Let’s talk about praying the psalms for spiritual warfare today.
Nothing can be further from the truth, the psalms being vital and active part of God’s holy written word is latent with bullets of God’s word for spiritual warfare.
There’s no dying that fact.
Equally important is how to adequately use these psalms effectively in spiritual warfare.
Gracefully too, the psalms too are replete with how to pray it.
Without much ado, let’s get into the book of Psalm itself to see ready examples.
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Praying The Psalms For Spiritual Warfare
Here’s are a few examples of praying the psalms for spiritual warfare:
1. David’s Warfare Prayer (Psalm 35:1-10, KJV)
“Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.
Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.
Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them.
Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.
For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.
Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.
You see, that was King David praying and taking the offense on the enemy.
He was not pleading or begging, he did not even leave them and let God decide what and how He will deal with his enemies, no.
He was specific, straight on, right on point and decisive.
You can actually use this warfare prayer by David in your prayers if you are faced with a similar situation.
But don’t forget to clench your prayer at the end with the wonderful phrase given us in Christ to pray and receive answers from God; ‘in the name of Jesus’
2. Another Example by David
Elsewhere in the Psalms, we see another wonderful warfare prayer by David that you can use to pray:
The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation. Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken. (Psalm 37:14-15, KJV)
Straight on, you can pray the exact words substituting self when appropriate:
Lord, the wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down and to slay me.
But nay, their sword shall enter into their heart and their bows shall be broken, in Jesus name.
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3. Again, you can use this example in Psalm 27:1-3, another prayer of David with warfare undertone.
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.”
You can pray thus: Lord, you’re my light and my salvation. I refuse to fear. You are the strength of my life, I shall never be afraid.
Though the wicked, mine enemies and foes have come up against me to eat up my flesh (body in sickness, affliction and diseases), they have and shall stumble and fall.
Though an evil host of darkness, lack and want encamps against me, my heart shall not fear.
And though spiritual war has risen against me (battle for my life, battle against my marriage, finances, business, ministry), my confidence shall not wane nor go down because you are with me as a mighty man of battle.
Destroy them Lord and let all kiss the dust in shame, why my head in lifted up in joy, gladness and glory, in Jesus name.
4. Here’s another example of praying the psalms for spiritual warfare that you may find interesting.
It is also a prayer of David.
“Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts.
Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.” (Psalm 28:3-4, KJV)
A bit different from the ones we have examined, we see David in this case entreating the Lord against his enemies.
But the 4th verse is very direct and decisive.
Lord, ‘give them the punishment they so richly deserve! Measure it out in proportion to their wickedness. Pay them back for all their evil deeds! Give them a taste of what they have done to others’ (Psalm 28:4, NLT)
You should pray same, asking the Lord to deal with your enemies same way David asked Him to deal with them.
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5. Again, there’s a Psalm of David in Chapter 118 of the book of Psalm that may very well resonate with you, it is strictly a celebration of victory in spiritual warfare.
All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the LORD I cut them off.
They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the LORD I cut them off.
They swarmed around me like bees, but they died out as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them off. (Psalm 118:10-12, NIV)
You can pray thus: “Affliction, demons, sicknesses, frustrations and all evil surround me, but in the name of Jesus, I overcome them, I cut them off.
Yes, I may be surrounded on every side by evil and enemy advancing troop, but in the name of Jesus, I overcome them, I overthrow and overturn them.
Yes, the enemy is against me on all sides like bees, yet, in Jesus name, I conquer them. In the name of Jesus Christ, I bring Satan and his hosts arrayed against me down.
I command them to kiss the dust, I rub their faces in the dirt, in Jesus’ mighty name.”
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On and on, you will find living practical examples of praying the psalms for spiritual warfare right there in the book of Psalm itself.
But we think the few examples above all enough to give you a head start in prayer.
They are actually intended to show, teach and guide you on how to pray the psalms.
As you already know, the psalms are either said or prayed.
Did you ever hear of the phrase: ‘praying the word?’
That is simply taking God’s word back to Him in prayer, substituting your name and need when appropriate.
That’s exactly how praying the psalms for spiritual warfare is done.
But in this case, you are head-on, face to face with the devil in your prayers.
And even when you are entreating God against your enemy, you are decisive about it, you know what you want God to do to them, you are clear with your words what punishment you want God to give them.
That’s how to pray the psalms; you don’t live blank spaces for God to fill, no.
You don’t resign yourself to fate, leaving everything to God, no.
You shoot at your enemy like a soldier in war who is at a vantage point against an opposition.
You are the one with the gun (not God), you pull the trigger and God will finish the rest.
God bless you.
All the best!