Psalm 121 is a powerful Psalm that you can use to pray for your family each day. We as Proverbs 31 women are called to pray for our families on a regular basis. Whether your children are still small, or you have children who have flown the nest, we as women of God will never cease to pray for our loved ones!
Here are 3 ways you can use Psalm 121 to pray for your family.
How to Pray Psalm 121 Over your Family
Psalm 121 is one of my favorite psalms, because it focuses on the power and omnipresence of our wonderful God. God is all-powerful, and is in all places at the same time (omnipresent). So even when we are not physically with those we love most, we can trust that God is with them and is watching over them.
Let’s take a closer look at this powerful Psalm:
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
This is a beautiful psalm on how the Lord lovingly watches over us. It is so comforting to know that no matter what struggles and difficulties we may come across, the Lord will watch over us and be our shade at our right hand.
Praise the Lord!
Here are ways we can apply this psalm as we pray for your families:
1. Use Psalm 121 to pray for help from the Lord
I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Use Psalm 121 to pray for God’s help as you pray for your family. Oftentimes, we may feel helpless when we watch our beloved family members make decisions that are contrary to God’s Word. We are not able to control the actions of our family members, but we CAN pray for the Lord to help them. When we seek the Lord for help and strength for our families, he will be attentive to our prayers (Psalm 6:9).
Prayer: Lord I thank you that my help comes from you. You are the Maker of heaven and earth, and you are the designer of my family. Please help my family honor and glorify you in everything we do. Help us to live lives that are pleasing to you each day.
2. Use Psalm 121 to pray for your family in the evening
He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Isn’t it comforting to know that God never sleeps? How many nights have you been up at night worrying about a child or other family member? We can sleep peacefully knowing that God NEVER sleeps, and is watching over our loved ones while we sleep. We don’t have to be gripped with fear or worry–God can handle it!
Use Psalm 121 to pray for your family before you go to bed, then trust that God will be with them–and you can have a good night’s sleep knowing that our great God cares for us!
Prayer: Lord thank you that you will never let my foot slip. You watch over me and my family, and you will not slumber. Thank you Lord, that you will not slumber or sleep! Help me to remember that you will watch over my family even while I sleep. Amen.
3. Use Psalm 121 to pray for your family as a prayer of protection
The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
We can also pray this powerful psalm as a prayer of protection. During these times of great difficulty in our world, we can take great comfort and strength in the fact that God watches over our coming and going. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight (Hebrews 4:13). Nothing takes God by surprise, or slips through his watchful eye. He knows everything, and he certainly knows that the devil prowls around like a lion looking to steal, kill and destroy God’s people (1 Peter 5:8, John 10:10).
God knows our family needs protection from the enemy’s snares, and his Word says that he will watch over lives. Does this mean that our loved ones will never experience a trip to the emergency room? No.
But we DO know that God will NEVER abandon his people, and that nothing in all of creation can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:39).
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-19
This is the promise we can cling to, and stand upon each day as we pray for our families.
Praise be to God!
Prayer: Lord thank you so much that you promise to keep me from harm. I ask that you will surround my family with your shield of favor and protection, and watch over them each day. Thank you that you watch over our going out and our coming in. I trust you to lead and guide my family today. Amen.
Related: You can also read this post on how to pray Psalm 91 as a prayer of protection over your family!
4 Powerful Truths from Praying Psalm 121 for your Family
Here are four important truths we can take away from this powerful psalm
1. God will help us
Never doubt this powerful truth, remember that God will help us! God is our refuge and strength, and an ever-present help in trouble. He loves us and will come to our aid when we see his face and call on his name for help. This means that we can also pray that God will help our family members.
2. God never sleeps on the job!
What a comfort and blessing it is to know that God never sleeps! He never gets tired, and he never needs someone to take over his night shift! When we feel depleted of strength and need to rest our eyes, we can trust that God will never leave our side. He watches over in our families as we sleep so we can gather the strength we need to conquer the next day.
Psalm 121 is a powerful reminder that God will never leave our side!
3. God will protect us
God is our Mighty Fortress, and will protect us from the snares of the evil one. We as parents love our children so much that we will do anything to protect and keep them safe. How much more will God protect us and watch over us, his beloved children!
4. God Deeply cares for us
Psalm 121 is also a great reminder of how much God cares for us. God promises in this psalm to help us, and to not let our feet slip. Cares so much about us that he never fails to watch over us. He loved us so much that he paid the ultimate sacrifice by sending Jesus to die on the cross for our sins so that we can have eternal security with him forever!
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As you pray for your family each day, pray the powerful words of Psalm 121, and trust that the Lord will watch over your loved ones!
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