• Mercy for Today

Mercy for Today

A Daily Prayer from Psalm 51

You cannot make it without God’s mercy.

Do we just need God’s grace in dark and shameful moments? Are prayers for mercy only for those times when we really mess up? Jonathan Parnell says we need God’s mercy all the time. In fact, contrary to many church cultures, Parnell shows that asking God for mercy should be as regular as asking God for our daily bread.

There’s no doubt that David was in a terrible predicament when he first prayed the words of Psalm 51. It was a dark and shameful moment in the Bible, and one so dark and shameful it seldom feels relevant to us today. But David’s most desperate prayer is really a prayer for all of us—and not just for our worst moments, but for our every moment. In these pages, you’ll discover:

  • how to pray a daily, memorable prayer derived from Psalm 51
  • how to practice daily repentance and soul care
  • how to pursue God and experience his joy in the Christian life

This is God’s mercy, and it’s Mercy for Today.

about the author

Jonathan Parnell is the lead pastor of Cities Church in Minneapolis-St.Paul, a church he and his team planted in 2015. He is a church-planting trainer with the Send Network and the author of Never Settle for Normal: The Proven Path to Significance and Happiness (2017). He and his wife, Melissa, live in the Twin Cities with their seven children.

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  • isbn: 9781535959278
  • status: Not Yet Published
  • season: Fall 2019
  • publish date: 01/07/2020
  • pages: 128
  • carton quantity: 24



what are people saying

  • In this book, Jonathan works hard to bridge the gap between our intellectual knowledge of God and our lived experience with God. And the result is a simple, practical, and powerful read with great tools for leading you toward a deeper, whole-hearted love of God.

    Dhati Lewis, lead pastor of Blueprint Church and vice president of the Send Network, North American Mission Board

  • Jonathan Parnell is one of the most thoughtful and interesting young writers in the evangelical world today. If you haven’t yet read his writing, Mercy for Today is a great place to start. It is a theologically sturdy, pastorally sensitive, well-written devotional text. Highly recommended.

    Bruce Riley Ashford, provost and professor of Theology & Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

  • One of the most basic truths of Christianity is that we are always in God’s presence. The challenge for many of us is to come awake to that reality. Of the many ways that I’ve been blessed by my friend Jonathan Parnell, this is at the top of the list—he helps me to feel the realness of Jesus. Whether it’s pressing home the fact that I can actually praise God, or helping me to own the fact that my main problem is my distorted heart, or making me to feel the earnestness of David’s prayer for God’s presence, or reminding me that joy is at the center of the Christian life, Jonathan has a remarkable way of connecting God’s truth and my experience so that I walk away with a greater sense that Jesus is real and God is merciful.

    Joe Rigney, Assistant Professor of Theology & Literature, Bethlehem College & Seminary, Minneapolis

  • A timely invitation to step away from ourselves, and who we think God is, to discover a deeper and richer mercy than we have imagined. This is a great little book to jumpstart a cold heart, and warm the affections for a greater God. Who doesn’t need that?

    Jonathan K. Dodson, lead pastor of City Life Church, author of Gospel-Centered Discipleship, Here in Spirit, and Our Good Crisis.

  • Jonathan Parnell offers a moving pastoral reflection on Psalm 51. The key to this prayer is that it is addressed to a God who is outside of us, radically other than us, but communicates himself to us by his saving presence. Parnell is after the “ived sense” of this reality. He invites us to appeal to this God for mercy, to thirst for our joyful experience of his presence. The oceans of God’s mercy are more satisfying than the splash pads of self-justification.

    Dr. Matthew LaPine, pastor of Theological Development, Lecturer, Salt Network School of Theology

  • God’s pursuit of his people is relentless; his call to seek him is clear. The Christian’s greatest joy is God himself. But oh how we falter in our pursuit while the God of mercy awaits us daily! Jonathan Parnell offers a clear, helpful path through Psalm 51 to daily seek the God who will be found.

    Ming-Jinn Tong, pastor for Neighborhood Outreach, Bethlehem Baptist Church

  • Mercy. It’s not just something nice. It is the foundational need for every person on planet earth that, by God’s amazing grace, realizes they are a sinner. Jonathan Parnell’s book, based on Psalm 51, will once again open your eyes to this wonderful, necessary and not often talked about topic. Read the book! Allow God’s mercy to utterly transform you!

    Steve Treichler, senior pastor, Hope Community Church, Minneapolis, MNName, Place