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Can you easily recognize your enemies? Do you know who they are? Because I’ve found that my enemies are actually not humans; they are often emotions. Discouragement. Despair. Depression. These enemies are very real; in fact, they are the tools that the number one enemy of Christians chooses to use. If he can get us down, then we forget to pray. We worry and fear. We get discouraged and feel defeated. This is how he renders us distracted and powerless to do the work God has called us to do!
Psalm 18 is a prayer of praise from David. He was rescued from the hand of Saul just before this song of praise was written. It’s easy to read the chapter and focus on David’s deliverance, but today as I was reading, I couldn’t help but think of my own.
In the moment, difficult circumstances are heavy and burdensome, but looking back at how God delivered me in the past is one way to find joy in the moment. I think about an answered prayer or a changed situation and I realize God’s wonderful work in my life. The memory of what God has done provides hope for the moment, as well as for the future.- Excerpt from One More Step
And so I’m sharing a prayer for praise for strength with you.
A Prayer of Praise for Strength
I love you;
You are my strength,
My rock and my deliverer.
When I prayed, you saved me
From discouragement and despair.
I called to you in my distress
And you heard my voice.
Your voice returned my call.
You reached down from heaven
And took hold of me.
The enemies of death and destruction
were too strong for me.
They confronted me,
but you were my support.
You rescued me
Because you delight in me.
Praise your holy name.
Adapted from Psalm 18
Have a marvelous Monday!
If you enjoyed this prayer, you’ll love Rachel’s book, One More Step: Finding Strength When You Feel Like Giving Up!