Prayer Tips: Balanced Prayer

In Gordon D. Fee & Douglas Stuart’s Book How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, I found a gem too good not to share.  All credit to these writers for the hard work they put into this book.

In chapter 11 of the above mentioned book, the authors explain the six (6) elements that show up in nearly all the group of lament psalms.  They are as follows: (for a deeper explanation I suggest reading the entire book, but ask in the comments and I will share more thoughts)

  1. Address
  2. Complaint
  3. Trust
  4. Deliverance
  5. Assurance
  6. Praise

The book then explains how/where these elements align in Psalm 3

Psalm 3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Morning Prayer of Trust in God.

A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

Lord, how my adversaries have increased!
Many are rising up against me.
Many are saying of my soul,
“There is no deliverance for him in God.” Selah.

But You, O Lord, are a shield about me,
My glory, and the One who lifts my head.
I was crying to the Lord with my voice,
And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah.
I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustains me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set themselves against me round about.

Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God!
For You have smitten all my enemies on the cheek;
You have shattered the teeth of the wicked.
Salvation belongs to the Lord;
Your blessing be upon Your people! Selah.


I won’t rob you or bore you with the alignment of those elements here as I think it is pretty clear.  I assume it is why the authors chose this psalm.  However, the gem I wanted to share is a statement they made there after.

“Much can be learned from a lament such as Psalm 3.  The importance of a balanced prayer is at the top of the list.”

Lord, bless me with the skill of balance as I pray to You.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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