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Day Five: “Undivided in Prayer”

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Psalm 86 (NIV)

Hear me, Lord, and answer me,

for I am poor and needy.

Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;

save your servant who trusts in you.

You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord,

for I call to you all day long.

Bring joy to your servant, Lord,

for I put my trust in you.

You, Lord, are forgiving and good,

abounding in love to all who call to you.

Hear my prayer, Lord;

listen to my cry for mercy.

When I am in distress, I call to you,

because you answer me.

Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;

no deeds can compare with yours.

All the nations you have made

will come and worship before you, Lord;

they will bring glory to your name.

For you are great and do marvelous deeds;

you alone are God.

Teach me your way, Lord,

that I may rely on your faithfulness;

give me an undivided heart,

that I may fear your name.

I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;

I will glorify your name forever.

For great is your love toward me;

you have delivered me from the depths,

from the realm of the dead.

Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;

ruthless people are trying to kill me-

they have no regard for you.

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,

slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

Turn to me and have mercy on me;

show your strength in behalf of your servant;

save me, because I serve you

just as my mother did.

Give me a sign of your goodness,

that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,

for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Reflection:

Psalm 86 is such a powerful prayer by David.  As David goes through this difficult and trying time in His life, he knows that only God can answer His prayer.  We see David’s utter dependence on the Lord.  As we reflect on this Psalm we can sense David’s honesty, openness and willingness to be heard and changed by the Lord.  David brings out God’s character, His heart and His great love for His faithful people. We want God to hear our prayers, but we also want God to teach us His ways.  We want God to give us an undivided heart so that we will not be swayed back and forth, but that we will be rooted in the foundation that He has already laid in our lives.  David responds in faith, trust and undivided devotion to the Lord.

What is our first response when we encounter trials and difficulties?  Do we go into worldly comforts such as sleeping, food, television etc.?  David says in vs.11, “Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” May we be like David, and depend on the Lord.  God has been faithful to us so may we be open, willing, and have teachable hearts.  May we be faithful in our prayers.  Let’s ask God to help us to have an undivided heart and to be faithful in our prayers.  Our God is good, forgiving and merciful so may we soak in His presence today, praising His holy name!

Day Four: “What We Really Need”

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Day Three: “There Can Be Only One”

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Day Two: “Faith That Can Move Mountains”

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Day One: “Getting What We Need”

Monday, November 17th, 2014