Is it hard for you to ask for prayer?
Maybe you don’t want to appear weak or needy. Maybe you don’t want people to know your private struggles. Or maybe you aren’t ready to face the problem yourself.
Psalm 20 is often called . . . “David’s Psalm” or “A Prayer for the King.”
It is believed that this Psalm was written as King David was preparing to go to battle against the Ammonites. (2 Samuel 10) Bible scholars are uncertain if David wrote this prayer for the people to lift up in song or if it was a spontaneous prayer by the people that he later wrote into a song.
Either way, David knew that the might of his army was not in numbers or weapons. Their power to defeat the enemy came from God alone…
In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry.Psalm 20:1–2
May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm.
May He send you help from His sanctuary
and strengthen you from Jerusalem.
The thing I love about this prayer is that its focus is on the Lord and on the truth that all things are possible for Him—the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Jesus said this when the disciples asked Him about God’s saving grace…
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”Mark 10:27
People talk about the power of prayer. And even Jesus’ half-brother James wrote…
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.James 5:16
And prayer is powerful but only because the One to whom we pray has limitless power!
When you and I are facing adversity or even when, like David, we are facing an impending battle, God’s Word encourages us to pray for one another. So…
Ask for prayer!
You don’t have to share detailed specifics; just ask for prayer.
God knows what we need. He knows the desires of our hearts. He knows our plans. He knows our futures.
May He grant your heart’s desiresPsalm 20:4
and make all your plans succeed.
He knows what’s best for us . . . not just today but tomorrow, next month, next year, and eternally.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.Ephesians 3:20
And when we trust that God is all-powerful, that He knows our needs, and will always do what is best for us eternally, we can look to the future and confidently say…
I will shout for joy and sing Your praises,Psalm 71:23–24a
for You have ransomed me.
I will tell about Your righteous deeds
all day long.
Ask for Prayer – God is Able, He Knows Your Need,
and He Does What is Best
Father, thank you for the kingdom of people who are willing and want to pray for one another. People who know You and know that You are able, that You know our needs, and that You will always do what is best.
Paul asked Your followers to pray that he would boldly share Your truth. (Ephesians 6:19) He asked for prayer that the message of Your love would spread and be honored wherever it goes. (2 Thessalonians 3:1)
Your Word tells us to pray for those who are sick, those who are hurting, those who are in danger, and those who are lost. It tells us to pray for those who need peace, strength, courage, and hope. And tells us to pray for those who need forgiveness and faith.
Father, please give me a humble spirit willing to ask for prayer when I’m struggling. Help me remember that You created us to live together in community so that we might help and encourage each other . . . so that we might lift each other up before You in prayer.
And even when we don’t understand the problem or know the details . . . You do! You know what we need. Your love is unfailing and everlasting. We can come to You in faith confident that You will always do what is best. Thank you for Your Spirit who prays for us when our prayers can’t be expressed in words. (Romans 8:25)
Please be with me each day and prompt me to never stop praying for others. And may I remember that by Your grace and mercy, You are prompting others to pray as well. May we boldly lift each other up in prayer remembering that You are the One for whom everything and anything is possible. Amen.
When you’re facing a battle, ask for prayer! When you’re fighting an illness, ask for prayer! When your heart hurts or your mind is anxious, ask for prayer. When you’re weak, lost, broken or anything else, ask for prayer. When you’re thankful ask for prayer.
God hears, cares, and answers.
Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.Hebrews 4:16
So, we can say with confidence…
The Lord has heard my plea;Psalm 6:9
the Lord will answer my prayer.
May God bless you and give you everything you need. May He give you the courage you need to ask for prayer and pray for others.
I also want to take a moment to thank the many of you who have let us know that you are praying for us and joining us in praying for Rev’s healing and for the strength, courage, peace, and joy we need each day. God bless you all!
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