PRAYING SCRIPTURE II, CONFLICT/PERSECUTION, 13.11.19

CONFLICT/PERSECUTION, 13.11.19

 

WE CAN FIND SCRIPTURES TO PRAY FOR JUST ABOUT ANY LIFE SITUATION. AND THERE IS AN INFINITE VARIETY OF WAYS IN WHICH TO COMBINE, ASSEMBLE AND INTEGRATE THOSE SCRIPTURES. 

THE SIMPLEST WAY IS TO SIMPLY SELECT A SET OF PASSAGES AND PRAY THEM THROUGH IN THE ORDER IN WHICH THEY APPEAR. AS ONE’S FAMILIARITY WITH THE CONCEPT INCREASES, IT IS MOST BENEFICIAL TO ZERO IN ON A VARIETY OF LOCATIONS DEALING WITH THE SAME OR SIMILAR ISSUE/TOPIC, WHICH INCLUDE SPECIFIC DETAILS OR DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THE SAME THEME. 

WHEN WE ATTAIN A HIGH DEGREE OF FAMILIARITY, & HAVE A GOOD WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S WORD IT BECOMES RELATIVELY EASY TO FIND THE SCRIPTURES THAT APPLY TO OUR PERSONAL SITUATION. IF WE DO NOT HAVE THE FAMILIARITY, HOWEVER, IT IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE TO FIND THE TOPIC WE’RE LOOKING FOR EITHER BY A GOOD CONCORDANCE, OR INTERNET SEARCH ON TOPIC.

DEPENDING WHAT THE SITUATION, DEGREE OF SPECIFICITY REQUIRED, AND HOW COMPREHENSIVE WE WANT OUR PRAYER TO BE, WE MAY NEED TO DIG A BIT  (GOOD PRACTICE FOR OUR GROWTH, I MIGHT SAY); AND WE MAY NEED TO PULL SCRIPTURES FROM MANY DIFFERENT LOCATIONS IN SCRIPTURE, OR WE MAY, AS WE WILL DO TODAY, BE ABLE TO DRAW ON JUST A SINGLE SET OF PASSAGES, OR, IN THIS CASE, FOR OUR PURPOSES TODAY, TWO SETS CLOSE TOGETHER.

TODAY’S SAMPLE IS RELATIVELY SIMPLE. WE COULD PROBABLY FIND 100’s MORE ON THIS TOPIC (SCRIPTURE IS RICH WITH EXAMPLES OF CONFLICT, PERSECUTION, & THE LIKE), BUT FOR OUR PURPOSES HERE, THERE IS NO NEED TO OVERLOAD.

SO LET’S BEGIN:

READ THROUGH WITH A VIEW TO SELECTING THOSE WHICH MOST SPEAK TO YOUR  SPECIFIC SITUATION/PRAYER NEED.

 

PSALM 55:

2 Give ear, O God, to my prayer

and do not ignore my plea for help.

3 Listen to me and answer me.

I am restless in my complaint and moan—

4 because of the voice of the enemy,

    because of the pressure of the wicked.

For they thrust trouble on me,

    and in anger bear a grudge against me.

5 My heart shudders within me

and the terrors of death sweep over me.

6 Fear and trembling come upon me

and horror has overwhelmed me.

PSALM 55:7,8
7 So I said, “Oh that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and find rest.
8 Surely I would flee far away.
I would stay in the wilderness. Selah

7 So I said, “Oh that I had wings like a dove!

I would fly away and find rest.

8 Surely I would flee far away.

    I would stay in the wilderness. Selah

9 I would hurry to my shelter

    from the rushing wind of the storm.”

10 Lord, confuse and confound their speech,

for I see violence and strife in the city.

11 Day and night they make the rounds on her walls.

Iniquity and mischief are within her.

12 Ruins are in her midst.

Oppression and deceit never leave her square.

13 For if it were an enemy taunting me,

    I could endure it.

If my foe was exalting himself over me,

    I could hide from him.

14 But it is you, a man like me—

my companion and my close friend!

15 Together we enjoyed great fellowship.

We used to walk with the throng in the House of God.

16 Let desolation come upon them,

let them go down alive into Sheol

for evil is in their dwelling, among them.

17 As for me, I will call on God,

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and Adonai will save me.

18 Evening, morning and noon, I complain and moan,

then He hears my voice.

19 He will redeem my soul in shalom from the battle against me.

For many are striving with me.

20 God will hear and humble them

—yes, the One enthroned of old. Selah

Nothing changes—they do not fear God.

21 My companion put forth his hands against those at peace with him,

as he violates his covenant.

22 Smoother than butter was his speech,

    yet war was in his heart.

His words were softer than oil,

    yet they were drawn swords.

23 Cast your burden on Adonai, and He will sustain you.

He will never let the righteous be shaken.

24 But You, O God, will bring them down to the Pit of destruction.

Bloodthirsty, deceitful men will not live out half their days.

But I—I will trust in You.

 

Psalm 57

1 For the music director, “Do Not Destroy,” a Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul, in the cave.

2 Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me,

for in You my soul takes refuge.

In the shadow of Your wings I take refuge,

until destruction passes by.

3 I will cry out to El Elyon,

to God who accomplishes it for me.

4 He will send from heaven and save me.

He rebukes the one trampling on me. Selah

God is sending His mercy and His truth.

5 My soul is in the midst of lions.

I lie among those breathing fire—

    sons of men whose teeth are spears and arrows,

whose tongue is a sharp sword.

6 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.

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Let Your glory be over all the earth!

7 They spread a net for my steps,

my soul is bowed down.

They have dug a pit before me—

they fell into it themselves. Selah

8 My heart is steadfast, O God,

    my heart is steadfast.

I will sing, yes, I will make music.

9 Awake, my glory! Awake, harp and lyre!

I will awaken the dawn.

10 I will praise You, my Lord, among the peoples.

I will sing praises to You among the nations.

11 For Your lovingkindness is great up to the heavens,

and Your truth to the skies.

12 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.

Let Your glory be over all the earth!

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