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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.


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Warm wishes,