Today, a dear friend prayed God’s Word over me. What a privilege to be an intercessor AND a recipient! The prayer is so dear that I wanted to share it with you, with the hope that it encourages you in your prayer life. My friend chose Psalm 143:10-11 NASB:
Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. For the sake of Your name, Lord, revive me. In Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble. Psalm 143:10-11
King David – who wrote this Psalm – not only wanted to know the will of God, he wanted to be instructed to obey this will. And this is one of the many reasons God said David was a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22)! How many times have I prayed to know God’s will? Yet, never had the wisdom to ask to be able to obey it. What good is the former without the later?
The Psalmist also prayed for level ground. We all have ups and downs in this life, but David had more bumps and potholes than many. That’s why the Psalms are such a good place to park when we are struggling or feel like we’ve been dealt a raw deal. In this state David asks for revival or restoration. Not for his own sake, but for the sake of God’s glory. The most important thing to our Lord is that His name be made known. Because only when He’s known can we be saved. And God desires all to come to a saving knowledge of Him (1 Timothy 2:3-4).
Even as David prays to know and obey God’s will, he obviously knows it in realizing that His righteous name is the reason God saves us. My sweet friend texted this to me:
Replace the pronouns with the appropriate ones for the person (or yourself) that you are praying for.
Praying for you in this. And don’t forget to share on social media or with a friend who could benefit. It would mean so much to me. And if you don’t want to miss a Praying God’s Word Wednesday, subscribe over on the right hand side of this page.
Yvonne Chase says
I love the point you make about turning to the Psalms when we feel like all hope is lost. I read another blog post earlier today where the writer change to name of the Psalm to the Psalm of [Insert Name] The Psalm of Yvonne. Doing this is a deliberate to pray God’s word over our lives.
I love that personalization! And somehow I think that’s just what God wanted when He left it to us.
Joanne Viola says
A most beautiful prayer. We surely need the Lord to lead us on level ground – both individually and as a whole. May He teach us how to navigate all of the days of our lives.
Amen, Joanne. Thank you.
Jeanne Takenaka says
Oh my goodness, I needed this today. Thank you, Lauren. Such a beautiful prayer to pray over me, my loved ones, and my friends.
So glad it’s helpful to you, Jeanne!
Barb Hegreberg says
Intercessory prayer is one of the greatest gifts we can give to another person.
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I so agree, Barb. I know we need to be the hands and feet of Jesus too, but prayer is the work!
What a lovely Psalm and prayer, And, your’e so right – I’ve often asked to know God’s will, but not for the wisdom to be able to obey it. I’m so glad you shared this with us at the TFT party.
I’m so glad it was helpful to you!
There’s so much wisdom for us in the Psalms. We need God’s grace to help us understand God’s will and to follow it.
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Yes and Yes, Carol!