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(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.
    Don’t hide from me
    in my time of trouble.
Pay attention to my prayer
    and quickly give an answer.

My days disappear like smoke,
    and my bones are burning
    as though in a furnace.
I am wasting away like grass,
    and my appetite is gone.
My groaning never stops,
    and my bones can be seen
    through my skin.
I am like a lonely owl
    in the desert
    or a restless sparrow
    alone on a roof.

My enemies insult me all day,
    and they use my name
    for a curse word.
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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