January 30, 2023

Protective Prayers

Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my groaning. Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God,
For to You I pray. Psalms 5:1-2

Prayer is our prime way of connecting with God. David is continuing to have distress in his life due to his various enemies surrounding him, but he also holds confidence that God is going to listen to him. When trials and tribulations come up in our life, let’s approach his throne with that same confidence.

When we pray to God for help in our times of distress, we can rest easy for we know that he loves us and has our best interest in mind (1 John 3:1). In the wake of the COVID-19, prayer has never been more important than it is now. But how should we pray? There are many schools of thought on effective prayers. If we look to the Bible, we have several notable examples of prayers:

Psalm 23 gives us a layout of how we can pray. Also, Jesus tells us in Matthew during the sermon on the mount of how we should pray. Throughout scripture we have various other methods to pray. The important thing to remember is that the prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16). However we pray, we need to make sure that we are indeed calling out to our Father in heaven. He is our shield (Psalms 5:11-12) and protector. Prayer is simply talking to Jesus. He wants to hear all of our fears, worries, failures, successes and concerns. He also tells us that his grace is sufficient for our everyday life (2 Corinthians 12:9).

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