Shared confidences, shared burdens, story, history, being known, respect, honor, joy, delight, love, forgiveness, solace, mutual: these are the words of friendship. As you enter this time of prayer, listen to God's invitation to friendship - even in the midst of pain, trouble, fear and shame.
For the honor of your name, O LORD,
forgive my many, many sins.
12 Who are those who fear the LORD?
He will show them the path they should choose.
13 They will live in prosperity,
and their children will inherit the land.
14 The LORD is a friend to those who fear him.
He teaches them his covenant.
15 My eyes are always on the LORD,
for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies.
16 Turn to me and have mercy,
for I am alone and in deep distress.
17 My problems go from bad to worse.
Oh, save me from them all!
18 Feel my pain and see my trouble.
Forgive all my sins.
19 See how many enemies I have
and how viciously they hate me!
20 Protect me! Rescue my life from them!
Do not let me be disgraced, for in you I take refuge.
21 May integrity and honesty protect me,
for I put my hope in you.
22 O God, ransom Israel
from all its troubles.
For Reflection and Prayer:
Was there a word, a phrase, image, or feeling that shimmered as you listened? Bring it into your prayer with Jesus. Perhaps you want to draw or color your prayer.
Picture your friendship with God. Where and how do you most enjoy being together?
When have you been aware of God feeling your pain or seeing your troubles? In your prayer, remember and reflect on an experience of God rescuing you. What stands out to you?