David was a man after God’s own heart. He was known for being a warrior and a king. But David also had plenty of enemies, and he struggled with a number of temptations. David was smart enough to know that he needed some help, and he couldn’t do it on his own!
David wasn’t afraid to pour out his heart to God. I believe some of the most powerful prayers ever recorded, comes from the lips of David. David prayed for three things here in Psalms 25:1-7. The first thing David prayed for was protection from his enemies. Psalms 25:1-3 says, “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you Lord I Trust, O God. Do not let my enemies triumph over me. No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame.” The second thing David prayed for was guidance. Psalms 25:4-5 David prays, “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths: guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” David knew who was in control and he knew the wisdom of the Lord. The third thing David prayed for was forgiveness. Look at Psalms 25:7, ” Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord.” Take time to read Psalms 51, where David pleaded with God to wash him clean and forgive him for his sin with Bathsheba.
I don’t know about you, but I know I need all the help I can get! David gives us a great example of a prayer we need to pray today. Satan has kicked it up a notch because he knows his time is short, and he will do anything to destroy you. More than ever before, we need to turn to God in prayer, and ask for protection, guidance, and forgiveness. Be real and upfront with the Lord and drop all pretense.
Lord, guard me and my family from the enemy. I pray for a hedge of protection as we stand for you! Father, I also pray for your wisdom. Lead, guide, and direct me in all my ways. Help me to live a life that makes you smile. Cleanse me O God from all wrong. Forgive me when I felled you. Renew a steadfast spirit in me. Amen.