Dwight Safer, Small Group Leader
I don’t know about you, but I have truly come to appreciate and love the Psalms. We can all relate to them. They express our deepest feelings, sorrows, pain, requests, contrition, thanksgiving and so much more. Martin Luther once said “the entire Bible is contained in the Psalms.”
I know that if you’re not currently going through a difficult circumstance or life crisis, it’s only a matter of time until you will. The question is who or what will you turn to when things are falling apart all around you. I’ve personally found a great deal of comfort and strength in reading and praying the Psalms. That’s right, I said praying the Psalms. For some of you, perhaps this is a new concept. Stick with me…
Ephesians 6 tells us our battle is not against flesh and blood, and that we’re to put on the full armor of God. It tells us the word of God is the sword of the Spirit, which means in the Spirit realm the word is our offensive weapon. We’re told in 1 John 5:14-15 that we can approach God with confidence knowing that he hears whatever we ask of him according to his will. This is where “praying the scriptures” becomes incredibly powerful.
Let’s try this together. Suppose you, a friend or loved one is seeking answered prayer and deliverance in the midst of a difficult and desperate circumstance. At one point or another, most of us can relate to David’s cry of desperation to the Lord. Pray and declare Psalm 17: 1-2 which says “Hear, O Lord, my righteous plea; listen to my cry. Give ear to my prayer – it does not rise from deceitful lips. May my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right.” May it be unto me according to your word and may you watch over your word to perform it, in Jesus name, Amen.
If your desire is to pray according to God’s will, praying the scriptures is a very powerful weapon. Dear God, “May the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14) Amen.