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Psalm 5 Principles of Prayer

October 23, 2017

The book of Psalms is filled with examples of the prayers of men of God. These prayers were penned under the direction of the Holy Spirit. The Psalms are not just the prayers of men. They are prayers arranged according to the will of God so that what David prays in the Psalms is exactly what God would have him pray. The Psalms are examples of perfect prayers that model prayer for all Christians.

The prayers of the Psalms are the inspired Word of God, written by holy men of God as they were moved by the Spirit of God. These prayers teach invaluable truths about prayer. The book of Psalms is a textbook of prayer, but it is not a series of lectures on prayer. The Psalms do not intend to discourse on the various parts of prayer or to unfold the theological basis of prayer. The Psalms are prayers. By seeing prayer in action the believer learns how to pray. By reading the prayers of Godly men in all seasons of life the Christian learns what to pray when he enters similar times. If you would learn how to pray, read the Psalms.

Psalm 5 presents five principles of prayer:

  • Prayer calls out to God.
  • Prayer is possible because God is holy.
  • Prayer is an act of worship that bows down before God and pleads for mercy.
  • Prayer trusts God and rejoices in Him.
  • Prayer must come from a position of righteousness


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