9 Psalms to read for intercession (Psalms prayers for intercession)

From my walk with God and as a theologian, I have seen God work through interceding for others; I have seen God’s love through instances in which he has protected, restored, and delivered his people.

I have always read the book of Psalms during my intercessions, and recently, I shared some Psalms that talk about how to intercede to God with members of our Christian online forum.

It turned out to be an insightful discussion. I later decided to put the discussion in writing to reach a wider audience.

9 Psalms to read for intercession

Psalm 20:1

“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you.”

In this verse, the Psalmist is interceding for God’s protection. You can use this verse to pray for God’s protection among people you care for; use this Psalm to ask God to meet the needs of your people, family, and even your friends.

Psalm 13:3

“Consider and hear me, O Lord my God; Enlighten my eyes, Lest I sleep the sleep of death.”

We see King David praying to God to answer him in this verse. You can use this Psalm when you want God to remember your cries and answer your prayers; use the Psalm to allow God to bring forth your prayers into reality.

Psalm 106:23

“Therefore He said that He would destroy them, Had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the breach,
To turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them.”

This verse reminds us how Moses interceded to God not to destroy his fellow Israelites. Use this Psalm to ask God to forgive those you care about, to extend His grace and mercy upon them.

Psalm 28:9

“Save Your people, And bless Your inheritance; Shepherd them also, And bear them up forever.”

The Psalmist in this verse reminds us of God’s sovereignty how God shepherds His people and blesses them. Use this verse to ask God to bless and protect those people you care about; this verse can also be used to sustain those you are interceding on behalf of.

Psalm 122:6

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you.”

From this verse, we encounter the Psalmist praying on behalf of Jerusalem in this verse; he is asking God to prosper those people who love Him.

Use this verse to pray on behalf of your people, your society, or even your country.

Psalm 80:7

“Restore us, O God of hosts; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!”

As you read this verse, you find the writer interceding for God’s restoration. You can use this verse when interceding for God’s restoration in your community, family, and your friends.

Psalm 4:1

“Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.”

The writer of this Psalm is asking God to hear him; he wants God to listen to him and answer his intercessions. Use this verse to ask for God’s attention, to ask God to listen and answer your prayers.

Psalm 66:19

“But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer.”

Through this verse, we learn that God listens and that God answers prayers.

You can use this verse to declare God’s presence; use it to build your faith in God’s presence and that He can provide that which you have interceded for.

Psalm 69:13

“But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord, in the acceptable time; O God, in the multitude of Your mercy, Hear me in the truth of Your salvation.”

In this verse, the Psalmist indicates that his prayers are unto God and that he usually answers when we call upon him; that God is faithful.

You can use this verse to ask God to be gracious to your people and to be patient; use it to affirm that, indeed, God will not forget your prayers but will answer them at an appointed time.

How to use Psalms as an intercession prayer

Psalms prayers for intercession
How to use Psalms as an intercession prayer. Image source: Pixabay

The book of Psalms is loaded with God’s promises and how to ask God to fulfil those promises upon those who love Him; therefore, you can use Psalms to remind God of His promises and ask Him to fulfil them upon the people you are praying on behalf.

The Bible reminds us in Psalms 19:14 that the meditation of God’s words makes Him fulfil His promises; from this verse, we need to intercede by reading the Psalms, memorizing, meditating upon them, and narrating them during our prayer.

Psalms intercession prayer points

While interceding using Psalms, make sure to keep the following prayer points in mind;

  • Psalm intercession is done in the form of a prayer; Prayer gives us the leeway to talk to God directly, therefore making prayer the most important part of a Christian.
  • Intercessions are done against evil in people’s lives; use intercession prayers to ask God for healing, repentance, peace, justice, and blessings.
  • Psalms for intercessions are used to ask God’s promises on behalf of others.
  • Intercessory prayers for nations are so important because they give us the chance to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. They allow us to join with God in His work of restoring creation.
  • Intercessory prayers for nations are one way that we can be salt and light in a dark and broken world.
  • Use Psalm intercession prayers to welcome God in every domain of those you love.

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