Read Psalm 79 today.
What is the situation of the psalmist?
What is the psalmist asking from God?
We can ask for God’s intervening work in the world.
As you reflect on this, pray in these ways and any other way the Holy Spirit leads.
For God to intervene in the injustices against all people and places around the world.
For protection from and prevention of war between countries and within countries.
For people and nations to come to repentance and for the goodness and glory of God to be seen.
For the great injustices as well as the small ones, and that we would be people who would listen to those who cry out, are hurting, and need care.
Prayer in a Time of National Disaster
Asaph’s poetic song
1 God, won’t you do something?
Barbarians have invaded your inheritance.
Your temple of holiness has been violated,
and Jerusalem has been left in ruins.
2 The corpses of your loving people are lying in the open--
food for the beasts and the birds.
3 The shed blood of your servants has soaked the city,
with no one left to bury the dead.
4 Now the nearby nations heap their scorn upon us,
scoffing, mocking us incessantly.
5 How much longer, O Yahweh, must we endure this?
Does your anger have no end?
Will your jealousy burn like a raging fire?
6 If you’re going to pour out your anger,
pour it out on all these nations around us, not on us!
They’re the ones who do not love you like we do!
7 See how they’ve attacked us, consuming the land,
leaving it desolate.
8 Please, God, don’t hold the sins of our fathers against us.
Don’t make us pay for their sins.
Hurry to our side, and let your tenderhearted mercy
meet us in our need, for we are devastated beyond belief.
9 Our hero, come and rescue us!
O God of the breakthrough, for the glory of your name,
come and help us!
Forgive and restore us; heal us and cover us in your love.
10Why should all the nations sneer at us, saying,
“Where is this God of yours?”
Now is the time, Lord.
Show your people and all the world that
you will avenge this slaughter and bloodshed once and for all!
11Listen, Lord! Hear the sighing of all the prisoners of war,
all those doomed to die. Demonstrate your glory-power,
and come and rescue your condemned children!
12Lord God, take what these mocking masses have done to us
and pay it all back to them seven times over.
13Then we, your devoted lovers, will forever thank you,
praising your name from generation to generation!