In times of trouble, may the Lord respond to your cry. May the God of Israel keep you safe from all harm. May he send you help from his sanctuary and strengthen you from Jerusalem. May he remember all your gifts and look favorably on your burnt offerings. May he grant you heart's desire and fulfill all your plans. May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory, flying banners to honor our God. May the Lord answer all your prayers. Psalm 20: 1-5 NLT
What a wonderful prayer! When this was written, I imagine it was meant as a prayer for the king, specifically King David. I think that is especially seen in verse 2 when it talks about receiving help from the sanctuary and from Jerusalem. That would be help in terms of the ark of the covenant and an army of the people. The response is for all the people to shout for joy. When the king is victorious, everyone is victorious.
You and I may want to pray this over someone we know. Perhaps it would be a good prayer when someone is in distress. Another time when this prayer would be appropriate would be when someone is about to embark on a journey or a new start in life. It would certainly be great prayed in a group setting so that the we would be those present and listening. And I don't know who wouldn't want someone to pray that God answers their prayers.
Let's pray this prayer together today:
In times of troulbe, may the Lord respond to our cries. May the God of Israel keep us safe from all harm. May he send us help and strengthen us. May he remember all our gifts and look favorably on our offerings. May he grant our heart's desire and fulfill all our plans. May others shout for joy when they hear of our victory, flying banners to honor our God. Lord, may you answer all our prayers. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2011 Amelia G. Sims