Read this ancient prayer.

Think about David’s honesty. His poetic journal confessed needs and hopes.

Pray it. With honesty, pray it. In your own words, pray it. 

Study the original context. Slowly read each phrase. Process the meaning. Apply the poem as your own prayer. In the morning, at noon, and in the evening, read and pray this prayer.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

(Psalm 23:1-6, NIV)