There is power in our prayers, found throughout the Word. This article is a follow up from an original article I wrote months back, titled “Prayer”. Today, I am going deeper into the word, to show the answers God gives us through the Word for specific issues we face in our life daily. If you face these issues, I urge you to pray these prayers, and go further into the Word and read the book it came from, as there are other principles to also apply to our lives within Scripture.
There is always a link between the prayer, the Word, and how someone took action to apply it to their life as well, and lived afterwards. God answers our prayers in many ways, and on His time. He answers it quickly, to where it “just happens”, exactly how we prayed. He can bend situations to our favor or the favor of all, and answer our prayer therein, and time passes, then we look back and realize, “Wow…it turned out exactly how I prayed, and then some for the better.”. He can turn our prayer into mental motivation for ourselves to do what we need to do, to realize His plan. And, miracles do still happen as well.
Let’s examine some of our common, daily battles, and prayer from the Word to face it:
2 Samuel 22:2-4 (KJV) And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer: The God of my rock, in Him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savior; thou savest me from violence. I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
This excerpt was a song that David spoke, giving praise to the Lord for delivering him from his enemies, after he and his servants slew men of great stature that were born from the giants in Gath. David killed Goliath, and his men killed 3 other giants born in Gath. 2nd Samuel 21 goes into great chronological detail of this recount, and is a truly fascinating read.
The 2nd Book of Samuel is also an amazing recount of handling violence and facing conflicts in life with the correct mindset and faith in God, that He will take care of you and ensure victory happens in the correct way according to His plan, the righteous outcome. David extols God as his strength in the many experiences of his difficult life.
We can draw from this for any conflict we face in life, especially those that feel violent in nature, whether physical or verbal. Say the above prayer, set your mind on the Lord, and He will show you the path and the decisions to make that are righteous and of His plan for you. That may involve immediate protection from immediate danger, or it might involve separating yourself from toxic people or toxic situations and actions. The Lord will give you insight and help you when you pray and set your mind on His Word. Your situation will always be unique from others to a certain degree, and intertwined with others on a grander scope, but God is ALWAYS by your side and has your best interest in mind.
Psalms 121 (KJV) I will life up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved, he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
It is important to understand that both nature and our very lives are God’s handiwork, and He has the power to help His people. This verse is speaking of a time when trouble is everywhere you look. The Word teaches us that there is one perfect answer for those who are surrounded with problems, and that is the Lord. The Creator of all things, including us (every molecule of our being and our souls), is who I would put my faith and trust in 100% to give me the answer to my problems.
Going deeper into this verse, understand that just like when the Lord made a separation from the firstborn of Egypt and the firstborn of the Hebrews, He will do the same for us as well. “Preserve thy soul”, means to keep your soul, which He will do. Psalm 23 can be correlated to this as well. The Shepard is here, and we should fear no evil. And being our Shepard, he makes sure we are all here and have the opportunity to follow His command, and when we stray of the path, He is still here and goes after us, and provides all of our needs. God will be with us even to the end of the earth and beyond.
Pray, study the Word, and God will come to your rescue, and will show you things to “clean up” in your life according to His Command. Even in the face of depression, we can use the Word to get to the core of the issue we are facing and that which we are depressed about. Whatever it is, the Bible has an answer. Usually, bad decisions led to our depression, or maybe the outcome of something didn’t plan out how we wanted it to, or maybe we are currently going through something that seems out of our control and we have no direct way to reshape it or fix it. God is still the answer, no matter what it is. Test everything to the Word and set your minds on God. Most Bibles, and especially online sources, have a way to search up specific problems and correlate Scripture to them so that you can find the answers you seek.
Bad Choices (Lack of Wisdom)
Proverbs 4:6-8 (KJV) Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
During these times, the Law was passed down from father to son, as the man was typically the head of household and to lead the family in faith towards God. In this verse, Solomon, the 10th son of David, was speaking about wisdom and understanding in such a manner that it seemed to be the most important thing to him. He wasn’t talking about earthly wisdom - he was talking about wisdom in God, and in this specific moment, the Holy Spirit, and how exalting her over your life will bring you closer to God and give you greater understanding of the important things in life.
We can apply this same ideal to our life in decisions we make rather easily. Ask yourself, first, how much wisdom do you possess about the Word? Have you read your Bible front to back at least once? If you are skeptical about a decision you have to make, or feel like you are constantly making bad decisions, it might be time to start testing them, and your life in general, to the Word.
How do the decisions you are making stack up against what the Bible says is the correct course of action on how to handle a particular situation? Some may sit here and think, “Well, this situation isn’t in the Bible…..”, but they would be wrong. I might have thought that too, once upon a time, before I was saved and knew the Lord and the Word, but I realize now no matter if it has to deal with a common friendship or looming trade market decisions, the Bible actually has an answer for it all. God gave us the tools already for a happy and meaningful life, in His Son, Jesus, and the Word.
Evil (in general)
2 Thessalonians 3:3-4 (KVJ) "But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.” "And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you."
This passage is derived from the 2nd Book of Thessalonians. I urge you to read it in it’s entirety to fully grasp the message, but the gist of it here is that Paul was speaking to men who would not listen nor accept the Truth, teaching that without Faith it is impossible to please God.
He teaches these men to put their faith and trust in God, and He will deliver us from evil. We can apply this to our lives by first understanding what this means. Our fleshly bodies cause temptations, in many forms. As long as we are in the flesh, there will be temptation to sin. You must allow the spirit within you to overcome your flesh.
If we allow the Spirit of Christ within us to be our Lord and lead us in all things, then that Spirit will lead our flesh and keep us away from evil in general. This means making decisions based on Christ, and tested to the Word, which is His command. This is a great tool given to us by God to use in our every day decisions in life and how He keeps us from evil - by lowering and/or eliminating bad decisions made by our fleshly bodies with fleshly desires in mind, we can keep evil at bay. Rather, base these decisions with Christ in mind.
Thank you for reading today. Though here I wrote of only several examples, know that the Word has our answer for everything we face in life. If you feel like you are stumbling in life, or things just don’t go quite right, try it. Put your full faith in Jesus and the Word, and base your every day decisions on Him, and watch how He will change your life for the better.