It’s okay to ask…

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Psalm 72:15 Long may (the king) live! May gold of Sheba be given to him. May prayer be made for him continually, and blessings invoked for him all day long. 16 May there be abundance of grain in the land; may it wave on the tops of the mountains; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field. May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun. May all nations be blessed in him; may they pronounce him happy. 18 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. 19 Blessed be his glorious name forever; may his glory fill the whole earth. Amen and Amen.

Psalm 72 is an interesting psalm written by King Solomon who was King David’s son. In reading the psalm it appears Solomon is asking for all kinds of blessing and favor for himself – which he is. If you read from the very beginning of the psalm it almost gets ridiculous. Dude – really? I thought the psalms were supposed to be about praising God. But then verses 18-19 tell the rest of the story. The point of asking for blessings for the king is not to elevate the king, but elevate the King – the God whom Solomon represents.

I’ve often heard people expressing guilt, or at least apprehension, about praying for oneself. Solomon obviously had no problem doing so, nor should we. In fact, God the Father invites us to bring all things to him in prayer: praises, concerns, petitions for others, and even personal requests. God wants it all. Lord, give us grace to express all things to you in prayer. Teach us to hold nothing back. Amen.

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