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I hope you are continuing to pray through the Psalms with our church family. After only three weeks, I have been blessed through the discipline of meditating on and praying God’s word. My practice each day has not been the same each day and it hasn’t gone exactly the way I hoped or planned, either. Some days we’ve prayed through the Psalm as a family and other days I’ve prayed alone. The amount of time invested has also varied a bit depending on circumstances and other responsibilities. If you’ve been struggling already, don’t get discouraged and if you haven’t started, don’t delay. Jump in this week praying through Psalms 22-28.

As an encouragement and help to you, I’m sharing a “slightly” edited version of my prayer through Psalm 20. This one led me to pray for others, especially for my immediate family and my church family.

1 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary
and give you support from Zion!
3 May he remember all your offerings
    and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah

Father, thank you that you hear our prayers. We have confidence that you will always hear us because we cry out to you through our Savior, Jesus Christ. We never have to wonder or doubt that you will hear and help us. Please don’t fail to hear and answer the prayers for help from Mikila, Kenna, and Jake (my family). Meet them in their troubles to protect, help, and support them. Uphold them in your faithfulness and love, strengthening them with your righteous right hand. In the same way, will you care for our church family. So many are struggling under heavy burdens: health concerns, emotional concerns, life situations, stresses, and spiritual battles. O God, remember them and be near to them today.

4 May he grant you your heart’s desire
and fulfill all your plans!
5 May we shout for joy over your salvation,
and in the name of our God set up our banners
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!

Father, give us true and lasting joy. Will you shape Kenna’s and Jake’s hearts to desire what you desire and to submit their plans to you? Please do not grant their selfish desires or worldly plans, but give them the greater joy of knowing and following you. Again in the same way, will you fill the hearts of our church family with joy over your salvation? May we not crave, seek to delight in, or ask for temporal pleasure of the world. Instead, fulfill our requests for more of you. 

6 Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with the saving might of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
8 They collapse and fall,
but we rise and stand upright.
9 O Lord, save the king!
May he answer us when we call.

Father, I am prone to trust in tangible, worldly assets and strategies. We don’t trust in chariots or horses in our culture but in savings accounts, security systems, and ourselves. Give me grace to lead my family and to model for Kenna and Jake a life of walking by faith and not by sight. The world and its resources offer no secure place to stand. They cannot provide or protect. Only you, Lord, are faithful and able to save and sustain us. You have been so gracious to bless our church with abundant resources: skilled and gifted people, finances, buildings, and much more. While we’re grateful for these blessings and must steward them well, help us to trust in you, and you alone, to save and sustain.

Once again, I hope you are strengthened and motivated from this example that persevere in allowing your heart response to the Psalms to overflow in prayers to God.