Morning Thought: Base your prayers on God’s character. In Psalm 86 David faces the pressing attack of arrogant foes. But instead of focusing on the enemy, he sees his God, grounding his prayers on God’s character. The Lord’s attributes and nature make a strong foundation for effective praying. “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength in behalf of your servant” (Ps 86:15-16a).