Learning How To Pray From The Bible

by Shaun
(Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England)


I can feel the intense warmth and security you have captured from Psalm 91 to allay your personal doubts and fears of a threatening outside world.

Our inner space is, as you recommend a place where we can build a stronger, love-inspired nurturing environment for our mind to breathe in the life-force which is God.

Our supplication to His will can convert troubled circumstances to renewed hope and healthy thoughts into body building transformation.

Quite simply in God's blessing mind alters matter.

Refecting on Prayer

"Rejoice in the Lord always;
Again I will say, Rejoice.
Let your gentleness be known to everyone.
The Lord is near.
Do not worry about anything,
But in everything by prayer and
Supplication with thanksgiving let
Your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God,
Which surpasses all understanding,
Will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
(Phillipians 4:4-6)

Note From Katherine T Owen

Rejoice in the Lord, always

Thank you so much Shaun.
"Rejoice in the Lord, always"
You've got me singing the hymn now!
What a lovely thing to put in my head. :-)

Don't you love that "always". Such a challenge to our attachment to the world which leaves us happy one moment, sad the next, as circumstances change...

Rejoice in the Lord, ALWAYS, because God's Love is constant. Our house is built on rock.

God in me or me in God

You talk about our "inner space".
Just to say that it was important to me to shift from thinking of God in me to thinking of me in God...
to allow the psalm 91 prayer to take me beyond the body into a sense of my spiritual self, resting, always in safety, always in God.

If God is in me, then I might make the mistake of giving that space to other things.

But if I am in God, then God naturally lives and moves in me and there is nothing I can do to change this.
God is in me, because I am in God.
This is a loss of power that I celebrate!

So yes, God is in my inner space, because God is all around me.

Reminds me of the prayer of St Patrick, and of the poem God Within Me, God Without - A Poem About God.

With thanks again,
With Love to all,

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Psalms: Ancient and Modern

by Shaun

As a recent adherent to A Course in Miracles i have become increasingly drawn to the Psalms as a powerful way of voicing human frustration and helplessness.

I find the lyrical nature of these pleas creates within us a comforting space within which the outer source can enter the inner resource.

Is it the reaching out to God which then envelops us within His greater assurance? Can His style surround and sustain our substance to the extent that we can release our fears and doubts in order to trust Divine inspiration?

Our perception of events is based on belief, reinforced behaviour and memory....all of which must prove subjective UNLESS there is an abiding eternal prompting.
Do you feel the knowledge of a peace and protective spirit encouraging you despite physical frailty and even mental instability?

Somewhere, (and HE is near) God knows YOU.
He is holding you safe and lovingly in His arms
until we joyfully accept and yield willingly into His comforting embrace.

If anyone can describe how a particular Psalm encourages or affects them could I please have some feedback for my research into this colourful subject.

Thank you.

Move from Psalms ancient and modern to Psalm 23 - The Lord's My Shepherd Prayer.

Move to Psalm 91 - a prayer for protection and peace of mind.

Move to Where Are You Lord? - A Modern Psalm of Anguish and Relief by Shaun, the author of the request above.

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Psalm 30 -
Thanking God for What Is To Come Because
It Is Already Here

by Shaun Butler
(Swindon, England, UK)

I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up,
And have not let my foes rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried out to You,
And You healed me.
O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave;
You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favour is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.

Now in my prosperity I said,
"I shall never be moved."
Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong;
You hid Your face, and I was troubled.

I cried out to You, O Lord;
And to the Lord I made supplication:
"What profit is there in my blood,
When I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise You?
Will it declare Your truth?
Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me;
Lord, be my helper!"

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

For Katherine.

Shaun x

Note Added By Katherine T Owen

Dear Shaun,
Thank you!
Katherine x

There is much in this psalm that I claimed when I was ill to celebrate the healing that was yet to manifest:

Joy comes in the morning.
You have turned my mourning into dancing.
O Lord my God, I cried out to You,
And You healed me.

Thank you God for your Love.
Thank you.

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