praying with psalms

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Learn about the power of praying with psalms and how incorporating them into your daily prayer routine can deepen your spiritual life.
Praying with Psalms is a great way to connect with God. It is also a good way to begin your day. This is because praying with Psalms helps you to conquer and begin your day with peace, it helps you get rid of fear and anxiety by channeling your faith to the One who is your fortress. Here is how praying with Psalms can transform you, and your prayer life, and give you peace and strength in the days of trials.

What are Psalms?

The Book of Psalms is also known as the ‘Book of Praises’ – Sepher Tehillim. It is considered to be the greatest and largest book in the Bible. This is because; distinct from every other book in the bible is its nature of using songs/psalms to praise, worship, lament, and express love for God. Because of its richness in content, the effective results it gives, and the value attached to it, praying with Psalms has become the attitude of every Christian. Especially in times of trials and tribulations, believers have recorded tremendous victories from praying with psalms.

Why You Should Pray with Psalms

Praying with Psalms is a great way of expressing yourself to God – a heartfelt emotion and love for God. Not just that, praying the Psalms enables you to talk to God about your challenges, since a good number of the chapters in the Psalms are full of lamentations. And just like the Psalmist, after praying the Psalms there is this instant relief you feel and your faith is ignited with the belief that the problem is settled.

How Can You Pray with The Psalms?

Praying with Psalms is a very easy thing to do. All you need to do is to;
Step 1: Know and understand the reason why you want to pray with the Psalms
Step 2: Pick a Psalms that goes in line with your reason
Step 3: Recite/Paraphrase the Psalms. You can do this by writing it down in your journal to enable you to remember.
Step 4: Pray with the Psalms. Praying the word of God is one of the most effective ways of experiencing joy, peace, and victory.
Step 5: As you pray with the Psalms, remember to give thanks to God for an answered prayer.
However, there are a good number of Psalms that are filled with praise and thanksgiving, you can use them to round up your prayer.
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- Psalms of Praise and Thanksgiving

Populated in the Psalms is the Psalms of Praise. Just like a prayer, praise is one of the keys to achieving victory cheaply, especially in times of warfare. Praying with Psalms of praise enables you to remind God of who He is.
Here are some Psalms of praise that you can pray with: Psalms 100:1-5 1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the Lord is God. It is He Who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His Name. 5 For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalms 34:1-9 1 I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. 2 I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. 3 Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His Name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. 6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; He saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who [reverently] fear Him, and He delivers them. 8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. 9 Fear the Lord, you His Holy people, for those who fear Him lack nothing.
Psalms 111:1-5 1 Praise the Lord. I will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly. 2 Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. 3 Glorious and majestic are His deeds, and His righteousness endures forever. 4 He has caused His wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate. 5 He provides food for those who [reverently] fear Him; He remembers His covenant forever.

Psalms of Blessings

Psalms 5:12 “For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.”
Psalms 84:11 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
Psalms 9:1 “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.”
Psalm 1:3 “The [righteous] person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers.”

- Psalms of Protection

Psalm 91 1 Whoever goes to the LORD for safety, whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty, 2 can say to him, “You are my defender and protector. You are my God; in you I trust.” 3 He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers and from all deadly diseases. 4 He will cover you with his wings; you will be safe in his care; his faithfulness will protect and defend you. 5 You need not fear any dangers at night or sudden attacks during the day 6 or the plagues that strike in the dark or the evils that kill in daylight. 7 A thousand may fall dead beside you, ten thousand all around you, but you will not be harmed. 8 You will look and see how the wicked are punished. 9 You have made the LORD your defender, the Most-High your protector, 10 and so no disaster will strike you, no violence will come near your home. 11 God will put his angels in charge of you to protect you wherever you go. 12 They will hold you up with their hands to keep you from hurting your feet on the stones. 13 You will trample down lions and snakes, fierce lions and poisonous snakes. 14 God says, “I will save those who love me and will protect those who acknowledge me as LORD. 15 When they call to me, I will answer them; when they are in trouble, I will be with them. I will rescue them and honor them. 16 I will reward them with long life; I will save them.
Psalm 121 1 I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot be moved and he who watches over you will not fall asleep. 4 Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep; 5 The Lord himself watches over you; the Lord is your shade at your right hand, 6 So that the sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; it is he who shall keep you safe. 8 The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in, from this time forth for evermore.

- Psalms of lamentation

Psalm 130:1 “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice!”
Psalm 6:3 “My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long?”
Psalm 38:9-11 “All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you. My heart pounds, my strength fails me; even the light has gone from my eyes. My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbors stay far away.”
Psalm 10:1 “Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?”

- Psalms of Love

Psalm 18:1-3 “I love you, O Lord, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.”
Psalm 71:20-21 “You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth, you will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again.”
Psalm 100:5 “For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”
Psalm 86:15 “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”

- Psalms of victory

Psalm 20:5 May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.
Psalm 20:6 Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand.
Psalm 44:7 …but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame.
Psalm 149:4 For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.


Praying with Psalms helps you overcome trials, overturn attacks and override every negative plan of the wicked over your life. In today’s episode of Praying with Psalms, Pastor Rich Aghahowa focuses on Psalms 35 to bring judgment over wickedness and break every witchcraft attack

Prayer Points:

Psalms 35:1 – My father my father, as I begin to pray, in the name of Jesus, according to Psalms 35:1 fight them that fight against me.
Psalms 35:2 – My father my father, as I begin to pray, in the name of Jesus, according to Psalms 35:2, O Lord take hold of shield and buckler, stand up to help me. – My father my father, as I begin to pray, in the name of Jesus, O God arise, defend my family – My father my father, as I begin to pray, in the name of Jesus, every witchcraft arrow fired at my family, I fire it back, I send it back to the sender.
Psalms 35:3 – My father my father, as I begin to pray, in the name of Jesus, according to Psalms 35:3, draw your spear, stop them that pursue me, stop them that pursue my loved ones, stop them, Lord, stop them.
Psalms 35:4 – My father my father, as I begin to pray, in the name of Jesus, according to Psalms 35:4, let them be confounded, let them be put to shame that seek to hurt me, that seek my life and the life of my loved ones. – My father my father, as I begin to pray, in the name of Jesus, Lord this year put my enemies to shame. – My father my father, as I begin to pray, in the name of Jesus, cover my enemies with shame – My father my father, as I begin to pray, in the name of Jesus, according to Psalms 35:4 any man or woman planning to hurt me and my loved ones, cover them with shame.
Psalms 35:5 – My father my father, as I begin to pray, in the name of Jesus, according to Psalms 35:5 all those after my life, all those after my loved ones, like chaff before the wind angel of the Lord, drive them!
Psalms 35:6 – My father my father, as I begin to pray, in the name of Jesus, any man or woman that has made themselves enemies of my family, according to Psalms 35:6, let their way be dark and slippery, angel of the Lord pursue them!
Psalms 35:7 – My father, my father, as I begin to pray, in the name of Jesus, any man or woman that has prepared a net, that has dug a pit for me and my loved ones, that is after my soul, let destruction come upon them unexpectedly.
Psalms 35:8 – My father my father, as I begin to pray, in the name of Jesus, according to Psalms 35:8, any man or woman that has planned evil against me and my family, into that very destruction, let him fall.
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