But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth . Turn to me, and be gracious to me; Oh grant Your strength to Your servant, And save the son of Your handmaid. Psalm 86:15-16
Psalm 86 is widely regarded as a prayer of David. It is always profitable to see the prayers of God’s people in Holy Scripture. They can teach us much about how to pray and intercede in our own prayer life.
After acknowledging God’s power and goodness, David made three specific requests of God in these verses:
David prayed for God’s graciousness. He knew that without God’s gracious love He could accomplish nothing of eternal value. The need for such a prayer should be evident in our lives as well. We need God’s grace every day.
David prayed for God’s strengthening. David mentions his enemies and the need for deliverance several times in this psalm. He was fully aware that his power was limited. But, he was also aware of the omnipotent power of God. In the same way, we should also pray for God’s power to overcome in our lives.
Finally, David prayed for God’s salvation. While David didn’t know what his future would hold, he did trust that God would bring Him through the trials. Our prayers should be saturated with the same types of thoughts and longings. The way may be rough but God is able to bring us safely home to heaven. Through the finished work of Christ, the Christian has been saved, sanctified, and is secure forevermore.
David’s prayer psalm serves as an example for us today. We ought to pray for God’s graciousness, power, and preservation. These prayers will guard us and strengthen us each day. May God richly bless you as you seek Him through prayer.
We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
Paul’s letter to the church at Thessalonica begins with warm encouragement to the people of God. The Apostle mentions three things that he keeps in mind as he prays for them daily. Let us look at these three points as we examine these verses. And let’s ask ourselves “are these true of my relationship with Christ and are these true in my church?”
First, Paul exhorts them for their “work of faith.” This church was growing in their faith and trust in Christ. They were working to see their faithfulness increase and it was showing. Can the same be said of us?
Next, Paul encourages them as he speaks of their “labor of love.” They were reaching to love one another all the more in light of Christ’s love for them. Love is an action word. It doesn’t just happen. Instead, we must pursue it by choice of the mind and the heart. Are we growing daily in love for God and love for others?
Paul’s final admonition is to grow in “steadfastness of hope.” The hope they had was based on God’s Word and His promises. It is the same hope that we continue to cling to in our time. Biblical hope is not a maybe or a chance. It is a bedrock, steadfast assurance that God will do what He said He will do. We can trust this hope in every circumstance of life.
Keep growing in faith, love, and hope dear Christian. And my way we pray that our spiritual growth will be seen and manifested in our lives as we live, work, and serve the Lord Jesus. Blessings upon you all!
Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 2 Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.
Christian, you are blessed. The gifts that God has bestowed upon us are many and wonderful. What a mighty God we serve!
The psalmist teaches the followers of God about an important blessing in these verses. And what is that blessing? It is the forgiveness of sins.
Through Christ shed blood, Believers are forgiven and restored unto God. (Ephesians 1:7) Our sin has been forgiven, removed, and placed upon Jesus account. (Psalm 103:2) Therefore, we can live in peace, liberty, and joy. Others may hold our sin against us, but, God never does when He forgives.
Be thankful for the blessing of forgiveness. Without this wonderful work of Christ, we would all be left in our sins forever. The Lord does not count our sin against us anymore. Hallelujah!