Have you ever had someone you know that needs someone to support them, help them, guide them, but you just donâ€™t know what to say. You know you should say something encouraging or even â€œspiritualâ€ but everything you can think of to say just sounds clichÃ©.
Psalm 20 gives us the words to say and even how to say them.
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 May the LORD answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from
3 May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.
4 May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
5 We will shout for joy when you are victorious
and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the LORD grant all your requests.
6 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;
he answers him from his holy heaven
with the saving power of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
8 They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.
9 O LORD, save the king!
Answer us when we call! (NIV)
When a friend is in distress what do you say?
a. v.1 â€“ the Lord hears you
b. v.2 â€“ the Lord will protect you
c. v.2 â€“ the Lord will send you help
d. v.3 â€“ the Lord will give you support
e. v.3 â€“ the Lord will remember all that you have done
f. v.3 â€“ the Lord will accept your sacrifices
g. v.4 â€“ What does your heart desire? What are your plans â€“ the Lord will make them succeed!
h. V.5 â€“ When you succeed, we will shout for joy for you â€“ we will lift up the name of God.
i. We know God saves (this is your testimony) his called ones â€“ he answers them from heaven with the saving power of his right hand.
j. We trust in the name of the LORD â€“ our God.
k. We rise up, stand firm
l. Pray for them by name
How Do You Pray for Someone and Comfort Them?
a. vv.1-4 Confirm in their hearts (a through g above)
b. v. 4 Ask them what are their plans, what is the desire of their heart? Then pray for that (with them and later as well).
c. V. 5 Let them know that they are not in it alone and that you are looking forward to a preferable future
d. V. 6 Share with them your testimony â€œI know . . .â€ and where that help comes from.
e. V. 9 Pray for them by name â€“ let them hear you say, â€œsave _____________.â€ Let them hear that you stand before God together; â€œAnswer us when we call.â€