Friday, January 20, 2017

Psalm 20 - Praying for others

Up to this point in our 150 days through the Psalms most of the psalms have been the psalmist (usually David) asking God to protect him or deliver him from his enemies - basically prayers for himself.

Today's psalm is a prayer for someone else. ( says it's a psalm of David but the prayer is for the king too, so maybe David was speaking in third person....?)

No matter how it was written or who wrote for whom we can still get some prayer pointers on how to pray for others.

Pray for answers from God and for God's protection. v.1

Pray for God to send help - specifically help from heaven (with the Temple and Zion being references for God's dwelling and His presence.) v.2

Pray that God will be pleased with the offerings of the person you ar praying for - which would lead to praying that the person is living a life pleasing to God. v.3

Pray for the person's desires, that they are pleasing to God, so God will give him the desires of his heart. v.4

Be sure and praise God for answers to prayer - anticipated answers and then prayers after God answers. vs.5-6

Declare your trust in God. v.7

Bottom line:
Pray for others, not just for them to receive help, but so God will be praised.
5 Then we will shout for joy over your victory and celebrate your triumph by praising our God.

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