Did you catch Psalm 19 contains the prayer I pray every time before I preach. One of the pastors from my childhood always used the words and they have stuck with me. They really calm my nerves and center me as I get ready to preach. I often pray the words as I prepare for sermons, blogs, and bible studies as well! “May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart (all our hearts together) be acceptable in thy sight. O Lord, our rock and our redeemer!”
The opening verse of Psalm 20 hit me today. David begins by praying for others. In “churchy” words we call this intercessory prayer—praying for someone else! Who are you praying for? Who has prayed for you? Why do you pray for others? There is certainly power in prayer—and I spend much time praying for others. I was thankful for new words to pray for others. Who was the last person you prayed for? How did that work out?
Powerful God—Thank you for giving us the words to pray. Thank you for giving us the words to pray for the people we love. Love them. Bless them. Protect them. In your name we pray, Amen.