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Psalm 144 is one whale of a powerful prayer! Let me share a portion of it with you from verses 12-15:
May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace;
May our granaries be full, providing all kinds of produce;
May our sheep bring forth thousands and then thousands in our fields;
May our cattle be heavy with young, suffering no mishap or failure in bearing;
May there be no cry of distress in our streets!
Blessed are the people to whom rich blessings fall!
Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!
As one of the elders at our church says: “He [the psalmist] is praying big!”
Is it wrong to ask the Lord to bless us? No. David was a man after God’s own heart and he prayer for it, as did many of the Bible “greats.” It is not prosperity theology to ask for God’s blessing; it is good theology. He, and He alone in His wisdom, will decide in His providence whether our youth will be like plants or our sheep bring forth thousands. He is the One who can silence the streets of cries of distress. Those things are in His hands, not ours.
Our role, our position, our duty is to ask, to hope, to dream. So can I encourage you, even as this new week begins, to pray that prayer? In our day and age it may go like this in the 21st century: “Lord, let my children and grandchildren be solidly rooted in You. May my work produce income. May what I have dominion over expand for Your glory, not of my renown. May you help those who live in my city and are in distress, so their wailing can turn to dancing!”
We are blessed, are we not? His blessings fall like rain on us and we are blessed because He is our God, and He is the Lord of all!
Ask boldly! Hope fervently! Dream mightily! He is the Mighty God!
PRAYER: God, hear our prayer for Your blessing on our families, our endeavors and for our communities, for as Your children, we call out to You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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