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Summary: A National Call To Pray!. PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email:

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(1). Prayers to God (vs 1-5)

(2). Confidence in God (vs 6-8)

(3). Reliance on God (vs 9)



• On May 27, the German High Command announced:

• “The British army is encircled and our troops are proceeding to its annihilation”.

The Prime Minister Winston Churchill said:

“I thought, and some good judges agreed with me that perhaps 20,000 or 30,000 men might be re-embarked. The whole root and core and brain of the British army . . . seemed about to perish on the field or be led into captivity.”

• The previous Sunday May 26 1940,

• At the request of His Majesty King George VI,

• Had been set apart and observed as a National Day of Prayer.

• In a stirring broadcast, the King called the people of Britain and the empire;

• To commit their cause to God. The whole nation was at prayer.

• Three miracles then happened:

• Hitler stopped his general advance,

• a storm of extraordinary fury grounded the German Air Force on May 28th,

• a great calm settled over the English Channel for several days.

• Which allowed 338,000 men of the British army to be evacuated from Dunkirk!

• The success against the odds of the evacuation of 338,000 men;

• From the beaches of Dunkirk was widely regarded as a ‘miracle’.

• A ‘national day of prayer’ was called for by the King;

• More than once, in fact at several critical points during the war,

• TRANSITION: Verse 9: Is a call to the nation to pray:

• “Lord, give victory to the king! Answer us when we call!”

• This was an Old Testament instruction to dedicate themselves to the Lord.

• (Deuteronomy chapter 20 verses 1-4):

• In doing this they would remember that no matter how big the opposing army might be!

• It was the Lord who would grant them victory;

This psalm is a prayer written by David for such an occasion:

• Most commenters suggest that Psalm 20 and Psalm 21 go together as a pair;

Psalm 20 is mostly ceremony before a battle.

Psalm 21 is mostly celebration after a battle.

• This Psalm shows the value that David placed on prayer.

• David knew that prayer was his best weapon when he went into battle.

• And so, David gave the people of Israel who stayed behind a prayer to pray.

• And through this important work of prayer,

• Even those staying behind could share in the victory.


• Sam the local scoundrel shows up at a Church meeting, seeking help.

• He tells the pastor: "I need you to pray for my hearing,"

• The pastor puts his fingers on Sam’s ears and prays and prays and prays.

• When he’s done, he asks Sam, "How’s your hearing now?"

• Sam replies:

• "I don’t know, ‘cause I don’t go to court till next Tuesday."


• A more serious illustration regarding prayer from the life of Charles Spurgeon.

• Many years ago five young college students made their way to London;

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