Anyone who gets up early and works out regularly understands the issue…
Sometimes you get up, the sun is shining, you feel great, and you’re ready to tackle your workout regimen or run! On the farm we expressed it this way… “Like a good horse, chomping at the bit!”
And then there are other days… You feel tired, lacking motivation, a bit discouraged, achy… fact is you’d just like to crawl back into bed and pull the covers over your head… “Let the world go away!”
Somehow, I feel like King David, would have felt a bit like my second example when he wrote Psalm 86! Things weren’t going well, things in the throne room were a struggle, He was a bit discouraged, faith was a steep uphill climb… He didn’t know what to do except pray about it and pour out his heart to God – so that’s what he did…
Hey, it’s Monday! Maybe you feel that way too… My advice on this Monday? Make the words of Psalm 86 your prayer at the beginning of this week!
A PRAYER OF DAVID. “Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life – 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. 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 no one 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! … Show me a sign of your favor!” (From Psalm 86 ESV)
There it is… A prayer for Monday morning (and any other time it’s needed)!