5 Powerful Psalms to Pray When You Need God’s Help
In order to receive God’s help for any problem in life, we need to be men and women after His own heart. We have to love Him, need Him and have unwavering trust in Him. Through our prayers, we are affirming to God that we do just that — love Him, need Him and trust in Him alone.
There is a famous prayer that goes, “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love Thee.” That prayer was given to three lowly shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal by an angel of the Lord. It is one of the most famous documented and proven apparitions ever given to mankind by Heaven.
In this heavenly prayer by an angel, we find four key components for strengthening our prayers for God’s help — believing in Him; adoring Him, hoping in Him; and loving Him. When we come to God with these components already in tow as well as an open heart before Him, there is nothing He will not do for us (so long as it is His will).
So today, if something is weighing on your heart and you need God’s help, slowly and meditatively pray these 5 Powerful Psalms to Pray When You Need God’s Help. If you believe that He can help you (which He can!), He will do so. Never forget that it is your faith that will move those mountains … and there is nothing that God will not do for those who love Him.
5 Powerful Psalms to Pray When You Need God’s Help
Verse for Meditation – Psalm 86:1-2
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.
Pleading for God’s help is certainly one way to let Him know that you need Him. That is what the psalmists did and it worked! As you go to Him with your needs today, don’t hold anything back. Let Him know all your feelings and frustrations; tell Him openly and honestly that you need His wisdom, guidance and provision.
Our early ancestors did not hold back when they needed God’s help, protection and deliverance … and neither should you. God knows that we need Him, but sometimes He will wait for us to acknowledge just how much we need Him! He wants us to approach with humility, purity, and trust. Simply stated, there is nothing our good Father in Heaven will not do for us, but He desires to hear the pleas of our heart. We must ask Him! So approach the Throne of grace with both reverence and confidence. He is waiting to hear your heartfelt plea.
Verse for Meditation – Psalm 119:132-135
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.
When you ask God to “steady your feet” like the psalmist did, you are not only asking Him to be the captain of your ship along stormy seas, you are also trusting that He will do so. God can do anything for us, but it is our faith that ultimately enacts His power upon our lives
No matter what your burden is today, ask Him to take your hand and to help you. Ask Him for the strength and courage needed to stand firm when the winds are blowing strong. Tell Him also that you desire to run the course He has laid out for you but that you need His help, His direction and providence. The good Lord has promised to help you stand and walk solidly by faith, so trust Him to give you all you need to do so.
Verse for Meditation – 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.
The psalmists often pleaded with God not to hold their past actions against them, but to instead lavish them with His mercy and compassion. Often on the edge of despair, the psalmists knew that they could do nothing without God and so they would beg Him to help them. Ever feel like you are begging God to forgive you? Like your past is holding you back from answered prayer?
The truth is, so long as we repent of our sins God is always ready, willing and able to not only forgive us but to help us. With God, there is no such thing as “blowing it” unless we ourselves do not care for His forgiveness. He always sanctifies a repentant sinner with His love and mercy. So if you feel on the brink of despair today, worried and stressed out about the past and what will come of the future, ask God first for forgiveness and then thank Him for His compassion. He will lift you from your low place, no doubt, and He will also comfort and strengthen you as you move forward on the path He’s laid out for you.
Verse for Meditation – Psalm 16:1-2
Keep me safe, O God;
in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord,
you are my Lord,
you are my only good.
When we run to God for help it is oftentimes because our circumstances have made us feel vulnerable. And when we are fearful we need a safe refuge; we need to feel protected.
The most powerful form of protection from the darts of the enemy is, of course, spiritual protection – God, His armor, His Word and His angels. But we also need tangible protection from worldly and emotional dangers as well. God promised His overall divine protection to any child of His who takes refuge in Him. By praying with the divinely-inspired psalms, meditating on these powerful and living verses, we not only pray the tried and true, proven prayers that work, we also become humble in spirit like the psalmists did — knowing that we are nothing without God and that it is only He who can help us. This humility is key to God’s many blessings. And what’s great about all of this is that you do not have to take refuge in your own strength and abilities (which would only cause more stress); but rather, you can take refuge in Him — your Father in Heaven — who has promised to protect you against any and all trials and tribulations – spiritual, worldly or otherwise!
Psalm for Deeper Meditation – Psalm 91
[Psalm 90 Douay-Rheims version]
He that dwelleth in the aid of the most High, shall abide under the protection of the God of Jacob.
He shall say to the Lord: Thou art my protector, and my refuge: my God, in him will I trust.
For he hath delivered me from the snare of the hunters: and from the sharp word.
He will overshadow thee with his shoulders: and under his wings thou shalt trust.
His truth shall compass thee with a shield: thou shalt not be afraid of the terror of the night.
Of the arrow that flieth in the day, of the business that walketh about in the dark: of invasion, or of the noonday devil.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand: but it shall not come nigh thee.
But thou shalt consider with thy eyes: and shalt see the reward of the wicked.
Because thou, O Lord, art my hope: thou hast made the most High thy refuge.
There shall no evil come to thee: nor shall the scourge come near thy dwelling.
For he hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways.
In their hands they shall bear thee up: lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Thou shalt walk upon the asp and the basilisk: and thou shalt trample under foot the lion and the dragon.
Because he hoped in me I will deliver him: I will protect him because he hath known my name.
He shall cry to me, and I will hear him: I am with him in tribulation, I will deliver him, and I will glorify him.
I will fill him with length of days; and I will shew him my salvation.
Psalm 91 is one of the most powerful prayers of protection this side of Heaven. After you have spent time meditating on the previous four verses above, spend another five minutes on Psalm 91 alone. Prayerfully meditate on each verse slowly and contemplatively, and believe the holy words that you are reading! Remember, you are meditating on the living, breathing and infallible promises of Almighty God — and He will not fail you! His protection is unfailing and impenetrable.
With God by your side, friend, the enemy cannot harm you. In other words, there is nothing more important this side of Heaven than for us to stay armed up in the power of prayer — and the psalms are the tried and true prayers of our ancestors. As you draw near to God with these powerful psalm passages, God will draw near to you and He will help you! Trust in Him.