Prayer in Crisis (Prayer day 28)

In a crisis we don’t run in panic – we reign through prayer!

Scripture

Psalms 143:1-12A Psalm of David in time of crisis

1  Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my plea!
Answer me because you are faithful and righteous.
Don’t put your servant on trial, for no one is innocent before you.
My enemy has chased me. He has knocked me to the ground
and forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave.
I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear.
I remember the days of old.  I ponder all your great works
and think about what you have done.
I lift my hands to you in prayer.  I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.

 Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens.
Don’t turn away from me, or I will die.
Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,
for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk,
for I give myself to you.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord;  I run to you to hide me.
10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
11 For the glory of your name, O Lord, preserve my life.
Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress.
12 In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies and destroy all my foes,
for I am your servant.

Observation

This is an emotionally touching and theologically rich prayer.

  1. Why does David feel confident to pray to God in his crisis? (verses 1 and 2)
  2. Describe David’s situation in your own words (verses 3 and 4).
  3. What does David do to stir his faith and hope? (verse 5).
  4. What does David long for in this crisis? (verses 6, 8 and 10?)

Personal Reflection and Application

In his crisis David turns to God in prayer, confident that God is merciful, just and faithful.  In his hopelessness and depression, he recalls God’s saving acts of power and love. As he cries out for deliverance, David asks for God’s presence to comfort him, His Word to strengthen him and His Spirit to guide him through it.

Is there a crisis in your personal life, community or country? Then pray with David through it. (Note: it is best to pray these types of prayers so that you can hear yourself pray).

  1. Remind yourself of God’s power and faithful love demonstrated in his saving acts in the Bible.
  2. Recall how God has come through for you, your friends or family in the past.
  3. Describe the crisis in prayer to God, and how it makes you feel.
  4. Slowly pray these three things and wait for God’s answer:
  • Ask that God will make you aware of His presence, then wait to discern his presence.
  • Ask that God will give you a word of encouragement, then wait for God’s answer.
  • Ask that God will guide you with his Spirit, then wait and record your thoughts regarding the situation. Thank God for his presence, strength and guidance.
  • Respond in thanks and prayers as you feel.
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Responding to a crisis (Prayer day 25)

No-one schedules a crisis, but at some point in our lives each of us need to respond to a crisis.  How do I prepare myself?

Scripture (in pictures)

2 Chronicles 20:1-28

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Observation

  1. Note king Jehoshaphat’s response to the crisis.  What he did do in verses 3-4?
  2. How did he pray? (verses 5-13)
  3. After crying out to God, what did the nation do? (verse 13) and hod did God respond? (verses 15-18)
  4. What do you see in Judah’s behavior in verse 20?
  5. The story ends beautifully in verse 25.  But why do you think the nation needed to end at the temple again in verse 28?  What do you learn from that?

Personal Reflection and Application

King Jehoshaphat lived a life devoted to seek and serve God.  When crisis knocked, he turned and was confident to cry out to God, reminding himself of Who He is and what He has done.  Then the king presented his problem to God and confessed their helplessness and trust in Him. They asked for help and guidance, and when God spoke they acted confidently.  After God had saved them, they returnend to the temple to make His praise glorious!

Do you have a crisis currently? Then pray with Jehoshaphat today. (if your life is at peace, pray for one of the crisis currently threatening your community or country).

  1. DEVOTION(v6-13): Take time to reaffirm your devotion to God – reminding Him of His covenant with you.
  2. PRAYER (v13-14): Let God be the first place you run. PRAISE God for who he is, REMIND Him of his promises, CONFESS your trust and dependence on Him.
  3. WAIT (v13-15): Be still and wait for God’s direction.
  4. FAITH (v16-21): Worship God – with song and obedience.
  5. THANKS (v24-26): With every sign of God’s grace, stop to give God honor.