Here are four great prayers from the Book of Psalms that you can use in your prayers.
This psalm is one of the greatest prayers of repentance in the Bible. This is where David pours out his heart in deep-felt repentance and confession after his adultery and having conspired to murder Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah. He cries out, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love” (Psalm 51:1), and prays to God to “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:2) and God does just that.
This is a prayer for God’s direct intervention, as the psalmist seems surrounded by the enemy as “Many are rising against me” (Psalm 3:10), and even saying “There is no salvation for him in God” (Psalm 3:3). Has someone ever accused you of not really being a Christian? Maybe it’s the enemy who wants to rob you of the joy of your salvation. The psalmist “cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill” (Psalm 3:4) and will hear you too.
This is a psalm of praise and of a longing to see God as he cries out, “O Lord of hosts” (Psalm 84:1). He says, “My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God” (Psalm 84:2). He also acknowledges, “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion” (Psalm 84:5), because even one “day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere” (Psalm 84:10a). He would “rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness” (Psalm 84:10b). Prayer shouldn’t always be for what we want, but in giving praise to God for His goodness to us.
This psalm is one of the most moving of David’s psalms. In it, he has the same hunger and thirst for God that Jesus spoke about, saying they would be blessed for it (Matt 5:6). David prays, “you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1), and as “My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me” (Psalm 63:8). I love this imagery; as his soul clings to God, God’s hand holds him up. What a prayer!
I have only been able to quote a few verses of these powerful psalms. I would urge you to read the entire chapters of Psalm 3, 51, 63, and 84, depending upon what you specifically need to pray about. By reading the entire chapter, you can grasp the entire context, and see the passionate heart of a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), David.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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