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Psalm 32 Prayer Pattern to Resolve Guilt, Shame, and Fear

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“Don’t be like a senseless mule.”

Psalm 32 Prayer Pattern illustrates how King David prayed to resolve his guilt, shame, and fear. You can use this model of prayer when you are struggling with how to resolve your own guilt, shame, and fear. Use Psalms Prayer Patterns to pour out your heart to God while acknowledging your weakness and His strength, as you grow deeper in your relationship with Him.

Psalm 32 Prayer Pattern

Oh, what joy for those
      whose disobedience is forgiven,
      whose sin is put out of sight!
Yes, what joy for those
      whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt,
      whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
When I refused to confess my sin,
      my body wasted away,
      and I groaned all day long.
Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
      My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude

Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
      and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.”
      And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Interlude

Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time,
      that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
For you are my hiding place;
      you protect me from trouble.
      You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude

The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
      I will advise you and watch over you.
Do not be like a senseless horse or mule
      that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”

Many sorrows come to the wicked,
      but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD.
So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him!
      Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!       

—Psalm 32 NLT

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