Praying Through Psalm 31

"O Lord, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be put to shame. Rescue me, for you always do what is right. Bend down and listen to me; rescue me quickly." I have been locked away into a prison which seems inescapable Lord, and my heart has sunk deep. My mind and my spirit are free but my body cries out for your healing hand to bring redemption and my restoration.Be for me a great rock of safety, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.

"You are my rock and my fortress. For the honor of your name, lead me out of this peril. Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me, for I find protection in you alone. I entrust my spirit into your hand."

I can’t help but feel as though I were under spiritual attack. Evil could not repress my mind; it could not defeat my spirit, so it attacked my body. It could not silence my voice so it removed my presence from society. Lead me back to wholeness Jesus. Make me a strong warrior by your side once again allowing my presence with your people to communicate your love and desire for them; and my words to speak of your truth and justice.

"Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God. I hate those who worship worthless idols but I trust in the Lord. I am overcome with joy because of your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul. You have not handed me over to my enemy but have set me in a safe place."

Thank you Jesus, and I praise you for the great blessings you have surrounded me with at this time. You have richly blessed me with a wife who loves and cares for me greatly in my time of need. I could not overcome this suffering without her. I thank you for you have surrounded me with a community of friends who lift me in prayer, understanding, and thoughts. I am truly in a place of safety, blessing, and well being.

"Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in distress. My sight is blurred because of my tears. My body and soul are withering away. I am dying from grief; my years are shortened by sadness. Misery has drained my strength; I am wasting away from within."

My heart is heavy Lord and I weep here in my place of rest. I long to be closer with my friends and family. I long to feel the fresh breeze of the wind and the openness of being outside. I long to feel once again like, “I make a difference!”

"I am scorned by all my enemies and despised by my neighbors—even my friends are afraid to come near me. When they see me on the street, they turn the other way. I have been ignored as if I were dead, as if I were a broken pot. I have heard the many rumors about me, and I am surrounded by terror."

This has been a great time of trial for me Jesus. My friends and family have shown great patients and understanding yet I am fearful. How can I explain my absence as this sore robes me of personal dignity? Please teach me Father how to get over my own pride and exemplify the humility in which you wish me to act.

"My enemies conspire against me, plotting to take my life. But I am trusting you, O Lord, saying, “You are my God!” My future is in your hands. Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly. Let your favor shine on your servant. In your unfailing love, save me."

You have brought me a great distance Father! You have brought me to a place of wisdom, understanding, and great passion for your word and your presence in both mine and others lives. This is by far purely through you grace and your works and I trust that in this time of trial and this time of transition you will bring out a great vision of your works. Like the blooming of a flower or a hiker coming out of a narrow pass into the openness of a beautifully valley; I know this moment will pass into great purposes for your Kingdom.

"Don’t let me be disgraced, O Lord, for I call out to you for help. Let the wicked be disgraced; let them lie silent in the grave. May their lying lips be silenced—those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly."

Do not let me fall pray to the words of the evil one speaking lies in my head. Instead let his deceit and rumors of impossible healing and threats of future attacks be sealed in silence." Fill me with the courage of a great warrior that shouts, “Bring on your Goliaths, for my God is greater and mightier then them all!”

"Your goodness is so great! You have stored up great blessings for those who honor you. You have done so much for those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world. You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues."

I am not alone in this trial Jesus, as you know many others who face this same battle. I praise you as you fight equally for them. Do not let their voices be squelched by depression, anguish, or the lies of evil attacks whether internal or external. Fill them also with the same sense of courage and strength you brought to me. Let their hearts also feel lifted, restored, and overflowing with dreams and visions of your promises and restoration of purpose and significance.

"Praise the Lord, for he has shown me his unfailing love. He kept me safe when my city was under attack. In sudden fear I had cried out, “I have been cut off from the Lord!” But you heard my cry for mercy and answered my call for help. Love the Lord, all you faithful ones! For the Lord protects those who are loyal to him, but he harshly punishes all who are arrogant. So be strong and take courage, all you who put your hope in the Lord!"

Praise be to you Jesus! You are my rock and my salvation! There is light at the end of the tunnel and my time of imprisonment is drawing to a close. I thank you with every part of my existence Father, for hearing my prayers. You are truly great and awesome! It is in your name Jesus that I say this truly and verily!

Amen! Amen!