The Psalms is a book of prayers. It covers a wide range of human emotions and can be a catalyst for when you don’t know what to say to God! Join me as I pray through the Psalms. I would love for you to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments, and I will pray for you right here on the blog.
Psalm 2 (Original text, NIV)
“Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One.
‘Let us break their chains,’ they say, ‘and throw off their fetters.’
The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.
Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, ‘I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.’
I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, ‘You are my Son, today I have become your Father. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.’
Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”
A prayer inspired by Psalm 2:
Lord, we look to our leaders, our rulers, our politicians – as if they are in control. You have anointed them, but I know that you are the only one who can truly help us. Please guide them and give them strength and wisdom, to do their jobs well.
Thank you for your direction, laws, and wisdom, which you have provided in order to protect us. Help us to value and trust in your words.
We look forward to your return to Earth – something that is difficult for us to imagine right now. However, the Bible says, and our Christian faith hinges on this belief: you are the risen Lord. One day, you will return, and put an end to the tyranny, evil, and pain that we constantly see all over the news. Lord, we rely on this hope, and ask that you would hasten your return, and strengthen our faith. (“Lord, I believe – help my unbelief!”)
I pray for our leaders and decision makers. I thank you for them. Please keep their intentions pure, and their focus clear. Give them the ideas, resources, and abilities they need to help the people of the world. Take care of them, Lord. Help them to know you, and understand your character and heart; your intentions for the nations. May they be humble, and honest in their dealings.
Lord, we take our refuge in you, and assert in faith: you are the only one who can truly help us. May you bless us, and forgive us for the countless sins and travesties that have been committed over the years. Only you can renew our world.
(This post first appeared in its original form on The Manitoba Mom Blog on April 29, 2020. Click here to view.)
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