I know the Lord hears me in my prayers and knows what I need, but sometimes all I seem to get is silence.
Does God not see my pain and heartache, the loneliness and despair. Does God not hear my cries for peace and justice? Does God not hear me because I am wicked? Has God abandoned me? No! God hears our prayers and I shout my thanks to God who cares for us like a Good Shepherd.
Psalm 28 is a prayer for help. God hears our words and knows what is in our hearts.
A prayer for what is in many of our hearts, as shared here.
We know you call us to faithful lives. You send us emissaries, both in the stories of Holy Scripture and in the lives of people we meet. We give thanks for the brave proclaimers of truth, the tireless workers against injustice, and the quiet heroes of goodness who respond to your call by saying, “Here I am.”
And yet, we hesitate.
We confess our own fear of speaking up. We confess our exhaustion in the struggle. We confess our fear of seeming different from our friends and neighbors.
Help us to welcome your messengers, no matter what the world may think. Help us to open more than our doors, to offer more than a cup of cold water. Help us to open our hearts to your Word. Help us to offer our lives for your Way.
Give us the courage to take the next step, to follow where you lead, and to live lives that testify to your truth.
Make us the engineers of your change in the world: the protestors for peace, the provokers of justice, the agitators of love, and the instigators of mercy.
In Jesus’s name we pray,
Damien Hirst, Psalm 28: Ad Te, Domine, 2008