The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 27 June 2019 – Prayer for Victory
TOPIC: Prayer for Victory
READ: Psalms 20: 1-9 King James Version (KJV)
1 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
2 May He send you help from the sanctuary, And strengthen you out of Zion;
3 May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah
4 May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose.
5 We will rejoice in your salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.
6 Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
8 They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright.
9 Save, Lord ! May the King answer us when we call.
Psalms 20 and 21 are closely related. While psalm 20 is a prayer for victory in an impending battle, Psalm 21 is a thanksgiving to God for deliverance from the hands of the enemy. The prayer in chapter 20 must have been made in conjunction with sacrifice of burnt offering. There is evidence that the King was present at the prayer and burnt offering service. The prayer is that the Lord grants the king his wishes of bringing deliverance and protection to the people from their oppressors. While the opposing armies trusted in the power of their instruments of war, they told God that their godly king trusted in the Lord and in the might of His power. The indication in verses 1-5 is that the people were asking that they be saved through the Lord’s blessing of the King who trusted in Him.
Proverbs 18:10 says that the name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous runs to it and is safe. How often do you run to The Strong Tower when faced with enemies? David defeated the mighty Goliath by running to the Strong Tower. Then David said to the Philistine, you come to me with a sword, and with a spear and with a shield, but I come to you in the name of the Lord (1 Samuel 17:45). In that battle, David prevailed over the Philistine.
PRAYER: Pray for your leaders, that they depend on the Lord in handling difficult challenges in the land.