Morning Devotion: Read Psalm 86
Psalms 86:1 ¶<<A Prayer of David.>> Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy. 2 Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee. 3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily. 4 Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. 5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. 6 Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. 7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.
Prayer, how often does man pray? God tells us to pray without ceasing, and to spend time with God. We are to seek the Lord early in prayer. Yet, prayer is often a fleeting thing for the requirement of prayer is time. To utilize time, we must set priorities. For one to say they did not have time to pray is to say, God was not their priority. We must seek him first and all these things will be added unto us.
Another requirement of prayer is believing God for who he is. If you have no faith in God or you do not believe he is who he says he is, you will not pray.
David prayed to the LORD, the Lord his God. David prayed to Jehovah, the Adonai his Elohim. David prayed to the self-existing one, the master his strong and mighty one.
Psalms 38:15 For in thee, O LORD (Jehovah), do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord (Adonai) my God (Elohim).
To pray to God, you must believe who God is. Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Psalms 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
As you read of David’s prayer, you will see David trusted the Lord. He trusted the Lord to preserve him and encourage him and exercise mercy upon him. David prayed in faith.
He knew God and prayed in confidence: “For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.”
My dear Christian friend; make God and prayer to him your priority. He will hear. Pray in confidence for he is the self-existing one, the master, the strong and mighty one.
If you are not a Christian, you can be. Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
The choice is still yours,