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A prayer for hope

    Lord, for those who are thirsting after you today, satisfy their thirst with your living water.

    Lord, for those who are longing to meet with you, open their eyes to see your glory in the little things of life and work.

    Father, for those who are crying, comfort them even as you comforted Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane when he was overcome with sorrow.

    Lord, we place our hope in you. Fill our hearts with songs of praise to our Savior and our God.

    Father, thank you that you direct your love by day and night to each one of us.

    God, you are our rock! We rejoice that you have not forgotten us.

    Lord, for those who feel they are without hope today, by your mighty power, bring them to a place where they can praise you again.

    Amen.

    As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
    My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?
    My tears have been my food day and night,
    while people say to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”
    These things I remember
    as I pour out my soul:
    how I used to go to the house of God
    under the protection of the Mighty One
    with shouts of joy and praise
    among the festive throng.

    Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
    Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

    My soul is downcast within me;
    therefore I will remember you
    from the land of the Jordan,
    the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
    Deep calls to deep
    in the roar of your waterfalls;
    all your waves and breakers
    have swept over me.

    By day the Lord directs his love,
    at night his song is with me—
    a prayer to the God of my life.

    I say to God my Rock,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
    Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy?”
    My bones suffer mortal agony
    as my foes taunt me,
    saying to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”

    Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
    Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.
    (Psalm 40)

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