Thursday, March 31, 2005

Nifty prayer method

TS O'Rama had done it again. When you hit your prayer position tonight, carrying the weight of Terri's death and the Pope's illness and all the burdens nearer to your hands and hearts, remember John 14:6: Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Therefore, you can substitute His Holy Name in place of those words when you find them in the Psalms or any other Scripture. TSO's example:

Psalm 25

Make me to know your Christs(1), Oh LORD; teach me your paths.

Lead me in Christ(2), and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation.

Good and upright is the LORD;
therefore he instructs sinners in Christ.(3)
He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble Christ.(4)

1 = ways
2 = your truth
3 = the way
4 = his way

This is like the good prayer of reading 1 Corinthians 13:4 and following:

Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.

and substituting your own name for "Love." So, "Therese Z is patient, Therese Z is kind, she is humble, does not put on airs...." (The wording reflects my serious case of John Michael Talbot Lyric Syndrome: I've learned more Psalms more thoroughly listening to his music than anywhere else.)

I appreciate these methods of praying with Scripture. Thanks, TSO.




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