Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 – I am poor and needy

Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17

1Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me,

for I am poor and needy.

2Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you;

save your servant who trusts in you.

You are my God;3be gracious to me, O Lord,

for to you do I cry all day long.

4Gladden the soul of your servant,

for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

5For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,

abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.

6Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;

listen to my cry of supplication.

7In the day of my trouble I call on you,

for you will answer me.

8There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,

nor are there any works like yours.

9All the nations you have made shall come

and bow down before you, O Lord,

and shall glorify your name.

10For you are great and do wondrous things;

you alone are God.

16Turn to me and be gracious to me;

give your strength to your servant;

save the child of your serving girl.

17Show me a sign of your favor,

so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame,

because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • I am poor and needy.
  • You are poor and needy.
  • We are poor and needy.
  • They are poor and needy.
  • How do you wish to tend to the poor and needy place in you that is crying out for God?
  • In the day of my trouble I will call on you, for you will answer me.
  • Sit and listen.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, June 25, 2017, the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Genesis 21:8-21
Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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About Lil Smith

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 26 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?
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