A prayer when people who are close to you verbally attack you or betray you. Lord God, I pray that you will listen to my prayer and not ignore my plea. Please hear me and answer me. It is not an enemy who insults me, or I could endure it. If a foe were raising himself against me, I could hide from him. But it is a companion, a close friend, someone with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God. He attacks me and violates the covenant of friendship. His speech appears to be smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words seem to be more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught at the voice of those who attack me. They bring suffering upon me and revile me in their anger. My heart is in anguish within me, and fear and trembling assail me. I wish I had the wings of a dove that I might fly away and be at rest. I would flee far away and stay in the desert; I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from this tempest and storm. But I call to you, O God, and ask you to save me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in my distress, and I ask you to hear my voice. Please ransom me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me. I cast my cares on you, O Lord, and I trust you to sustain me. I claim the promise of your word that you will never let the righteous fall. I trust in you. Lord, I also pray for my city and nation. I see violence and strife in our streets. Day and night the wicked prowl about; malice and abuse are everywhere. Destructive forces are at work in this land; threats and lies never leave its streets. I pray that you will confuse the wicked and confound their speech. Bring down the wicked into the pit of corruption. May bloodthirsty and deceitful men not live out half their days that our people may be secure and at peace. You teach us that unless you watch over a city, its watchmen stand guard in vain, so I ask you to watch over our city and nation and preserve peace and justice here. This I ask in the name of Jesus, amen.