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Psalms of the Day

How Do I Pray the Psalms of the Day?

First, find out what the day of the month is. Each day of the month has five Psalms of the day (with the exception of Day 31). Next, pick one of the five Psalms of the Day and read it. Familiarize yourself with its themes and emphases, its words, and its phrases. Then, allow those words and phrases to inform your prayer.

Example: If the Psalm of the Day is Psalm 145, and you read, “One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts,” then you might pray something like, “Lord, I know that you desire for me to declare your works to the next generation, but I struggle with sharing my faith. Help me to become bold in sharing my faith. Help me want to tell others about you and your wonderful works. You desire for people to know you, so enable to me to do that which you desire in order that the coming generation will praise your name.”

Simply let the Psalm inform your prayer. Read the words of the Psalm and stop whenever a word or phrase prompts you to pray. Finally, continue praying through the other four Psalms of the Day, repeating the same process. This is supposed to be a spiritually-fulfilling practice, so don’t view it as a chore or something to check off your list of things to do. Instead, spread out the five Psalms throughout the day, and stay in constant communion with the Lord, drawing closer to Him in prayer.

When the day of the month is . . .

The Psalms of the Day are . . .

1

1; 31; 61; 91; 121

2

2; 32; 62; 92; 122

3

3; 33; 63; 93; 123

4

4; 34; 64; 94; 124

5

5; 35; 65; 95; 125

6

6; 36; 66; 96; 126

7

7; 37; 67; 97; 127

8

8; 38; 68; 98; 128

9

9; 39; 69; 99; 129

10

10; 40; 70; 100; 130

11

11; 41; 71; 101; 131

12

12; 42; 72; 102; 132

13

13; 43; 73; 103; 133

14

14; 44; 74; 104; 134

15

15; 45; 75; 105; 135

16

16; 46; 76; 106; 136

17

17; 47; 77; 107; 137

18

18; 48; 78; 108; 138

19

19; 49; 79; 109; 139

20

20; 50; 80; 110; 140

21

21; 51; 81; 111; 141

22

22; 52; 82; 112; 142

23

23; 53; 83; 113; 143

24

24; 54; 84; 114; 144

25

25; 55; 85; 115; 145

26

26; 56; 86; 116; 146

27

27; 57; 87; 117; 147

28

28; 58; 88; 118; 148

29

29; 59; 89; 119; 149

30

30; 60; 90; 120; 150

31

119

This chart and its content come from Appendix 1 of Don Whitney’s Praying the Bible.

Whitney, Donald S. Praying the Bible. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2015.