Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! Psalm 143:1
When we pray, we want to be heard.
Yet, when we pray, where do we start?
As this Psalm opens, prayer must start with confession of sin.
Prayer must beg for God's mercy.
Prayer must thank God for His mercy.
It is by God's faithfulness that He answers us, not by any faith we muster.
It is by His righteousness that He answers us, not by any goodness we can muster.
Almighty God, we thank you for hearing our prayers. Forgive us our sins. Hear our pleas for mercy, through the faithfulness and righteousness of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.