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A couple weeks ago we talked about praying through the psalms and how it helps to grow our prayer life. Well one of my favorite principles of prayer is to pray for future David. Pray for myself during the times when I am struggling and don’t have the courage to pray. So join me today as I pray for my future self. God I thank you for verses three and four of this Psalm. I thank you that in the moments where it feels the enemy is coming out of the shadows to attack me and I feel as David did when he cried out “Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.”” I thank you that in those moments I can be reminded that  “You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.”  I pray that I know when 4 I call out to You Lord, You answer me from your holy mountain. Help my future self to know that I am not alone, waiting for some far off God to respond. You draw near and answer me! Solidify in my mind that when 5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, it is only because YOU Lord sustain me. Comfort me in knowing that all I do is through You Lord. Quit my mind and remind me that 6 though tens of thousands assail me on every side I do not need to fear! Let me trust in your providence as David did, let the letters that he penned give me comfort knowing that if You could keep him safe in the middle of these battles then it is no large task to free me in mine. Now is the time. 7 Arise, Lord! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. Then help me trust in your process whatever it looks like! 8 From YOU Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. Amen Do this for yourself! Even if you are reading the Scripture back to Him, use it as a prayer. Bank on God’s Word, for it is His Words which you can hold Him accountable to.

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