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Prayer when in Trouble, by Lilian Helen Montagu (1895)


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Prayer when in trouble.
O Lord,—
Life appears so difficult today.
I cannot see clearly.
The future is dark and sad.
There seems little use in living.
I have no pleasure.
All around me is sad,
and there is no sign
of better times approaching.
Lord save me!
Let me look unto Thee for light.
Thou hast given me strength,
and a desire to work.
Give me hope as well,
and courage
to try to use Thy divine gifts,
so that I may not be entirely crushed.
I call upon Thee in truth
and reverence.
Help me,
answer me,
for without Thee
I stagger and fall.
Let me not despair.
It is so difficult to pray
when my soul is bowed down by grief.
I long to reach Thee;
I cannot;
come Thou to me.
O God!
I cannot understand
why all this evil should have come upon me.
Let me have complete trust in Thy goodness,
and I shall have peace!
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will we not fear! (Psalms 96:1-2)
Fret not thyself because of evil doers,
neither be Thou envious
against the workers of iniquity.
Trust in the Lord,
and wait patiently for Him. (Psalms 37:1-3)

“Prayer when in Trouble” was written by Lilian Helen Montagu and published in Prayers for Jewish Working Girls (1895), pp. 28-29.






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