Prayer is an essential practice of the Christian life. A common instruction for prayer is “just follow your heart.” There is certainly truth in praying from your heart and being honest with God. In reality, however, we frequently find the chambers of our heart filled with anger, jealousy, fear, doubt, or despair. How do we pray from the heart when these unsettling feelings cloud our vision and desires? How does the language we use in prayer open us up to God’s transformation?
Well, good news! God gives us the book of Psalms as a guide to open our hearts to the transformative work of God. Through the Psalms we find words from God, we find words about God, and we find words to God. The more we recite the words written long ago the more their words become “our words, their trust becomes our trust, their wholeness becomes our wholeness.”