Honest Prayer

O Lord, do not punish me in your anger or discipline me in your rage. Have pity on me, O Lord, because I am weak. Heal me, O Lord, because my bones shake with terror. My soul has been deeply shaken with terror. But you, O Lord, how long…? Come back, O Lord. Rescue me. Save me because of your mercy! I am worn out from my groaning. My eyes flood my bed every night. My eyes blur from grief. The Lord has heard my plea for mercy. The Lord accepts my prayer. (Psalm 6:1-4, 6, 7, 9 GWT)

The honesty of King David’s prayers bring great encouragement. They remind us that God knows and understands us far better than we realize.