________ idea, and pray about that idea (or image or question, etc).

  • Read the whole Psalm line-by-line or verse-by-verse, ____________________ after each bit to pray through whatever comes to mind from that verse.

  • Read until something ___________________, stop, and pray about whatever connected.

  • Summarize what this Psalm reveals about __________________, and then pray (praise) through that revelation.

  • Memorize the Psalm (or some portion of it) and recite it to yourself throughout the day.

  • Start with a particular need or concern in your own life and read until something in the Psalms connects with it, and then pray through it in whatever ways come to mind.

  • Start with some ____________________ person in mind and read until something in the Psalms connects with them, and then pray for them in whatever ways come to mind.

  • ____________________ all or part of the Psalm.

  • Read it aloud in ____________________ (2-3 times), and invite folks to pray for whatever the Psalm brings to mind.

  • Make a temporary ____________________ organized around shrewd goals, and keep it.


  • Choose one of these methods and go for it.

  • If you’re going weekly, then your routine timeframe is up. Plan another routine for the next three weeks with Psalms as a central part.

Questions for Discussion and Reflection

  • Which of these ways of praying the Psalms seems most natural or desirable to you? Why? (Start with the ones you like!)

  • Which of these praying methods is unclear or weird? If you’re in a group, help each other get a sense of what I’m getting at. (Thanks for the assistance!)

  • Which way(s) did you pray for your five minutes? How did that go?

  • Why is it critical to remember what the goal is and is not?

  • Where will you go from here with respect to 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.