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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 6: A prayer for those who suffer

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 6 (Original text, NIV)

“Oh Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony.

My soul is in anguish. How long, O Lord, how long?

Turn, O Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.

No one remembers you when he is dead. Who praises you from the grave?

I am worn out from my groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears.

My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes.

Away from me, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping.

The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.

All my enemies will be ashamed and dismayed; they will turn back in sudden disgrace.”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 6:

Lord, have mercy on us. We don’t deserve your favour, but you give it to us anyway! I choose to claim that truth in our lives today!

Today, I lift up the people who suffer. There are many of them. You already know this, Lord. Those who suffer in physical pain, or mental anguish, on a daily basis. Those who wonder if they can go on another day. Those who are in the midst of a dark season; a long, long winter. Are you there, Lord? Make yourself known to them, I ask.

In addition to the suffering, there is the loss of purpose. They can’t do the things they used to do. The things they thought you wanted them to do. They feel stuck. Imprisoned by their illness or situation. “What is the point?” they may ask.

The suffering has made them exhausted. There isn’t strength for anything else, except bearing the burden of one moment to the next. Even their eyes hurt from crying.

But you see them, Lord. You hear them. Every groan, every cry. Every prayer. I ask on the authority of Jesus’ name that you lift these people up out of the pit. Give them hope and relief. When their strength is not enough to carry them to the next moment, please do it for them. Whisper wisdom and encouragement to them. Help them to see from your perspective. I ask that you would heal them. Give them insight, that they would understand your purposes in what they are experiencing. Bless them with a peace that doesn’t make any sense, as they present their requests to you with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6-7).

We know, Lord, that you will never abandon your people. Nothing can snatch them out of your hand (John 10:28-30). Please fight on their behalf and sustain them in their wait for deliverance.

Amen.

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As mentioned earlier, please feel free to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments. I would love to pray with and for you. May you be blessed today!

Warm wishes,

Lisa

Author:

Hi, I'm Lisa, a born-and-bred-in-Manitoba mom of 2 boys. Having lived in 7 different Manitoba towns or cities, I've managed to stay warm in them all 😜❄. I am trained as a music therapist but currently work as a fulltime stay-at-home-mom by day, and a piano teacher in the evenings. By night, well...I sleep. Usually.

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