A model for our prayers when we are in distress (Psalm 3:1‐8)

Psalm 3 was written by David when he was briefly overthrown by his son Absalom and he had to flee from Jerusalem. In this Psalm, we get a model for how to pray when we are in distress.

Express yourself

Absalom had been able to gather a lot of support in his rebellion against his father and even one of David’s closest advisors was allied to Absalom. David, therefore, felt like his enemies were many and those who supported him were few and this is how he started his prayer

Prayer is communication between us and God and we need to be respectful but honest when we speak to Him. So when you are in trouble tell God how the situation feels like.

Remember God’s goodness in the past and express our faith in Him now

We should, however, not focus too long on our troubled emotions and neither did David. He looked into the past and then went on to declare that God had protected and sustained him so far. He then expressed faith that God would watch over him as he slept even then. He would not be afraid.

This is the next step in our prayers. We need to show God that we trust Him. This is the most important. In James 1:6 we read, “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

Make your request

The next step in our prayer would be us stating our request. David called upon God to save him.

When we are praying for deliverance, however, we need to keep the words of Jesus Christ in mind. In Matthew 5:43-48 He said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may [a]be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore [b]you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Praise God

In the same way that David does in verse 8, we should then conclude our prayer by praising God as a further demonstration of our faith.

 

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