http://bible.us/Ps86.1.NLT Bend down, O Lord , and hear my prayer;
answer me, for I need your help.
Eugene Peterson says that all prayer starts out from a place of trouble. It’s easy to see this in the Psalms. Many of the Psalms are for cries of help. We cry out because we have no where else to turn.
Peterson also says that all prayer, pursued far enough, ends up in praise. So, the beginning of prayer is trouble and the end of prayer is praise. I think that is good to know. It’s okay to cry out to God in faith, knowing that our prayer of trouble will end up in praise.