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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 10: A prayer for the helpless

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 10 (Original text, NIV)

“Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises.

He boasts of the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.

In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.

His ways are always prosperous; he is haughty and your laws are far from him; he sneers at all his enemies.

He says to himself, ‘Nothing will shake me; I’ll always be happy and never have trouble.’

His mouth is full of curses and lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue.

He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent, watching in secret for his victims.

He lies in wait like a lion in cover; he lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.

His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength.

He says to himself, ‘God has forgotten; he covers his face and never sees.’

Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless.

Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, ‘He won’t call me to account’?

But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.

Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; call him to account for his wickedness that would not be found out.

The Lord is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land.

You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 10:

Lord, I usually don’t even want to think about it. I can’t bear to.

The injustices. The violence. Done to the most innocent and helpless of people. Every single day.

One of the reasons I don’t want to think about it is, it just seems too big for me to do anything about. But there is one thing I can do. I can pray.

So I lift them up to you today, Lord. The ones my heart cries for the most are the unborn children. Of the weak and defenseless, they are the weakest. And the most defenseless. And they are the ones that are killed regularly in my country without even a law to protect them.

Rather, what is protected, and fought for, is the right to continue killing them. The right to live without the distraction or bother of children that could have otherwise been born and loved.

Biblical beliefs are scoffed at and disregarded as foolishness or even bigotry. It is scary to even admit my beliefs on this matter, because there are so many who vehemently oppose them. And yet by saying nothing, I am part of the problem.

Arise, Lord! Do not forget these helpless ones. I don’t know how you will do it. But please put an end to the killing of babies.

How can we believe there will be no consequences for these actions? How can we all go on as if nothing is wrong? You are witness to the blood that is spilt every day. You know who they would have been. What they would have looked like; what their personalities would have been. You designed them. You gave them life – a sacred thing. Only for it to be taken away from them without cause.

I commit these victims to your care, and though I tremble inwardly to say it, please call our nation to account on this matter. Be merciful, I ask, but put an end to this evil.

I have no way of influencing the leaders and decision makers on this matter but You, Lord, are the true King of all lands, including Canada. You hear the voices of those who have no voice. I praise you for this. Defend them; comfort them; protect them; put an end to their terror.

I ask in your name.

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

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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.

17 thoughts on “Praying the Psalms – Psalm 10: A prayer for the helpless

  1. And I pray also for women who have been raped and abused. And I thank You Jesus for my dear friend whose mother chose not to abort her, even after being raped and encouraged by all those around her to abort. I thank You Papa for protecting my friend and leading her mother to make the deeply painful decision to give her up for adoption. Papa, give young mothers the courage and strength to choose life for their babies, even as those around them have chosen to try and steal, kill and destroy their life through rape and abuse and condemnation.

    And please protect and heal the helpless children in foster care and protect and heal the traumatized adopted children, like my little brother. And Papa continue to uncover the abuse happening even in Your churches. Uncover, protect the vulnerable and heal hearts and minds and bodies.

    Papa show young mothers just how precious they are to You that they might value and treasure human life as You do. Surround them with those who encourage and bless them. Open all our hearts and eyes and move us as a church to be Your hands and feet amongst those who need to know just how precious they are to You. Amen.

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      1. I am convinced that if people know how deeply loved they are by God, they would not even consider taking an unborn life. I grew up quite sheltered but have since seen things and read things that break my heart and have removed my judgment of women who have had abortions. I don’t condone it, but I will NOT judge them. I have not walked in their shoes.

        Pro-life starts with how we treat women: not as disposable objects, abused left right and center. In the country I live in there has been horrific spiritual and sexual abuse committed against girls and young women in the name of God. Mess with people like that, then is it surprising they choose to abort? God have mercy on us all. Praise God He is uncovering more and more.

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      2. Oh my! I just realized God answered this prayer with what unfolded with my daughter’s friend in foster care and the intercession He led me into a few days ago. You are a blessing 😊

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      3. That’s Jesus in me (and you too 😊). He just keeps taking us ever deeper. Whenever I pray, He plunges me into His heart and leaves me stunned. When I interceded for my pastor through so much, He gave me His heart for him. So much so that about two years after leaving my church, I was in the forest and He suddenly put that man and his family on my heart and I was overcome with deep gutteral groaning and tears streaming. A week later a friend told me that this very pastor had just been stripped of his position and he and his family had left my church. Only Jesus! I hadn’t prayed for him in a while but God put him on my heart – and his wife and two kids. A few weeks later I got to hug his wife. I haven’t seen them since then (God setting up safe boundaries for us all to heal).

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    1. Awe, thanks. Yes the prayer is just me reading through the Psalm and rephrasing it in a personal way. I was nervous to share this one but this is an issue that weighs heavily on me, so when I read through a Psalm about defenseless people I can’t help but go there.

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      1. It is one that weighs heavily on me too. In sixth grade I attended the Right to Life March in Washington D.C. and it showed me I am not alone in my beliefs that abortion is murder. It can be scary to stand up on this issue but we have to focus on who we are standing up for – not only the baby but the mother who can also suffer both physically and emotionally from the procedure.

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      2. Yes. Those women are in such a vulnerable place and easily misled. I’m thankful to see the organizations out there to support and help them through their pregnancies and beyond rather than just tell them to abort the baby.

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