Praying Psalm 119 Over a Loved One

Praying God’s Word back to Him carries the power of His Word. God teaches us how to pray in His Word, and we may use His Words to make our hearts’ cry to Him.

Psalm 119 is an intense passage of praise for God, His law, His Word, and the force of that Word in the lives of us all. If you are praying for salvation for a loved one (or for one who has gone astray, or who never did grasp the authority and jurisdiction of God in his life), here is one way to pray God’s Word over that loved one. This can be prayed often, over a long period of time. The words here are geared toward a male; however, God’s Word is personal, and you may use this as He leads you. After reading this, return to your Bible and pray your own prayers as you read and meditate on God’s Word.

Of course, another of the true powers of prayer is that prayer changes the pray-er.

Galatians 6.9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

א
ALEPH.

1 May ___ be blessed and undefiled in his way, may he walk in the law of the LORD.

2 I pray Your blessing upon ___, that he keeps Your testimonies, and that he seeks You with his whole heart.

3 May he also do no iniquity: may he walk in Your ways.

4 Thou hast commanded us to keep Thy precepts diligently.

5 O that ___’s ways were directed to keep Thy statutes!

6 Then he shall not be ashamed, when he has respect unto all Thy commandments.

7 He will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when he shall have learned Thy righteous judgments.

8 I pray ___ will keep Thy statutes: O forsake him not utterly.

ב
BETH.

9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to Thy word.

10 May ___ seek Thee with his whole heart: O let him not wander from Thy commandments.

11 May he hide Thy Word in his heart, that he might not sin against Thee.

12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach ___ Thy statutes.

13 With his lips may he declare all the judgments of Thy mouth.

14 May he rejoice in the way of Thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.

15 May he meditate in Thy precepts, and have respect unto Thy ways.

16 May he delight himself in Thy statutes, and not forget Thy word.

ג
GIMEL.

17 Deal bountifully with Thy servant, ___ that he may live, and keep Thy Word.

18 Open thou his eyes, that he may behold wondrous things out of Thy law.

19 He is a stranger in the earth: hide not Thy commandments from him.

20 Break his soul for longing unto Thy judgments at all times.

21 Rebuke his pride that he may not be cursed, as he errs from Thy commandments.

22 Heap upon him reproach and contempt; for he has not kept Thy testimonies.

23 As princes sit and speak against him: let Thy servant meditate in Thy statutes.

24 Make Thy testimonies his delight and his counselors.

ד
DALETH.

25 ___’s soul cleaves unto the dust: quicken thou him according to Thy word.

26 Cause him to declare his ways, and You will hear him: teach him Thy statutes.

27 Make him to understand the way of Thy precepts: so shall he talk of Thy wondrous works.

28 Melt his soul for heaviness: and strengthen thou him according unto Thy Word.

29 Remove from him the way of lying: and grant him Thy law graciously.

30 Cause ___ to choose the way of truth: lay Thy judgments before him.

31 He has not stuck unto Thy testimonies: O LORD, put him to shame.

32 Cause him to run the way of Thy commandments, then Thou shalt enlarge his heart.

ה
HE.

33 Teach ___, O LORD, the way of Thy statutes; cause him to keep it unto the end.

34 Give him understanding, that he shall keep Thy law; yea, that he shall observe it with his whole heart.

35 Make him to go in the path of Thy commandments; show him the delight therein.

36 Incline his heart unto Thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.

37 Turn away his eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken Thou him in Thy way.

38 Stablish Thy Word unto Thy servant, cause him to be devoted to Thy fear.

39 Make him to dread Thy reproach, and to fear it: for Thy judgments are good.

40 Behold, cause him to long after Thy precepts: quicken him in Thy righteousness.

ו
VAU.

41 Let Thy mercies come also unto ___, O LORD, even Thy salvation, according to Thy word.

42 So shall he have wherewith to answer him that reproaches him: may he trust in Thy word.

43 And take not the word of Truth utterly out of his mouth; may he hope in Thy judgments.

44 So shall he keep Thy law continually for ever and ever.

45 And he will walk at liberty as he seeks Thy precepts.

46 May he ever speak of Thy testimonies also before kings, and not be ashamed.

47 May he delight himself in Thy commandments, and love them.

48 May he lift up also his hands unto Thy commandments, may he love them, and meditate in Thy statutes.

ז
ZAIN.

49 Remember the word unto Thy servant, cause ___ to have hope in Thy Word.

50 This is my comfort in my affliction, for Thy word hath quickened me – Thy Word can also quicken him.

51 His pride has had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from Thy law.

52 May he learn Thy judgments of old, O LORD; and take comfort in them.

53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of his wickedness – he forsakes Thy law!

54 Make Thy statutes to be his songs in the house of his pilgrimage.

55 May he remember Thy name, O LORD, in the night, and keep Thy law.

56 This I have, because I keep Thy precepts; I pray that peace for him, as well.

ח
HETH.

57 Make Thyself ___’s portion, O LORD: I pray he would keep Thy words.

58 May he intreat Thy favour with his whole heart: be merciful unto him according to Thy Word.

59 Cause him to think upon his ways, and turn his feet unto Thy testimonies.

60 May he make haste, and delay not to keep Thy commandments.

61 Though the bands of the wicked have robbed him: may he not forget Thy law.

62 At midnight may he rise to give thanks unto Thee because of Thy righteous judgments.

63 Make him a companion of all them that fear Thee, and of them that keep Thy precepts.

64 The earth, O LORD, is full of Thy mercy: teach him Thy statutes.

ט
TETH.

65 Deal well with Thy servant, O LORD, according unto Thy Word.

66 Teach ___ good judgment and knowledge: cause him to believe Thy commandments.

67 Afflict him as he goes astray: direct him to keep Thy word.

68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach him Thy statutes.

69 He is proud, and has forged a lie against me: keep me strong in Thy precepts with my whole heart.

70 His heart is as fat as grease; turn him to delight in Thy law.

71 It is good for him that he is afflicted; that he might learn Thy statutes.

72 Make the law of Thy mouth better unto him than thousands of gold and silver.

י
IOD.

73 Thy hands have made ___ and fashioned him: give him understanding, that he may learn Thy commandments.

74 I pray it will come to pass that they that fear Thee will be glad when they see him; because he has hoped in Thy word.

75 Cause him to know, O LORD, that Thy judgments are right, and that Thou in faithfulness hast afflicted him.

76 Let, I pray thee, Thy merciful kindness be for his comfort, according to Thy word unto Thy servant.

77 Let Thy tender mercies come unto him, that he may live: make Thy law his delight.

78 Let him be ashamed of his pride; for he dealt perversely with me without a cause: cause him to meditate in Thy precepts.

79 Let those that fear Thee turn unto him, and those that have known Thy testimonies (that he may have those about him to lead him unto You).

80 Let his heart become sound in Thy statutes; that he be not ashamed.

כ
CAPH.

81 Make ___’s soul faint for Thy salvation: bring him hope in Thy word.

82 Cause his eyes to fail for Thy word, saying, When wilt Thou comfort me?

83 Make him become like a bottle in the smoke; do not let him forget Thy statutes.

84 How many are the days of Thy servant? when wilt Thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?

85 His pride has digged pits for himself, which are not after Thy law.

86 All Thy commandments are faithful: he persecutes me wrongfully; help Thou me.

87 He had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not Thy precepts.

88 Quicken us after Thy lovingkindness; that we may keep the testimony of Thy mouth.

ל
LAMED.

89 For ever, O LORD, Thy word is settled in heaven.

90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: Thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.

91 They continue this day according to Thine ordinances: for all are Thy servants.

92 Unless Thy law become ___’s delights, he should then perish in his affliction.

93 Do not let him forget Thy precepts: for with them Thou quicken.

94 I pray he is Thine, save him; cause him to seek Thy precepts.

95 His wickedness has waited to destroy him: may he consider Thy testimonies.

96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but Thy commandment is exceeding broad.

מ
MEM.

97 O cause ___ to love Thy law! May it be his meditation all the day.

98 Thou through Thy commandments will make him wiser than his enemies: for they are ever with him.

99 Give him more understanding than all his teachers: make Thy testimonies his meditation.

100 Cause him to understand more than the ancients, as he keeps Thy precepts.

101 I pray he refrains his feet from every evil way, that he might keep Thy word.

102 Let him not depart from Thy judgments: I pray You will teach him.

103 Make Your Words sweet unto his taste! yea, sweeter than honey to his mouth!

104 Through Thy precepts he gets understanding: therefore I pray he learns to hate every false way.

נ
NUN.

105 Make Thy word a lamp unto ___’s feet, and a light unto his path.

106 May he swear, and perform it, that he will keep Thy righteous judgments.

107 He is afflicted very much: quicken him, O LORD, according unto Thy word.

108 Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach him Thy judgments.

109 Cause him to put his soul into Your hand: do not let him forget Thy law.

110 The wicked have laid a snare for him: let him err not from Thy precepts.

111 Thy testimonies may he take as an heritage for ever: make them the rejoicing of his heart.

112 May he incline his heart to perform Thy statutes alway, even unto the end.

ס
SAMECH.

113 Cause ___ to hate vain thoughts: but love Thy law.

114 Become his hiding place and his shield: cause him to hope in Thy word.

115 Sweep away the evildoers from him: that he may keep the commandments of his God.

116 Uphold him according unto Thy word, that he may live: and let him not be ashamed of his hope.

117 Hold thou him up, and he shall be safe: and he will have respect unto Thy statutes continually.

118 Thou hast trodden down all them that err from Thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.

119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore make him to love Thy testimonies.

120 Cause his flesh to tremble for fear of thee; make him afraid of Thy judgments.

ע
AIN.

121 He has not done judgment and justice: leave him to his oppressors.

122 Be surety for Thy servant for good: let his pride oppress him.

123 Cause ___’s eyes to fail for Thy salvation, and for the Word of Thy righteousness.

124 Deal with Thy servant according unto Thy mercy, and teach him Thy statutes.

125 Make him Thy servant; give him understanding, that he may know Thy testimonies.

126 It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for he has made void Thy law.

127 I pray ___ would love Thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.

128 And that he would esteem all Thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and that he would hate every false way.

פ
PE.

129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: may ___’s soul keep them.

130 The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

131 Open his mouth, and cause him to pant as he longs for Thy commandments.

132 Look thou upon him, and be merciful unto him, as thou usest to do unto those that love Thy name.

133 Order his steps in Thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over him.

134 Deliver him from the oppression of man, and cause him to keep Thy precepts.

135 Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant; and teach him Thy statutes.

136 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because he keeps not Thy law.

צ
TZADE.

137 Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are Thy judgments.

138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.

139 May zeal consume ___, because as Thine enemy, he has forgotten Thy words.

140 Thy word is very pure: therefore Thy servant loveth it.

141 He is small and despised: do not let him forget Thy precepts.

142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Thy law is the truth.

143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on both of us: make Thy commandments his delights.

144 The righteousness of Thy testimonies is everlasting: give him understanding, and he shall live.

ק
KOPH.

145 I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: cause ___ to keep Thy statutes.

146 I cried unto thee; save him, that he shall keep Thy testimonies.

147 I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hope in Thy word.

148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that he might meditate in Thy word.

149 Hear my voice according unto Thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken him according to Thy judgment.

150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: he is far from Thy law.

151 Thou art near, O LORD; and all Thy commandments are truth.

152 Concerning Thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.

ר
RESH.

153 Consider ___’s affliction, and deliver him: do not let him forget Thy law.

154 Plead my cause, and deliver him: quicken him according to Thy word.

155 Salvation is far from him because he is wicked: for he seeks not Thy statutes.

156 Great are Thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken him according to Thy judgments.

157 Many are his persecutors and his enemies; do not let him decline from Thy testimonies.

158 I behold his transgressions, and am grieved, O LORD; because he keeps not thy word.

159 Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken him, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.

160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of Thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

ש
SHIN.

161 Princes persecute him: may his heart stand in awe of Thy word.

162 May ___ rejoice at Thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.

163 He does not hate and abhor lying: cause him to love Thy law.

164 Seven times a day may he praise thee because of Thy righteous judgments.

165 Grant him great peace when he loves Thy law: may nothing offend him.

166 LORD, I have hoped for Thy salvation upon him, may he do Thy commandments.

167 May his soul keep Thy testimonies; and love them exceedingly.

168 May he keep Thy precepts and Thy testimonies: for all his ways are before thee.

ת
TAU.

169 Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give ___ understanding according to Thy word.

170 Let my supplication come before thee: deliver him according to Thy word.

171 My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught him Thy statutes.

172 My tongue shall speak of Thy word: for all Thy commandments are righteousness.

173 Let thine hand help him as he chooses Thy precepts.

174 May ___ long for Thy salvation, O LORD; make Thy law his  delight.

175 Let his soul live, that it shall praise thee; and let Thy judgments help him.

176 He has gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Thy servant; do not let him forget Thy commandments.

Prayer for Unity

I have been burdened to pray these last times, for unity in God’s people through His Spirit. As children of God, we all have His same Spirit. When that Spirit is allowed full reign, when we are obedient to Him, then we all work in unity, toward the same purpose of glorifying God Almighty.

Please join me as I use God’s Word to pray. As I pray at different times, I direct His Words and my prayer to myself, to my marriage/family, to my church, to my community, my state, my nation, and my world. May my eyes look unto the Hand of my Master; and may He have mercy on us.

Romans 15.5-7

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 

That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

Psalm 123

{A Song of degrees.} Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.

Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.

Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.

Psalms 90.12-17

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.

O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.

Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.

And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

 

 

A Day of Fasting and Prayer

Following a prompt from sister Julie at https://juliedibblewrites.wordpress.com/, I will be fasting tomorrow from social media and (modified/conditional) food. I will have one pre-scheduled post up tomorrow morning, but otherwise my site will be still.

I will be spending extra time in prayer for our country, for our people, and for our world. I will be praying God’s guidance; that He will open the eyes and hearts of His people, that He will allow us to see Him, His Truth, and His glory; that we will fall on our faces in repentance to Him; that we will love Him and obey Him; and that He will heal our land.

Whoever will, please join us in uniting in His Spirit before the throne of our Almighty God.

Supplications

Supplications

In my daily quiet time with God, I like to talk with Him. I read His Word and meditate on what I read. I praise Him and confess my sins. I also have prayer requests. In the Bible, these are called supplications (2 Chronicles 6.21; 1 Kings 8.54; 1 Timothy 2.1; Psalm 28.2; Daniel 9.3; Psalm 143.1).

Following are some of the supplications I pray regularly for myself, my husband, and our marriage. I post them in case they are of help to you. Most of these prayers are interchangeable, in that you can pray whatever for yourself / spouse / friend / parent, etc.

God bless you.

Prayers to Consider:

For Self:

  • Instill in me a love for Your Word
  • Show me how you value me, that I may find my worth, my self-esteem, in You
  • Be strong in me, that I may let Your strength be my strength, and that I may not be a slave to my own fears or selfishness, that I may go forth and do Your will
  • Fill me with Your Holy Spirit
  • Show me new and wonderful things from Your Word:
    • How I may obey You
    • Promises You have for me
    • Insights into the way I should live and serve
    • Your wisdom, Your love
  • I put my flesh to death, that You might live through me
  • Give me gratefulness, mold my heart to be more grateful
  • Work in me so that my desire to do right is more, and becomes stronger, than my desire to be right
  • Thank You for the health You have given me. I pray I would not abuse that blessing, but that I would be a good caretaker of Your gifts. I pray specifically about my eating habits. I pray You would be strong in me when I want to eat too much or eat the wrong thing; make me weak so that I may be strong in You.
  • Teach me contentment in every circumstance
  • Teach me to be humble; give me a teachable spirit
  • Give me Your vision, Lord, I pray; give me Your wisdom and love
  • Lord, change my desires so that they perfectly correspond to Your will for me
  • Lord, guide me through my lifestyle choices
  • Give me discernment as to my daily schedule
  • Open doors to those things that are Your will for me: home, family, work, community, relationships
  • Reveal my sin to me, and lead me to repentance
  • Teach me how to be a people-person as You were: how to remember names and faces and circumstances, how to cherish people
  • May I always be sensitive and obedient to Your leading, Your correction, Your presence
  • Teach me how to surrender to You, and how good it is
  • Being wrong ≠ shameful
  • When I see sin in my husband, show me how to handle it according to Your Word; I pray Your Spirit guide me in my words, facial expressions, actions, and attitudes
  • Teach me how to forgive according to Your will
  • Show me Your intentions for our marriage: I am to be his helpmeet
  • Help me to adjust my expectations to fit Your vision
  • Give me eyes to see Your blessings, and appreciate them

For Husband:

  • I pray You will build up my husband so that no matter what trials come, he will be able to stand strong in You through them
  • I pray You would make my husband a man of integrity, according to Your standards. Make him a man who lives by Your truth; help him to walk with Your Spirit of Truth at all times. Be with him to bear witness to Your Truth. Do not let him be deceived in any way, do not let him live a lie in any way.
  • Show me how to love my husband so that he never feels like he’s “going it alone.” I pray he would so know You that he would know he is never alone, but that You always love him, cherish him, and are looking out for his best interests.
  • Reveal his sin to him, and lead him to repentance
  • Teach him how to surrender to You, and how good it is
  • I pray his eyes and heart are ever with You
  • May he have an obedient heart toward You
  • Give my husband eyes and heart for me; give him understanding for who I am, and respect for what he sees.
  • Reveal to my husband your direction for his daily and long-term life. Show him how to lead his household. Give him eyes to see You. Give him a heart to receive You.
  • Give my husband wisdom in decision-making for our family. Provide wise counsel for him.
  • Instill in him a gnawing hunger for Your Word. May he delight in reading it, may it be sweet to his taste.
  • Fill him with Your Holy Spirit

For Marriage:

  • Show us how to love each other in the way we need, in the way You want us to meet each other’s needs
  • Intervene in our communication so that our words express truth in love; and give us ears to really hear each other
  • Show me how You see my husband, how You love him
  • Help me help my husband through his struggle(s) with sin; show me what You need me to be for him
  • I see much greatness and potential for greatness in my husband. I pray You will grow my respect for him as I am obedient to You in this, that I may honor and encourage that greatness
  • I am to respect my husband. I die to self in this, and submit my will to the leading of Your perfect Spirit.
  • May my countenance be pleasing or edifying to my husband.
  • Pr 24.3, 4 May we build our house through Your wisdom, establish it by Your understanding, and fill the chambers with all pleasant and precious riches by Your knowledge
  • I pray You would remove temptation from our lives. I pray Your hedge of protection around each and both of us. Give us eyes and wisdom to discern and flee from evil.
  • I pray Your protection from any accidents, diseases, dangers, and evil influences
  • I pray our schedules would mesh
  • I pray You bring us good friends, Godly people who love You, in whom we can confide and trust and share and comfort. I pray for Godly friends in couples and for each of us. When our friends are not Godly, not Christian, I pray You lead the words of their mouths and ours, and that You would work through us in them.
  • We each have our own pasts, Lord, and lies and truths we believe because of how we were raised and our experiences. I pray You give us the grace and wisdom to put the past behind us; that You would overcome our lies and strongholds; that You would fill those places with Your light and truth and love.
  • Teach us and lead us to avoid and put away evil in our lives: media influences, music, items in our houses, people
  • Show us how you desire us to handle the resources You have given us to handle: money, food, time, family (close and extended), home, relationships
  • Reveal our sin to us, and lead us to repentance
  • Teach us how to surrender to You, and how good it is
  • May we pray deeply together, regularly; teach us to pray
  • Teach us to live as though we are healed, because You heal us
  • Pr 19.23 Teach us to live in the fear of the Lord
  • Teach us to always forgive each other
  • We stand in need of Your grace, direction, mercy, and moving of Your Holy Spirit within us, of Your light and truth. I pray for ears to hear and eyes to see You and each other.

I Pray I See my Friend in Heaven

A dear, wonderful loved one died.

Will I see this person in heaven? I don’t know.

That brings me anguish. Whence comes the anguish?

Is it because I don’t have control over someone’s eternity? I think my friend was good, kind, loving, giving, gentle, and patient; and ought to live with God for eternity. But I know that no one deserves eternity with God. It is only through faith in Jesus that we may have forgiveness of sins and, therefore, life everlasting in His presence.

How to assuage my anguish?

I know that all things rest in the loving, wise Hands of my Lord. He is the One Who saves, Who condemns. He is the One Who is right, is righteous, is just.

I rest in the peace of knowing that I know that I know.

I will cry at the funeral. A pillar of the family is missing. I will share in the tears of family and friends. I will feel their deep sorrow of loss. I will pray there were no regrets. I will give solace in hugs, and in words spoken or unspoken.

I pray I see my friend in Heaven.