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Prayers for the Hurting Neart

“O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest.” “If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you. For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” “From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.” Therefore, “I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.” “Lord, you have brought light to my life; my God, you light up my darkness.” (Ps. 22:2 nrsv; Ps. 139:11-13 nrsv; Ps. 22:10; Ps. 4:8 nlt; Ps. 18:28 nlt not paraphrased)

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Father God, “we looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble!” You are good, O my Fortress, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and You know me, for I trust in You. Therefore, it’s better that I am poor and walk in my integrity, than dishonest, perverse in speech, and a fool. “May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you.” “I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints.” (Jer. 8:15 kjv not paraphrased; Nahum 1:7 kjv; Prov. 19:1 kjv paraphrased; Ps. 25:21; 52:9 not paraphrased)
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“Why, O Lord, do you reject me and hide your face from me?” “For You are the God of my strength; Why do You cast me off? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” “Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” “Even today my complaint is bitter; My hand is listless because of my groaning.” “Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the light to my eyes.” “For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.” (Ps. 88:14; Ps. 43:2 nkjv; Ps. 10:1; Job 23:2 nkjv; Ps. 13:3a nlt; Ps. 36:9 nlt not paraphrased)
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“All my longings lie open before you, O Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you.” “My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, ‘Where is your God?’” “My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.” O Lord, let Your lovingkindness be upon me, according as I have hoped in You. Grant me Your peace, the peace of Your kingdom at all times and in all ways under all circumstances and conditions, whatever comes. Lord be with me. (Ps. 38:9; Ps. 42:3 nkjv; Ps. 31:10 not paraphrased; Ps. 33:22 nas95; 2 Thess. 3:16 amp paraphrased)
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