I Am Poor and Needy: Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17

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 21, 2020, 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) 2020 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD

Rev. Dr. Lil Smith is a trained spiritual director, supervisor, and co-founder of Retreat House Spirituality Center in Richardson, TX.  Upon completion of her spiritual direction training, Lil began Praying the Lectionary in 2011 as a spiritual practice for her morning prayer time.  Instead of reading about someone else’s experience of God, it was important for her to create a prayer practice that would encourage felt sense experience of the Holy emerging from within.  It dawned on her others might enjoy the practice, as well.  So she began to share them on this site.

As you experience the practice of Praying the Lectionary, adopt a loving, caring, and compassionate stance.  If the end of your prayer and meditation time is not pointing to love and hope, there is more work to do.  Keep wrestling.  God is faithful to your journey.  Love and hope will emerge.  Be gentle with yourself and befriend any judgment that arises in you.

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