Recently, some members of our church walked through Donald Whitney’s Praying the Bible.

Today, I am including a short prayer based out of Psalm 10:1: (NAS): Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?

God, often I cannot feel your presence. The world is broken. I am broken. Your presence often seems like an absence. I know this is folly. I know this is a devilish farce. You are ever-present. You are a God who is near. You cover Your people with Your love and mercy and grace. You place me in Your hands. You promise that nothing can separate me from Your love.

Yet, in times of trouble, You seem far off. This has nothing to do with You and everything to do with me. I desire Your benefits and blessings more than I desire Your presence. Sometimes Your frowning providence of adversity is the greatest blessing. Yet, I long for a pain-free and easy-going existence. I forget that my greatest transformations often come in the fires of testing rather than in pleasant pathways.

Forgive my lack of faith when my heart moves to discontentment and complaint during times of uncertainty and struggle. Help my unbelief during these moments. Make me aware of the abundant fullness of Your presence. You have not moved. You remain where You have always been. I have turned my attention away from You to myself and my trouble. Like Peter, I have cast my eyes away from Jesus to the tumultuous waves around me. As I sink, I have the audacity to question your goodness. Forgive my arrogant heart. Humble me. Open my blind eyes to see Your goodness and glory, even in the midst of pain and sorrow.

In Jesus’ name…