How to Pray When You Despair

Pray this entire psalm, or just the bold print.

O 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.
I spread out my hands to you;
My soul thirsts for you in a parched land.

Answer me quickly, O Lord;
My spirit fails.

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 lift up my soul.

Rescue me from my enemies, O 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 preserve my life;
In your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
for I am your servant.

from Psalm 143

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