Last summer (2017), I participated in a community prayer for Brody, a 6 year-old from Centre Grove. I decided to draft a prayer completely from the Psalms. I trust this prayer be will helpful for all who experience trials!
7 Lord, listen to my voice when I cry out—have mercy on me and answer me! 8 Come, my heart says, seek God’s face. Lord, I do seek your face! 9 Please don’t hide it from me! Don’t push your servant aside angrily—you have been my help!
1 My God! My God, why have you left me all alone? Why are you so far from saving me—so far from my anguished groans? 2 My God, I cry out during the day, but you don’t answer; even at nighttime I don’t stop.
1 How long will you forget me, Lord? Forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long will I be left to my own wits, agony filling my heart? Daily? 5 But I have trusted in your faithful love. My heart will rejoice in your salvation. 6 Yes, I will sing to the Lord because he has been good to me.
2 Listen closely to me! Deliver me quickly; be a rock that protects me; be a strong fortress that saves me! 3 You are definitely my rock and my fortress. Guide me and lead me for the sake of your good name!
1 God, listen to my cry; pay attention to my prayer! 2 When my heart is weak, I cry out to you from the very ends of the earth. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I am 3 because you have been my refuge, a tower of strength in the face of the enemy. 4 Please let me live in your tent forever! Please let me take refuge in the shelter of your wings!
Hurry, God, to deliver me; hurry, Lord, to help me!
Have mercy on me, Lord, because I cry out to you all day long.
I say to the Lord, “You are my refuge, my stronghold! You are my God—the one I trust!”
Why, I ask myself, are you so depressed? Why are you so upset inside? Hope in God! Because I will again give him thanks, my saving presence and my God.
Psalm 34.1-3, 18-19
1 I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise will always be in my mouth. 2 I praise the Lord—let the suffering listen and rejoice. 3 Magnify the Lord with me! Together let us lift his name up high! … 18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he saves those whose spirits are crushed. 19 The righteous have many problems, but the Lord delivers them from every one.
Your faithful love lasts forever, Lord! Don’t let go of what your hands have made.
1 I raise my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
Hope in the Lord! Be strong! Let your heart take courage! Hope in the Lord!