“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7
Coming to the Lord daily in prayer shows that we recognize our helplessness and dependence on Him. Author Jerry Bridges said, “Prayer is the most tangible expression of our trust in God” (1988).

In the years before I suffered a massive stroke, it was tempting to make my prayers a recitation of plans for which I wanted God’s stamp of approval. But now, with many of my strengths and abilities gone or diminished, my prayers come from a different perspective altogether, revealing my deep dependence on Him.

I’ve come to appreciate David’s prayer in Psalm 143 which begins with a cry to God. David begs God to listen, acknowledging his desperate need for Him and remembering all He’s done for him in the past. The prayer ends when David does what each of us needs to do, especially when we are overwhelmed: acknowledge that we are His servants.

Perhaps you want to commit some of David’s Psalm 143 prayer to memory. May we all say with him, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you” (v. 8).

Scripture Focus

Psalm 143


“Rejoice always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Bible In A Year

  • 1 Samuel 18-19
  • Psalm 129
  • 2 Corinthians 11

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