Psalm 86

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

We are temporarily suspending the audio portion of this study via the RichlySpeaking podcast. Here is today’s prayer, preceded by the text from the Contemporary English Version, copyright 1995, by the America Bible Society.

Psalm 86:

Please listen, Lord, and answer my prayer! I am poor and helpless. Protect me and save me because you are my God. I am your faithful servant, and I trust you. Be kind to me! I pray to you all day. Make my heart glad! I serve you, and my prayer is sincere. You willingly forgive, and your love is always there for those who pray to you. Please listen, Lord! Answer my prayer for help. When I am in trouble, I pray, knowing you will listen.

No other gods are like you; only you work miracles. You created each nation, and they will all bow down to worship and honor you. You perform great wonders because you alone are God.

Teach me to follow you, and I will obey your truth. Always keep me faithful. With all my heart I thank you. I praise you, Lord God. Your love for me is so great that you protected me from death and the grave.

Proud and violent enemies, who don’t care about you, have ganged up to attack and kill me. But you, the Lord God, are kind and merciful. You don’t easily get angry, and your love can always be trusted.  I serve you, Lord, and I am the child of one of your servants. Look on me with kindness. Make me strong and save me.  Show that you approve of me! Then my hateful enemies will feel like fools, because you have helped and comforted me.

You willingly forgive, and your love is always there for those who pray to you.

Here is today’s prayer:

God. Abba. Father.

We thank you today for the many truths proclaimed by the psalmist. You are the great I Am, the King above all kings. We give our lives to you. We trust you. Hear our prayer. Have mercy. Give us your joy.

Thank you for being so good to us. Your love and grace are always available to those who call to you. Yes, anytime we are anxious, or in trouble or distress, every time we pray, you answer. We place our confidence and hope and trust in you alone.

Why? Because there is none like you! No other god listens. No other god answers. No other god compares with you nor performs the miracles you do. We worship you, oh great King!

Teach us your ways. Give us the courage and discipline to follow as you lead. We desire that you be first in our heart. Always.

Thank you for watching over us and protecting us. You have saved us. You are tender and kind. Indeed, you are slow to anger, patient and compassionate towards us. You only have our best in mind. Give us the strength we need for today. Thank you for caring for us. You are our Father.

Show us your great love today. May those all around us see first-hand that you love us. May they be also be encouraged today. Thank you for always comforting us with your grace and giving us your peace.

Through Jesus.

Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

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