This morning during “coffee with the Lord” I read the wonderful prayer of a godly person who found himself facing challenging circumstances… And if you think that godly people (notice I didn’t say “perfect” people) don’t face challenging circumstances, you are badly mistaken!
The issue is, what to do when you face circumstances like that? King David, the one who wrote this psalm, illustrates and models what to do… PRAY! In fact, as I read this psalm today, I determined to make it my prayer in situations like that. I’ve not included the entire psalm – I’ve just given you a sampling of its contents. My advice? Make of mental note of Psalm 86 and determine to use it to guide your prayer in difficult circumstances… and if you’re facing some right now, for “heaven’s sake” use it and make it your prayer!!
“Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.
“There is none like you … O Lord, nor are there any works like yours! … For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God! Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol (i.e. death)…
“You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to me, and save me. Show me a sign of your favor… You, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.”
(from Psalm 86 ESV)