Praying the Psalms – Psalm 20 Some Trust in Chariots and Horses

This Psalm is a prayer and spirit-filled blessing to be spoken over another person’s life. It can be personalized by changing the pronouns to the name of a person you are praying for. Let’s read the Psalm and then take time to personalize this prayer.

The Assurance of God’s Saving Work

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

20 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble;
May the name of the God of Jacob [a]defend you;
May He send you help from the sanctuary,
And strengthen you out of Zion;
May He remember all your offerings,
And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah

May He grant you according to your heart’s desire,
And fulfill all your [b]purpose.
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.

Now I know that the Lord saves His [c]anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven
With the saving strength of His right hand.

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
They have bowed down and fallen;
But we have risen and stand upright.

Save, Lord!
May the King answer us when we call. (NKJV)

Adaptation

“Oh Lord, answer in the day of trouble. I am surrounded by distress. I find myself pressed in on every side by sickness, calamity, deception and loss. Lift me up to a higher place, oh Lord. Lift me up to a place of safety – you are my hiding place. Hear my prayer. Hear the prayers of those I love.

Defend us with your great name. Your name – the name above all names is a strong tower. It is a shelter. Jesus said that on that day we would pray to the Father in his name and the Father will give us what we ask for. Defend us against Satan’s attacks. Defend us against sickness. Defend us in the mighty name of Jesus.

Lord, send help to our situation. (Pray specifics here) Give us your favor and lavish your love upon us. Strengthen others to help us, Oh Lord. Command your angels concerning us, to lift us up in all our ways.

Strengthen us in our inner beings. You bring strength to our souls. You strengthen our failing flesh. Our heart and flesh may fail, but your strength is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Where we are weak, you are strong.

Remember all my sacrifices for you, Oh Lord. I lean on your promises and your sacrifice for me – the sacrifice of your son Jesus. I have faith in your son’s blood poured out for me. All that I do is for you. I live for you and ask that my life glorifies your name. Glorify yourself in my life. Forgive my sins and anything that contaminates my praise offerings to you. Forgive me of any and all known and unknown sins.

Lord, please grant my heart’s desire and fulfill all my purposes, according to your perfect will. My first desire is to be the person you have created me to be. In every way, may I walk in your purposes for me. You have a plan. May that plan be accomplished in me and through me. Lord, you have filled my heart with good desires. I ask for your favor in these desires coming to pass. (list them here)

In your name, Oh God, I rejoice! I praise you, Lord. Your name is great and your renown is eternal. From everlasting to everlasting you are God. It is in your name that I live. Your name and your purposes are my battle cry. Lord, fulfill all my petitions and requests, according to your faithfulness. (list them here)

Lord, I know you save your anointed. You raised Jesus the Messiah up from the dead. You raise me up with him from death to life. I praise you! You will answer from heaven and save by your mighty right hand! You are good and your love endures forever.

Lord, some trust in the power of chariots and horses – in the strength we can see with our eyes. These strengths fail. Strengths of this fallen world cannot compare to you. I trust in your name, the name of the Lord our God. I trust in the name of Jesus to deliver me!

Those who trust in flesh bow down and fail, but in your name I will rise for distress and stand upright.

Save, Lord! May the King answer us when we call.

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