6. I have called upon You, O God, for You will hear me: incline You ear to me and hear my speech.
7. Show Your marvelous loving-kindness, O You Who save by Your right hand those who trust and take refuge in You, from those who rise up against them.
8. Keep and guard me as the pupil of the eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings. Amp.
Psalm 17 is a prayer of David. Just what is the right way to pray? He was praying for protection against his enemies. He is praying with faith. He knows he will be heard. He is asking for His loving-kindness and to be hidden under His wings. He knows he is the pupil of His eye. He is reminding God of all this.
6. Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition (definite requests) with thanksgiving continue to make your wants known to God.
7. And God’s peace (be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace which transcends all understanding, shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Amp.
This is telling us that we are to be calm when we pray with no anxiety. Does that mean that if we are afraid, we should wait and pray another time? No, we simply ask for help to be delivered from the fear so we can continue in the right spirit. Being thankful is always the way to begin. We make our wants known over and over until we receive the answer.
As we come away content with our lot whatever it may be, then God’s wonderful peace will mount our heart as a protector while we wait.
We should pray the covenant. We find the scripture that pertains to our spiritual need, and we speak it as Jesus did to Satan. We come before Him with reverence reminding Him of His promise and that He cannot lie. Then we show Him in His Word and thank Him for the answer we are about to receive.
Then we go through our day rejoicing knowing we are in the pupil of His eye, under the shadow of His wings, with His glorious peace guarding our mind and heart.
It is so very valuable.
Prayer must not be our chance work, but our daily business, our habit and vocation. So, we must addict ourselves to prayer.