A prayer for someone whose friends or family have abandoned him or turned on him in a time of trouble. Sovereign Lord, I accept what you teach in your word about the wicked, that his light will be put out, that his strong steps will be shortened and his own schemes will throw him down. I know that in your time terrors will frighten him on every side and that he will be brought to the king of terrors. His roots will dry up beneath and his branches will wither above. And so, Lord, I seek to be righteous before you and walk in your ways. And yet it seems as though you have walled up my way so that I cannot pass and have set darkness upon my paths. You have stripped from me my glory and taken the crown from my head. You break me down on every side and you have pulled up my hope like a tree. It seems as though you have kindled your wrath against me and count me as your adversary. And what is worse my friends torment me and break me into pieces with words by using my disgrace as an argument against me, as proof that the root of my suffering is found in my own sin though I am conscious of no unconfessed sin in my life. Even if it be true that I have erred, my error remains unknown even to myself. Yet it seems as though you have put my brothers far from me, and that those who know me are wholly estranged from me. Even my relatives have failed me, and my close friends have forgotten me. All my intimate friends abhor me, and those whom I love have turned against me. I long for mercy from my friends but instead they pursue me. Yet though my heart is faint within me, I cling in faith to you and I know that my Redeemer lives. I know that at the last he will stand upon the earth. After my skin has been destroyed, I know that in my new body I shall see you. My hope in you is that the day will come when I shall see you for myself with my own eyes. I appeal to you as my judge for mercy. These things I pray in the name of Jesus, amen.