WHAT SHOULD I PRAY FOR?
One of the most common struggles with prayer is what to say after, “Dear God.” It can sound like a list of silly demands. And the really big stuff is so monumental we sometimes don’t know where to begin. Help is here.
Notes And Next Steps
Psalm 86:1-13 + Part 9 of the series “Dear God..."
“Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.” (Psalm 86:1)
Our real problems come from a lack of internal condition.
“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.” (Psalm 86:2-5)
In prayer we make God central again.
“Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours … You alone are God … I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.” (Psalm 86:8,10,12)
“Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” (Psalm 86:11)
- “Go” prayers—
- “Breath” prayers—
- “Peace” prayers—
- “Prayer is like a fortune cookie, except …” Explain this. Write down the name of a friend or family member who is outside the church or the faith. Can you commit to sharing this with them?
- Which of the following do you most appreciate about the psalms? Why?
- • the real struggles and raw emotions of everyday life
- • the relationship closeness with God
- • the rhythm of poetry
- Psalm 86 expresses both humility and joy in prayer. Which do you need to work on these days?
- When, in your prayer life, has/does God become more personal and intimate to you? What words in Psalm 86:1-13 help you understand that?