Pray and Let God Fight Your Battles

Praying Through the Bible #50 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Psalm 35:1-18

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible”. The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 49 messages in this series.

This is message #50 titled “Pray and Let God Fight Your Battles.”

The main reason why our country remains safe is because the government has trained soldiers who know how to fight and defend the country against attacks from the outside. It would be foolish for the government to round up a bunch of civilians and send them into a war zone. No matter how passionate and excited you may be, you cannot do the job like a trained soldier. And, to that end, we allow the professionals to fight that battle for us. We enjoy the freedoms that we have in this country because others have fought and died for them.

Just like we do not fight battles as citizens of this country, God does not want us to fight our battles alone either. When the children of Israel were trapped between the Egyptian army and the Red Sea, God told Moses, “The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” In other words, he was saying, ‘You just be still and let me do the work.”

In our passage for today, God is telling us the very same thing from the life of David. We do not know specifically when this psalm was written. But, based on the situation described in this psalm, we can safely assume that this prayer was written around the time when Absalom rebelled. Not only did David’s son turn against him, but friends and advisors who had been loyal to David turned against him as well. Let’s look at David’s prayer and see how he commits to letting God fight this battle for him.

1. David gives God an open door. The first thing David prays is, “Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me. Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.” The Hebrew word for “plead” is a legal term meaning “to conduct a case or lawsuit against someone, to sue someone, or to make a complaint.” It can also mean to strive physically or with words against an opponent.

2. David asks for divine action. As we move on to verse four, we see that David begins to pray specifically about his enemies. He says, “Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt. Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the Lord chase them. Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the Lord persecute them.”

3. David determines to rejoice in his situation. In verse 9, David prays, “my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation.” He also says in verse 18, “I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.” Even in the midst of one of the most terrible experiences for David as a king and as a parent, he is using words such as “joyful” and “rejoice” in his prayers to God. This obviously does not come from David’s feelings at the time. This comes from a mental decision that David has made.

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