A Daily Prayer based on Psalm 44 for 2/26/2015

A prayer for a family, a church, a community, or a nation which is going through great adversity despite seeking to serve God faithfully. Lord God, ______________________ and I have heard with our ears what you have done in days long ago for our fathers in the faith. With your hand you crushed and drove out their enemies before them. You planted them in the place of their adversaries and made them flourish. It was not by their sword or their arm that they gained victory but it was by your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them. You are our King and our God, the God who decrees victories for your people. It is through you that we push back our enemies, and through your name that we trample our foes. We do not trust in our own resources; our strength does not bring us victory. You are the one who gives us victory over our enemies; you are the one who puts our adversaries to shame. In you we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever. And yet now it seems as though you have rejected and humbled us; you no longer go out with us to battle. You have made us retreat and we have been plundered by our adversaries. You have given us up to be devoured like sheep and have scattered us. We have been brought down to the dust. You have made us an object of scorn and derision to those around us; our neighbors shake their heads at us. Our disgrace is before us all day long, and our faces are covered with shame. All this has happened to us though we have not forgotten you or been false to your covenant. Lord, you know the secrets of the heart and you know our hearts have not turned back and our feet have not strayed from your path. But it seems as though you have crushed us and covered us with deep darkness. It is for your sake we face death all day long and are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. We plead with you to awake, O Lord, and to rouse yourself. Do not reject us forever. Please do not hide your face and forget our misery and oppression. We beg you to rise up and help us and redeem us because of your unfailing love. In the name of Jesus I ask these things, amen. Psalm 44 For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil. 1 We have heard with our ears, O God; our fathers have told us what you did in their days, in days long ago. 2 With your hand you drove out the nations and planted our fathers; you crushed the peoples and made our fathers flourish. 3 It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them. 4 You are my King and my God, who decrees victories for Jacob. 5 Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes. 6 I do not trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; 7 but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame. 8 In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever. Selah 9 But now you have rejected and humbled us; you no longer go out with our armies. 10 You made us retreat before the enemy, and our adversaries have plundered us. 11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheep and have scattered us among the nations. 12 You sold your people for a pittance, gaining nothing from their sale. 13 You have made us a reproach to our neighbors, the scorn and derision of those around us. 14 You have made us a byword among the nations; the peoples shake their heads at us. 15 My disgrace is before me all day long, and my face is covered with shame 16 at the taunts of those who reproach and revile me, because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge. 17 All this happened to us, though we had not forgotten you or been false to your covenant. 18 Our hearts had not turned back; our feet had not strayed from your path. 19 But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals and covered us over with deep darkness. 20 If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, 21 would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart? 22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. 23 Awake, O Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever. 24 Why do you hide your face and forget our misery and oppression? 25 We are brought down to the dust; our bodies cling to the ground. 26 Rise up and help us; redeem us because of your unfailing love.

Welcome

Never before in the history of our country has America faced a moral crisis like the one before us today. The foundations of our government are crumbling right before our eyes. Our churches are abandoning God, our families are in shambles. There is only one hope for restoration - the Lord Jesus Christ. If we are to see restoration, it will come only by the grace of God's mercy. We have the assurance of Scripture that "if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us" (1 John 5:14). There is no better way to pray according to the will of God than by praying his own word back to him. These daily prayers are crafted, as much as possible, to incorporate the very words of the Scripture.

About Bryan Fischer

 Bryan Fischer pastored for 25 years and served as the chaplain of the Idaho state senate before becoming a part of the AFA family.