18 Jun
2023

A Prayer for the World

Passage: Psalm 47

“Heaven have mercy on us all ā€“ Presbyterians and Pagans alike ā€“ for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending.” Herman Melville, Moby Dick

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

How have you learned to pray? Jesus would have prayed with the same psalms we have. How are the psalms the right tool for prayer?

Read Psalm 47. What does this passage reveal to us about God and about the human condition?

In what ways are you most aware of your longing for the return of our great King? Consider this sense of longing personally, as a local church, and part of the global church.

This psalm is a call to praise and worship. What is the reason for this worship? How does the reason for worship in this psalm encourage you to worship? What get’s in the way of your worship and how might this psalm help correct our focus?

There is no doubt of God’s power, authority, and sovereignty over the powers of this world. How does that shape your hopes and fears in this life?

PRAYER

Spend time praying for Covenant Church: for fellowship with the risen Jesus, spiritual renewal and refreshment, for thankful hearts, for wisdom, faithfulness, and a commitment to do justice and show mercy.

Share with your group how they can be praying for you: what is weighing on you from this past week? What are you praising God for from this past week?

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13