During this season of fear, uncertainty, disease, and even death, I’ve been so impressed with the power, passion and practicality of David’s prayers in the Psalms! I was especially captivated by his prayer in Psalm 31 yesterday – I labeled it in my journal, “A Prayer for Protection from Danger.” Read it over, look for the language that describes the situation and circumstances David envisions and is experiencing! And then turn David’s word into your prayer regarding what you’re facing right now… I did!
“O Lord, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be disgraced!
Save me, for you always do what is right!
Turn your ear to listen to me; rescue me quickly.
Be my rock of protection, a fortress where I will be safe.
You are my rock and my fortress.
For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger.
I find protection in you alone.
I entrust my spirit into your hand.
Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God!
“I am trusting you, O Lord, You are my God!
My future is in your hands! …
Let your favor shine on your servant.
In your unfailing love, rescue me!
“How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you!
You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.
You hide them in the shelter of your presence!
“Praise the Lord!
He has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love!”
And then David’s admonition and encouragement…
“Love the Lord, all you godly ones!
For the Lord protects those who are loyal to him!
So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!”
(From Psalm 31: Adapted and formatted for personal prayer)