Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help. Protect me, for I am devoted to you. Save me, for I serve you and trust you.
You are my God. Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly. Psalm 86:1-3 NLT
Psalm 86 is attributed to David. In many ways, it seems to be a typical psalm or what you would find to expect when you read the Psalms. The difference for me is that this prayer or song is very direct and personal. Below I have pulled out the direct requests found in Psalm 86 and David’s rationale for asking. In my mind they may serve us as a guide for our prayers this week:
Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help.
Protect me, for I am devoted to you.
Save me, for I serve you and trust you. You are my God.
Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly.
Give me happiness, O Lord, for I give myself to you.
Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth!
Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.
Look down and have mercy on me.
Give your strength to your servant.
Send me a sign of your favor.
Interspersed in this Psalm are words of praise and honor to God. Here are a few of them that you may want to end with today.
O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help. I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble, and you will answer me. No pagan god is like you, O Lord. None can do what you do! All the nations you made will come and bow before you, Lord; they will praise your holy name. For you are great and perform wonderful deeds. You alone are God. Psalm 86:5,7-10 NLT
“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” ― Mother Teresa
“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.” ― Corrie Ten Boom
Wes Humble is the Executive Director of Ministry and Community Relations at Liberty HealthShare. He has thirty years of experience in various pastoral and editorial roles, and he is passionate about responding to the spiritual needs of both ministry staff and members.