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May 16


“Unto thee lift I up mine eyes…” —Psalm 123

Read Psalm 123

Prayer is speaking to God. So when do we actually pray? Are we praying when we do it merely out of habit, or when we do it consciously? These are just a couple questions we need to ask ourselves. Many different answers can be given.

Psalm 123 speaks about prayer. The poet of this Psalm lifts up his eyes to God who dwells in heaven, feeling totally dependent upon Him. We notice this from the imagery he uses, namely, that of a servant and a maid. They too were dependent upon their masters.

But the Psalmist also begs for mercy. And when does a person beg for mercy? When he or she is guilty and deserves to be punished. We too must learn to beg for mercy with our eyes focused upon the Lord Jesus, who obtained mercy and forgiveness by bearing the punishment that we deserve. If you trust in Jesus and ask Him for mercy, He will grant you mercy. His grace is all-sufficient!

What does prayer mean to you?

This devotional was taken from “The Time of Your Life” a daily devotional published by the Youth & Education Committee of the FRC. To order a printed copy of this book, contact:


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