This Week’s Prayer Focus – Praying Scripture
Scripture is a great source and help in enabling us praise God and pray the things
that are on his heart. So, for the next few weeks, we’re going to be praying a little
differently, using scripture to guide us and inspire us.
This week we’ll be using Psalm 67 to pray about what God the Father, Son and Holy
Spirit want more than anything else – to see people come into a relationship with
the Godhead through Jesus. My suggestion is that we start with praise, and in doing
so remind ourselves what we know is true about our God and his heart and plans.
I’m adding a sentence or two to each section, but please allow the Holy Spirit to
guide, inspire and pray through you as you read the verses.
1 May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favour on us.
Father, we are so grateful that you are a merciful God. A God who delights to bless us. We don’t deserve your mercy, but we are so thankful, and we are bowled over that as a good Father, that you give good gifts to your children. Your face is turned towards us and you smile with joy as you lavish love, blessings, favour and gifts on us. What a blessing to know you and be loved by you. All honour is yours, our wonderful God.
2 May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere.
Oh yes Lord, we pray that millions more people around the world would also come to know what you are like. We ask that by your Holy Spirit eyes would be opens, hearts would be softened, and ears would be unstopped so they can see, hear and understand the amazing power of salvation offered to them through Jesus alone.
3 May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you.
Father, there are many nations whos’ leaders are opposed to their people knowing you, but we ask that whatever obstacles are in the way, you would remove them. We pray for the witness of our brothers and sisters. Strengthen their faith, protect and provide for them, and open doors for them to share your love. Bless the good use of social media, Christian broadcasting and the Church networks in those countries to spread the truth of the gospel.
4 Let the whole world sing for joy, because you govern the nations with justice and guide the people of the whole world.Jesus, we thank you that your kingdom is a kingdom of justice for all people, and it’s spreading like yeast in a batch of dough. We ask as the yeast of the gospel spreads that it not only transforms lives but societies around the world. May light shine in every dark corner, and may justice, goodness, mercy, kindness, love, righteousness and truth increase, for your glory and mankind’s good.
5 May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you.
6 Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us.
Because we know how good you are, we long to see our families, friends, neighbours as well as the nations to come to know you and worthily praise you, so we ask for a harvest of souls for your kingdom. We don’t ask for the blessing of things, but of the joy of welcoming countless people into your kingdom. Father draw people to Jesus. Save our loved ones, our friends, our neighbours, our colleagues and countless millions we don’t know. Lord of the harvest, send us out with your love and your word to bring in the spiritual harvest we, and you long to see.
7 Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear him.
Jesus, one day soon, there will be people who know you as Saviour in every tribe and people group, all over the world, and as
Isaiah 2:2 says,
In the last days, the mountain of the LORD’s house will be the highest of all— the
most important place on earth. It will be raised above the other hills, and people from all over the world will
We look forward to seeing people flocking to worship you Jesus, Lord of Lords. Father may that be soon. Come Lord
Jeanette (on behalf of leadership)