Daily Prayer Guide – Friday, Dec 4

PSALM 72

O COME THOU KEY OF DAVID COME

“Give us today our daily bread.” Most of the time we tend to pray for the immediate and for our own needs. Yes, Jesus did teach his followers to pray like that. Today’s needs matter to God. But Jesus also taught his followers to pray “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Psalm 72, the conclusion of David’s prayers in the Psalms, is a prayer for his son, Solomon. David calls on God not for “my needs now”, but to fulfill His purposes through the next generation, and to bring about a future where everything is made right. When you read about Solomon’s life, it’s clear that God does, indeed, answer some of these prayers. But eventually all are answered – in another of David’s descendents, Jesus. By praying for the character and the destiny of the son he can see, David also (perhaps unknowingly) prays for the Son who is to come.

As you read Psalm 72, notice what David prays for his son, Solomon, the future king and what David longs to see happen on the earth.

Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness. He will judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice. The mountains will bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness. He will defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; he will crush the oppressor. He will endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations. He will be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth. In his days the righteous will flourish; prosperity will abound till the moon is no more. He will rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. The desert tribes will bow before him and his enemies will lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of distant shores bring tribute to him; kings of Sheba and Seba will present him gifts. All kings will bow down to him and all nations will serve him. For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight. Long may he live! May gold from Sheba be given him. May people ever pray for him and bless him all day long. Let grain abound throughout the land; on the tops of the hills may it sway. Let its fruit flourish like Lebanon; let it thrive like the grass of the field. May his name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun. All nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed.

Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds.

Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory.

Amen and Amen.

Using this prayer as a template, pray the future:

Pray for God’s Son to come and do all of these marvelous deeds that only He can do.

Pray that your children (if you’re a parent), the youth at Blackhawk, and the next generation of God’s people around the world will see this come to pass.

Written by Becky Stephen

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