, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.
— Psalm 143:1
Some days are just very tough! Those we care about are hurting. Our plans are falling apart. Our prayers fell like BBs shot into a metal-walled room. They ricochet off the walls and ceiling only to fall at our feet and trip us up when we try to move out of our box full of worthless-feeling prayers. We cry out to God — sometimes in anger, sometimes in desperation, but especially begging for mercy. We need relief! We need hope! We need the Father to respond. So we join the psalmist in crying out to God:
O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.
And on our best days, we hang onto hope waiting for the Lord
Faithful and righteous God, loving Father, please come to my aid and bring me relief from my struggles with sin, disease, discouragement, unfaithful friends, and enemies who work for my humiliation and destruction. I desperately need your help, O Lord. I need your mercy, dear Father. I need to know your presence and power in my life today, Lord God Almighty. In Jesus' sweet name, I pray. Amen.