In Times of Distress

When we don’t know what to say in distress, the Holy Spirit prays for us. There are times when all we have are tears, and with a simple acknowledgment of the Lord’s Presence with us and asking for His help, He tells us what we should pray through the Psalms. Sometimes our tears flow amid the Psalms not only because we know He is in tune with us, sinners, but also because He is with us when no one else is. He hears, sees, and knows; He is the great I Am. Yet a loving Father filled with mercy and compassion, who longs to hear from His children in spirit and in truth.

Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you. The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in the darkness like those long dead. So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed. I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land. Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. 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 entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble. In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.
Psalms 143:1‭-‬12 NIV