Sweepstakers come from many walks of life and creeds and use devices of luck like charms either for fun or in the sincere belief that the symbol has some power to bring them success. But they may utilize something deeper—the power of prayer. The book of Psalms is a wonderful resource for verses to use in prayers related to luck and success. If you find yourself completely lacking thoughts on the words to use or just in need of a little inspiration to get you started, here are some verses to help.
For the sake of brevity, I only share one complete psalm and make reference to the rest with a sentence or two and how they relate to luck and success. These are all taken from the King James version. While I highlight the Judeo-Christian tradition here, please note that this article is part of continuing series on different beliefs about luck and success from many paths. See the link at the end of this article for more more.
General prayers for wealth, success and gratitudePsalm 41
This psalm is 13 verses long and begins:
"Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble...."
It describes the grace bestowed upon those who care for the poor and also the poor themselves.
The entire 62nd psalm exalts God as the foundation of one's faith, life and success, but verse 11 drives the point of faith home.
"God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth to God."
Praise is given for all the abundance God provides from the seas to the earth in Psalm 65, which begins:
"Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion; and unto thee shall the vow be performed."
I consider this one an inspiration for personal prayers of gratitude for all the abundance and success you have now or have faith you will receive either in terms of material goods or for family, friends and other riches of the spirit.
For those who want something in little more direct as far as the lottery is concerned, psalm 72 verse 16, which is a song for King Solomon my inspire.
"There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.
Psalms 92 and 95
Verse 1 of psalm 92 is another example of a prayer of gratitude:
"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High."
In verse 1 of 95 we see the same type of praise:
"O Come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation."
Prayers to be upliftedPsalm 13
Those who are down about their luck will find comfort in this psalm.
"How long wilt though forget me, O Lord? for ever? How long wilt thou hide thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; Lest my enemy say, I have prevailed against him, and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved. But I have trusted in thy mercy: my heart shall rejoice in they salvation. I will sing unto the Lord,because he hath dealt bountifully with me."
This is arguably the most famous of all the psalms and is a prayer many use to ask for blessings, as well as express gratitude for them. Here are the first and last verses of this uplifting psalm.
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want....Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
As mentioned above, this is part of a series found in the Luck section of the Contests and Sweepstakes site.