8 Do not hold us guilty for the sins of our ancestors!
Let your compassion quickly meet our needs,
for we are on the brink of despair.
9 Help us, O God of our salvation!
Help us for the glory of your name.
Save us and forgive our sins
for the honor of your name.
10 Why should pagan nations be allowed to scoff,
asking, “Where is their God?”
Show us your vengeance against the nations,
for they have spilled the blood of your servants.
11 Listen to the moaning of the prisoners.
Demonstrate your great power by saving those condemned to die.
12 O Lord, pay back our neighbors seven times
for the scorn they have hurled at you.
13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
will thank you forever and ever,
praising your greatness from generation to generation. NLT
What causes a person to pray like the writer does in verse 8?
What is the prayer request of verse 9? Is it selfish? Explain.
What is the rationale the writer uses to make his prayer request in verses 10-12?
If the Lord comes through again for the people of Israel, what response does the writer promise?
How would it be possible for future generations to praise God over this situation?
::::: APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::
Which part of this prayer impacts you the most personally? Which part do you need to apply with conviction to your own walk of faith? Take some time to pray about this.