Sometimes we think as Pastors that we have to have it all together. Maybe you feel that way; afraid to show your weakness or be vulnerable. I am so encouraged when I read Psalm 86. It is a prayer of David. David was not only a great King but was called a man after God’s own Heart. Listen to His prayer; “Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy! Preserve my life, for I am Godly; save your servant, who trusts in you, you are my God.”
We can learn a lot from David’s prayer. David went through many difficult things. “to you I cry all the day”, “you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol”, “men have risen against me”, and there are people who hate Him. In the midst of these overwhelming troubles, David recognizes how poor and needy He is. Desperate for God to work in His life. Even though he has all the kingdoms resources at His fingertips he recognizes he cannot handle this on His own.
First, he gets a right perspective: “For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you”. “There is none like you among the gods, O Lord”, “You are great and do wondrous things; You alone are God”.
His request. “Teach me Your way oh Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name” Later, He asks for strength, grace, and a sign of God’s favor!
I don’t know about you but I am poor and needy. I don’t know how to handle everything that comes my way, I need His strength and grace everyday. More than anything else I want to know His way and walk in His truth so I am joining with David in this prayer. Will you?