How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemies triumph over me? (Psalm 13:1-2)
I awaken, LORD, and it is a gift from You;
yet, I awaken and pressure rises
like a hidden enemy lurking in my room.
I step into this day calling out to You
for grace and mercy,
strength and power,
insight and wisdom
for all I will face.
Oh LORD, help me in the particulars
of people, conversations, tasks, and rest.
Help me to walk in the way You lead
with love for You and love for all who come my way.
[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]