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    Author: Dr. Scott Solberg

    Category: The Pulse - 2017.26 Issue 26, The Pulse 2017

    Prayers of Faith and Hope

    How do you view prayer? What is the purpose of prayer? Psalms 1 and 2 set the agenda for what we pray and why we pray. They actually serve as the introduction to the other 148 psalms.

    Psalm 1 begins by telling us that “Blessed” is the one who meditates and delights on the law of the LORD. But as these psalms – these prayers – unfold, we discover that it is through the practice of prayer that we are able to obey and follow the Lord.

    Psalm 2 ends by telling us that the person who is “Blessed” is the one who takes refuge in Israel’s coming king. Of course, we know that the promised coming king is Jesus. So we learn, through this psalm, how to wait with hope for God to fulfill his promises.

    So there you have it! Why do we pray? What do we pray? Psalms teaches us that the practice of prayer enables us to live by faith and to give us the strength to put our hope in the promise of God.

    Join us this summer as we look at several psalms and learn how to depend on God through prayer!

    In preparation for our time in the Psalms, below is a fascinating conversation on the Psalms between theologian Eugene Peterson and music celebrity Bono of U2. It is about 20 minutes long but is worth watching.