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Prayer Guide: Psalm 5

09.06.16 | Prayer Leadership | Prayer Guides


    Give ear to my words, O Lord; 

    consider my groaning. 

    Give attention to the sound of my cry, 

    my King and my God, 

    for to you do I pray. 

    O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; 

    in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch. 

    For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; 

    evil may not dwell with you. 

    The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; 

    you hate all evildoers. 

    You destroy those who speak lies; 

    the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. 

    But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, 

    will enter your house. 

    I will bow down toward your holy temple 

    in the fear of you. 

    Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness 

    because of my enemies; 

    make your way straight before me. 

    For there is no truth in their mouth; 

    their inmost self is destruction; 

    their throat is an open grave; 

    they flatter with their tongue. 

    10  Make them bear their guilt, O God; 

    let them fall by their own counsels; 

    because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out, 

    for they have rebelled against you. 

    11  But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; 

    let them ever sing for joy, 

    and spread your protection over them, 

    that those who love your name may exult in you. 

    12  For you bless the righteous, O Lord; 

    you cover him with favor as with a shield. 



    God's praiseworthy attributes displayed in this text:

    • Gives ear to our prayers – v. 1
    • Considers our groanings/laments – vs. 1
    • Attends to our cries for help – v. 2
    • He is King – v. 2
    • He is the God to whom men pray – v. 2
    • He meets us morning by morning – v. 3
    • He is worthy of our sacrifice – v. 3
    • He is holy and pure – v. 4
    • He resists the proud and evil heart – v.5
    • He judges lies and deception – v. 6
    • His is abundant in steadfast love – v. 7
    • He invites us into intimacy with Himself – v. 7
    • He is holy and to be feared – v. 7
    • He leads us – v. 8
    • He is righteous – v. 8
    • He directs us in the midst of battle – v. 8
    • He judges transgressors and rebels – vv.9-10
    • He is our refuge – v. 11
    • He is a God of joy – v. 11
    • He protects His people – v. 11
    • He (his name) is worthy of our love – v. 11
    • He is worthy of exaltation – v. 11
    • He blesses the righteous – v. 12
    • He covers us with favor – v. 12
    • He is our shield – v. 12

    Possible prayer prompters:

    • I praise You Lord that You heard my cry for help when ___________________.
    • Because You are King, I know that You can ___________________.
    • Thank you that I have experienced Your steadfast love, drawing me to You when _________________.
    • I love Your name and exult in You because Your name is _________________.
    • Holy One, I bow down before You in fear because you are ____________________ .



    • Lord, You know that right now my groanings and cries are the result of ____________________. I come in full surrender, giving these things to You. 
    • Because You do not delight in wickedness, I confess ______________________.



    • Because You are my King and my God, I trust You today for _____________________.
    • Because of the spiritual battle I face, I am trusting in You to lead me as I ___________________.
    • I ask for Your joy as I trust in You to be my refuge when ______________________.
    • Because _____________________ (name) loves Your name, spread Your protection over them as they __________________________.



    • Lord, may Your favor be my shield today as I encounter __________________________________ (area of spiritual battle).
    • Lord, I pray Your favor will be a shield for _____________________ (name) as he/she encounters ______________________ (area of spiritual battle).