Psalm 102 – A Prayer of the Afflicted

3 steps to overcoming the worst trials of life

Affliction is defined as “The cause of continued pain of body or mind, as sickness, losses, calamity, adversity, persecution” in Webster’s 1828 dictionary. There is a big difference between the effects of short-term trials and long-term afflictions. Psalm 102 will help your faith to flourish during the most difficult times of life.

The Cry of the Afflicted

Psalm 102:1–2, 24

“Hear my prayer, O LORD, And let my cry come unto thee. Hide not thy face from me In the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: In the day when I call answer me speedily. I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: Thy years are throughout all generations.”

Affliction causes us to cry out to the Lord. Where else can you go when your heart is breaking? (more…)

Praying for Deliverance

Psalm 34:17

The righteous cry. The Lord hears. God states it as fact because it is a fact. The Lord hears your prayers! His boundless compassion is moved at your voice. His Father’s heart loves to deliver His children. Did you pray for deliverance today?

Praying for Deliverance

“The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, And delivereth
them out of all their troubles.”
Psalm 34:17

Deliverance!  This is the goal of prayer.  We pray because we need God to do something for us or someone else.  We pray when we have a need that is beyond our ability.  Truly, one of the crucial attributes of prevailing prayer is urgency.  Desperation is a strong catalyst to pray.  It is easy to pray fervently when the house is being foreclosed, the car is being repossessed, a devastating accusation has been leveled, the cupboards are bare, or a loved one is teetering between life and death.  In these cases we cry out for deliverance with great passion and emotion because the need is so great.  Rest in the fact that God is greater than any problem you will face.  He can deliver you!
However, you need not wait until these terrible situations to ask God for deliverance.  Truly, we need God desperately every day.  Without Him we can do nothing!  Without Him we cannot move or breath.  Our very existence depends upon His gracious care.
The Lord can deliver us from ALL our troubles.  Take your smallest needs to Him.  Although you may not be aware of it, you need Him as much today as you would on your worst day.  Do you understand how much you need God today?  Pride tells us that we have life under control.  We aren’t doing so bad.  We deceive ourselves! Oh, how we need the touch of God every day!  Walk with Him daily.  Pray to Him in faith.  Be desperate for His favor in your life.  His deliverance will come.  He may deliver you from the storm or He may give you peace in the midst of it.  Either way you will know that there is a God in Heaven and that He has delivered you.

5 Lessons Learned from Acts 9:11

Prayer Moves People

In Acts 9:11 we learn some powerful truths that will help us to pray powerfully and faithfully.

Acts 9:11
“And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,”

Prayer moves the heart of God. He is ever attentive to His children. A father’s ear is tuned to the voice of his children. He can recognize his child’s voice over the noise of a busy store or the clamor of many children playing together at a park. Our Heavenly Father has no trouble recognizing your voice in the midst of this world’s commotion. He loves it when you pray. He longs to hear your voice. He yearns to bear your burdens and fill you with peace. Have confidence that God can hear your prayer! Have confidence that God wields the power to answer your prayer according to His perfect will.

When we pray, our Almighty Father has many options to answer our prayers. In this verse, we see God’s ability to move other people as a direct result of our prayer. Saul of Tarsus (more…)

The Privilege of Prayer

The Privilege of Prayer

 “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.”   Matthew 6:9happy man outdoor

Have you considered what a privilege it is to pray to God?  Too often we see prayer as something that we “must” do, or as a task, we have on a to-do list.  Prayer is so much more!  It is a great privilege!

Consider that in many of the world’s religions, access to a deity something to be earned.  Some require a personal sacrifice of money, possession or hardship to get the “attention” of the deity. Some teach that they must go to a designated person or priest to get their prayers heard.  Still, others teach that you must go to a specific place such as a church or temple for the god to hear.  Some even require a sacrifice of blood for difficult requests!

Compare that to the privilege of Christian prayer.  We have unfettered access to God Almighty through Jesus Christ.  We can pray about anything, during any time, being anywhere and be heard by the Creator of the universe.  This is a radical doctrine when compared to false religions!  There are no hoops to jump through, no places to travel, no priest to consult.

When you were saved by faith in Jesus Christ, you were given a direct line to God.  No voicemail, call waiting or answering service.  Just God and you.  God wants to hear from you today.  He cares about the smallest details of your life. He wants to be the first person you speak to in the morning and the last person you speak to at night.  He desires that you be connected to Him throughout the day in a spirit of unceasing prayer.  Today, take your burdens to Him, and they will be lighter.  Ask Him for the needs of this day, and you will receive them.  Delight in the great privilege God has given you and pray!

How to Pray for One Another

Pray to Praise

When God brings someone to our minds, we should pray for them.  As we pray, we should praise God for the people he brings into our lives.

Philippians 1:3 “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,”

Pray to Protect

We must pray for one another to protect them from the attacks of the Devil.

Luke 22:31–32

“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”

We should pray fervently for those who are struggling with sin, those who are in a great trial.  Those who have forsaken the way of God and are backslidden must be prayed for until they are converted from the error and they way and restored to the will of God.

James 5:16–20

“16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. 19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.”

Pray to Perfect

As we pray for others, we must pray that they will grow in the Lord.  The Biblical word perfect means “complete, mature”.  We should pray that others will grow in grace and become more like our Saviour.

In several places, the Bible gives us a list of what we should pray for each other.

Ephesians 3:13–19

“13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. 14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”

Ephesians 6:18–20

“18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

Philippians 1:9–11

“9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”

Colossians 1:9–11  

“9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;”

1 Thessalonians 5:23

“23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Thessalonians 1:11–12

“11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: 12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Thessalonians 3:1–5

“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. 5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.”

List of Biblical Prayer Requests From the Above Verses:

  1. Protection from Satanic attack
  2. That thy faith fail not
  3. That trials will convert and strengthen
  4. For physical healing
  5. For strength to overcome faults
  6. Faint not at tribulations
  7. To be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man
  8. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith
  9. Be rooted and grounded in love
  10. Comprehend and know the love of Christ
  11. Be filled with all the fullness of God
  12. Boldness to speak the Gospel
  13. That your love may about yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgement
  14. That ye may approve things that are excellent
  15. That ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ
  16. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God
  17. Filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding
  18. Thant ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing
  19. Be fruitful in every good work
  20. Increasing in the knowledge of God
  21. Strengthened with all might according to his glorious power
  22. Unto all Patience
  23. And Longsuffering
  24. With Joyfulness
  25. The God of peace sanctify you wholly
  26. your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
  27. God would count you worthy of this calling
  28. Fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness
  29. Fulfill the work of faith with power
  30. That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ
  31. That the word of the Lord may have free course
  32. That the Lord be glorified
  33. That we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men
  34. The Lord direct your hearts into the love of God,
  35. And unto the patient waiting for Christ.