November 13 – 35 Prayers in the Bible – David

Read Psalm 27:1-14

Do you have enemies or people who you would consider an adversary? As you read David crying out to the Lord to shield him from them, do you picture these people?…

I don’t.

I do not have actual people in my life who I would consider enemies or adversaries. However, the Lord often brings to my spirit that my fears, my anxiety, my struggle with comparison, my thoughts of doubt and unbelief are just as much my enemies as is a person who would be trying to take my life.

As James 1 points out, sin is what separates us from the Lord and therefore can lead to death (of our spirit). So  I am up against all of these enemies in battle to keep my spirit and relationship with Christ alive. As most of us know, this is a heavy battle. To consistently combat the multiple lies of our lives in hopes that they are taken down once and for all. Yet, though the war has been won, the battle continues as we walk in this fallen world.

Psalm 27 is a cry of my heart when battling. The words of David ring loud in my mind whenever I am up against my anxiety and fear and I have to remember the truth and character that is our Creator because He is our safe place to bring the things that are trying to take us down BUT He is also the shield that protects us from the darkness around us.

We must use His truth, His strength, His joy, and His protection to fight that which wants to separate.

A piece of wisdom that a close pastor friend taught me was that the enemy’s number one goal is NOT for you to turn your back on God, but to forget WHO He is. Therefore, whenever you find yourself in a place up against an enemy, I want to challenge you to open God’s word to Psalm 27 and cry it out to the Lord. Seek Him, be confident and courageous as you fight knowing He is will you and watch how He moves.

“For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will list me up on a rock.”

Kelly Lawson

7 Day Family Prayer Challenge

DAY 3: PRAY FOR PARENTS

Read Proverbs 22: 6, James 1: 5. No matter what phase of life children are in, parents need prayer!  Prayer for wisdom in making tough decisions. For strength to have hard conversations and to follow through with what is best. For discernment as their children grow up and move out of the house. Pray today that parents would model Christ likeness and know best how to raise their children.

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