“Lord, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide in times of trouble?” (Psalm 10:1)
Often we ask God questions like this in moments of loneliness and despair. During the rough times, we feel like we need God the most, but we also think He’s so far away. Despite the negative feelings that may prevail, God is always near. The psalmist began the passage with this question, but ended with acknowledgement of God’s power. Let’s do the same.
There is trouble in the world, in my community, and even within me. Sometimes the darkness grows thick and threatens to swallow me whole. I try praying, but feel like you are so far away. Too far away to hear. What I want to ask is that you remind me of the truth. Remind me that you are an ever-present help in times in trouble. Show me your power, your glory. Show me that I am safe with you.
No matter how I feel, my feelings don’t dictate the truth. Scripture says you would never leave me nor forsake me. Jesus said to His disciples He would be with them until the end of the age. God you are with me, even now, even in the darkness. I want to believe, please help my unbelief.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“Break the arm of the wicked, evil person, until you look for his wickedness, but it can’t be found.” (Psalm 10:15)
There has always been evil in the world. Sometimes though I wonder if evil has grown worse over the years. From our politicians to schools to foreign countries, there are so many people who are not concerned with doing right. I see this at my job, in my family. While I want to be God-fearing, there are those who want to be godless. And some live their lives for evil.
God, how long will these people go unchecked? How long will they be allowed to bring ruin to the lives of others, to our children?
I understand that evil and sin exist in the world, so I pray for the evil to be exposed. I pray that people would be made aware of the corruption around us, the evil occuring in other communities and in places abroad. Where there is unrighteousness, I pray that you act against what is wrong.
Break the schemes of the wicked so that the righteous may prosper.
“Lord, you have heard the desire of the humble; you will strengthen their hearts. You will listen carefully.” (Psalm 10:17)
Thank you for hearing the prayers of your children. Thank you for being concerned with our lives, past, present, and future. From the moment we were conceived to the point when we die, you watch over us. I’m grateful.
I want to say thank you for hearing our prayers. When we call to you early in the morning and when we speak late at night, you hear every word. You understand us when we don’t understand ourselves. You see into our hearts, no matter what emotion we feel. Thank you for being ever-present. Happy or sad, excited or afraid, you are with us.
In Jesus’ name, I say thank you, and Amen.
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