Recently I have felt a call to be in prayer for those around us who need to experience a victory. I have heard stories of families with a child fighting cancer. I have become more aware of families missing persons, especially with the disappearance of Sierra Shields from NYC. Our neighbors around us are fighting illnesses, disorders, anxieties, depression, addictions, and a whole list of other enemies.
So often, when we think of “loving our neighbors” we think of physical service to them, but in times of desperation and in times that require more than our abilities to serve…we must be a people who are tuned into prayer. And when we pray for our neighbors, we want them to know that we are fighting these enemies with them. Prayer not only connects us to the trust we have in God to act, but it also connects us to those we pray for in a tangible way. We are invested in what happens to them; and it is within this space that we come to understand and experience the investment God has made. God is invested!
So who needs a victory today? Pray Psalm 20 over someone you know needs it. Just a note: you may want to replace the word king with the name of your neighbor, friend, family…
1 In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry.
May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm.
2 May he send you help from his sanctuary
and strengthen you from Jerusalem.
3 May he remember all your gifts
and look favorably on your burnt offerings. (Selah)
4 May he grant your heart’s desires
and make all your plans succeed.
5 May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory
and raise a victory banner in the name of our God.
May the Lord answer all your prayers.
6 Now I know that the Lord rescues his anointed king.
He will answer him from his holy heaven
and rescue him by his great power.
7 Some nations boast of their chariots and horses,
but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.
8 Those nations will fall down and collapse,
but we will rise up and stand firm.
9 Give victory to our king, O Lord!
Answer our cry for help.
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