Psalm 86 – Prayer for Every Day

We call to God today, using Psalm 86 as our guide.  Our posture as we seek the King is humble, and we will experience the joy of the Lord as we call to him all day long.  God is present here and now and is not far off.  Rely on him as our shepherd and he will answer!

1 Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
2 Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; 3 have mercy on me, Lord,
for I call to you all day long.
4 Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
for I put my trust in you.
Psalm 86:1-4

Psalm 86 is a prayer we could probably pray daily for the rest of our lives.  I think I’ll slow down and work through it over several days to get the full impact of its blessing.

Our approach to God is from a position of being poor and needy.  No matter what our stature is in the world around us, before God we are poor and needy.  Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, Jesus teaches in Matthew 5:3.  We ought to come before almighty God with humility.

Some of us (and perhaps all of us at one time) come wretched and blind, even, like the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3.  We become lukewarm and need our fire lit up again.  Poor and needy; each one of us, at the foot of God; poor and needy.

God is the one who can guard our lives.  We proclaim our allegiance to God and our trust in him, and we ask, as your servants, God, will you guard our lives?  We don’t deserve what we ask for, yet we rely on the promise of God to fulfill our needs as our shepherd (Psalm 23).

We can and we should call upon him all day long.  God is not the God of the morning or the evening prayer or the trouble or the crisis.  God is the God of every circumstance and situation.  Call upon him at all times for wisdom and help and power and love. He will bring joy as we realize how awesome his presence is to our humble circumstance.

Hear us, Oh God…


Marc Kinna

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