Prayer Lessons from Psalm 25

Psalm 25 reveals timeless truths that we can use when praying.

To You, O Lord , I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. (Psalms 25:1, 2 NKJV)

Put our trust in God before anything else. We should not be ashamed if accept that He has forgiven our sin. Ask that evil would not triumph over us.

Other truths revealed:

– Those who wait on the Lord should not be ashamed.
– Those who do not wait but deal treacherously without cause should be ashamed.
– Teach me Your ways, Your truths and Your path Lord
– You are the God of my salvation and that’s why I will wait all day on You.
– The Lord has tender mercies and loving kindness.
– Ask the Lord not to remember your previous sins or transgressions.
– The Lord does not stoop low, He stands upright and teaches sinners in the Way.
– He guides the humble and also teaches them in the Way.
– For those who keep His testimonies and covenant, all of His paths lead to mercy and truth.
– Fear the Lord and He will teach you His ways.
– Keep your eyes always on The Lord so that your feet are not trapped in a net.
– Tell the Lord of your affliction, pain and troubles, as He is aware of them.
– Let integrity and uprightness be our way.
– Redeem Israel, God, out of all her troubles.

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Jacob Wrestles with God

Jacob was afraid to be reunited with his brother Esau and so he develops a plan to send his company before him with gifts and praise. The idea was to get his brother into good spirits so that Esau would not harm Jacob and his family. Jacob even reminds God of His own promise that He had made earlier.

Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, lest he come and attack me and the mother with the children. For You said, ‘I will surely treat you well, and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’ ” (Genesis 32:11, 12 NKJV)

What happens next is extremely fascinating. Jacob wrestles with God in the night.

Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. (Genesis 32:24 NKJV)

Not only do they wrestle, but God does not win. Jacob holds on for dear life and tells God that he will not let go unless God blesses him. God says He wants to be let go before day break.

Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” (Genesis 32:25, 26 NKJV)

This is the story of how Israel gets its name. The twelve tribes of Israel come from Jacob.

So He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Jacob.” And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked, saying, “Tell me Your name, I pray.” And He said, “Why is it that you ask about My name?” And He blessed him there. So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: “For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” (Genesis 32:27-30 NKJV)