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King David: Utilizing Psalms as Prayers

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Often, we find ourselves at a loss of words during our prayer time, or we are just learning to pray, or we have felt we have prayed so much that there are no more words left! We find good news regarding this predicament if we look into the verse found in Romans 8:26-27.


“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God."

If we find ourselves without words, may we pray out to the Holy Spirit and ask him to do only what He can do! What a blessing is the gift of the Holy Spirit that the Lord gives to us. If we only make ourselves willing vessels, even in our quietest and weakest state, our God sees us and can still use us! For His word says in 2 Corinthians 12 that

“When we are weak, then He is strong.”

During these weak and tiring times, may we wait upon the Lord so His spirit can do His good work in our lives.

With all of this in mind, we are blessed to have David as an example and his prayers written in Psalms. If we search with our heart and truly look, we can keep ourselves equipped with petitions before the Lord, on our nation's behalf, as we look through this book. One of our favorite examples can be found in Psalms 51. Now, this Psalm was written as a prayer to God after the Prophet Nathan had come to David and opened his eyes to the severity of his sin against Uriah and Bathsheba. If you remember, this was when David caused one of his soldiers, Uriah, to perish in battle in order for him to have his wife, Bathsheba and lay with her as an adulterer. His anguish and repentance was agonizing and real, as it reads in 2 Samuel 2:16.


“He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground. The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.”


David was truly broken and knew how to intercede before the throne! What more of an example do we need as those who are called to pray for our nation in time of distress when our children are being murdered and deceived by the engulfing sin around us?


Here is how we can use this Psalm as a petitioning prayer, Where ever David is referring to himself as “Me, I, or Myself”, as you are reading the scripture out loud you can replace them with “We, Us, or Ourselves.” I will modify this in the text below In upper case letters so that you can read it with our nation, our churches, and ourselves in mind instead of coming from David.


A Prayer of Repentance

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

1 Have mercy upon US, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out OUR transgressions.
2 Wash US thoroughly from OUR iniquity,
And cleanse US from OUR sin.

3 For WE acknowledge OUR transgressions,
And OUR sin is always before US.
4 Against You, You only, have WE sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
That You may be found just when You speak,
And blameless when You judge.

5 Behold, WE WERE brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin OUR mother conceived US.
6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make US to know wisdom.

7 Purge US with hyssop, and WE shall be clean;
Wash US, and WE shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make US hear joy and gladness,
That the bones You have broken may rejoice.
9 Hide Your face from OUR sins,
And blot out all OUR iniquities.

10 Create in US a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within US.
11 Do not cast US away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from US.

12 Restore to US the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold US by Your generous Spirit.
13 Then WE will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.

14 Deliver US from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of OUR salvation,
And OUR tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open OUR lips,
And OUR mouthS shall show forth Your praise.
16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else WE would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.

18 Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; (OR our Nation)
Build the walls of Jerusalem. (Our Nation)


As we look back on our previous post regarding becoming a house of prayer and petitioning on behalf of the nation, this psalm seems quite appropriate and is very similar to the prayers we hear throughout the America Pray Now meetings. May the Psalms be opened in our minds in a whole new way today and may it equip us for many future prayers for our nation.


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