From the straits

“From the straits I called to Yah. Yah answered me in a wide-open place. The LORD is for me, I shall not fear. What can humankind do to me…All the nations surrounded me. With the LORD’s name I cut them down. They swarmed round me, oh they surrounded me. With the LORD’s name I cut them down…You pushed me hard to knock me down, but the LORD helped me. My strength and my might [song] is Yah, and He has become my rescue [Hebrew: yeshuah—‘salvation’]” (Psalm 118:5-14—Robert Alter translation).

O God of Israel, You are the Shield of Abraham. Shield the borders and the leaders of Israel.
O Christ Jesus, You are the Son of David. Your dominion be established in Israel, as it is in heaven.
O Holy Spirit, You are the Ruach haKodesh. Blow across the nation of Israel and convict her of her sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.

Answer our prayers, O True God, the righteous, who makes us right. You have rescued us from sin. Hear us and hide us in Your favor. Bring victory in defeat and hope in hopelessness in Israel and in the Mississippi Delta. Amen.
Genesis 15:1, John 16:8, Psalm 4:1

Inspiration for this prayer came from Martin and Norma Sarvis’ prayer letter.

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