“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you…” Acts 1:8
Beth Moore, author, Bible teacher, and rock star in Christian women circles, has said that praying scripture is like strapping two sticks of dynamite together. Kaboom!!
It causes an explosion in the spiritual realms and an explosion of faith for the Christian. Why???
Because Scripture is powerful — “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
And so is prayer —“The effective, earnest prayer of a righteous man is powerfully effective.” James 5:16b HNV
Psalm 18 is one of my favorite psalms. It shows God’s mighty power to save us out of deep despair.
King David wrote Psalm 18 after God miraculously saved him from an enemy that had trapped and completely overwhelmed him — King Saul.
Most of us don’t have King Sauls trying to kill us , but we have doubts,
anxieties breathing down our necks,
threatening to destroy our faith — sometimes on a daily basis. It can be a little overwhelming, and scare us into hiding, like David.
Well, get up and blast the enemy of your soul with these two sticks of dynamite — Prayer and Scripture…
Read Psalm 18 out loud to the Lord — note: I inserted You’s for He’s, etc …
” I love you, O Lord, my strength. [You] are my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. [You] are my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to [You] Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. The cords of [fear] entangled me; the torrents of [worry] overwhelmed me. The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called to [You]; I cried to my God for help…[You] heard my voice; my cry [came] before [You], into [Your] ears. The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because [You] were angry. Smoke rose from [Your] nostrils; consuming fire came from [Your] mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. [You] parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under [Your] feet. [You] mounted the cherubim and flew; [You] soared on the wings of the wind.
[You] made darkness [Your] covering, [Your] canopy around [You]– the dark rain clouds of the sky. Out of the brightness of [Your] presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded. [You] shot [Your] arrows and scattered the enemies, great bolts of lightning and routed them. [You] reached down from on high and took hold of me; [You] drew me out of deep waters. [You] rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. [You] brought me out into a spacious place; [You] rescued me because [You] delighted in me. Psalm 18
Thank you, Father, for loving me and saving me. In Jesus’ name, amen!”
Here’s some great verses to pray for yourself and others:
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19