How to pray when you’re persecuted

1.     Check your __________vs. 1-4 –

I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me; hear me when I call to you.  May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.  Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.  Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies. 

a)    Declare your utter___________________ vs. 1

Psalm 121:1-2: I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

1 John 5:14This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 

b)    Consider that your _____ are a powerful offering. vs. 2

Hos 6:6:  For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

Heb 13:15: Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name

Revelation 8:3-4, Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand.

a)    Purify your_________ and your ________ vs.3-4

Psalm 19:14: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”

James 4:3: When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

1 Cor 15:33: Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits.

Proverbs 24:1-2: Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them; For their heart devises violence, And their lips talk of troublemaking.

1.     Check with your godly____________________! vs. 5

Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head.  My head will not refuse

Pro 27:6: Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.

2.     Check your attitude towards your_____________! Vs 5b-10

for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers. Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs, and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.  They will say, “As one plows and breaks up the earth, so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave.”  But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord; in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death.  Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers, from the snares they have laid for me.  Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.

a.      Remember who your real  _________ are. vs.5b-7

Eph 6:12: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

James 4:8:  Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

b.    Remember evil doers will face_____judgement! vs.8-10

2 Thes 1:6-9: 6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might 

Read the rest of the story: 1 Samuel 24:8-22:

QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY AND REFLECTION 

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·      Read Psalm 141 daily and ask what stood out in the message?

·      Read 1 Sam 23-24 to get a context of David’s life on the run from Saul and his prayers to God and how God answered.  How does David practice checking his heart, with his godly friends and his attitude toward his enemies?

·      Describe a time in your life where you have been harassed? 

o   How did you respond?

o    How was God part of the story? 

o   How did your friends respond?

o   How did your enemies respond?

·      How have you guarded your lip while praying?

·      How have you guarded your heart’s motives in prayer?

·      How have you been corrected by a friend?  How did you respond?

·      How have you corrected a friend?  How did they respond?

·      How has God brought you safely through harassment before? 

·      How might God bring you safely through a current harassment?

·      How have your enemies responded to your not following into their traps?