Learning to Pray


Ni Rev. Kurt Horigan Asplundh

The Word is full of prayers that we can read and use to help us express our heartfelt states. They have a special power to open our minds to influx from heaven and to give us strength against evils and falsities.

"The Word in its literal sense, or the natural, is in its fullness, and also in its power; and by means of it man is in conjunction with the heavens" (The Word 5)

This power becomes effective when the Word is read or recited reverently by people on earth (Divine Providence 256, Apocalypse Explained 1066[4]).

Through prayers from the Word the Lord literally can "give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways" (Psalm 91:11).

Here are some examples from the Word, of prayers for personal strength:

"Direct my steps by Your word,
And let no iniquity have dominion over me,
Redeem me from the oppression of man,
That I may keep Your precepts.
Make Your face shine upon Your servant,
And teach me Your statutes." (Psalm 119:133-135)

"Lord, help me stop worrying anxiously about tomorrow, and give me strength to face the troubles of this day." (Adapted from Matthew 6:3-4)

"I am a little child O Lord, I do not know how to go out or come in.... Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil." (1 Kings 3:7, 9)

Of course, there are many more. Here are just a few more references that you can look up:

Prayers for troubled states: Psalm 4:1, Psalm 7:1, Psalm 42:1, Psalm 86:6-7.

Prayers for mercy and forgiveness: 2 Samuel 24:10, Psalm 25:7, 11, Psalm 130:1-5, Luke 18:13.

Prayers of personal commitment: Mark 12:30, Psalm 37:5.

Prayers of comfort: Psalm 90:1-2.

In so many instances, these prayers have great spiritual power and beauty - not just because of their natural language, but also because, when we read them, we open our minds to the Lord's influx. He says,

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." (Revelation 3:20)

When we pray, we are hearing His voice, and opening the door.

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For you, Lord, are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4)

(Mga Sanggunian: The Word 15)

Ang Bibliya


Psalms 7:1

Pag-aralan ang Malalim na Kahulugan


1 O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

   Pag-aralan ang Malalim na Kahulugan

Exploring the Meaning of Psalms 7      

Ni Rev. Julian Duckworth

Psalm 7 is a prayer, and offers praise to the Lord for deliverance.

Verse 1 opens with an affirmation of trust in the Lord, as well as a prayer to be saved from persecution. This touches on a key point: our relationship with the Lord goes both ways. The Lord can save us when we continually put our trust in Him; however, He cannot save us at a moment’s notice if we only call to Him in desperation (see Swedenborg’s work, True Christian Religion 329[4]).

The first two verses deal with this point well. If we are not living the Lord’s truths through our actions, there is nothing to deliver us when evils tear at our souls.

Verses 3 to 5 address the issue of intentional harm. If we - even as followers of the Lord - repay evil to someone who is at peace with us, this psalm declares that we will be overtaken by our enemies, trampled down, and our honor cast into the dust.

The spiritual meaning here is to acknowledge that we are all capable of evil. We all will stray from the Lord’s commandments from time to time, even if we tell ourselves that we could not, or would not wish to. Far better to admit this than to face the consequences of denial (see Swedenborg’s work, Arcana Caelestia 141).

Verses 6 to 11 pray for the Lord’s righteousness to prevail against evil. This middle section of the psalm presents a somewhat misleading picture of God’s anger; although the text tells us He is “angry with the wicked every day”, it is not individual people, but wickedness itself that He fights. This is supported by the beginning of verse 9: “Let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end.” He opposes wickedness because it prevents people from experiencing the joys of heavenly life.

The last part of the psalm describes the many ways that evil brings about its own downfall. This knowledge can help us understand our personal experiences with wickedness and temptation. If we become ensnared in evils, we will live in fear and suffering of our own making (Arcana Caelestia 3718).

Psalm 7 serves as a reminder that our true enemies are within, and become evident in our unregenerate and unrepentant states (see Swedenborg’s work, Divine Providence 147). We need to battle against these evils, so that they no longer hold power over us.

Taken collectively, the psalms describe the Lord’s inner states during his life in the world, which makes this idea especially relevant. Our work in regeneration mirrors His temptations and the work of glorifying His human.

Mula sa Mga gawa ni Swedenborg

Pangunahing paliwanag:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 257

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