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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 14: The Prodigals

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 14 (Original text, NIV)

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.

The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.

All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.

Will evildoers never learn – those who devour my people as men eat bread and who do not call on the Lord?

There they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous.

You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the Lord is their refuge.

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 14:

I’ve struggled to write this one, Lord. You know that.

Because it’s about those people. The ones who have turned their backs on you.

(Please help me get this right.)

When I see or hear what has happened since they turned away, it literally hurts. It’s so hard to watch.

If there’s any ounce of them – any little part – that still seeks you, that still wants you, you will find it. Awaken that part in them, that they would call on you again.

I love the verse in this Psalm that says you are looking for anyone who truly seeks you. And yet, the following verse is sobering, because it says there is no one who does good. So even though it’s tempting to point at people who turn away, I know the fickleness of my own heart. How easily I can be swept aside.

But what about when they go on the attack? Their words, their slights, the memes they post – they sting. They hurt.

We must continue to pray. Because in the long run, they are hurting themselves. We know that you are not shaken by mockery. So, neither should we be. Mockery never stopped you from loving – even as you hung on the cross and died.

May you heal us when we feel hurt or offended and strengthen us to pray with grace, putting our trust in you, and tapping into your love for them.

Reclaim your people, Lord! Your love and desire for them has not changed. May they find their way back to you…and back into fellowship with us as well.

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.

6 thoughts on “Praying the Psalms – Psalm 14: The Prodigals

  1. I am sorry for the pain you have been experiencing. Yes, words can pierce. The enemy’s weapons are sharp. I know that pain, deeply. Hugs!

    And yet yes! Not one of us can lay claim to having secured our own salvation and deliverance. I think that’s what has been so very helpful for me: having walked through twenty years of spiritual blindness myself (numbing my pain in sin) and having Jesus be the One to stoop down, pick me up and carry me home.

    I wasn’t even “seeking” Him, He came for me, pouring out His compassion upon me, through His Spirit. So, now when those cutting remarks come and trust me, they come more often than I can count, it cuts. But it always leaves me weeping for the other person to know my Jesus as I know Him. To know just how real and present He is and how deep His compassion, love and mercy goes for us all.

    And it’s in that place of kneeling Christ brings about in me, as He gives me the courage to speak up about the hurt of those cutting remarks (when all I want to do is hide and sulk), God opens my ears to listen to the other person’s hurt and to see how my own sin has hidden His heart of love for that very person who is denying that God exists. Oh how deeply humbling this is. Truly, Jesus shines brightest in our own confession of sin and weakness – that opens those who pierce us to the mercy and compassion of Jesus.

    Did you know that that’s when Jesus brought me home by His Spirit? I didn’t see this till a year later but when I did I was astounded. My Mum sought forgiveness from the little one (now grown) I had spoken up for right around the time Jesus brought me home. More than twenty long years after I had poured out my heart to Jesus not understanding how He could sanction what my parents told me was of God. Twenty long years Jesus took to soften each one of our hearts: me to stop idolizing my parents, my Mama to understand the trauma of her little boy (the cancer she suffered from took away the functioning of her pre-frontal cortex: exactly what trauma does to little kids; God had her join my little brother in his suffering at the end of her life), and my little brother to see the healing and redemption of Jesus.

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  2. And because I always share a song with you: here’s the one that had me in tears today. It began playing as a dear friend (another spiritual Grandma from afar – just like Bettie) and I talked about another Prodigal who came home: the birth father of her adopted Russian child, who prayed from his prison cell for his son –

    It is incredible what God did with those prayers. Changed and transformed so many lives through that little boy, who went to be with Jesus only a few years ago (in a roof accident). God’s mercy is astounding!!! She’s writing about his life on her blog (I can link you if you’re interested: it really helps us see the depths of God’s compassion for His children and how far He’ll go to bring them home to Him).

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