(A prayer for someone who hurts and needs to ask the Lord for help.)
A Prayer in Time of Trouble
102 I pray to you, Lord! Please listen. 2 Don’t hide from me in my time of trouble. Pay attention to my prayer and quickly give an answer.
3 My days disappear like smoke, and my bones are burning as though in a furnace. 4 I am wasting away like grass, and my appetite is gone. 5 My groaning never stops, and my bones can be seen through my skin. 6 I am like a lonely owl in the desert 7 or a restless sparrow alone on a roof.
8 My enemies insult me all day, and they use my name for a curse word. 9 Instead of food, I have ashes to eat and tears to drink, 10 because you are furious and have thrown me aside. 11 My life fades like a shadow at the end of day and withers like grass.
12 Our Lord, you are King forever and will always be famous. 13 You will show pity to Zion because the time has come. 14 We, your servants, love each stone in the city, and we are sad to see them lying in the dirt.
15 Our Lord, the nations will honor you, and all kings on earth will praise your glory. 16 You will rebuild the city of Zion. Your glory will be seen, 17 and the prayers of the homeless will be answered.
18 Future generations must also praise the Lord, so write this for them: 19 “From his holy temple, the Lord looked down at the earth. 20 He listened to the groans of prisoners, and he rescued everyone who was doomed to die.”
21 All Jerusalem should praise you, our Lord, 22 when people from every nation meet to worship you.
23 I should still be strong, but you, Lord, have made an old person of me. 24 You will live forever! Years mean nothing to you. Don’t cut my life in half!
25 In the beginning, Lord, you laid the earth’s foundation and created the heavens. 26 They will all disappear and wear out like clothes. You change them, as you would a coat, but you last forever. 27 You are always the same. Years cannot change you. 28 Every generation of those who serve you will live in your presence.
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