“Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men and women; protect me from people of violence who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up dissension and war every day. They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers in on their lips. Selah”
Oh Father, surely there are evil people in this world who have used violence to hurt and kill. We have seen random attacks, acts of terrorism and abuse of authority. The news reports their stories. Some have political agendas, some mental or emotional issues, some simply enjoy the resulting death and destruction.
Making their “tongues as sharp as serpents” allows them to masquerade as “normal” until their deed is carried out. The poison in their words allows them to fool people around them into thinking nothing is wrong. Or possibly even lead others into the same darkness in which they operate. Their lies and deceit create confusion even after the fact, so that truth is hard to discern.
But there are also enemies who operate in the spiritual realm. You tell us of rulers, authorities, principalities and spiritual forces in the heavenly realms who also seek our destruction. We need Your protection from them as well.
Father, “keep me from the hands of the wicked; protect me from people of violence who plan to trip my feet. They have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path.”
“Do not grant the wicked their desires. O Lord; do not let their plans succeed…”
Father, beyond those who would seek to kill, there are those who would delight in keeping me and others from Your righteous path; from living a godly life. Those who would enjoy the moral failure of any believer. Protect me and my loved ones from any who would act or plan to draw us away from You, or cause us to stumble in our pursuit of a closer relationship with You.
Do not allow ego, misunderstanding, or emotions to lead me away. Do not let me fall into hopelessness or depression that would keep me distant from You. Protect my mind, my emotions, my body, and my spirit from any and all attacks.
Thank You for the power of praying Your Word.
Father, “secure justice for the poor and uphold the cause of the needy. You are my God! Hear, O Lord, my cry for mercy. O Sovereign Lord, my strong Deliverer…” Amen