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More Prayers for Hurting Hearts

“My heart is beaten down and withered like grass because I have forgotten about eating.” “I eat ashes like bread and my tears are mixed with my drink.” All my days I eat in darkness, and I have much sorrow and sickness and anger. O satisfy me early with Your mercy and unfailing love that I may rejoice and be glad all my days. Then “my soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.” (Ps. 102:4, 9 god’s word not paraphrased; Eccl. 5:17 nkjv; Ps. 90:14 kjv paraphrased; Ps. 63:5 not ­paraphrased)

Even now, Lord, You are my witness in heaven, my Advocate on high, my Intercessor, and my Friend, as my eyes pour out tears to You. On my behalf plead with God as You plead for Your friends. Rescue me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who are too strong for me. Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; preserve my life from fear of the enemy. (Job 16:19-21; 2 Sam. 22:18; Ps. 64:1 nkjv, all ­paraphrased)

“My soul is in anguish. How long, O Lord, how long?” Why do You hide Your face from me and forget my misery and oppression? You have walled me in so that I cannot escape; You have weighed me down with chains. “Turn, O Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.” “I will exalt you, O Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths.” (Ps. 6:3 not paraphrased; Ps. 44:24; Lam. 3:7 paraphrased; Ps. 6:4; Ps. 30:1a not ­paraphrased)

Almighty God, You have heaped disasters upon me and shot me down with Your arrows. “Your fierce anger has overwhelmed me. Your terrors have cut me off.” “For calamity from God is a terror to me, and because of His majesty I can do nothing.” “Reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me.” “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” (Deut. 32:23 nlt paraphrased; Ps. 88:16 nlt; Job 31:23 nas95; Ps. 144:7a; Ps. 143:8 not ­paraphrased)

Orcutt Hills Sunset, October 2016