Does it ever occur to you about the wonderful ways of prayer? While everyone all around is taking a hard stand or offering a barrage of opinions, advice, and solutions, you simply pray and it is enough to invite the perfect outcome through God’s powerful, faithful and gracious hand. The more you pray the less you know on your own, the fewer opinions you have, the more you are confident God knows the best way and outcome?
How often we have people on our prayer lists who are in deep trouble, up against things that are not easily solvable; that have no clear cut solutions. It doesn’t matter whether their trouble is brought on by others, by themselves, or by circumstance beyond their control. They especially are in need of God’s help because the devil will do his best work with them. If he even senses or gets a hint they are beaten down or to their very last strand, running out of steam or faith, he will press hard upon them every moment of the day, giving them no rest, speaking lies and being deceptive, showing his truest colors as Peter says; He is prowling around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour (I Peter 5:8) and thinking he has found a weakened soul he will prey, closing in for the catch, go for the juggler to grind them into fine dust because he comes just as Christ says; “Only to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10). In these situations we can intercede just as Moses and Abraham did for the people of God out of Christian duty, compassion, empathy, and love. Here several things apply:
1)As Paul says clearly we are all in the same boat when it comes to sin and our need for God’s grace (daily) 2)It is for this very hour that God gives true servants: pastors who are willing to preach both law and Gospel, counsel and strengthen through the Word of God to the needy heart and intercessors who are willing to stand in the gap in the time of need and pray for the salvation of the troubled one, remind God of His promise to be longsuffering and faithful and claiming the promises of God over the troubled life. 3)The soul that is weary from its own prayer can no longer see top from bottom or end from beginning and needs help in the journey and struggle, whether it be angels from heaven, or earthly intercessors, that will help them press and believe for a good outcome and deliverance from their trouble in due time.
Psalm 86 lends itself to pure intercession and can be prayed for the troubled, tossed, and torn soul. It both looks to God for perfect help in the soul’s struggle and calls out His great promises which cannot be broken. Use the natural places to insert the sufferer’s name. In other portions use the plural we (because we all share in sin and the human struggle) to trust in God’s promises for their life and good outcome.
Do not feel as though you need to change the portions that refer to ruthless men seeking their destruction. Remember our strong and determined enemies are not just those in the flesh but in the spiritual realm as well. It is to both the psalms refer.
Pray this psalm as often as needed until their victory or breakthrough is secured over their trouble and the enemy who has risen against them is defeated.
Great Is Your Steadfast Love, O LORD
Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer ,
for (he/she) is poor and needy.
2 Preserve (his/her) life, for (he/she) is godly;
save your servant, who trusts in you—you are (his/her) God.
3 Be gracious to , O Lord,
for to you does (he/she) cry all the day.
4 Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, does (he/she) lift up (his/her) soul.
5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
6 Give ear, O Lord, to ‘s prayer;
listen to (his/her) plea for grace.
7 In the day of (his/her) trouble (he/she) calls upon you,
for you answer (him/her).
8 There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
nor are there any works like yours.
9 All the nations you have made shall come
and worship before you, O Lord,
and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and do wondrous things;
you alone are God.
11 Teach your way, O Lord,
that (he/she) may walk in your truth;
unite(his/her) heart to fear your name.
12 We give thanks to you, O Lord our God, with our whole heart,
and we will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your steadfast love toward ;
you have delivered (his/her) soul from the depths of Sheol.
14 O God, insolent men have risen up against ;
a band of ruthless men seeks (his/her) life,
and they do not set you before them.
15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to and be gracious to ;
give your strength to your servant,
and save the (son/daughter) of your maidservant.
17 Show a sign of your favor,
that those who hate (him/her) may see and be put to shame
because you, Lord, have helped and comforted (him/her)…
God alone knows the depth of their struggle. He knows His perfect will and desired outcome for them. As one willing to intercede for the troubled you have entreated the promises of God, depended upon the power of God and prayed He will come and deliver them from their struggle.
You can come away from your time of prayer confident that God is at work and working it out, helping them, counseling with them, strengthening them, protecting them in this deep hour of need.
Psalm 86 is a productive and effectual prayer; it’s a work well done in prayer!
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