A Blessing to Pray Over Someone

This morning, I send portions of Psalm 20 (written by King David before entering into battle) to a few loved ones. It functions as a beautiful prayer of blessing over people, and I thought you’d enjoy these powerful words and the parts I bolded as you pray for yourself and others this morning.

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
    may the name of the God of Jacob 
protect you.
May he
send you help from the sanctuary
grant you support from Zion.
May he
give you the desire of your heart
    and make all your plans succeed.

What a beautiful way to pray for others. I especially love David’s wisdom after he writes, “May the Lord grant all your requests” in verse 5. He writes this about God:

He answers. . . from his heavenly sanctuary
    with the victorious power of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

I like to consider what I’m trusting in for sure answers, solutions, or success. Is it more money? Better doctors or health? Meeting the right people? Is my hope in the right leader or the right political party? What exactly do I put my hope in for the path ahead? Some trust in that thing or person, but we trust in the name of our Lord.

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