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21 Days of Prayer, Day 1: Psalm 1

Bible Methodist Prayer Campaign

This prayer campaign is for local Bible Methodist Churches. If you are a regular reader of this blog and want to follow along, please do. To get a daily text message reminder for prayer for these 21 days in January, please text PRAYBMC to 33222.

Each day features a prayer guide through the Psalms written by Rev. Travis Johnson.

Introductory video from Rev. Blake Jones:

Prayer for Illumination

Almighty God, in you are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Open our eyes that we may see the wonders of your Word; and give us grace that we may clearly understand and freely choose the way of your wisdom; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 1

There is a sense in which Psalms 1-2 function as a gateway into the Psalter. These Psalms contain a number of themes that are further developed later in the Psalter. A central theme of the Psalter, as well as much of Scripture, is that there are two ways to live. The psalm reminds us that God blesses those who devote their lives to Him and His Word, yet that blessing is contrasted with the judgment of the wicked who reject God and His Word.

Using the ACTS model of Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication, read through Psalm 1 and then pray the following:


Look for anything that tells you what God is like or points to His character and give Him praise.

  • “Father, I praise you that you are the source of all blessings” (1:1).

  • “Father, I praise you that you are the source of all truth” (1:2).

  • “Father, I praise you that you are my sustainer” (1:3).

  • “Father, I praise you that are the source of fruitfulness in my life” (1:3).

  • “Father, I praise you that you are the perfect judge and that I can trust in your judgments” (1:4-6).

  • “Father, I praise you that you are all-knowing” (1:6).

If you want a quiet meditation moment for each verse, use this video:

Confession Prayer

As you acknowledge who God is and adore Him for all that He is, confession is a natural consequence. This is a moment of introspection as you ask God to search your heart for areas that displease Him.

  • Confess ways in which you have walked in the counsel of the wicked, stood with sinners, or sat in the seat of scoffers (1:1).

  • Confess ways in which you not have delighted in God’s Word (1:2).

  • Confess ways in which you have failed to truly meditate and follow God’s Word (1:2).

  • Confess the truth that if we confess our sins, God is always faithful and just to forgive them! (1 John 1:9).


This is a time to express gratitude for what God has done and for who He is. Allow the Scripture you have read to feed your thanksgiving.

  • “Father, I thank you for Jesus, the one this psalm points to. He is the blessed man who delighted to obey you and never failed in delighting in your law. Thank you for His perfect obedience to your law for us.”

  • “Father, I thank you for the blessings you have given me…” (be specific).

  • “Father, I am grateful to you for keeping me from the path of the wicked.”

  • “Father, I thank you for the fruit you have allowed me to bear for your glory.”

  • “Father, I thank you for watching over the path of the righteous.”


In this moment, pray for yourself and others that you will be able to put into practice what you have read and heard.

  • “Father, please give me a greater delight in you and your Word.”

  • “Father, help me to delight in your Word when I am tempted to walk the path of the ungodly.”

  • “Father, in order to serve you more effectively, I ask you for the grace to discern and reject unbiblical, worldly patterns of thinking and living.”

  • “Father, I am trusting you to sustain me and as I bear fruit for your glory.”

  • “Father, I pray for ________________ (name) today, that you would deliver them from the path of the ungodly.”

Hymn of Reflection on Psalm 1

How happy is the one

who stands apart from sin,

whose feet are quick to run

from ways of wicked men;

who keeps his heart from scoffers' pride

and makes the law of God his guide.

He loves the word of God

with heart and mind and will;

his leaves are green and broad,

his roots can drink their fill.

He prospers in his works and ways

and reaps a harvest all his days.

The godless quickly fade

like dust upon the wind,

their wickedness repaid,

their boasting at an end;

but righteous ones to God are known:

He loves and calls them all His own.

(Words and Music by Dan Kreider)

Closing Prayer

To the only God invisible, the Father of truth, who sent to us the Savior and prince of immortality, through whom also He revealed to us the truth and the heavenly light. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

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