Rooted in Christ

Psalter Daily Prayer Guide Introduction (1)

This series develops a daily prayer guide based on the Psalter in reaching others for Christ using the model laid out in Community Houses of Prayer.

O You who hear prayer, To You all flesh will come.” (Psalm 65:2, NKJV)

Introduction

The Daily Prayer Guide (DPG) occupies the heart of the Community Houses of Prayer Ministry Manual. By it, we report six days a week for the work of prayer to reach those in our life-spheres for Christ.

The DPG lays before us various passages of God’s Word, where we linger in communion with our God through the varied language of prayer (i.e., praise, thanks, confession, lament, petition).

Scripture informs each of the four sections that make up the DPG to direct us in evangelistic prayer, including accounting for our enemy’s tactics in spiritual warfare and interceding for our fellow saints in the great missionary endeavor of Christ’s church.

No doubt the greatest prayer book God has given us is the 150 psalms. As God’s revelation, the psalms expose us to the multifaceted character of our glorious Father in heaven. They widen our vocabulary by which we address God. The psalms enrich our prayer lives. They give voice to the human condition in all its complexity. They break the mold of a prayer list typically dominated by parochial concerns.

This Psalter DPG employs that great prayer book of the church. In order to follow the structure in the Manual, it arranges the 150 psalms into two books, each book 72 days of prayer, organized according to six days a week for 12 weeks.

The Psalter DPG can be used in conjunction with the Manual’s DPG, as an alternative to Scripture texts, topics and prayers found there. Or, it can stand alone to direct us in strategic prayer outreach. One advantage to using the Psalter DPG along with the Manual is to include the training and various ideas of the Manual for moving toward others for the cause of the gospel.

The Outreach Orientation of the Manual lays out the CHOP ministry approach in general and the tact of the Daily Prayer Guide in particular.

Next week, we will look at how the psalms can be used along the DPG lines of Drawing Near, Reaching Out, Enemy Profile, and Mutual Support. From there we will begin to formulate prayers beginning with Psalm 1.

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Scripture quotations marked NKJV are from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright ©1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved. Those marked ESV are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Stan Gale

Stanley D. Gale (MDiv Westminster, DMin Covenant) has pastored churches in Maryland and Pennsylvania for over 30 years. He is the author of several books, including A Vine-Ripened Life: Spiritual Fruitfulness through Abiding in Christ and The Christian’s Creed: Embracing the Apostolic Faith. He has been married to his wife, Linda, since 1975. They have four children and nine grandchildren. He lives in West Chester, Pa.
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