As We Face Battles… – Part 2: Let’s Ask for Prayer!
“May the Lord grant all your requests.” (Psalm 20:5 NIV)
The people of Israel recited and sang Psalm 20 when the king was going to war. As he faced the enemies that came against Israel, the people would pray and sing God’s praises; and they would say to the king, “May the name of the God of Jacob protect you… May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God.” As they sang, they were already anticipating the victory that God would give to the king and the armies of Israel.
If the king of Israel needed prayer, don’t we also need prayer as we face our own battles today? Shouldn’t we be saying to others, “Please pray for me”? Instead, we can get so wrapped up with other people and what we’re doing, even in ministry, that we forget to ask for prayer. Sometimes it’s a question of not wanting to let others in on our struggles; and we miss out on the prayerful support that members of the body of Christ are to provide to one another.
Scripture tells us that "the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective" (James 5:16). Prayer has power, and it brings blessings and victory. Imagine how much we all need it as we face the challenges of life each and every day.
The apostle Paul was not ashamed to ask for prayer. While in prison, he wrote to the Philippian church, saying, “I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance” (Phiilppians 1:19). To the Romans, he said, “… join me in my struggle by praying to God for me” (Romans 15:30); and to the Thessalonians, he said, “… pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1).
In King David’s day, the people prayed for him, singing, “May the Lord grant all your requests.” Let’s ask the saints to pray for us as we face our own battles in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones.
To be continued…
Read Psalm 20: 5-6.