Prayer Guide: Psalm 20

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
    May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
May he send you help from the sanctuary
    and give you support from Zion!
May he remember all your offerings
    and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices!    Selah

May he grant you your heart’s desire
    and fulfill all your plans!
May we shout for joy over your salvation,
    and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!

Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed;
    he will answer him from his holy heaven
    with the saving might of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They collapse and fall,
    but we rise and stand upright.

O Lord, save the king!
    May he answer us when we call.


God’s Praiseworthy Attributes:

  • Answers us in our troubles – vv. 1,6 & 9
  • Protects us by His name – v. 1
  • Sends help and support from heaven – v. 2
  • Remembers and regards our sacrifices – v. 3
  • Grants our hearts desires and fulfills our plans – v.  4
  • Grants joyful salvation – v. 5
  • Grants victory in his name – v. 5
  • Saves by his might – vv. 6 & 9
  • His name is trustworthy – v. 7
  • Gives us power to stand – v. 8

Possible Prayer Prompts:

  • I praise You Lord that You answered me in trouble when…
  • I praise You for the joy I feel because You saved me from…
  • I praise You that because Your name is _______________, I have victory over _________.
  • I praise You that because Your name is ____________, I can trust You for _____________.
  • Thank You that You give us power to stand, even when we encounter ________________.


  • I surrender my heart’s desire for _____________, asking You to conform it to Your will.
  • I submit my plans for _____________, asking that You would direct my steps to honor You.
  • I confess that too often, rather than trusting in Your name, I have put my trust in…


  • Lord, because Your name is ___________, I trust You to protect me from…
  • Today, I call on Your name to help me as I…
  • I pray that we will know the shout of joy when You save _____________ (name) from…
  • Lord, I pray that the saving might of Your right hand will…
  • Because Your name is _____________, I trust You for…
  • Lord, I pray that You would give divine support to ___________ (name) as they…
  • We call on You to save our spiritual leaders from…


  • Thank You that Your name is our banner of victory over that enemy of …
    • Antiphonal response: “We shout for joy in Your salvation!”
  • Lord, we trust You to save us from…
    • Antiphonal group response: “With the saving might of Your right hand!”