Prayer Pointers from Psalm 138

Prayer Pointers from Pastor Knott

Below are some items for prayer in response to Psalm 138, this past Sunday’s text.  Posting these “prayer pointers” is a practice we’ll continue for the entire summer as we focus on communion with God using the Psalms.  The purpose of the prayers below is to get us in the habit of praying the Psalms and to get us praying for specific things we need God to do in us and through us as a congregation.  While there’s no one way to use these prayers, here are some suggestions: take one of these prayers and make it your own as a response to your Bible reading tomorrow morning.  Take another the next day, another the next.  Notice that each prayer is followed by an ellipsis with the idea that you continue in prayer in your own words.  If you’re the head of household, aim to read a passage of scripture with your family and then begin to pray these prayers as a family at least every other day this week.  For many this will be a supplement to their own regular habits of Bible reading and prayer.  For many others this will be a great beginning to a life long practice of communing with God in prayer.  Whether supplement or a good start, there is no telling what God will do if we will commit ourselves to seeking His face together in prayer not just on Sunday mornings but throughout the week.

Heavenly Father, we give thanks today for your love.  We thank you for your love which sought us, called us, and claimed us in Christ. We thank you that you have exalted your name among the nations; we pray you would continue to exalt your name in our nation through the proclamation of your word and the building up of your church.  Make your name great in my life, in my family, in my work, in my neighborhood and in my church...

Father, you bring glory to your name as you answer the prayers of your people.  How often have we cried out and you have answered us?!  How often have we asked and recieved from your gracious hands?!  Renew our confidence in prayer as a means of real sanctifying and persevering grace.  Make us a humble people, a humble church; a people joyfully dependent upon you for everything.  Give us faith like little children with a father who loves them and move us towards you in prayer...

Father, we rejoice that no one can stay your hand.  You will accomplish all your purposes.  You will do all you have said you will do in us, for us, and through us.  We rejoice that you will complete the work of redemption you've begun in Christ.  We rejoice in the valley of the shadow of death, in the midst of trial and temptation because you have, and you will, conquer all of your, and our, enemies.  Cause us to rest in your care for us demonstrated so powerfully in the cross.  Make us sing for joy because the cross has secured our ultimate deliverance from everything we are facing today...