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A Prayer for Confident Cries to the Lord
By Meg Bucher

“You have always been my helper.” - Psalm 27:9 NLT

Psalm 27 was written by King David. In his lifetime, he endured many circumstances which watered deep roots of faith in God. His courageous faith came from the relationship he developed with God. God’s faithfulness gave David the confidence to cry to Him for help in many circumstances, and we can, too. “In this Psalm, David is sharing his courageous trust in the Lord,” Ashley Hooker wrote in ‘4 Reminders from Psalm 27 to Build a Courageous Faith’ for, “He writes words from his heart that tell us how confident he is in the Lord. He seeks out the Lord for his blessings and his protection.”

Trust is something that, once lost, is difficult to recover and restore. God will never do that to us. He is not capable of breaking or betraying our trust. He is “I Am,” Creator of the Universe, and the One True God. He is who He is. He does not change His character or His mind about us. What He says, we can hold onto for dear life and all hope. As we pray Psalm 27 today, remember the following facts:

God loves you.
God has good plans for your life.
God sent His Son, Jesus, for you.
Jesus came to earth for you.
Jesus died on the cross for you.
Jesus rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of the Father, interceding …for you.

Jesus sent His Holy Spirit to you.
When you surrender your life to Him, the Holy Spirit dwells in you.
The Spirit gives you the power to get through impossibilities.
You are never alone.

With this reality in mind, let’s pray Psalm 27:

Father, you are my light and my salvation- so why should I be afraid?
LORD, you are my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?
When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.
Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid.

Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.
The one thing I ask of You, LORD- the thing I seek most-
Is to live in Your house, LORD, all the days of my life, delighting in Your perfections and meditating in this Temple.

For You will conceal me there when troubles come; You will hide me in Your sanctuary.
You will place me out of reach on a high rock.
Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me.

At Your sanctuary, I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising You, LORD, with music.
Hear me as I pray, O LORD.
Be merciful and answer me!
My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’
And my heart responds, ‘Lord I am coming.’

Do not turn your back on me.
Do not reject Your servant in anger.
You have always been my helper.
Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me,

O God of my salvation!
Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close.
Teach me how to live, O LORD.
Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me.

Do not let me fall into their hands.
For they accuse me of things I’ve never done with every breath they threaten me with violence.
Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.
Wait patiently for the LORD.
Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.”

In Jesus’ Name,

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Meg Bucher 2022 headshotMeg writes about everyday life within the love of Christ. Join her in the journey at Joy Overflowing. She is also the author of “Friends with Everyone, Friendship within the Love of Christ,” “Surface, Unlocking the Gift of Sensitivity,” and “Glory Up, The Everyday Pursuit of Praise,” and “Home, Finding Our Identity in Christ.” She earned a Marketing/PR degree from Ashland University, but stepped out of the business world to stay at home and raise her two daughters …which led her to pursue her passion to write. Always active in her community and local church, Meg also leads Bible study, and serves as a leader for teen girls.

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