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4 Most Powerful Psalms to Pray When You Need God’s Help

Incline Your ear, Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and oppressed.
Preserve my life, for I am devoted;
save Your servant who trusts in You.

4 Most Powerful Psalms to Pray When You Need God’s Help

Every single person needs God’s help. While there are certain times we may feel like we need Him more, the truth is we need His grace always. We are living in turbulent times and while the temptation during uncertainty is to fear, we know through the exhortations of Scripture that we are not to be afraid. In fact, we are told  to “have no fear” 365 times throughout the Bible — one time for every day of the year! So while you may be feeling apprehensive about the future today, take comfort in the Word of God and fear not! He is with you and He will never forsake you.

Along with the exhortation not to fear, we are also exhorted to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes 5:16-18). Prayer is our spiritual weapon, especially during the difficult seasons of life. So if this is a challenging time for you, do not hesitate to begin praying. “[L]et us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help” (Heb 4:16). Prayer is our direct means of communicating with Heaven — and not one prayer is ever left unheard or unanswered. Prayer is not only powerful it is an absolute must.

Because the Psalms are such powerful words to aid our everyday prays, divinely inspired prayers of the Holy Spirit, here are the 4 Most Powerful Psalms to Pray When You Need God’s Help. Take time with them. Pray them aloud. As you do, believe in your soul what you are praying. And when you are finished, thank God for hearing you and for loving you unconditionally. Remember, no prayer from the heart ever goes unheard or unanswered … and He is waiting to hear from you.

4 Most Powerful Psalms to Pray When You Need God’s Help

Psalm 86:1-6

Incline Your ear, Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and oppressed.
Preserve my life, for I am devoted;
save Your servant who trusts in You.
You are my God; be gracious to me, Lord;
to You I call all the day.
Gladden the soul of Your servant;
to You, Lord, I lift up my soul.
Lord, You are good and forgiving,
most merciful to all who call on You.
Lord, hear my prayer;
listen to my cry for help.

For Meditation

When you cry out to God you are letting Him know that you need Him. This is exactly what the Psalmists did and because of it they were blessed beyond words! Whatever you are in need of today, tell God. Acknowledge that your soul is in need of His strength and, in humility, reaffirm that you know your spirit is poor and contrite before Him. The Lord always hears and honors the prayer of a humble child … and He will hear yours in this time of need.

Psalm 119:132-137

Turn to me and be gracious,
according to Your judgment for those
who love Your Name.

Steady my feet in accord with Your promise;
    do not let iniquity lead me.

Free me from human oppression,
    that I may observe Your precepts.

Let Your face shine upon Your servant;
    teach me Your statutes.

My eyes shed streams of tears
    because Your Law is not observed.

You are righteous, Lord,
    and just are Your judgments.

For Meditation

When you ask God to “steady your feet” in accordance with His promises, you are asking Him to be your guide — the Captain of your ship as you cross the stormy seas — and this is exactly what He wants you to do! In essence, you are trusting Him just as the apostles did as they sat upon the boat in dangerous waters; learning how to stand firm when the strong winds blow. Tell God that you need His direction in your life. Ask Him to keep you steady and safe as you find cover beneath His loving wings and unfailing Word. No matter how uncertain the times may be, through faith and prayer, He will help you to stand secure no matter the circumstance. His promises are everlasting and will always assist you in walking by faith … and not by sight.

Psalm 79:8-9

Do not remember against us
the iniquities of our forefathers;
    let Your compassion move
quickly ahead of us,
    for we have been brought very low.

Help us, God our Savior,
    on account of the glory of Your Name.
Deliver us, pardon our sins
    for Your Name’s sake.

For Meditation

In this prayer, the psalmist was pleading with God not to hold the sins of his past against him but to instead lavish him with divine mercy as he (the psalmist) was on the edge of despair. Have you ever felt like this? On the very edge of despair? Sometimes we need God’s help because we feel as though we have blown it with some action we had taken or word we’ve said. But our Lord is always compassionate to the humble and repentant spirit. Even if you don’t feel like you deserve His forgiveness, you are forgiven! Ask Him today to lift you from the low place you are in and to fill you with His mercy and compassion. Through this prayer, He will never fail to comfort, strengthen and lift you from whatever situation you find yourself in.

Psalm 16 1-2, 7-10

Keep me safe, O God;
in You I take refuge.
I say to the Lord,
You are my Lord,
You are my only good.
I bless the Lord who counsels me;
even at night my heart exhorts me.
I keep the Lord always before me;
with Him at my right hand, I shall never be shaken. 
Therefore my heart is glad, my soul rejoices;
my body also dwells secure,
For You will not abandon my soul…

For Meditation

Oftentimes when we run to God for help it is because our circumstances have made us feel vulnerable and fearful. When we feel this way, we naturally seek refuge — an innate desire to be protected. Because of His infinite goodness, God not only promises His protection to those who take refuge in Him, but He desires to be your only Protector! The Lord knows that He is the only true Protector, and by you running to Him shows your faith in His divinity. As you pray these psalms, reaffirm that you do not dare take refuge in your own abilities and strength; but rather you take refuge only in Him. Believe with all your heart that He will protect you and help you through whatever you are going through … and He will. 

See Also:
Most Powerful Psalm of Protection: Psalm 91
The Warrior’s Prayer: Putting on the Armor of God
10 Best Psalms of Praise and Thanksgiving
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28 Best Bible Verses for Answered Prayer
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The Warriors Prayer: Putting on the Armor of God
3 Powerful Psalms for Forgiveness
19 Most Powerful Psalms for Healing
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